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==Release information (4.5.1) (June 27, 2010)==
==Release information (4.5.1) (June 27, 2010)==
This has not escaped the attention of some of you, Win-Test v4.4.0 has  
This has not escaped the attention of some of you, Win-Test v4.5.1 has  
been released.
been released.

Revision as of 08:27, 7 August 2010

Release information (4.5.1) (June 27, 2010)

This has not escaped the attention of some of you, Win-Test v4.5.1 has been released.

 http://download.win-test.com/v4/bin/wt-4.5.1.exe [Full, 14.2MB]
 http://download.win-test.com/v4/bin/wt-4.5.1-update.exe [Update, 6.3 MB]

You will need your login/password to access these files on the server


  • Bugfix : MP3 information files dialog could lead to a crash if no mp3 file were present in the current log directory.
  • Bugfix : ARI Sezioni - RTTY : Only valid 4 digits codes can be now grabbed from the RTTY wnd as an exchange. Tnx IK0CHU.

Release information (4.5.0) (June 5, 2010)

This has not escaped the attention of some of you, Win-Test v4.4.0 has been released.

 http://download.win-test.com/v4/bin/wt-4.5.0.exe [Full, 14.1MB]
 http://download.win-test.com/v4/bin/wt-4.5.0-update.exe [Update, 6.2 MB]

You will need your login/password to access these files on the server

New Features

CAUTION: New network protocol version 1.24 released

Reminder: If you use WT in a networked environment, you must have the same WT version on all machines!

These network modifications only affect the use of Win-Test in a WAN environment, and requires wtTunnel 1.12 (to be released) to be effective.

  • Workaround: YCCC SO2R Box outputs were not working as expected. At this time, AUX1 and AUX3 are assigned to Radio1, and AUX2 and AUX4 to Radio2. This will be customizable in the future.
  • Added a Extraction Feature in Contest Recorder (right-click in the Contest Recorder Window, and chose the "Extract and Save QSO" menu).
  • Contest Recorder: the "rotate file" option were disabling the AutoStart one. Fixed. Thanks IK2JUB.
  • New microHam device "USB micro2R" supported. Tks OM7ZZ.
  • Radio Wnd and DX Cluster Wnd (Alt-A) : New leading indicator (#) introduced to tag spots coming from a CW Skimmer (aka the spotter callsign ends with "-#").
  • CW cut numbers translation : New option in Tools / Data entry to disable the automatic translation. Note that this translation is performed on a contest and worked station contextual basis. The equivalent text commands are CUTON and CUTOFF. Do not use CUT/NOCUT that are reserved for CW cut numbers generation ! Tnx N6TV.
  • EXPERIMENTAL : New "Always On Top" option in the Options / Windows menu. Can also be (re)set with text commands. Tnx N6TV.


  • Bugfix : IC-7600 : Split was broken. Tnx N3MX, I2WIJ.
  • Bugfix : In M/* configuration, and under certain circumstances, the mp3 files list associated with a station in the MP3 file information dialog could be wrong.
  • ARRL DX : CW cut numbers are translated for DXCC stations worked from the US/VE side.
  • MP3 setup : Only the CBR codecs are now displayed in the setup dialogs. The usage of the ABR codecs (most of the LAME ACM ones) is too erratic to be trusted in. Tnx N6TV.
  • Text commands : MP3SETUP and SCRIPTS commands added. Tnx N6TV.
  • Scripts manager dlg : The delete key now acts like clicking on the Delete button.
  • Bugfix : REF HF : Cut numbers were translated for TK stations (2A). Tnx F5CQ.
  • Bugfix : Additional CW messages (Alt-C) : When no log is opened, the function keys are now disabled.
  • Bugfix : Recorder wnd : Under certain circumstances, the buttons tooltips were not always displayed.
  • Bugfix : HA DX contest : When working contest from the HA side, cut numbers where always translated, whereas it had to be so for non-HA callsigns only. Tnx HA3LN.

