- 1 Load contest at startup
- 2 Automatic backup...
- 3 Disable log synchronization on network
- 4 CW
- 5 Configure interfaces...
- 6 WinKey configuration...
- 7 EZMaster configuration...
- 8 RTTY configuration...
- 9 Log
- 10 Spot Warnings
- 11 DX Cluster Shortcuts
- 12 HamCAP
- 13 WAEDC
- 14 Data files
- 15 Windows
- 16 Toolbar
- 17 Language
Load contest at startup
Options | Load contest at startup
Enables or disables the automatic loading of the last contest file in use. This command is useful to get on line again quickly if - for some reason - Win-Test crashed or you had to quit the Win-Test in the middle of the contest.
If you like to switch to another file, close this file using
File | Close an then
File | Open menu dialog.
Options | Automatic backup...
This function enables or disables the automatic backup of the .wtb file to another location, e.g. network drive or floppy. You can choose an automatic backup intervall between 1 and 120 minutes.
Disable log synchronization on network
Options | Disable log synchronization on network
If checked, automatic log synchronization over the network (in multi/op environments) is disabled. May be useful under certain circumstances.
Options | CW
This menu item allows you to control different aspects of CW operation.
Options | CW | No sound
If checked, no CW sound will be played through the internal speaker. This option is also available through the SOUND/NOSOUND text commands.
Modify standard messages
Options | CW | Modify standard messages
The place to change the CW messages.
Please have a look at the list of message variables you can use in the CW memories to control different aspects of the operation.
Modify additional messages
Options | CW | Modify additional messages
The place to create or modify additional CW messages which can be accessed using Alt-C. These memories can be used for transmitting QSL information, special greetings, QSY/sked information, ...
Options | CW | Serial number
The leading zeros below 100 can be (or not) keyed by Win-Test, depending on the chosen option.
Similarly, there are 5 possible abbreviation levels for the serial numbers :
- Not abbreviated
- Half abbreviated : leading zeros are replaced by T.
- Abbreviated : The 0 and the 9 are shortened in T and N.
- Pro : The 0, 1, 4, 5 and 9 are shortened to T, A, V, E and N.
- Custom - there is a custom table. so each number can be shortened to a letter of your choice. Have fun!
By the way, this option affects serial numbers only, but never numbers in callsigns.
Options | CW | Correction
Controls the value of the $CORRECTED variable. See message variables for more information.
Shortened spaces (CT spaces)
Options | CW | Shortened spaces (CT spaces)
The standard spacing between CW words is 7 dits length, instead of 6 (known as "CT space"). With this option you can set it back to 6 dits if you want, achieving slightly shorter spacing between words. You can also use the new text commands CTSPACE and NOCTSPACE to set or reset it.
Options | CW | Auto sending...
This allows to automatically start sending the [Insert] message after some characters are entered in the callsign field.
Options | Configure interfaces...
All the interfaces you wish to use with Win-Test can be parametered by using this dialog box.
The serial ports can be used for the network (with crossed cables), for a connection to a packet radio controller, or for a RS232 radio interface. In that last case, you must specify what transceiver you are using. You also need to verify the port configuration :
The DTR(4)/RTS(7) pins can be controlled as
- Always on
- Always off
- Active radio
The parallel ports can only be used to interface the CW output from Win-Test via a classical interface. You just need to specify, in the dialog box, which radio is connected to the parallel port. More, the delay between the PTT command and the effective CW transmission is adjustable between 0 (QSK) to 1000 ms.
The Ethernet interface is used by the Win-Test's local area network, in a multi-operating environment. If needed, you can change the broadcast address and the port number used. If you ignore the meaning of these terms, note that there should normally be no need to modify the default values given by Win-Test. See Networking for more information.
At last, if your computer has an embedded sound card, you can select and use it as a digital voice keyer by checking the appropriate box.
If you want to use a third-party software to record or modify voice messages, be sure to use the following file format : WAV, PCM, 8000 Hz sampling frequency, 1 channel (mono) and 16 bits per sample.
Options | Winkey configuration...
TODO WinKey configuration
Options | EZMaster configuration...
TODO EZMaster configuration
Options | RTTY configuration...
This menu entry opens the control box for RTTY configuration.
Options | Log
Allows you to change the display of the log entry area (the last 9 QSOs plus the current QSO entry line). You may elect font size, colors, headings and so on.
When this option is enabled, the DX cluster spots are briefly displayed (as soon as they arrive), in the line under below the log entry line. You can choose to display only the spots of the current band and/or the new multipliers, as well as your own callsign (good to know when you're being spotted!). And of course you may want to hide dupes and invalid callsigns.
DX Cluster Shortcuts
Options | DX Cluster Shortcuts
This controls the syntax of the DX-cluster used (DX Spider vs. AK1A, DXNet, etc.) and the count of spots and solar information requested.
Options | HamCAP
With this menu option you can configure the way Win-Test will integrate with HamCap.
You can select if you want to see immediately the HamCap window, as soon as you call for it with the shortcut Ctrl-P, or if you want it to calculate in background and you will recall the propagation forecast window later.
It is just a matter of taste and of how big is your monitor screen: if you have plenty of room, maybe you don't care to leave it in background (In background option checked), but in a visible part of the screen, so you don't loose the focus from the WT main window; otherwise you will see immediately HamCap (In background option unchecked), and so you'll need to regain the focus with a mouse click.
Then you need to setup which HamCap tab you want to see first.
The most useful are the Charts or the Map tab, which are those that give the propagation information, while the others, namely Params, Settings, and Antennas, are useful in the HamCap itself setup phase.
See HamCap in this manual for more details on the setup phase.
Then you have to setup in which way HamCap has to deal with Solar figures (SSN, SFI, A and K indexes).
(See Menu:Windows#Solar_Activity in this manual).
HamCap has at least three different modes of operation:
- in cooperation with IonoProbe (by VE3NEA)
- feeded by a calling application (Win-Test)
So, at this time, you should check one of the following options:
- None, if you don't want, or need, Win-Test to pass any data to HamCap, which will be working in stand-alone mode or in cooperation with IonoProbe;
- WWV only, or WCY only, if you want Win-Test to pass the corresponding Solar figures, if present, to HamCap;
- All, and then choose Priority, if you want to try to use both figures and Win-Test to pass the prioritized one in case both data are present.
TODO Not finished yet....
Options | WAEDC
Special option for the Worked All Europe DX Contest. This menu item is only visible when WAEDC Contest is selected.
For more information about Win-Test and WAEDC see WAEDC.
Options | Data Files
This option ontrols which CTY.DAT to use. There are three to select from. You can even start an immediate download from .
Options | Windows
The child windows of the application can either be included in the main Win-Test window, or floating, thus allowing the Windows desktop or other running software to remain visible. Please remember that, depending on your computer and/or operating system capabilities, you can have Win-Test windows on more than one screen.
Options | Toolbar
If this option is checked, the Icons toobar is displayed below the menu.
Options | Language
It is possible to choose the language of the Win-Test user interface. Currently supported languages are English, French and German.
Win-Test has to restart when the language is switched.