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 and 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 removable media like an USB stick. You can choose an automatic backup interval between 1 and 120 minutes. If a backup fails, your are prompted if you wish to disable the backup.
Optionally a different (time-stamped) filename will be used for every new backup file (actually a good idea for backing up to a network drive!).
If the option "Always notify..." is ticked, an informal message will be displayed at the bottom of the screen after a backup run has finished.
Here is some additional advice:
- Backups are processed in a separate thread, meaning that you will not even notice that a backup is in progress! No slowdown, no keyboard blocking etc...
- Of course, it makes sense to backup to a different volume than your "working" drive. This avoids loss of everything if your hard disk fails. Do not smile... It happens, sometimes! (ARRL SSB 2002 FY5KE, IIRC!)
- Once you entered the last QSO, for safety, generate your Cabrillo log(s) before exiting. A simple "MAKELOG" command opens the appropriate dialog.
- In all cases, always make a copy of a file when you want to use/test/modify it. Always keep a backup, never use the original! If you have FTP access somewhere, copy the file there as soon as possible! If your computer crashes, you still will have a safe copy.
Call me paranoid, but believe me, you need to loose some day a very big chunk of data to understand the importance of backups!
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. It is enabled only when the selected operating mode is CW. (otherwise it is greyed out)
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.
Note for some new Laptop
In some new generation Laptop, it is necessary to enable the PC Speaker in the BIOS to have it to work properly.
Moreover, with some Sound system, you have also to enable the PC Speaker in the "Volume Control". Here how to do it:
- double click on the Speaker icon in the system tray
- then menu
Option | Properties, and search for the PC Speaker Volume Control and enable it.
- then set the Volume slide rule to appropriate sound level.
Unfortunately, it is also possible that recent Laptop doesn't support PC Speaker anymore... :(
Options | CW | Initial Speed
Sets the initial CW speed for new files.
Modify standard messages...
Options | CW | Modify standard messages...
For quick access to this dialog, use the text command MESSAGES or MSGS.
The place to change the CW messages, both for Run and S&P mode.
Please have a look at the list of message variables you can use in the CW memories to control different aspects of the operation.
The Options tab of this window lets you redefine the $QSOB4 macro. The only variable that can be used in this field is $MYCALL, e.g. "QSO $MYCALL TEST".
It also allows enabling the Sprint Exchange logic -- a feature used in the Sprint contests to signal to a listening station that you will take over the frequency after the QSO. When checked, pressing Insert sends the "Run Message" if the logged serial field is blank (e.g. Insert (Run) = $LOGGEDCALL $MYCALL $F2), and the "Search & Pounce Message" if the logged serial field is not blank (e.g. Insert (S&P) = $LOGGEDCALL $F2 $MYCALL).
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. It also defines the macros $MSG1 to $MSG12 that may optionally be used as part of any standard CW message.
Modify WAE messages...
Options | CW | Modify WAE messages...
This function allows you to define CW message text which is available during transmit/receive of QTC traffic. The QTC window is specific to the WAE DX Contest and can be opened using ctrl-L (transmit QTCs) or Alt-L (receive QTCs). For more details of WAEDC, please see WAEDC.
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
Equivalent to the text commands CORRECT and NOCORRECT.
Controls the value of the $CORRECT message variable. When enabled, Win-Test automatically sends a call correction if the callsign sent ($LOGGEDCALL) by the [Ins] key is changed before you press [+] to log the QSO. This is most useful when the [+] key is programmed with $CORRECT TU $MYCALL $CR or similar. NOCORRECT disables the feature.
When "Smart correction" is enabled (text command: SMART), Win-Test resends only what needs to be sent (prefix, suffix, or full call). When disabled (NOSMART), Win-Test sends the full callsign for all corrections .
Shortened spaces (CT spaces)
Options | CW | Shortened spaces (CT spaces)
Equivalent to the text commands CTSPACE and NOCTSPACE.
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.
Options | CW | Auto sending...
Equivalent to the text commands CWAUTO, NOCWAUTO/CWAUTOOFF, CWAUTO3, and CWAUTO4
This lets Win-Test automatically send the [Insert] message as soon as some number of characters are entered in the callsign field, eliminating the need to press the [Ins] key to send an exchange.