Release information (4.4.0) (January 17, 2010)

This has not escaped the attention of some of you, Win-Test v4.4.0 has been released.

 http://download.win-test.com/v4/bin/wt-4.4.0.exe [Full, 14.1MB]
 http://download.win-test.com/v4/bin/wt-4.4.0-update.exe [Update, 6.2 MB]

You will need your login/password to access these files on the server


  • Bugfix (#255): K1EL WinKey USB CW timing becomes very poor (Farnsworth style) when PTT delay is default 50 ms. This was caused by too low hardcoded value (80ms) of the PTT Tail delay. This delay is now configurable in the Winkey Properties Dialog Box. Tks F5JSD, SM5AJV, KL7RA and N6TV.
  • Bugfix (#253): Input Wave Device was not properly selected in the Contest Recorder Module. Tks N6TV, NR5M.
  • MP3 files information dialog : Under certain circumstances, the displayed stop time and duration of the selected file were wrong. Tnx N6TV.
  • Bugfix (#271) : Packet window (Alt-T) was losing focus when the gab window was automatically closed. Tnx DL6RAI.
  • Bugfix (#272) : Under certain circumstances, pattern checking flags were not updated if an entered callsign was modified. Tnx DL6RAI.
  • DARC 10 : Leading zeros addition for serial received was broken. Tnx DK1AX.
  • Bugfix : MP3 files recorded in 2009 couldn't be listened to anymore in Win-Test in 2010 ;-) ! Tnx DL6RAI.
  • Bugfix : Stew Perry : Under certain circumstances, an overflow error could happen in distance calculations for Q inside the same GridSquare as the entrant. Tnx VE3TA.
  • Bugfix (Task #270) : ARRL 10 : When running the contest from the DX side, the serial sent was not editable. Tnx CX6VM.
  • Bugfix : RTTY wnds : Left-click to activate (and right-click to open the contextual menu) in the text area were broken. Also, the possibility to Ctrl-Drag these windows has been added.
  • Bugfix : ARI 40/80 contest in RTTY : The provinces can now be grabbed in the RTTY wnd. Also fixed for the ARI International Contest. Tnx IK0CHU.
  • Bugfix : The Inventory and Score broadcast network frames could have bad data. Tnx SV3SJ/F5VIH.
  • Bugfix : After opening a non-empty log, the first PgUp press was not updating the child windows.

New Features

  • Added some new features of the WK2 (WKUSB) for the PTT Tail. Tks F5JSD, K1EL.
  • OmniRig supported as an alternative to the WT build-in Radio Control. Right-click on the Radio Window then choose "OmniRig Settings" in order to properly configure OmniRig for your Radio.
  • IC-703 rig added.
  • First attempt in OTRSP (Open Two Radio Switching Protocol) protocol support. Tested with the YCCC SO2R Box but not in real conditions. Tks K1XM.
  • Log output : Progress bar implemented. Tnx TF3CW.
  • Edit / Move in my log menu item has now text commands equivalents: MOVEINMYLOG (or SCROLLMYLOG) and NOMOVEINMYLOG (or NOSCROLLMYLOG). Tnx 5B4WN.
  • Rate wnd (Alt-R) : Two methods are now available to display the elapsed time since the last band changes. Tnx F1NGP and TK5EP.
  • MRU (Most Recently Used) file list added in the File menu.
  • IC-7600 rig added.
  • ICOM rigs : Radio list rearranged alphabetically in the Interface Setup dialog.
  • Bugfix : RTTY wnds : The invert function was also inverting the character next to the selection.
  • RTTY wnds : Mirror zone enlarged to allow 4-figures serials.
  • RTTY wnds : Callsigns found in the database or in the log are now displayed in bold.
  • RTTY wnds : Colors management added.
  • Grid Squares wnd : It can now be enlarged to the entire world. Tnx F8BBL.
  • Grid Squares wnd : New options in the contextual menu to display fields only, and to center the map on a specific point more easily (it requires the map is NOT centered on the Home QTH in the properties dialog).
  • Grid Squares wnd : The resolution (low or high) chosen in the properties dialog wasn't properly saved.
  • CQWW WPX Contests (Task #269) : Various updates to comply with the new rules introduced in 2010. Tnx K5ZD, W0YK.
  • ARRL Contests : Default Off-time period set to 30 mins. Tnx CX6VM and DL6RAI.
  • New "-n" or "--noautoload" switch allowed in the command line to disable the autoload log feature. Tnx N6TV (The only Win-Test user who runs it from the command line ;-) ).
  • Startup time reduced.
  • CSV and Text exports : HF logs can now export distance and heading. CAUTION : To ensure consistency with the VHF logs exports (and many geographical processing softwares or online apps), the longitude is now positive for East, and negative for West.
  • Tools / Check log / Callsigns syntax check added. Uses the pattern callsigns rules file (callsign.pat).
  • LUA : wtArg can now be used to get the optional argument set in the Script Manager or in a #SCRIPT(argument) call. To ensure compatibility, wtArgument remains usable.
  • Bugfix : Under some circonstances, some key assignments to scripts were not working properly. Tnx DJ0ZY.
  • Script key assignment dialog : If no key is assigned, the argument field is now automatically cleared and disabled.
  • Lua : New API to get the type and the manufactuer of the radios: wtRadio*:GetTypeId() and wtRadio*:GetManufacturerId(). Reminder : wtRadio* applies to wtRadio, wtRadioInactive, wtRadioPrimary, wtRadioSecondary, wtRadio1 or wtRadio2. New Lua WT constants are introduced for this purpose. A new directory on our download repository has been created to gather the API and the constants lists : http://download.win-test.com/v4/lua/
  • REF 160 : As non-domestic stations can send non-numeric exchanges the CW cut numbers translation is now disabled. Tnx F5IN.

