[WriteLog] SO2R help with DX doubler (Intern)

Alan Maenchen ad6e at inreach.com
Sat Oct 22 14:52:41 EDT 2005


Not that I want to get on your case or anything, but I still think that if
you really want the features specific to TRlog, then you should use TRlog.

Dualing CQs are not so difficult in WL. It is a manual process, but if
you're down to the point of CQing on two bands it means no one is calling
you anyway (ie low rate), and you can't find anyone by S&P (ie really low
rate). So, what are your fingers doing while in auto CQ mode with all this
idle time?  Do you let the station CQ while you go get a beer? I just don't
see the advantage in automating this, and I do see serious QLF problems.

Regarding key paddle input on LPT, I have nothing against this, but if it
existed I wouldn't use it. Here's why:  If I need to use the paddle for
manual sending, it's almost always because of a QLF problem (me or the other
guy). Therefore I set the keyer to a slightly slower speed that what WL is
sending. So in that QLF moment, I simply grab the key and send. I don't have
to think about it. Second reason is that this arrangement works regardless
of what WL is doing at the time. I can still send even if the computer
crashes.  This is a real plus when I use the rig when NOT in a contest and
the computer isn't even turned on. Yes, my homebrew SO2R box uses a relay to
switch the keyer between rigs. It follows the A/B switch bit on LPT, and I
also have a toggle switch that overrides. It really isn't so difficult.

73, your expert in QLF,
Al  AD6E     SOC  and member of the K7C team

> Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2005 20:04:58 -0700
> From: Eric Hilding <dx35 at hilding.com>
> Subject: Re: [WriteLog] SO2R help with DX doubler (Intern)
> To: writelog at contesting.com
> Message-ID: < at mail.garlic.com>
> Olaf, LA8SDA/LA8W, inquired:
....... good stuff deleted related to DXD modification .......
> Unfortunately, it does not appear WriteLog has a "Dualing CQ" mode like
> TR.  I am experimenting with outboard Macros ("X-Keys") to do "chained
> functions" with the push of ONE button.  I can also swap radios, etc. with
> the DXD with similar buttons instead of having to  fiddle around looking
> for tiny keys on my mini-keyboard.  Umh, I am still too QLF on the
> in general ;-(
> Also, most unfortunately, WriteLog does not operate like TRlog on CW
> you can plug your paddles into a jack off the LPT1 port, and whichever
> radio the DXD is on, your paddles will work.  I am now using an external
> relay to switch the key paddles (as of this week) which is triggered by a
> connection to the R2 Out jack on the back of the DXD whenever Radio 2 is
> engaged.
> Hope this helps.
> 73...
> Rick, K6VVA

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