From the DM-780 toolbar, clicking on the SuperSweeper icon adds a tab to the main DM-780 display and brings up an outstanding feature of the program.
- You can now switch between the SuperSweeper and the BPSK-31 display by clicking on the tabs just above the display window. You can also close the active window by clicking the “X” on the right end of the tab.
BPSK-31 – SuperSweeper Tabs
- The advantage of using the SuperSweeper window is its capability to decode multiple signals on one screen. This is a lot different than using the main display with the waterfall or spectrum display where you can decode only the signal you have marked with your cursor.
- Modes available in SuperSweeper are selected by clicking on the drop-down mode indicator in the upper left corner of the window.
SuperSweeper Mode Selection
- In the screen shot above, you will notice the call AK4VN followed by a check mark and a red X. If you have HRD Logbook running and are connected, when SuperSweeper recognizes a call it places it on the end of the red trace. The symbols after the call are Work Status Indicators. The first, the green check mark, indicates you have worked the country of origin for this call. The red X indicates that you HAVE NOT worked this operator. In the above, what we’re seeing is, the country of origin of this call is the United States and we have worked it, but we have not had a QSO with AK4VN.
- Another useful feature of SuperSweeper is the History report. Clicking on the History icon in the SuperSweeper toolbar brings up this feature.
- When enabled, the History logs callsigns recognized by SuperSweeper, the time, band, continent and country of origin. It also shows if you have worked the country, indicated by either a green check mark for worked or a red X for not worked, and whether or not you have worked that particular call.
- This feature can come in handy if you are trying to determine how the propagation on a band is running. You can find what areas are being received the most at your local station, and by checking the times you can see what time of day the propagation into an area was the best from your station.
- This feature can be enabled or disabled by clicking the Enable button on the History panel. You can also enable or disable the Status, which shows at a glance how many countries, how many stations and what continents were heard by clicking on the Status icon.
- Clicking the Report icon transfers the data from the History panel to the Notepad, where you can save or print the report if you choose to keep it for future reference. Clicking on the Erase icon clears the History.
- Starting a QSO from the SuperSweeper can be done using two different methods. In the first method, while watching SuperSweeper, and you see a callsign in the light colored area on the left end of the trace, if you double-left-click on the callsign two things will happen. First you will be taken back to the main DM-780 display. The second thing that happens is the call you clicked on will automatically be transferred to the ALE and an automatic look-up will be done to populate the information about the call. You will also find your cursor is on the frequency that is being used by the QSO.
- From here all that needs to be done, when the contact finishes his current QSO, is you hit your CALL macro which puts out a call for the station callsign appearing in the ALE call field. From there just proceed as normal to carry on your QSO with the contact.
- The second method is holding a QSO in the actual SuperSweeper window. On the SuperSweeper toolbar, clicking on the QSO option changes the layout of the window.
- You will now notice you have the ALE panel, a QSO RX and a QSO TX panel displayed along with the SuperSweeper. Clicking on the red trace of any QSO will now display the received text in the QSO RX window located in the lower left part of the window. If there is a callsign displayed in the white end of the trace, hovering your cursor over the call will bring up the balloon to let you know whether or not you have worked that station. If you double-click on that callsign, the Call Look-up panel will open in the display. The callsign will be transferred to the Look-up panel and details will be populated from the call look-up service you have configured in the Ham Radio Deluxe Logbook. If you decide you would like to work this station, on the top of the Look-up panel, click on the LOG icon. This will populate the ALE panel.
- You can now make your contact and carry on your QSO just as you would do from the main DM-780 display using the QSO TX and the QSO RX windows.
- When your QSO is completed, click the ADD (F7) icon at the bottom of the ALE to save the contact to your logbook and clear the ALE for the next contact.