[na-user] SO2R & Big Plus Key

R.S.Hradilek R.S.Hradilek" <ids@nol.net
Tue, 7 Nov 2000 00:47:41 -0600

We all know that the Plus Key finishes off a contact when we are 
running. It is the equivalent of pressing RETURN (to post the 
contact to the log) followed by F3 (the QRZ message).

SO2R contacts are implicitly Search and Pounce. There is no TU 
QRZ on the other station's run frequency and thus, the big plus key 
is not useful. Furthermore, when you are in 2nd radio mode 
pressing it is a mistake, because it posts the QSO and QRZ's. I 
pressed it accidentally during several 2nd radio contacts, since I 
usually use the INS key to send the station's call and SS 
exchange on the 2nd radio. (This mistake switches you back to the 
main radio, leaving the guy on your 2nd radio waiting for his 
exchange. You can up arrow back to the contact and try to send it, 
but it will go out on the wrong radio. You have to flip radios and 
send the exchange on your paddle. It's possible that I am the only 
one who has been in this loop.)

I think there is a better use for the Big Plus when the software is in 
2nd radio mode. In this mode, the function keys and paddle are 
normally all dedicated to the 2nd radio contact. You cannot send 
anything on your run frequency without messing up the 2nd radio 

There are times when stations call you after you have jumped to 
the 2nd radio. If you have the feature enabled which restarts the CQ 
on your run freq every time you finish sending on the 2nd radio, it is 
very likely somebody will answer your CQ before you are finished 
with the long SS exchange. You CQ in their face uncontrollably. 
Been there?

The answer is in the Big Plus key. In 2nd radio contact mode, it 
could send a didahdididit or QRX on the run frequency; letting 
callers know you are aware of them, but QRV. It should also 
suspend the repeat CQ'ing (if enabled) until the 2nd radio contact is 
completed or aborted.

I think this functionality would smooth out a common wrinkle in 
SO2R operation, though I also believe that the 2-radio integration in 
NA is the best of all the contest software programs.

Roy -- AD5Q

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