We are approaching CQWW SSB and the start of
the main part of contest season. Enhancements
to the program will be curtailed during this
part of the year to focus on eliminating
any bugs or performance problems.
Please start testing with your favorite fall/
winter contest NOW. Make a copy of ham.mdb
(or whatever you have called it), and use last
year's contest as a test platform. Why? Some
problems only appear with larger logs. I have
changed to a MUCH faster processor in the
past 6 months, so I can't see performance
issues as well as I used to. I relay on
the users to let me know about them.
Would you like a guide to testing? Here is
We would be interested in any improvements
you would like to suggest for this form.
Now is also a good time to review the Key
Assignments. That is a good place to start
to pique your interest in what the program
If you are planning to operate CW or RTTY, you
MUST learn about ESM (enter sends messages).
It reduces fatigue and errors by
sending the right message each time
just by pressing enter. It may take you a while
to understand and set up ESM, so don't leave this
to the last minute. Believe me, those that
learn to use ESM, love it.
New this year is dual entry windows.
It would be a good idea to try those out, so
you don't get frustrated during the contest.
For your reference, \ switches keyboard focus,
ctl-left/right changes keyboard & xmit focus.
Also, ctl-Fn, and ctl-enter send on the
radio that does NOT have focus.
Finally, make sure you understand what settings
you want for the following Configurer options:
Send corrected call
Send partial calls
Stop sending CQ when callsign changed
Fill in his exchange when sending yours (ESM Mode)
Config/Spot all S&P calls locally
Tom Wagner - N1MM