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Re: [CQ-Contest] CT vs. N1MM

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Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] CT vs. N1MM
From: Pete Smith <n4zr@contesting.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2006 10:38:11 -0400
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I'm biased - I work on the N1MM project - but I think there is no comparison.  
N1MM really took off from where TR Log stopped, which was really a quantum step 
forward over CT, particularly on CW.

A critical difference is that both TR and N1MM programs are "modal' - that is, 
they work differently (and intuitively) for running and S&P.  When you are 
running, you type a station's call and hit Enter.  The program sends the other 
station's call and your exchange to him.  You copy his exchange, hit Enter 
again, and the program logs the QSO and sends TU QRZ...  

In S&P mode, the same keystrokes are used, but the result is different.  Type 
the call and hit Enter, and your call is sent.  If the station answers you copy 
your exchange and hit Enter again, and it sends your exchange to him and logs 
the QSO.  Couldn't be simpler.  

I read Mal's complaint about complexity.  From my own experience doing user 
support, most of the problems result from people trying to DO really 
complicated things with the software, like SO2R with one or both radios 
operating split, or experimenting with advanced capabilities and getting fouled 

For a beginner, you really need only 2 or 3 windows open - the Entry window, 
the Check window, and the Log.  Then you can add things as you become 
comfortable, and if you get tangled up, it's just a matter of renaming the 
simple .ini file and starting over. 

73, Pete N4ZR

At 12:31 PM 10/18/2006, Warren Rothberg wrote:
>I have used CT for contesting since I bought my first copy in Dayton in
>1987. I have not kept up with developments in the N1MM contest software at
>all. So now, 19 years later, I am wondering what the pro?s/con?s of each
>package are. Has anyone published a comparison? Is it time to change?
>Thanks for your input.
>Warren, W4WR
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