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Re: [CQ-Contest] CT vs. N1MM

To: "N7MAL" <N7MAL@CITLINK.NET>, <cq-contest@contesting.com>,"Peter Dougherty" <w2irt@comcast.net>
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] CT vs. N1MM
From: "Mike Brown" <k9mi@sbcglobal.net>
Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2006 18:33:05 -0000
List-post: <mailto:cq-contest@contesting.com>
CT out of business? I'm not a CT user, but there is a CT Win that I believe 
works in XP. I thought I saw something about not supporting voice keyer, but 
it did mention support now for NAQP and Sprint. CT may not have all the 
features of WriteLog or N1MM, but I wouldn't call it dead.

73, Mike K9MI

----- Original Message ----- 
To: <cq-contest@contesting.com>; "Peter Dougherty" <w2irt@comcast.net>
Cc: "k7qq" <k7qq@netzero.net>
Sent: Thursday, October 19, 2006 05 07
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] CT vs. N1MM

> I'm a CT person and have seen a few mis-representations here which need to
> be corrected. First I run, and have for years, CT on an XP SP2 machine 
> with
> no problems and no work arounds. I have my FT1000 connected through the
> serial port for band tracking and the parallel port for CW keying(I don't
> operate ever in any fone contest). My setup BTW is also a dual monitor
> system with the Maxon card.
> Quack used the word simple to describe CT & NA which is as it SHOULD be 
> for
> contesting. I want one window covering my entire screen with minimal
> information to deal with. The purpose/goal of a contest is to log as many
> stations & multipliers as possible in a given amount of time. Therefore 
> the
> only info I want on my screen is logging and multiplier and I want it to
> cover my entire screen. I don't think Quack has been as successful as he 
> has
> been because his time was being wasted with a bunch of windows containing
> unimportant info. I realize it is fashionable these days to create and use
> 'bell & whistles' but let's remember why and what the purpose of entering 
> a
> contest is.
> Unfortunately/sadly CT is out of business and we need to move on. Making
> comparisons of CT to N1MM is unfair because CT was designed by a contester
> for contesters. N1MM was designed by computer geeks for computer geeks.
> CT is still very useable for the vast majority of contests so I will
> continue to use it. Maybe someone someday will pick up the CT format and
> continue to up-date it.
> http://www.ctaz.com/~suzyq/N7mal.htm
>  ----- Original Message ----- 
>  From: Peter Dougherty
>  To: cq-contest@contesting.com
>  Sent: Thursday, October 19, 2006 3:40
>  Subject: [CQ-Contest] CT vs. N1MM
>  At 09:29 PM 10/18/2006, you 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?
>  N1MM is probably the best piece of contesting software you'll ever
>  use. Not only is it immensely powerful, but support is first-rate,
>  it's completely free to use, it can network for multi-multi in a
>  breeze, supports distributed databases (in case one machine crashes
>  you won't lose the log), it has amazing documentation and it boasts a
>  featureset to die for. It also has built-in voice and CW keying, and
>  most importantly, you can get it up and running and start using it
>  with a very shallow learning curve.
>  Put another way, if Tom decided to charge $100 a year for it, I'd pay
>  it, not bat an eyelash and *still* consider it a bargain.
>  If you have a relatively modern PC I'd say give it a try. Download
>  the install (version 5.7.2), then apply the latest updater, load the
>  most recent help and cty.dat files and give it a whirl. Create a fake
>  contest, go run Europe or stateside for an hour and check out the
>  features it has, explore menus, etc. Sure it will take a while to
>  master, but to get a contest configured and running takes very little
> effort.
>  Personally, my favourite feature is what they call ESM mode (Enter
>  Sends Message). Once properly configured and tested you can run an
>  entire CW or even SSB contest with only your ENTER button and a few
>  mouse clicks (S&P) or typing only callsigns (if running).
>  Cheers,
>  Peter,
>  W2IRT
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