[Trlog] Changing Auto QSL Interval on the fly
jimsmith at shaw.ca
Fri Dec 3 02:47:30 EST 2004
One thing I tried in an attempt to turn Qs around a little faster in
CQWW CW was to ID after every third Q. I feel this is a reasonable
compromise between the need of the Runner for rate and the need of the
S&Per to not have to wait a long time to find out the Runner's call.
TR's Auto QSL Interval command which you can put in the contest config
file will enable you to use a very brief TU QRZ message for each Q
except that every nth Q will send a different TU QRZ message, presumably
one with your call in it. So, my brief one said TU and the longer one
said TU VE7FO and I set the longer one to be sent every third Q. You
can set the longer one to repeat on each Q, which means, in my case, I
would be ID'ing after every Q.
When the rate is 30 I want to ID after every Q. When it's over 100, I
want to ID every third Q. This means that I need to be able to change
the ID rate. You can use CTRL-J to call up a configuration menu in TR
where you can change the ID rate but I can't imagine me being able to do
that quickly when things are hot and heavy.
Here's what I did. It works well and is easy to do on the fly.
I created a file, named Q1, containing the line AUTO QSL INTERVAL = 0
I created another file, named Q3, containing the line AUTO QSL INTERVAL = 3
Normally, I have AUTO QSL INTERVAL = 0 as low rates are much more common
for me than high ones. When the rate starts picking up I hit CTRL-V and
respond to the prompt for a filename with Q3. Bingo, I now ID on every
When the rate slows down again as, sadly, it inevitably does, I hit
CTRL-V and respond to the prompt for a filename with Q1. Now I'm ID'ing
after every Q.
This is way faster and easier than going the CTRL-J route and trying to
find the right menu item. Thanks again to Tree for the foresight in
making it so easy to change the configuration file on the fly.
The files could just as well be named 1 and 3 but I find it easier to
remember what the files do if named Q1 and Q3.
You want to also be able to select ID'ing on every fifth Q? No problem,
make a Q5 file with AUTO QSL INTERVAL = 5.
I haven't tried it yet, but I see no reason why this shouldn't work just
as well in a phone contest using sbdvp.
Hope this is of some interest.
73 de Jim Smith VE7FO
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