What a wonderful teaching opportunity you have at FD. We had a similar
situation at our FD last year with most of our operators not familiar with
N1MM. Some had never used computer logging! We kept things very simple. The
"default" setup was with ESM (and DVK on SSB)turned off, allowing the new
operators - most were on ssb - to become comfortable with the basic logging
functions first. The more experienced ops could set up the dvk messages if
they wanted. Those who were more familiar with N1MM on cw already knew
about ESM and how to turn it on/off and they helped coach the others.
73, Ted W4NZ
Behalf Of Scott Stembaugh
Sent: Wednesday, January 05, 2011 9:38 AM
Subject: Re: [N1MM] Traps for the Unwary
Consider a FD operation where all of the operators are not well versed in
N1MM. Telling the SSB ops to turn off ESM entails expaining to them a
feature they will not be using, plus adds a step that may be overlooked.
Then the CW ops need to remember to turn ESM on when taking over at
0DARK:30. To steal another software author's phrase, this adds to the
"perceived complexity" of the tool.
Now that I KNOW about adding a space to the ssb f-key definitions I don't
see a need for add'l programming, but in order to KISS on the front you have
to make magic happen on the back.
On Wed, Jan 5, 2011 at 7:17 AM, Ted Bryant <w4nz@...> wrote:
> The easiest way to avoid the problem is to simply turn ESM off in ssb and
> then you don't have to worry about automatic sending of F-key messages.
> I've tried the "all blank message" approach and, really, it goes against
> philosophy of ESM.(Enter SENDS Message)
> In this situation (all blank messages) the only thing that leaving ESM
> active does is that it allows an automatic "tab" to the first received
> exchange field. Additional exchange elements in contests like the NAQP
> require a manual spacebar keystroke. (type call, hit enter then spacebar
> type call hit spacebar, spacebar)
> Compared to a quick "Control-M" to simply turn ESM off it hardly seems
> the programming.
> My .02
> 73, Ted W4NZ
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> Subject: Re: [N1MM] Traps for the Unwary
> That would be a nice 'n' easy way to avoid the problem - thanks!
> --- In N1MMLogger@yahoogroups.com <N1MMLogger%40yahoogroups.com>, Pete
> Smith <n4zr@...> wrote:
> > I have asked the programmers to consider the option of putting single
> > spaces in the message column anywhere there is no other text, in the
> > hope that people who don't want to use canned voice can still use ESM,
> > simply by not loading an SSB function key definition file. A simple
> > work-around in the meantime is to build your own 12-row SSB definition
> > file with all blanks and single spaces, and load it into your database.
> > As long as you don't replace it, ESM will then work in both modes.
> > 73, Pete N4ZR