When CW Auto Sending is enabled, if the cursor is in the callsign field, hitting [Escape] will disable Auto Sending for the current QSO if no CW is being transmitted. When you hit [Escape] during transmit, or when the cursor is not in the callsign field, it stops the current CW transmission, but does not disable the CW Auto Sending setting.
Options | RTTY
This menu item allows you to setup the standard and additional messages for RTTY operation. It is enabled only when the selected operating mode is RTTY. (otherwise it is greyed out)
Modify standard messages...
Options | RTTY | Modify standard messages...
The place to change the RTTY messages.
Please have a look at the list of Message Variables you can use in the RTTY memories to control different aspects of the operation.
Modify additional messages...
Options | RTTY | Modify additional messages...
The place to create or modify additional RTTY messages which can be accessed using Alt-C. These memories can be used for transmitting QSL information, special greetings, QSY/sked information, ...
Message Variables can also be used within these additional messages.
Modify WAE messages...
Options | RTTY | Modify WAE messages...
This function allows you to define RTTY message texts which are available during transmit/receive of QTC traffic. The QTC window is specific to the WAE DX Contest and can be opened using Ctrl-L (transmit QTCs) or Alt-L (receive QTCs). For more details of WAEDC, please see WAEDC.
This function is mainly used for a VHF/UHF/SHF setup involving a transverter. An HF radio tuned on 28 MHz is used as the user front-end which drives the transverter for 144 MHz or 432 MHz. Or a 144 MHz transceiver is used to drive a transverter to 5.7 and 10 GHz.
The point is that Win-Test only sees the frequency of the front-end. For example it would find the radio tuned to 28 MHz and simply ignore its frequency read-out when set up for a VHF/UHF contest. Likewise, the radio would ignore commands to tune to 144.054 from Win-Test because it is a HF transceiver that only knows 1.8-30 MHz. This is where the frequency offset feature comes in handy. It allows you to specify a frequency (in kHz) that will be added to any frequency read from the radio and subtracted from any frequency command that goes to the radio.
In other words, assume the frequency offset is set at 116000 kHz. The radio is tuned to 28054 kHz. Now Win-Test "sees" the radio at 144054 kHz, because the offset is added. Likewise, when the user clicks on a packet spot on 144088, Win-Test sends the radio to 28088 because the offset is subtracted.
This way, Win-Test gives you great flexibility to enter one offset per band per radio.
Options | Configure interfaces...
For quick access to this dialog, use the text command SETUP.
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, for CW or PTT output, for audio control, or for an RS232 (serial) 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) pin options are:
- Always ON
- Always OFF
- Active radio
- Stereo RX Audio
- Headphone control
Note: The pin numbering applies to a standard DB9 connector.
This region of the interfaces configuration window lets you select the type of transceiver for radio 1 and 2 plus various settings like polling, polling rate (actually, delay before polling the radio again after the previous sequence) and if the ICOM specific CI-V feature is to be used or not. By the way, when you use an ICOM radio with an address different from factory settings, please see WT.INI
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.
Network Protocol Advanced Settings
Under the Network Protocol Advanced Settings dialog you will find a way to restrict network traffic in a very specific way. CAUTION: Modifications to the default settings must be considered with an extreme attention. It is reserved for very particular configurations or purposes, mainly used by expert users. You're on your own!
Some pre-set typical configurations are available:
- Silent time master: Can be used if the computer is used to *only* distribute an accurate clock. It will not appear in the status window of the other networked computers.Note that no QSO will be recorded on (and sent from) this machine with this setting.
- Silent backup: Can be used if the computer is *only* used for this purpose. It will not appear in the status window of the other networked computers.
- Packet sharing: Can be used if stations are networked with different callsigns, do not want a common log, but want to share a commun packet stream. Can be used for several co-located single OP stations on VHF/UHF for example.
- Silent log rebuilding: Can be used if you need to rebuild from scratch a complete log from networked stations, without appearing in the status wnd of the other networked computers.
Note that in all settings, the station will be visible in the network with an INVENTORY command.
