A friend of mine asked me a question the other day that intrigued me. He wanted to know if he could poll his IC-7300 using both AClog and the SKCC Logger at the same time. Initially I told him no because you can’t access a Com Port from more than one program at a time, but I got to thinking that there HAD to be some way to do it.
I searched the web looking for “how to share a com port,” and I was not disappointed. After a little bit of digging I found a program that created a virtual serial port, and the cost was not prohibitive.
The program is called VSPE and is an abbreviation of Virtual Serial Ports Emulator created by Eterlogic.com. I downloaded the program for testing purposes only. Using two loggers at the same time isn’t how I run my shack, but some folks like to keep their stuff in different places, and this will serve the purpose.
A note of caution: This will not work with WSJT-X that I know of. I’m not into FT8 anymore, so after I tried a few times I gave up.
Here is a video that explains how to set this program up to share your com port using two different logging programs.