FANticipator – Features

FANticipator – Features

  • Free
  • Runs on Windows 7 and newer (and likely on Linux emulators WINE & VirtualBox)
  • Requires no modifications to the KPA1500
  • No additional hardware needed – this is a software solution
  • Connects to the KPA1500 using TCP packets over ethernet / WiFi (no messy serial port splitters required)
  • Local or remote control of the amplifier’s common front-panel functions
  • Operates in parallel with traditional logging software CAT applications that use serial ports
  • Lightweight, minimal CPU load

FANticipator – Fan Control Assumptions

  • You prefer to have the fans shut off completely when the amp nears ambient temperature
  • You prefer hearing the fans when transmitting rather than when receiving
  • You prefer listening to more time with the fans running at speeds #1 and #2 rather than less time at speeds #3, #4, #5

 

FANticipator – Enhanced Fan Control

  1. During Tx, override the fan menu settings and run at settings +1
    With this option checked, the fan will always run when you are transmitting. This transmit-only feature encourages low fan speeds and discourages the amp from reaching higher temperatures. Whereas normally the fan might be off until the fan reaches 60c, this option – when transmitting – will run the fan at setting #1 until the KPA1500 reaches 60c; at #2 between 61 and 70, and #3 between 71 and 80.
  2. After Tx, override fan settings and run at #2 until temp is below nn
    With this option checked, the fan will continue running in Receive at fan setting #2 until the KPA1500 temperature is below a user-defined threshold (in this screenshot example, 50c). This receive-only option favors the Search & Pounce operator by rapidly cooling the amplifier during receive intervals.
  3. After Tx, override fan settings and run at #1 until temp is below nn  
    With this option checked, the fan will continue running in Receive at the lowest active fan setting (#1) until the KPA1500 temperature is below a user-defined threshold (in this screenshot example, 40c). This receive-only option favors the Search & Pounce operator by rapidly cooling the amplifier during receive intervals. This option also sets the KPA1500 Fan menu option to “MIN = 0,” which turns off the fan when the threshold temperature is reached. (quiet shack!)

Release Notes

2018-09-01 – Production release version 1.0

2018-10-04 – Update release v1.1: Contains new routine for fan hysteresis as temperature passes #1 and #2 trigger points, and for ignoring readings due to KPA1500 “erratic temperature” bug

2018-10-05 – Update release v1.1a – improves the <Retry/Cancel> dialog interface when the amplifier is turned off

2018-11-05 – Update release v1.1b more improvements to <Retry/Cancel> dialog. Corrected screen position/size settings when form is minimized and then closed from the taskbar. Added: config button, help button, packet progress bar

2018-11-06 – Bug fix v1.1c – minor bug, failed to increase fan speed During Tx when the temperature crossed the Fan1 and Fan 2 thresholds