Release information (4.3.0) (November 23, 2009)

This has not escaped the attention of some of you, Win-Test v4.4.0 has been released.

 http://download.win-test.com/v4/bin/wt-4.3.0.exe [Full, 14.0MB]
 http://download.win-test.com/v4/bin/wt-4.3.0-update.exe [Update, 6.1 MB]

You will need your login/password to access these files on the server


  • Bugfix: playing back MP3s recorded on different stations was broken. Tks FY5KE.
  • Contest Recorder (#253): USB Voice Codec was not detected due to a trailing space in the Codec Name. Fixed. Tks N6TV.
  • Bugfix (#182): Wrong QSX Frequency in Self-generated Spots. Tks K1GQ.
  • Bugfix (#262): CQ Repeat doesn't stop for Secondary Radio. Tks DJ0ZY.
  • Bugfix (#259): Pressing Alt-1 in Secondary Radio window moves QSO to wrong band. Alt-1/2/3/... are now active only with the Primary radio and when the Partner Wnd is open. Tks N6TV.
  • Bugfix (#251): NA Sprint - LOCATION record not written to Cabrillo file header. Done also for IARU HF, NAQP and NCCC Sprints. Tks N6TV.
  • Bugfix (#243): WPX contest now requires LOCATION in Cabrillo. Done also for CQWW even if it doesn't seem required yet. Tks N6TV.
  • Bugfix : Ukranian DX contest and RDXC : Cut numbers were translated even for Oblasts. Tnx F5IN and RK1AA.
  • UFT HF : Under some circonstances, the received report was not correctly translated with cut numbers. Tnx F5IN.
  • CQWW M/S : The 10-minute mult timer in the status window (Alt-J) was broken. Tnx FY5KE.

New Features

  • Italian translation added. Tks IV3IYH!
  • Search for Possible Bad Exchanges against bad formated serial number implemented. Tks N6TV.
  • Added some basic checks for ARRL SS in the "Search for Possible Bad Exchanges" tool. Tks N6TV.
  • The '<' and '>' keys are now interpreted by the Secondary Radio Window as well, as far as the SHIFT key is not used for binding to the Secondary Radio Window (task #216). Tks N6TV.
  • WAE : When using the keyboard mode in the QTC transmitting and receiving dialogs, the Enter key was mis-interpreted. And now, in CW, the "what you type" field is also updated. Tnx DL6RAI and DJ4MZ.
  • Lua : New API to play the additional CW/RTTY messages (Alt-C set)

AdditionalMsgIndex is the index of the Alt-C messages set (1 to 12). Others are ignored. This API is useful when these messages contains variables. If not, you can still use wtKeyer:Play("$MSGx").

