[NA-User] Automatic keying repeat problem
Mon, 21 Jan 2002 21:40:26 -0500
At 04:15 PM 1/21/02 -0500, DAN KOVATCH wrote:
>Used NA1053 in the VHF sweepstakes this past weekend. I tried to set CQing
>to repeat every 5 seconds and could only get the default 1 second delay.
>Yes, I remembered to do CTRL enter. Has anyone else noted this? Dave, is
>this broken oor am I ?
K9TM has complained profusely about this same problem. However, I have
never been able to duplicate it. We used CQ repeat a lot this weekend on
VHF (no surprise there) and I was able to adjust the delay OK.
Since I can't seem to duplicate the problem, let me be sure that I'm clear
on what you're seeing. You issue the DELAY command, adjust it to 5
seconds, Ctrl-Enter, but the delay is only one second? If you do DELAY
again, does the program indicate one second?
I assume you are aware that DELAY only adjusts the delay for the current
mode. If you're on SSB, adjust the delay, then switch to CW, the delay
will be as it was before, since you adjusted the SSB delay not the CW delay.
One other thing - keep in mind that NA does not know when the message
ends. An unmodified W9XT card or external voice keyer does not provide a
way to indicate that the message is running. NA assumes that the CQ is
five seconds long, so if you have the delay set to five seconds, NA is
really timing ten seconds FROM THE START OF THE CQ. This past weekend, I
had a long CQ for VHF which included my grid square, etc. I had to set NA
to the max delay of eight seconds, but since my long CQ was about eight
seconds, the delay worked out to five in reality.
Having said all that, I'd recommend getting 10.54 off the web site. There
were some bugs from the attempt to make CQ repeat work across modes in SO2R
that seemed to produce erratic results. This was cleaned up in
10.54. While we ran 10.53 here (forgot to update the computers before the
VHF SS started) and had no trouble, 10.54 is the better version to count on.