[ct-user] CTWIN keying via USB port on an XP laptop

Bob Wilson, N6TV n6tv at arrl.net
Tue Feb 10 14:28:27 EST 2009

On Tue, Feb 10, 2009 at 9:27 AM, Ed K1EP <k1ep.list at gmail.com> wrote:

> The question is whether there is a true parallel port implementation
> available.

While there are several USB-to-Parallel port adapters on the market, I have
never heard of anyone who got CW keying to work with any of them.

USB-to-Serial:  CW is OK
USB-to-Parallel:  CW doesn't work
WinKey:  Not supported by CT or CTWin

So, your only choice is to add a real parallel port or try a USB-to-serial
keying circuit.  If you're using a laptop, many laptop docking stations have
"real" parallel and serial ports that works fine with CTWin.

But, I second the suggestion to make the big move from CT to Win-Test; it's
an easy transition for any CT user with a Windows machine (even Win98).
WinKey is supported as well as parallel port keying (if you have a real
parallel port), and serial port keying (USB-to-Serial OK).

Bob, N6TV

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