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The most usefull are the Charts or the Map tab, which are those that give propagation information, while  
The most usefull are the Charts or the Map tab, which are those that give propagation information, while  
the other, Params, Settings, and Antennas, are useful in the HamCap itself setup phase.  
the other, Params, Settings, and Antennas, are useful in the HamCap itself setup phase.
See HamCap in this manual for the setup phase.
See HamCap in this manual for the setup phase.
TODO  Not finished yet....

Revision as of 14:56, 10 August 2006


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.

Automatic backup...

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.

Setting up Automatic Backup

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.

No sound

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.

Modifying CW messages; you may also edit the memories one by one using Shift+F1, Shift+F2 etc.

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, ...

Additional CW messages that may be used occasionally like QSL info etc.

Serial number

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.

Auto sending...

Options | CW | Auto sending...
This allows to automatically start sending the [Insert] message after some characters are entered in the callsign field.

Configuring Auto sending

Configure interfaces...

Options | Configure interfaces...
All the interfaces you wish to use with Win-Test can be parametered by using this dialog box.

Interface Configuration

Serial Ports

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 :

Serial port configuration

The DTR(4)/RTS(7) pins can be controlled as

  • Handshake
  • PTT
  • CW
  • Always on
  • Always off
  • Active radio

Printer Ports

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.

Parallel port configuration


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.

Voice Keyer

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.

WinKey configuration...

Options | Winkey configuration...
TODO WinKey configuration

EZMaster configuration...

Options | EZMaster configuration...
TODO EZMaster configuration

RTTY 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.

Spot Warnings

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

forecast window later.

Option In Background

It is just a matter of taste and of how big is your monitor screen: if you have plenty of room, may be

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 will see immediately

HamCap (In background option unchecked), and so you'll need to regain the focus with a mouse click.

HamCap in foreground

Then you need to setup which HamCap tab you want to see first.

Option In Background

The most usefull are the Charts or the Map tab, which are those that give propagation information, while

the other, Params, Settings, and Antennas, are useful in the HamCap itself setup phase.

See HamCap in this manual for the setup phase.

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.

Data files

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 [1].

Selecting the appropriate CTY file


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.

Icon toolbar


Options | Language
It is possible to choose the language of the Win-Test user interface. Currently supported languages are English, French and German.

Selecting the Language

Win-Test has to restart when the language is switched.

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