On June 11 I posted an inquiry about good speed training software for
Windows, particularly XP. My objective is training and preparation for CW
contests. I had experienced difficulty running my favorites, RUFZ and PED
under Windows and other morse-training software for Windows wasn't up to
my expectations. I received several responses but here is what my
Of the available Windows software, "Pilemania" is the one that comes
closest to my expectations. The software is still in development by
Yasushi, JA1DYB, and is available at
http://www.jg1vgx.net/etc/pilemania0.08.zip. Refer also to posts from
Rin, JG1VGX, and Franz, DK1II, on cq-contest on June 17.
Yesterday, however, I came across software called DosBox, which appears to
emulate DOS pretty well under Windows XP. I came across it through the
RUFZ homepage (http://www.darc.de/referate/dx/xedtr.htm) and so far both
RUFZ and PED run well and this software does not appear to have any
sideeffects. For example, I start RUFZ from the Run-windows by entering:
"C:\Program Files\DOSBox-0.61\dosbox.exe" "c:\Rufz\RUFZ.EXE".
In a conclusion, I prefer the DosBox method with RUFZ or PED for the time
being, but Pilemania is a good second choice and may surpass the others as
it develops further.
73 de Kristinn, TF3KX
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