[TRLog] TRLog Suggestions
Tue, 4 Nov 1997 03:13:10 -0600
Tree (et al),
SS CW was my first real trial by fire with TRLog. I found it very easy
to get up to speed. Bear in mind that (1) this was my first contest with
it, and (2) I was QRP and doing a lot (read: LOT) of S&P'ing.
I have a couple of comments:
1. When in the CQ mode, giving it up and moving up or down the band
to S&P, I would often forget to "TAB" to the S&P mode. More than a
couple of times, I entered the call, hit return, only to hear his call going
out...I would quickly hit ESCAPE, TAB, enter the call, hit RETURN, and
hear my call go out, all hopefully before the station started calling CQ again....
It seems to me that if TRLog can detect and display the frequency, it
might be able to detect a frequency change or movement and switch to
S&P automatically. Except for a big-gun station moving to another CQ
frequency, would switching automatically to S&P on VFO movement
Maybe it could be an optional thing that could be enabled from the
2. When I wanted to take some off time, I tried using /OFF and /ON
in the command lines. /OFF (didn't hit return) did nothing. /ON <return>
when I got back on caused TRLog to "/ON (exchange)"
I read and re-read the instructions but could not make it work right...
Where in the log columns do the off/on times show up? I manually
inserted them after the section column.
It occurs to me as I write the above that "/OFF in the call window."
means to put it (and /ON) at the end of the respective callsigns placed
in the call window. Is that right? Maybe the manual should say so.
Because, at my first off time at 0830Z, that little detail went right by me!
3. I had a lot of unexpected success making QSO's by calling CQ --
I was QRP, remember? Beautiful run on 15m Saturday afternoon/evening.
My stereo headphones crapped out about an hour into the contest and
so never got a chance to try out two-radio contesting this time--it was
just too, too hard trying to copy/listen with one headphone on one ear
and the other off the other ear.
But, I did try the duelling (check the spelling in the manual!) CQ's...
4. When I did take an off-time, I would exit TRLog and shut down the
computer completely. When I booted TRLog back up, I found that
some of the commands I had changed had changed back to their
defaults (decrement QSO number on repeat, sidetone frequency = 0,
and a couple of others). This was kind of distracting. During slow
CQ'ing QSO rate periods (<60, >30 an hour), I would read the manual.
I tried ALT-W after making a command change, but everytime I reloaded
TRLog it seemed I had to change the above two commands, at least,
I am sure there are other things that will come to mind over the next
couple of days, but, this is all I can recall right now.
Dale Martin, KG5U - ARRL SS CW: 724/76, SO/QRP
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