Category - ACOM Director

ACOM Director Plus 0.6.0 (beta)

ACOM Director Plus 0.6.0 (beta) is now available

ACOM Director Plus 0.6.0 (beta)

This release contains quite a few improvements and will be the last release for a couple of weeks while I work on adding ACOM2000A support. As I have limited access to an ACOM2000A now i’m expecting this to take around 2 weeks to complete.

Changes in this version are:

  • IMPROVED: Carrier Frequency, Gain and SWR readouts altered to improve display time of these values
  • IMPROVED: PA Temperature is now rounded to nearest degree C
  • IMPROVED: VCC5 is now rounded to nearest 0.1V
  • IMRPOVED: Relay Voltage is now rounded to nearest volt
  • IMRPOVED: PA DC Current is now rounded to 0.1A
  • IMRPOVED: PA DC Power and PA Dissipated Power are now rounded to nearest Watt
  • IMPROVED: Bias Voltages are now rounded to nearest 0.01V
  • IMPROVED: Gain now rounded to nearest 0.1dB
  • IMPROVED: Logger integration code refactored to allow easier integration with more loggers
  • IMPROVED: Forward and Reflected power meters now hold their value better improving readability
  • ADDED: Additional compact control panel design, smaller display with just the essentials
  • ADDED: N1MM+ Interface for frequency tracking
  • ADDED: Logger Tracking is now functional (please note that certain firmware versions of the ACOM600S are known not to work, the latest version does however)
  • ADDED: Proper detection for when the amplifier is shutting down

ACOM Director Plus 0.5.2 (beta) – Update for ACOM1200S

ACOM Director Plus 0.5.2 (beta) is now available

ACOM Director Plus 0.5.2 (beta)

This is a minor update containinng a couple of bug fixes, however if you use an ACOM1200S you will need to update to this version as it corrects the amplifier detection to enable proper operation on the ACOM 1200S

  • FIXED: Changing logger integration settings didn’t take effect until ACOM Director Plus was restarted
  • FIXED: Amplifier model detection was not operating properly when using an ACOM1200S

ACOM Director Plus – Beta 1 (0.5.1)

ACOM Director Plus (0.5.1) beta release 1 is now available below

ACOM Director Plus 0.5.1 (beta)

Changes in this release are as follows:

  • Added proper installation routine
  • Added fault display for ACOM600S and ACOM1200S
  • Fixed bug where a crash occured when connecting using a COM port that no longer exists
  • Slight layout and visual changes in the user interface
  • Significantly improved support for windows display scaling (not perfect but much improved)
  • Keep on top option is now functional
  • Some code internal cleanup

 

 

ACOM Director Plus – Alpha 1

ACOM Director Plus Alpha release 1 is now available to download

ACOM Director Plus – Alpha 1

Changes in this version are as follows:

  • Tray Icon menu now implemented as per the original ACOM Director
  • Storable configuration options implemented
  • Auto connect on startup added
  • DXLog and Logger32 interfaces implemented (Does not yet track frequency through these)
  • ACOM1200S now supported properly, the interface changes scales depending on whether an ACOM600S or ACOM1200S is connected
  • Improvements in connection and communication reliability
  • Implemented Multi-Protocol support in preparation for ACOM2000A support being added in a future release
  • Added system tray notifications
  • About dialog implemented
  • Various bug fixes
  • UI now changes to a disabled state if not connected
  • Slight changes in UI graphics

The following are known issues:

  • Display has issues when using windows 7 with display scaling enabled and set to anything other than 100%

ACOM Director Plus can be installed side by side with the original ACOM Director software.

I would be particularly interested in hearing from anyone with an ACOM1200S as i’m unable to test with this amplifier.

ACOM Director Plus – Technical Preview 3

Technical Preview 3 is now available and can be downloaded below

ACOM Director Plus – Technical Preview 3

This release will be the final Technical Preview release as i’m now working on the initial alpha version.

The changes in this version are as follows:

  • Improved Forward and Reflected Power Meters, they’re now more in keeping with the one on the ACOM display with improved peak value hold and decay
  • Slight change in UI colours and visual appearance to closer match the real amplifier
  • Some of the statistics have been renamed to be more appropriate
  • Improved Stability during connect and disconnect from the amplifier
  • Many background changes in preparation for Alpha 1 release

I would be very interested in receiving any feedback regarding ACOM Director Plus.

ACOM Director Plus – Technical Preview 2

ACOM Director Plus Technical Preview 2 is now available for download.

Please see https://www.m0yom.co.uk/acom-director-plus-technical-preview-1/ for details on the Technical Previews i’m currently releasing.

This version adds a whole new user interface which whilst it’s far from the final one is very indicative over how it will look. It is also fully functional in terms of monitoring the state of the amplifier and providing Operate/Standby control as well as band change control.

As with Technical Preview 1, this has no installation routine, you simply run the self extracting download and launch the “ACOM Director Plus.exe” file.

ACOM Director Plus can be installed side by side with the original ACOM Director software.

You can download it here

ACOM Director Plus – Technical Preview 2

ACOM Director Plus – Technical Preview 1

An update on ACOM Director? surely not. As many of you will have noticed, i’ve been somewhat silent for a while on the new version of ACOM Director, this has been down to a number of reasons, some personal, some work related and some due to some technical challenges getting it to do what I wanted it to.

Personal and Work issues aside, ACOM Director has been through 2 entire re-writes since the last update I posted, I won’t go into all the underlying reasons, however i’m now happy with the approach i’ve taken which will allow some exciting capabilities in the future. ACOM Director has now been re-written from the ground up and as such i’ve decided to create a whole new version which i’m calling ACOM Director Plus.

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ACOM Director 2.0 Update

Just a quick update as a number of people have been asking about the progress on the new ACOM Director version 2. I had hoped to have it completed by now, however work and life commitments have meant that progress has been slower than expected. However I am now able to dedicate 2 days a week to working on it so things should get moving at a good speed again now.

The ACOM600S protocol is now implemented along with a new user interface to match the look of the ACOM600S. I’m just working on unifying ACOM Directors own protocol so it can support both types of amplifier without having to use two different versions, once this is complete I will be releasing an alpha version so we can get any bugs ironed out of the basics before adding some of the more advanced features I’m wanting to include.

My aim is to have a version released that you can all try out sometime in June.

In the meantime, here is a quick video of the new user interface in test mode showing the operation of the new bar graphs.

ACOM Director 0.8.0 – DXLog Support – Now Available

I’m pleased to announce that ACOM Director 0.8.0 is now available. Following on from the introduction of Logger32 support for frequency tracking in version 0.7.1, this version now contains support for DXLog integration to allow the ACOM 2000A to track the frequency of your radio for users of DXLog.

Version 0.8.0 also contains many changes behind the scenes in preparation for support of other hardware being added in the future.

Please note that this version is largely untested as I no longer have access to a real ACOM2000A anymore and rely on a “virtual” software emulated ACOM2000A for testing.

You can download it here