locked Feature Request for "Alert Types" screen (f1)


Mark W2OR
 

Thank you for the addition several weeks ago of the Alert Types screen (Function key F1).  Unusually helpful.

Background:  I change the continent selection twice daily using Settings (F11), changed once in the morning hours, and once in the evening hours, depending on circumstances. Each change in Settings is the same, every day. Please see below.

Request:  The feature appearing in the Alert Types screen certainly helps matters as it shortens the time to make changes, and is very easy to navigate to.  It might be enhanced even further, and quicken the time it takes to change the selection of the various continents, if there were actually two such selections in the Alert Types screen, that is:  "Wanted Continent Set One" and "Wanted Continent Set Two".  Two of them there would shorten the time it takes to make the twice-daily changes in Settings.  They'd be selected or de-selected daily, depending on East-West propagation changes and morning and evening Grey Line changes.  

Thanks for the consideration.  //Mark


HamApps Support (VK3AMA)
 

On 24/02/2021 7:59 am, Mark W2OR via groups.io wrote:
Thank you for the addition several weeks ago of the Alert Types screen (Function key F1).  Unusually helpful.

Background:  I change the continent selection twice daily using Settings (F11), changed once in the morning hours, and once in the evening hours, depending on circumstances. Each change in Settings is the same, every day. Please see below.

Request:  The feature appearing in the Alert Types screen certainly helps matters as it shortens the time to make changes, and is very easy to navigate to.  It might be enhanced even further, and quicken the time it takes to change the selection of the various continents, if there were actually two such selections in the Alert Types screen, that is:  "Wanted Continent Set One" and "Wanted Continent Set Two".  Two of them there would shorten the time it takes to make the twice-daily changes in Settings.  They'd be selected or de-selected daily, depending on East-West propagation changes and morning and evening Grey Line changes.  

Thanks for the consideration.  //Mark

After reading your message twice. I still don't understand what your trying to achieve.

If you have Continents marked as needed, why are you changing them to not-needed depending on the time of day & propagation? If a Continent is needed in the Morning, how can it be not-needed in the Afternoon and then needed again the next morning? It is either needed or it is not, time of day and propagation should not come into it.

Please rephrase your request and explain why time-of-day and propagation is important. Sorry, but I am totally confused.

BTW, the Alerts Types Screen has been part of JTAlert for many years, it is not a recent addition.

de Laurie VK3AMA


Mark W2OR
 

On Tue, Feb 23, 2021 at 04:28 PM, HamApps Support (VK3AMA) wrote:
<< If a Continent is needed in the Morning, how can it be not-needed in the Afternoon and then needed again the next morning?>>
In so many cases, as in this one, the continent alert feature is helpful in alerting the operator to an opening to DX in a particular part of the world (continent), not that the continent is "needed" for an award, but that propagation is opening (finally) towards that part of the world, and once alerted, the operator, who may have not been sitting right in front of the computer staring at decodes, or who may be working at an adjacent operating position, or who may be working in the adjacent room (work bench), can then return to the operating position to make adjustments such as (a) changing antenna direction; change antenna type favoring a particular continent; (c) change to a different operating position in the radio room to one that is dedicated to a particular band/antenna/mode (e.g. Six Meters), or (d) return to the radio room if he is not present when an opening is taking place.  See example below.
       In the afternoons here it's great to be alerted by JTA when props are finally changing in favor of Europe and Africa. So the op returns to the computer screen and those two continents are then removed from the JTA selection to avoid the now continuous EU & AF audio alerts, while leaving other continents of interest (Antarctica, OC, and others) still active in JTA.   Making those two afternoon continent changes in JTA is a process that involves spending time making seven or eight separate key stroke selections (Log Fields bar >> F11 >> then wait >> then Wanted Continent >> then Bands >> then add/remove two continents >> then click OK).   Then, many hour later in the day or morning, the change of continent process in JTA is repeated when EU & AF have long since faded away and AS and OC are the primary focus, and once again 7-8 selections are made in JTA to make the switch.  No big deal.  But, if the JTA Alert Types bar (F1) had two continent fields to choose from instead of just one, it'd make life easier for some of us DX'ers.


Jim Cooper
 

On 27 Feb 2021 at 22:12, Mark W2OR via groups.io wrote:

Then, many hour later in the day or
morning, the change of continent
process in JTA is repeated when EU &
AF have long since faded away and AS
and OC are the primary focus, and
once again 7-8 selections are made in
JTA to make the switch. 
Have you looked into making an AutoHotkey
sequence for each of the two processes?
which would let you do them with one keypress.