Menu:File (without a file opened)
To create a new file, Win-Test first shows the classical dialog box, allowing to give a name and a path to this file. The default extension is .wtb, which you must respect if you write it.
Once the file is created, the contest parameters must be captured in the following dialog box:
- Callsign: The one used during the contest. Do not specify the departement (REF contest), or the zone number in this field ! On the other hand, the potential /P, /M or /MM must be specified.
- Locator: Mandatory for a VHF contest. Optional but useful for an HF contest (this will allow to get accurate beam headings or sunrises/sunsets)
- Exchange: Type your zone, your state, your departement... according to the contest you will run. For example, for a CQWW DX contest, specify your WAZ zone. Let this box empty if the sent report is a serial number (for the WPX, for example). If there is a domestic and a DX side in the contest, specify DX if it is your case. Press the button with the "?" symbol to get more information.
- DXCC prefix: Standard prefix of your DXCC country. This information is used only for live score reporting, so you may leave that open.
- WAZ zone: Your WAZ zone. This information is used only for live score reporting, so you may leave that open.
- ITU zone: Your ITU zone. This information is used only for live score reporting, so you may leave that open.
- State/Province/Other: Your state, province or other regional designator. This information is used only for live score reporting, so you may leave that open.
- Name: Name of the callsign's owner.
- Address: You have 3 free lines to give the address of the station. Keep the last one to specify your zip code and town, as well as your country for an international contest.
- Contest: The contest to run. Multipliers, dupe checking, points scoring etc... will depend on this choice. Please be careful! Regarding VHF contests, Win-Test supports 2 "generic" contests: "European VHF" and "European VHF (gridsquare counting as multiplier)". These 2 contests will be compatible with the vast majority of the minor contests having the same scoring system.
- Category: Choose the category in which you will participate. Check in the rules that the corresponding category really exists in the specified contest! Win-Test does not check for the existence of a specific category against the current contest rules.
- Overlay: Some contests rules show overlays (like Rookie). Check in the rules that the corresponding overlay really exists in the specified contest!
- Mode: Choose the mode in which you will participate. Selecting MIXED will allow you to switch between SSB and CW. If you also wish to have digital modes, select ALL. Check the rules if the corresponding mode really exists in the specified contest!
- Band plan: Select a contest-specific band plan. For more details, please see Menu:Options | Bandplans...
- Power: Your effective power, compulsory for the ARRL DX, on the DX side. Use only numbers, figures like 5 or 100, but do not specify watts! If you are allowed to transmit more than 1 kW, specify KW.
- Class: Choose the power class.
- Operators: Put the operators' callsigns here. For strict compatibility with the Cabrillo format, please leave a blank space between each listed callsign.
The following parameters make sense only in a networked Win-Test environment.
- Station name: All computers in the network must have different names. Use eloquent names to easily recognize a computer in the status window.
- Enable time distribution in network: In order to synchronize the time of the QSO recordings, one computer (and only one) must be declared "time master".
Opens a log file in the Win-Test format (conventional .wtb extension).
There is no need to close the file already in use. The new file will take its place.
After choosing the file, the contest configuration dialog appears :
You can then modify these parameters, if needed, before Win-Test ends the opening file procedure. See File:New for more information.
Loading progress of the file and a potential data base associated to the contest are displayed before the main Win-Test screen.
Should your file have been corrputed by any means, Win-Test will automatically open up a dialog to fix the error.
The original log will be saved under the original name with an _err suffix before the .wtb extension.
The fix will most probably delete the QSO records in question to allow for a clean log. Make sure you know what you're doing and be sure to have a backup of the original! Fixing the file is only possible in some cases. For example, when you inadvertedly opened a v3 Win-Test file with Win-Test version 2, you are at a loss (see http://www.f5mzn.org/pipermail/support/2006-November/072424.html).
Allows to import logs from Editest or Cabrillo format to Win-Test format.
Furthermore, after importing the log file, you can immediatly load this file in Win-Test, by checking the appropriate box.
Of course, the original file is not modified.
Allows to export a Win-Test(v3) log into an Win-Test(v2) file format. The former Editest format is no longer supported for export.
Of course, the original file is not modified.
Merging is the process of manually bringing two or more (partly) separate log files together.
Useful in a multi-operator Win-Test LAN, this menu allows to merge the logs issued from different computers. You can thus gather all the QSO in an unique file (named "master"), which has to be the first added to the list. The original file will be automatically saved before any modification (.bak).
Since Win-Test version 3, with networking and log synchronization, this should no longer be necessary.
A valid scenario, however, could be a DXpedition, where several computers run independently, without a network backbone and a complete log has to be created on a day-by-day basis and distributed to all stations for completeness and redundancy.
Merging Logs is done in five steps:
- Collect all logs to be merged on your computer
- Close the current log
- Go to File | Merge logs...
- Select all the logs you would like to merge. The first log selected will later become the complete log.
- Press OK to start merging
Win-Test will read QSO data from all the files and incorporate them into the first selected log file, removing any duplicate contacts.
Reminder : This menu is only visible if no file is opened. If a log is opened, just close it by the
File | Close menu or the CLOSE text command.
Note: If you have changed a QSO in a partial file and the unchanged QSO is still contained in another log that is being merged, you will end up with both the changed and the unchanged QSO in the final log.
Note: Win-Test will not allow merging logs from different contests.
This function allows to remove from the log duplicate QSOs and those logged with your own callsign.
One of the recommended way to remove QSOs during the contest is to overwrite them with your own callsign. Later, after the contest, you can then delete QSOs with your callsign from the log. Win-Test allows you to do that very comfortably via the File | Clean Log menu entry.
Close the log and then from the menu choose
File | Clean log.
Pay attention to the fact that the Clean Log item is only visible, in the File menu, when the log is closed.
The Clean Log dialog then lets you chose to delete QSOs with yourself (good), all duplicate QSOs (bad idea) and remove any "/QRP" extensions (OK, I think).
Please refer also to the Multi-op/Deleting_QSO chapter.
Warning : We advise you against deleting duplicate QSOs from your log. In fact, if the other station did not correctly get your callsign during the first QSO, this QSO will be lost! The control softwares used by the log checkers never penalize a log for its dupes, as far as their count is kept in a reasonable value.
This - yet to be implemented - feature will allow to move your log ahead or back in time, comparable to the CT_TIME.EXE utility supplied with CT back in the old days. At the moment, all you can do when you screwed up time time and/or date is to manually visit every single QSO and correct date/time using the Alt-F key.
For further details, please see Win-Test Bug/Feature Tracking System - Task#83
Resolving 10-Minute-Rule Violations
This is a typical Multi-OP item. Please see Multi-op/Issues/Non_Multipliers for more information about this topic.
Closes the current file and quits Win-Test back to the Windows environment.