  • Lua: New API introduced to get various interesting directories paths:
 wtApp:GetLogPath()         Current log directory path
 wtApp:GetAppPath()         Win-Test installation directory path
 wtApp:GetCfgPath()         \cfg directory path
 wtApp:GetCtyPath()         \countryFiles directory path
 wtApp:GetDatabasePath()    \databases directory path
 wtApp:GetOpPath()          \ops directory path
 wtApp:GetScriptPath()      \scripts directory path
 wtApp:GetExtraPath()       \extras directory path
  • WAE : Transmit and Receive QTC windows : Scripts are now allowed in the predefined CW/RTTY messages (use the #SCRIPT notation as usual). Tnx DL6RAI.
  • Ukranian DX contest : Rules 2009 now accept single mode entries for DX : Cabrillo file output updated. Tnx F5IN.

Release information (4.2.0) (October 21, 2009)

This has not escaped the attention of some of you, Win-Test v4.2.0 has been released.

 http://download.win-test.com/v4/bin/wt-4.2.0.exe [Full, 14MB]
 http://download.win-test.com/v4/bin/wt-4.2.0-update.exe [Update, 6.1 MB]

You will need your login/password to access these files on the server


  • Bugfix: Conversion of binary file containing QTC from v3 to v4. Tks DJ4MZ.
  • Better support of Win7 and Wine/Linux.
  • Bugfix (#258): Failure of swap radio key to switch rx focus for the MK2R+ as long as one not manually changed the rx focus to stereo or transmitted anything in CW. Tks GW3NJW, OH1JT, OM7ZZ, W4TV.
  • Cosmetic: avoid rx focus leds flickering when switching tx focus. Tks OM7ZZ.
  • Bugfix (#187): Ctrl-Shift-Tab doesn't appear to toggle RUN / S&P in Secondary radio window. Tks N6TV, GW3NJW.
  • Bugfix : K3 serial port default setup modified : The number of stop bits was wrong - It is now set to one stop bit, according to the K3 users manual. Tnx N6TV.
  • ON Winter and Spring contests : Sections list updated. Tnx F5IN and ON5GQ.
  • Bugfix (#257) : CQWW DX RTTY : Cabrillo template modified to match the specs. Tnx N6TV.
  • Bugfix : CQWW DX RTTY : Allowed band changes modified to 8 in MS and M2 categories (rules 2009). Tnx F5JY.
  • Bugfix (#164): TI5/NP3D is now parsed as TI. Tnx JE2UFF/W2UFF.
  • CTY files : 4U30VIC now considered as 4U1V in an appropriate way. Tnx DL6LAU.
  • Bugfix : After reloading a WAE log, the QTC count in the Summary window was wrong. Tnx DK1AX.

New Features

  • Scripting: wtQso:GetModeId() and wtKeyer:GrabHighlightedCallsign() function added. Note that wtKeyer:GrabHighlightedCallsign() works only in RTTY, and relies on the INSERT key option set in the RTTY setup dialog.
  • New option in the Clock wnd to "wizz" this window a la MSN at rounded hours, to draw attention of the op (useful in multi-op configurations).
  • New feature in Tools / Scripts manager... : Allows to edit, create, delete or rename scripts. It's also used to assign a key and/or an argument to a script (its value will be available in the wtArgument global variable).
  • Scripts called by an assigned key can return +1 to be called again *after* the WT key processing ooccured. A new API wtApp:IsPostKeyProcess() is introduced to distinguish the "pre"- process from the "post"-process.


RunSPSwitch.wts (assigned to Ctrl-Tab) :

  if (wtApp:IsPostKeyProcess()) then
    if (wtQso:IsOperatingModeRun()) then
      wtApp:SetWindowColor(-1, 0, 165, 165);
      wtApp:SetWindowColor(-1, 128,128,128);
    return 1; -- Triggers a post key process call

Note : This feature works only for users scripts called with an assigned key (and *not* with embedded overriden scripts).

