Ham Radio Deluxe and PowerSDR

I was asked by a friend if I could help his SDR radio talk to Ham Radio Deluxe.

The catch is that the Ham Radio Deluxe must also control the transceiver, a TS-2000.

At first I started to explore the use of the IP Server components of Ham Radio Deluxe.  This seemed like it would be the smart way to handle this but after reviewing it,  I could not get it work as expected so I gave up on that when I came across the fact that HRD supports DDE.

In Ham Radio Deluxe 5.11 you can to Tool/DDE Monitor and you will see a list of supported DDE topics.

HRDDDE

You can also review the manual and it shows it will also support other functions such as setting the frequency.

The next trick is getting the current frequecy from the PowerSDR program or from the SDR radio itself.  The radio in case is a soft rock radio.  I found a program to help.  http://pe0fko.nl/CFGSR/

The plan is to write a service that will check the frequency of both and if one frequency changes, update the frequency of the other.

As I progress I will post sample code and a final product.

DDE is very old technology and I am not sure I remember how it works exactly.  I had to get a DDESpy program to find out the name of my DDE link.  For my system it was HRD_RADIO_000.   I was stuck on trying to use HRD_RADIO and that did not work.

I assume the 000 is the instance of Ham Radio Deluxe and if I managed to get two copies running it would be HRD_RADIO_001 for the second instance.  Luckily I don’t have to worry about this.

I plan to use Visual Studios to complete this project.  .Net framework does not really support DDE directly so I have downloaded and installed NDDE.  It is freeware and can be found here:  http://ndde.codeplex.com/

NDDE does not appear to be maintained but has worked so far.

More to come…

 

 

Readsoft / APA / Great Plains Invoice processing.

We are working on a solution that will allow invoice processing to be mostly automated.

 

Below is a image of the Autonomy Process Automation (APA) work flow we are using.  This is a very simple work flow and can add more steps if needed.  The power of APA is that you can customize it just about any way you can dream.  It uses bean shell scripting(Very similar to Java), and with the scripting it is endless as to what you can create with APA.

Process

 

We start with Readsoft for scanning our invoices. ReadSoft will OCR the invoices and extract all the OCR data. Readsoft also has a validation module for users to correct any errors with the OCR and to make sure the proper vendors are selected.  Readsoft is very good at capturing most invoices.  Other products that could be used at this step include:  Ephesoft, Kofax KTM and DokuStar.   All have different strengths and weaknesses so your choice should be based on your specific needs.

You will notice in the image blow that the entry form and the invoice image are side by side for easier data entry.  A wide screen makes this simpler to do.

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The data along with the image are then sent to Autonomy Process Automation (APA). APA will then route the invoice so that the invoice line item details can be matched to GL codes.

Entry Complete

Once you have assigned all the dollar values to GL codes,  if the invoice total – the assigned amounts result in a zero balance then the”unassigned amount” turns green and the  user is able to submits the document and the document is routed to an accounting work queue for final approval before being injected into the accounting system, in this case Great Plains.