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Installing the DRM-Log Plotter
The DRM-Log Plotter main window
The DRM-Log Plotter main window


DRM-Log Plotter, Version 23.2 (4th January 2021, build 23.2.18)

The plotting of xHE-AAC Audio has been improved so that the Frames are presented to scale. Unfortunately there is little or no information on how the Frame size is constructed as the Frames are dynamic, not sized 750 or 1500 like the HE-AAC logs. Any additional information on the xHE-AAC structure would be appreciated.

The download file consists of the programme app only. The zip file only contains the DRM-Log Plotter Version 23.2.18

The correct plotting of xHE-AAC logs is only possible with logs taken with the Dream V 2.2.1x software. This is because the V 2.2.1 version has a flaw that causes the 750 Frames logs to be interpreted as xHE logs. Therefore the "xHE-AAC" flag will show up beside the frequency in the DRM-Log Plotter even when the log is an HE-AAC log. A workaround would be to use the Plotter version V 23.2.7 which has no "xHE-AAC" flag. However, the 750 Frames label may show up as 800 Frames maximum. If the xHE-AAC label pops up where it should not, just click on the label to hide it.  

The previous version DRM-Log Plotter, Version 23.2 (21st August 2020, build 23.2.4)

In the version 23.2 of the DRM-Log Plotter the Maidenhead Grid Locator can be written to "My Locations" in the DRM-Log Plotter. Goto SetUp / Receiver Coordinates / Change which opens the My Locations window. Write the Maidenhead Grid Square Locator in the "Add Location" field. The locator should be of the format "AB12cd". Press the "Convert" button and the Latitude / Longitude coordinates will be added automatically. This way you will get the actual distance and azimuth to the transmitter site.

Write the Maidenhead Locator and press Convert

Details how to set up DReaM with the KiwiSDR can be found if you go back to DRM HOME and proceed from DRM PLOTTER AND RELATED.

Additional changes from V23.1:

  • Changed the whole project to enable the DRM-Log Plotter to be saved anywhere on the PC.
  • Maximum Tweet length has been increased to 280 characters by Twitter in 2017.
  • Remembers the desktop position to start the DRM-Log Plotter where you last closed it.
  • Child windows will start in the middle of DRM-Log Plotter.
  • Added a CheckBox "Dream V 2.1.1" in Scheduled Event.
  • Removed the Option Print black or white Background in Setup Parameters.
  • The white Background is only active when printing a log on a printer.
  • A log that started with 750 Frames and later changed to 1500 Frames resulted in a bad Plot and a false Percent Decoded Audio. Fixed.
  • If there is no audio at all in a log, QAM and PL data were not written. Fixed.
  • Added the plotting of xHE-AAC logs, smooth and rough plots
  • Implemented a slimmed screenshot
  • Slimmed Tweet to allow for some additional text, if needed


Notes when you download the DRMTRANSMITTERSITES.TXT:

When you download the DRM-TX list from the DRM-Log Plotter (TX Sites  --- >  Update) you will be prompted to proceed or quit. If you decide to proceed, the DRM-Log Plotter will download the latest TX Sites file from the web, compare it to your local TX Sites file and add the entries it could not find on your computer. The entries you might have added yourself will be left as they are. No TX Sites will be deleted from the DRM-Plotter's file list.  

Download the DRM-Log Plotter

Additional software can also be found on the DRM-Plotter Download page
To ensure that the DRM-Plotter will function without problems, there are some files you need to download and install.
  • The Freeimage.dll is used to convert the large .bmp screenshots. Place it in the same directory as the DRM-Log Plotter.
  • Copies of the COMDLG32.OCX and MSCOMCTL.OCX can be downloaded directly from Microsoft's web site. The file name of the installer is "VisualBasic6-KB896559-v1-ENU.exe". Otherwise search for those filenames if they are missing on your computer. If you download the files from other web sites, you do so at your own risk. Only download files from sites you trust.

How to install the DRM-Log Plotter on Win 8.1 or Win 10

When you execute the DRM-Log Plotter you might get a runtime error 339:
The message may read COMDLG32.OCX (or MSCOMCTL.OCX.) is missing or not properly registered. The file (or files) should be placed in your C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM or C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32. These can be downloaded free from Microsoft.

1. Copy DRM-Log Plotter to C:\DRMPlot or any directory you would prefer.
1.1. Run the DRM-Log Plotter once and close it without doing anything else. Various directories will be generated.
1.2. Copy the drmtransmittersites.txt to the same directory.
1.3. Install FreeImage.dll (find it on the DRM-Log Plotter download page). Move the file to the C:\DRMPlot folder. There is no need to register this dll.
2. Copy comdlg32.ocx to C:\DRMPlot. You must register this file before you can use it otherwise you will get the "Error 339: comdlg32.ocx is missing or invalid".
2.1. Right-click on START and click Command Prompt (Admin). You must register the file using Admin rights.
2.1.1. Click YES to go on after the pop-up message "Do you want to allow..."
2.2.2. Type 'C:\windows\system32\regsvr32.exe C:\DRMPlot\COMDLG32.OCX' (without the quotation marks) and press ENTER. DO NOT CLOSE the Command Prompt window.
2.2.3. If everything is OK a message appears saying the registration was successful.

3. Copy mscomctl.ocx to C:\DRMPlot. You need to register this file too, otherwise you will get the "Error 339: mscomctl.ocx is missing or invalid".
3.1 In the Command Prompt, type 'C:\windows\system32\regsvr32.exe C:\DRMPlot\mscomctl.ocx' (without the quotation marks) and press ENTER.
3.1.2. If everything is OK a message appears saying the registration was successful.
4. Now is the time to start the DRM-Log Plotter for the first time.
5. Click Set-Up, click Change nickname, and enter your Nickname, click OK. A message box appears. Click OK.
5.1. Write a Profile to describe your receiver etc. and click Add Profile. Double-click on the Profile.
6. Add your Location: In Set-Up click "Change" in "Receiver Coordinates".
6.1. Write your city name in "Add Location" and add the Latitude and Longitude and click "Add".
6.1.1. Click on the location name in the list and click "Select". Close the Location window.
7. Run DRMPlot if it is not already running. The application works.
8. Perform an Update to get the necessary files.
8.1 Select a file from "Select Main Log". The log appears in the plot window.
9. Press "Screenshot". An error message will pop up if the Nickname has not been set.
9.1. An error message will also pop up if the FreeImage.dll is missing, but the screenshot will be saved as a BMP picture which you could convert in Paint or a similar application. If the FreeImage is in the DRM-Log Plotter's directory the BMP file is automatically removed from the file list when the PNG file is created.

This page was last reviewed on 27th October 2021, revised 10th November 2021