  • Scripts can now be called from a CW or a RTTY message. You must use the #SCRIPTNAME(ARGUMENT) notation. The argument (and parenthesis) are optional. The script will be called synchroneously, but is executed in the main thread, meaning that it is not blocking the CW/RTTY stream.
  • New feature in Options / Script Editor configuration : Allows to use any external text editor to edit scripts. The default text editor is a custom package of SciTE (Scintilla Text Editor - free and open source) available on our repository


Unzip the package and move the entire SciTE folder in the Win-Test installation directory.

  • YO DX Contest : Rules 2009 : In mixed mode, a station can be worked in both modes. Tnx N2YO.
  • Tools / Check log for possible bad exchanges : When the contest do not use serial numbers, use the QSO index in the report remarks. Tnx F1HAR @ TM0HQ.
  • Keys redefinitions : The Pause and Scroll-Lock keys can now be used. Be warned that Ctrl-Scroll-Lock and Ctrl-Pause (that are considered as "identical" by the system) are used by Windows to cancel dialogs. Thus, it is advisable to not use them for key redefinition.

Release information (4.1.0) (August 8, 2009)

Download here:

http://download.win-test.com/v4/bin/wt-4.1.0.exe [full, 10.6 MB]
http://download.win-test.com/v4/bin/wt-4.1.0-update.exe [update, 2.7 MB]

(you will need your login/password to access these files on the server)

New Features

  • IOTA contest: "Search for possible bad exchanges" (tools menu) implemented.
  • Rotator Azimuth orders are now based on the locator instead of the DXCC on 50 MHz and above. On 50 MHz and 70 MHz, if the locator field is empty in the log, then the azimuth is computed against the DXCC prefix.
  • New text commands RUNSP/NORUNSP and RUNSPON/RUNSPOFF to enable or not the RUN/S&P switching. Tnx N6TV.
  • New contest files : You can now customize the file name and sub dir formats. See Options / Log / New contest files properties... Tnx N6TV.
  • IOTA contest : Default IOTA reference is now guessed, according to the new CTY_IOTA.DAT file (must be in the countryFiles directory). This file is based on DXCC countries, callsign prefixes, call areas and oblasts.
  • IOTA contest : Check mult wnd (F10) : IOTA references are now autocompleted for check during QSO entry.
  • New File menu items to explore more easily several WT-related directories. Tnx F5VIH/SV3SJ and N6TV.
  • DX Window (Alt-A) : Spot can be now passed to the secondary radio or the non-active radio. Tnx DL8WAA.
  • M2/Orion rotators added in wtRotators. Tks IK0HBN.
  • The RRTC Cabrillo files are now following the version 3 specs. And the contest name is modified as "OZCHR". Tnx F5VIH/SV3SJ.
  • CW and RTTY msgs enlarged to 120 characters.
  • Extra information files : Multiple spaces or tabs can now separate the callsign from the data. Tnx G0ORH.
  • New File dialog : Ensures the validity of the entered file name. Tnx DJ7MGQ.
  • ESM : S&P : When the entered callsign is a dupe, WT now blocks call. To override this behaviour, use F4 to call and F2 to send exchange (by default). Tnx GW3NJW.
  • VHF+ contests : Mode is now displayed in the main log wnd if the contest has been set to handle several modes (Mixed or All modes). Tnx DK2ZF and DL5NAH.


  • The displayed azimuth in the Rotator Window could be wrong in the "Stacks" and "Rotors" tabs.
  • EUHF : Statistics window (Ctrl-F9) limited to one day. Tnx F5VIH/SV3SJ.
  • IOTA contest : When an invalid IOTA was entered, clearing the field afterwards wasn't clearing the '?' flag.
  • Contest Recorder:
    • Infinite loop in MP3 file rotations. Tks DD5FZ.
    • Memory Leak using LAME encoder.
    • MP3 Codec enumeration in the player. WT was not always detecting the appropriate Codec.
    • Playback with Windows VISTA. Note that the LAME Codec is an Encoder Codec only.
  • When radios were swapped (*), the ESM QSO status was somewhat messy.
  • For some contests, the letters for cut numbers were inappropriately translated.
  • After a WT v3 file conversion, the main window caption was not updated.
  • MP3 files information : The file date was off by one month. Tnx F5VIH/SV3SJ.
  • Cabrillo Import : The station name for all worked QSO was CABRILLO. Now, it uses the name entered in the Contest Settings dialog. Tnx F5VIH/SV3SJ.
  • Callsign text color wasn't reset after F11 or empty callsign if the callsign check wasn't automatic. Tnx DJ0ZY.
  • Delete QSO : Several structures inconstancies fixed when a Q was deleted in the middle of the log.
  • In REG1TEST exports (European Standard File for V/UHF Contests), QSO logged in mode different than CW or SSB was not well formatted. Tks DL5NAH.
  • Options / Log / Colors... menu was broken. Tnx F5LIW.
  • Check Country wnd (F10) : Sun status bars now display "NO DATA" when SS and SR are not computed (JW, JX etc.). Tnx DJ0ZY.
  • (Task #245) Network advanced settings : The Bridgehead setting was not saved. Tnx KL7RA and N6TV.
  • Opening a .wtb file in the command line, by drag'n'drop or a double-click on it was starting an infinite loop. Tnx N6TV.

