Windows CW was also solved, into the hundreds of WPM, by the authors of
RUFZxp, DL4MM and IV3XYM, so it is certainly doable without the need for
Craig Cook wrote:
> I asked the TR4W author about possibly supporting winkey in the future, but
> he said their is no need to do so since TR4W produces "normal" cw. I
> wondered how he did that. Now I know.
> On Dec 1, 2007 5:13 PM, <email@example.com> wrote:
>> Due to work and family commitments I wasn't able to put in much of an
>> effort into the ARRL 160 contest this year. But like Dick I was intrigued by
>> a Windows version of TR. The version of TR4W I have doesnt support 2 radio
>> operatio yet but it would work well for a single band contest like the 160.
>> I managed to get a few hours in this evening and test drive this program
>> while I was at it.
>> It's close, in fact very close in operation to TR. However I did notice
>> that on an intermittent basis is would send poor sounding CW. Not gargbage,
>> but the timing was goofy. I've never had TR-DOS act like this. I'm using a
>> 1.3 Ghz pentium with 1.3 G of Ram running Windows XP SP2.
>> Other than the CW keying issue I had nothing to complain about.
>> 73 Steve K0SR
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: Richard J. Norton [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
>>> Sent: Friday, November 30, 2007 07:01 AM
>>> To: 'CQ-Contest'
>>> Subject: [CQ-Contest] TR4W Report
>>> This is not a report about operating from Gabon, but a report about a
>>> Windows-based version of the TR-Log contest logging program.
>>> While in California, VU2PTT alerted me to the existence of the TR4W
>>> program, produced by Dmitriy Gulyaev, UA4WLI. Being an old dog, and
>>> not wanting to learn new tricks, I desired a contest logging program
>>> that would permit me to use the efficient features of TR-Log to which
>>> I have become accustomed, and also work with today's computers.
>>> Essentially, TR-Log differs from other logging programs in that it
>>> functions differently in the CQ mode and the S&P mode. Keystroke
>>> functions are minimized for each mode, and hitting the easy-to-find
>>> "enter" or "space" or "escape" key will result in the desired
>>> The bottom line is that TR4W works and fulfills both requirements. I
>>> was active in the CQWW CW Contest from Honduras as HQ2A, where I gave
>>> TR4W a 44 hour checkout.
>>> The program ran on a 1.8 MHz, Windows XP, Great-Quality brand low-cost
>>> laptop purchased from Fry's Electronics, a large chain computer store.
>>> The computer has one parallel printer port, no serial ports, and two
>>> USB ports.
>>> TR4W generates CW without any external boxes, and runs the
>>> one-transistor keying interfaces such as the W1WEF units. You can
>>> detect that the Windows XP-generated keying is not perfectly uniform
>>> if you are critically listening, but when I spoke with people after
>>> the contest, no one reported noticing anything during my operation.
>>> Given my power-line noise environment, I never transmitted faster than
>>> 38 WPM, as I didn't want people answering me at higher speeds. Mostly,
>>> I used 32 WPM.
>>> The computer keyed an Icom IC-765 through its parallel port, with a
>>> single transistor interface. While testing the TR4W program in
>>> California, I borrowed a USB to serial adapter, and subsequently also
>>> had TR4W reading and controlling the frequency of an FT-1000D. In
>>> Honduras, I borrowed HC2J's IC-765 transceiver at the last moment, and
>>> had no cables to permit frequency interface during the CQWW.
>>> The TR4W look on the display is very similar, but not exactly the
>>> same, to that of TR-Log since TR4W permits optionally including or
>>> excluding support-information windows such as missing-multipliers or
>>> Operationally, the programs essentially perform identically. A few
>>> minor things didn't work in the 2.32 version that I used, such as the
>>> quick-QSL key. But using a keying-paddle also directly connected to
>>> the IC-765, I was comfortably able to accomplish the same thing. In
>>> fact, in cases where I had copied two callsigns at once, I was able to
>>> work the two stations in a row quite smoothly with the keyboard and
>>> paddle combination.
>>> No packet associated features were tested or should ever be expected
>>> to be tested by me.
>>> Once in a while, the program would cease to work. Then I would find
>>> that somehow the mouse icon had slipped out of the TR4W window. Moving
>>> the cursor back and clicking would get things working again. Note that
>>> I look at the keyboard to type.
>>> I used an earlier version, TR4W 2.32 beta, that saved the log files as
>>> plain text files such as done by TR-Log. Having seen many cases of
>>> corrupted binary log files over the year, I am partial to
>>> easy-to-correct text files. Text files also permit use of my TR-Log
>>> analysis tools. I notice that the newest version of TR4W seems to save
>>> log files in a binary format, but has capability for exporting of the
>>> text files.
>>> TR4W operation was perfectly satisfactory. Last year, I carried a 486
>>> DOS-based desktop overseas in checked luggage to permit use of the
>>> DOS-based TR-Log program. This year, only my laptop, which comes along
>>> anyway, took the overseas trip.
>>> TR4W, in its current beta version, is freeware. It is available at
>>> Thanks to UA4WLI for producing it.
>>> Dick Norton, N6AA
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