[CQ-Contest] [NCCC] WRTC2006 Radio and Software Stats
Tim Duffy K3LR
k3lr at k3lr.com
Mon Sep 4 21:29:45 EDT 2006
Dave, W9ZRX and I are in the middle of acceptance testing with WinTest at the
moment. I have been using CT DOS since 1988 (Almost 350,000 QSOs), so it is a
very hard decision to change.
I first saw WinTest at WRTC in Brazil. I was impressed. W2GD and CT1BOH (guys
who know what they are talking about!) gave the software rave reviews It works
very much like CT for the major DX contests and has many refined features.
Dave has worked very close with the WinTest team in the last 30 days and is fast
becoming an expert!
The WinTest team in France has been tremendous to work with and has been very
responsive to our questions.
Dave has constructed 13 new fast Windows machines that he will install this week
We'll let you know how it comes out, but as of now, WinTest looks very good.
Jim Neiger wrote:
> I'm taking a serious look @ WIN-TEST, namely because that's what Jose CT1BOH
> uses. And today, simply no one does it better than Jose.
> To paraphrase the old E.F. HUTTON advertisement:
> "when CT1BOH speaks, N6TJ listens".
> Vy 73
> Jim Neiger N6TJ
> (still waiting for a WIN-TEST version with TRLOG's wonderful features)
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Rick Tavan N6XI" <rtavan at gmail.com>
> To: <nccc at contesting.com>; <cq-contest at contesting.com>
> Cc: <wm5r at arrl.net>
> Sent: Saturday, September 02, 2006 5:48 PM
> Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] [NCCC] WRTC2006 Radio and Software Stats
> > WinTest is European, with an enthusiastic, multi-national development and
> > test team. It gets most press and personal testimonials in Europe, so many
> > of us in the US just have never seen or even heard of it. It is
> > down-loadable at www.win-test.com and there is a reflector conducted in
> > English. There is a fee of EU 45 if you decide to use it for real and the
> > latest major upgrade fee was only EU 15.
> > I talked to some of the development/test guys and played with the program
> > a
> > bit at Friedrichshafen. I liked what I saw. It imitates some of the core
> > feel of CT while running on Windows, with more layout flexibility than my
> > current logger, WriteLog. It integrates nicely with some SO2R hardware,
> > supporting the complex and proprietary features of EZMaster (another
> > device
> > best known in Europe) and with a variety of contesting support programs
> > like
> > propagation displays. It appears to support multiple operating positions,
> > including two ops on the same band, using a real network rather than
> > serial
> > port daisy chains which are so last-century. It has some good looking
> > fault
> > tolerance features.
> > I can't speak for others, but the main reason I won't consider even trying
> > it is that it does not yet support either Sprint or the M2 rotor control,
> > both essential to me at home. I expect these shortcomings to be corrected
> > and look forward to trying it then.
> > /Rick N6XI
> >>From Ken WM5R:
> >> > Observations:
> >> >
> >> > * WinTest was used exclusively by teams from Europe, and it was the
> >> > most
> >> > popular logging program amongst the European teams. Any ideas why
> >> > it's
> >> > not
> >> > more popular outside Europe?
> >> >
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