[x] Restrict the sync QSO inventories to the LAN
This feature only works with the wtTunnel suite. In respect to the multi-ops categories ethics, this package is only available for HQ stations during the IARU HF contest.
See The Bridgehead Concept for further details.
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...
Advanced SO2R mode and setting up scenarios requires external SO2R control equipment of the last generation, communicating with Win-Test via a USB port.
This menu option enables the user to configure five different option for EZMaster to work with Win-test:
Internal EZMaster CW Keyer (tick Enable WinKey Box) or Win-Test keyer (do not tick box).
In the image below find configuration for FT1000MP
Antenna configuration according to RX/TX
Options | MK/MKII/MK2R configuration...
This option allows you to configure the microHAM devices microHAM Keyer, microHAM Keyer 2 and MK2R SO2R device. It lets you select if the microHAM protocol should be used for communication with the device. Moreover, you can specify, which pins on the ACC connected of the device will be activated, when the radio1 or radio 2 is tuned to a specific band.
Options | Log
Allows you to change the display of the log entry area (the last 9 QSOs plus the current QSO entry line), including the Win-Test background color. You may select font size, colors, headings and so on.
Select the text font for the log entry area
Controls the display of the column titles in the log entry area. The headers may be hidden, left aligned, or centered
Hide QSO numbers
Hides the first column in the log entry area, to avoid confusion with the serial number sent, especially for multi-op entrants.
Use this option to change the background color for the entire screen, the color of the logging text, the header text, or the warning message text. Press the [Factory colors] button to restore these to the Win-Test default colors.
Stay in field when moving up and down in the log
Select this option to the have the cursor move up and down as it would in a spreadsheet. For example, to stay in the report field when pressing the [Up] or [Down] cursor keys, instead of having the cursor jump to the beginning of the callsign field.
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.
Options | DX Cluster
DX Cluster window shortcuts
This option controls the syntax of the DX-cluster used (DX Spider vs. AK1A, DXNet, etc.) and the count of spots and solar information requested by using the buttons in the DX cluster window.
Start/stop wtDxTelnet automatically
When wtDxTelnet is installed in the Win-Test directory, this option allows you to start and stop this application from within Win-Test or start and stop it automatically when Win-Test is launched.
Options | HamCAP
With this menu option you can configure the way Win-Test will integrate with HamCAP (by VE3NEA).
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 keyboard 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.
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
Through this section you will be enabled to select four more different options in the pop-up menu as shown in the following picture.
Options | Data Files | Country files...
This option controls which CTY file to use. There are three to select from. You can even start an immediate download from the www.win-test.com web site.
Default extra data files...
Options | Data Files | Default extra data files...
This option will allow to select which EXTRA files WT will use to show specific information (like operator's name, IOTA references, club member names, etc.) in the Extra Information window (see Menu:Windows Extra Information for more details). When selecting this option a window will pop-up where you can check the files you need. You can see an example in the following picture.
Options | Data Files | Markers files...
This option will allow to select which Markers files WT will use to show the relevant information in the BandMap. Please refer to the description of the band map's context menu for detailed information on these files. When selecting this option a window will pop up where you can check the files you wish to display information from. You can see an example in the following picture.
Options | Data Files | Segments files...
This option will allow to select which segments files WT will use to show the relevant information in the BandMap. Please refer to the description of the band map's context menu for detailed information on these files. When selecting this option a window will pop up where you can check the files you wish to activate. You can see an example in the following picture.
Options | Bandplans...
A flexible and powerful band plan management allows you to specify band boundaries on a permanent basis depending on the mode of operation. We all know, that on 40 m CW, the band goes up to 7100; on RTTY, the band goes from well below 7030 to 7100 etc. etc. Since Win-Test tries to filter incoming DX spots by frequency, this is the way to have Win-Test make the correct decision to drop the spot or display it as needed DX.
Different band plans can be saved and re-loaded at a later time. It's smart to create a band plan for SSB, another for CW, yet another one for 160 CW etc.
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.
See Positioning Windows for a practical example.
Options | Toolbar
If this option is checked, the Icons toobar is displayed below the menu.
Refer to the Icon bar chapter for a detailed explanation of all the pictorial symbols.
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.