[ct-user] BUGS / QUESTION
Bob Naumann - N5NJ
Tue, 4 Sep 2001 11:52:08 -0500
See my comments below:
> you are correct it is not good enough but s--t happens yes we have lost a
few contacts logs are now out of sync yes I can do the merge but why?
If Ken were to offer some sort of "join and catch up feature", it would
impact the operation of the other computers on the network for a period of
time. Using Ethernet would make this closer to being reasonable, but at
serial port speeds, it would probably be too much of a burden. Also for
little 486 machines, they would probably not let new qsos be added during
the catch up activity.
> yes you are correct we need to look and become more familiar with the
> features that are there, thanks for the help
> I have not upgraded the computers to anything better, it will do me no
good, ct is still not fully windows ready, beta only it does not support
other voice keying programs,
I don't believe that your assertion is correct here. There was a DOS-based
program, written by K8CC's brother if my memory serves me, that would run as
a TSR and use a soundcard . Of course, you don't have a soundcards in those
486/25 laptops so you can't do that anyway. You can however, control an
external DVK type device which works very well for VHF contesting or HF. We
use the MFJ units at V26B for DX contests and I use an old Neltech DVK-100
for VHF. Both of these can be controlled via the printer port of your
computer - even 486/25 laptops.
Being Windows-ready will not improve CT from a purely operational
perspective. It may make it less "clumsy" for computer users that are only
familiar with the Windows interface. Windows is far more prone to failures
than just DOS.
CT is built from the perspective of giving you the least difficult way of
logging QSOS and tracking much of the other information you need
efficiently - even on older computers who cannot run Windows. A 486/100
runs CT real fast.
> yes we only use this for the uhf/vhf contest and maybe November sweeps,
and we do not need all the features it has but when we use it for our needs
we need it to be a easy as possible
Understanding all the features that CT already has will help you greatly.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Bob Naumann - N5NJ" <email@example.com>
> To: "n6rmj" <n6rmj@QNET.COM>
> Cc: "ct ct ct" <CT-USER@CONTESTING.COM>
> Sent: Tuesday, September 04, 2001 8:30 AM
> Subject: Re: [ct-user] BUGS / QUESTION
> > Please see my responses below:
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > > THE LAPTOPS ARE AS RELIABLE AS YOU CAN EXPECT A LAPTOP TO BE, THERE IS
> > > PROBLEM WITH THE NETWORK IT WORKS JUST FINE, I AM USING A 4 PORT
> > CARD
> > > OFF OF MY COMPUTER P2 WITH LOTS OF RAM WITH UPS , WE HAVE HAD NO
> > > DOING THIS
> > > I DO NOT THINK THESE ARE WORK AROUND THESE ARE NEEDED
> > >
> > If you're having failures, it's not good enough. Period.
> > > THE GAB WINDOW IS TO SEND SOMEONE A CONTACT, IT IS VERY CUMBERSOME FOR
> > SOME
> > > ONE TO WALK AWAY TO GET A DRINK COME BACK AND THERE'S NO GAB WINDOW UP
> > WITH
> > > A MESSAGE SO AND SO IN LOOKING FOR YOU ON THIS FREQ, IN A NEW GRID
> > > IT USE TO STAY UP UNTIL THE USER HIT ALT I TO REMOVE IT
> > >
> > As I suspected, you need to become familiar with the PASS feature which
> > it's own window where these "contacts that are sent" (called PASSES in
> > parlance) are stored and displayed on the recipients' screen.
> > You may also look into the Schedule feature which allows you to enter a
> > for one of the other bands and they will see it on their screen and it
> > pop-up at the appropriate time.
> > > YES IT IS A PROBLEM WITH THE ROVERS, THERE SHOULD BE A WAY TO SHOW ALL
> > > TIMES YOU HAVE WORKED THE ROVER IN ALL THE GRIDS HE HAS BEEN IN ON ALL
> > > BANDS. IT WILL ONLY SHOW YOU THE BAND YOU ARE ON
> > >
> > Not true. If you enter the call and grid and use the F10 "Check Call"
> > feature, it shows you all bands that you have worked with that call and
> > grid.
> > The only thing you might need to know at this point is where he's going
> > you can set a sked, which you can ask him about and use the schedule
> > for yourself as well as other bands.
> > > AND YES WE ARE SERIOUS WE HAVE GOTTEN 1ST PLACE LIMITED MULTI SEVERAL
> > TIMES
> > >
> > > I THOUGHT THAT THIS WAS THE PLACE TO ASK FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO MAKE
> > > EASIER TO DO ?
> > >
> > I think this place has that result sometimes, but just because you don't
> > know how to use the built-in features of CT, does not mean that the
> > needs to be changed. The real purpose of the reflector is to allow
> > us who do know how to use CT properly to share that knowledge with
> > > IN RESPONSE TO MAKING THE COMPUTERS MORE RELIABLE, MURPHY IS ALWAYS
> > > YOU, THINGS HAPPEN
> > > IF ONE STATION GOES DOWN THAT'S OK, THE REST KEEP ON GOING, BUT WHEN
> > > COMES BACK INTO THE NETWORK
> > > HE IS NOW OUT OF SYNC
> > Granted, the unforseen can happen. You have to re-boot that computer
> > quickly so you don't miss too many qsos.
> > 73,
> > Bob N5NJ
> > EM13
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