[ct-user] CW keying

Ed K1EP k1ep.list at gmail.com
Thu Dec 15 22:10:53 EST 2005

I went back and tried CTWin again.  I don't normally use it, so I thought I would recreate what I had the time I had used it in SS CW.  Turns out that I couldn't make it pause.  I am not sure now if I wasn't imagining it before, but conditions were not optimal when I was using it the last time.   Maybe it was the paddle input that I was having problems with.  But I haven't used it under "contest" conditions either.

At 12/15/2005 07:31 PM, N7MAL wrote:
>John you are 100% on the money. Ed, K1EP, gave a perfect description of something running in the background taking over the system momentarily then giving the system back to CTWIN. Anyone who is using WINXP can type Ctrl+Alt+Del one time(not twice) and a window will pop-up showing the status of the system. When the window pops up click on processes. Be careful if you have a weak heart because there is a lot of shtuff running in the background in WINXP, much more than there ever was with WIN98. Each users environment is different so what works for me may not work for you. The best thing is to experiment in between contests and try to determine what your computer needs and doesn't need to function properly. 
>MAL         N7MAL
>Don't worry about the world coming to an end today.
>It's already tomorrow in Australia
>  ----- Original Message ----- 
>  From: John Bednar 
>  To: ct-user at contesting.com 
>  Sent: Friday, December 16, 2005 0:02
>  Subject: Re: [ct-user] CW keying
>  I don't doubt the reports that I am reading but I suspect that the
>  problems that you are experiencing are due to other programs running
>  on your computers and not so much CTWin's fault. These might be
>  programs that you are aware of, programs that you forgot about
>  (virus scanning), and also processes that you don't know about.
>  There are many computer savvy hams on this reflector so I'm sure
>  they can suggest methods of monitoring the number of processing
>  running on Win98 computers. I know that AdWare displays this while
>  it's scanning for adware.
>  Now, to set the low water mark in this discussion, during CQWW CW
>  one of our computers was a 166 MHz Win98SE laptop with CTWin
>  10.02.005. We had radio control and Ethernet networking enabled on
>  this Toshiba Tecra 740 laptop. With over 8200 QSO's in the log,
>  there were delays when keys were pressed to send CW but the CW was
>  not choppy or gapped. This laptop was used to make more than half
>  the QSO's in the contest. 
>  I don't recommend using a computer this slow with CTWin but it
>  demonstrates what is possible.
>  John
>  k3ct at verizon.net
>  -----Original Message-----
>  From: ct-user-bounces at contesting.com
>  [mailto:ct-user-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of Bob
>  Schreibmaier
>  Sent: Thursday, December 15, 2005 9:54 AM
>  To: ct-user at contesting.com
>  Subject: Re: [ct-user] CW keying
>  We have a Celeron 1.7 GHz with Win98SE using LPT1
>  for keying.  I've heard a recording of my signal
>  at LZ1ABC and I think the keying sounds choppy.
>  Beyond that, there are some occasions when what is
>  being sent sounds like the computer is drunk!  :-)
>  73,
>  Bob
>  K3PH
>  VE3DZ wrote:
>  > I have same problem on PII 266 with W98SE using LPT for keying.
>  > 
>  > Yuri  VE3DZ
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