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Re: [SD-User] Old logs - Thanks!

To: Rik IZ2EJU <>
Subject: Re: [SD-User] Old logs - Thanks!
From: "g3wyw@BT via SD-User" <>
Reply-to: "g3wyw@BT" <>
Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2022 12:05:55 +0000
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Hi Enriko,

I wonder what PC you were using with SD back then? Did it have a real serial or 
parallel port I wonder? Simple keying interfaces using NPN transistors for PTT 
and CW keying were OK then with DOS PCs or early versions of Windows up to XP.

However later versions of Windows changed the way serial ports were supported. 
Microsoft famously said “ We won’t guarantee when your serial data will be 
sent, but we will guarantee it will get there!”. This paid havoc with time 
critical applications like CW keying in programs like SD, and paved the way for 
Winkey type keying units. These just send the CW messages as ASCII down the 
serial port and the Winkeyer converts to CW keying output for the radio and is 
the preferred ways of remote keying unless your radio has a built in USB 
interface for CAT, CW keying and AFSK based data modes like FT8 etc.

So, I think you using winkey with SD on Windows7 for keying your FT100 is 
probably the best solution available. 

73 Paul G3WYW 
Sent from my iPad

> On 18 Jan 2022, at 09:14, Rik IZ2EJU via SD-User <> 
> wrote:
> Paul,
> first of all thanks for the help.Yes, it is a very long time that I was QRX, 
> my last QSO was in late 2011.Super Duper helped me to get a third place in 
> Italy in CQ WW CW 2006 (Yaesu FT-100 and dipoles), so you can understand why 
> I want to remain with an old friend. And I am still using my little 
> FT-100...I remember that CW was smooth also without Winkeyer, but now it 
> seems difficult. I have a laptop with Windows 7, and a USB to RS232 adapter 
> (I have the RS232 version of Winkeyer), and it works OK with Winkeyer, no way 
> to work with the "simple" interface. No matter, I like Winkeyer.Yes, I know, 
> I should get some newer stuff...
> Thanks again!
> 73 da Enrico "Rik" IZ2EJUMarconista n. 703 - GRT n. 886
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