Basic Questions On The Spectrum Display?


Again, let me express my appreciation for all the help
I’ve received. Really appreciate it.
Running it now via LAN, just fine.

Excellent program, well designed and implemented, and will
be a big asset for me.

Eyesight isn’t too great anymore, so am trying to come up with the best arrangement for me.

The background light blue spectrum that doesn’t seem to change or update, much, I imagine is showing the highest magnitudes that it has seen. True ?

If so, this is of no interest for me.

 Any way of removing it from what is shown in the 
 Spectrum display ?

And, the actual “real-time” spectrum being displayed. the bouncing very thin yellow spectrum lines:

 Any way of making spectrum displayed lines "thicker," or more  
 apparent ?

 Any way of changing the color of ?


Hi Bob,

Look at the two pictures I saved on my computer with wfview running and the direct capture on my R8600
I must say that although I am 72 years old my eyesight is good, that maybe hampering you much more than me.
The display-settings on the R8600 is not default, but set to MY preferences!
The signals you see in the two images are taken seconds apart. Very important is to set the “Ref” on wfview and note that this also influences the waterfall and spectrum display on the receiver itself. It needs quite a bit of study even for experienced users.
73, Peter - PA0PJE

Looks good. How did you get the waterfall on the WF view look so bright? Mine is pretty dim and I usually rely on the waterfall in WSJT-X.

There is a checkbox under settings which will disable the peak hold feature. With that setting disabled, the spectrum is much brighter yellow.

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The setting is called “Draw Peaks”

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Much brighter. Thanks for the tip Elliott.


If you look here:

You can see how to customize the colors for some of the UI elements in wfview. In particular the [DarkColors] and [LightColors] sections. There are also some sample colors you can use listed under [StandardColors].

For windows users, you have to edit the windows registry, which is really not something I’m comfortable asking anyone to do, since there’s a lot of trouble in there as well. Alternatively, you can use the --settings command-line argument to wfview to specify a plaintext settings file.

One day these settings will all get proper interface widgets within the program, but for now, they’re available only via these means.

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