Release information (4.0.1) (June 30, 2009)


  • Options / Toolbar setting was ignored on startup. Tnx N6TV.
  • ESM was broken. Tnx F1HAR.
  • Registration Key was broken.

Release information (4.0.0) (June 26, 2009)

First release of Win-Test version 4

Minimum requirements : WinXP (2k not tested but may mork - feedbacks welcome). PIII 500 MHz - 64 MB RAM - 800 x 600 screen res.

New Features

Summary of the new features:

  • Rotators Controls
  • Integrated MP3 contest recorder and player: Use the Options / MP3 configuration to set the audo device that will record and play the file, the various sampling and bit rate settings. You can also set a maximum filesize. Over this limit, additional files will be automatically created. To start recording click on the record button of the window (a blinking red square will be displayed in the clock window too). Once the contest is over, click on the record button again to stop recording. Now, you can browse your log with usual arrow keys and to listen to a specific Q but clicking the Play button or use the AltGr-Enter combination (some keyboard do not have an AltGr key, so use Ctrl+Alt instead). You can also go back and forward with the adapted buttons or use AltGr-Left and Right. To pause/play, you can use the AltGr-Space combination.
  • ESM (Enter Sends Message): Enabled/Disabled by the Tools/Data entry/ESM Enabled menu. You can also use the ESM/NOESM or ESMON/ESMOFF text commmands. It relies on the following messages assignation :
 F1 : CQ
 F2 : Sent report
 F4 : Mycall
 F5 : Logged callsign ($LOGGED)
 F7 : ? (or "Again ?" in phone)
 INSERT : Callsign + sent report
 PLUS : TU + enter Q

When the ESM is enabled, as the return key *can't* be used anymore to log silently a QSO, the key combination Ctrl+Plus has been introduced and added for this purpose.

  • Variable speed for the integrated voice keyer : An exclusive Win-Test feature! You can play your voice files at a different speed (between -20% and +70%) from the original recording speed. Record your voice files at normal speed, and use Alt-F9/F10 (as in CW mode) to play them at a different speed. The speed in displayed at the bottom of the (Rate) Alt-R window.
  • On the fly callsign pattern check based on the K1TTT callsign.pat file (over 400 rules applied today). Use the Tools / Data entry / Callsign check menu option. You are encouraged to report the author any mistakes or improvements of this file (k1ttt@arrl.net). The file is located in the cfg directory (see below).
  • Improved F10 window with graphical indication of the sun status on both sides of the QSO.
  • Keyboard mode (Alt-K) enhanced. The backspace is not supported yet and replaced by "E E " like you do when you use a regular key.
  • Data (.wt4) and notes (.not) files can be transferred thru the WT network without needing any file or directory sharing. Very convenient to gather all logs in a multi-stations environment once the contest is over. Use the Tools / Download thru the network... menu.
  • Enhanced compatibility with Vista and Seven (Auxiliary and ini files are now stored in directories these OS accept with no additional rights:
 Windows XP : Documents and Settings\All users\Application Data\Win-Test\
 Windows Vista : ProgramData\Win-Test\

Note that these directories may be hidden by Windows Explorer. Check the Folders Options of Windows Explorer.

Several sub-directories are created and used by Win-Test. Their names are self-explanatory.