[WriteLog] WinKeyer2 Keyer Speed Issues?

Eric - VE3GSI ve3gsi at sympatico.ca
Mon Oct 6 19:30:35 EDT 2008

Hi Guys,

I know one of the earlier versions of WL and/or the mH Router had issues CW
speeds randomly changing. After the fix, I have not seen the problem with
either the keyboard or embedded macro speed change < > commands. I am using
version 10.68F of WriteLog and version 7.1.5 of the mH Router software.

The work-around to the original problem, at least here, was to set the K1EL
CW keyer to the default starting CW speed of WriteLog and then use the
Keyboard to make any operating changes, something I still tend to do even

On an off chance, could RFI issues cause the same problem? That would be RF
finding its way into the USB port or cable and blocking the CW command
change at that instant. Only a thought!

Again, no probs here.
Eric - VE3GSI

-----Original Message-----
From: Kelly Johnson
Subject: Re: [WriteLog] WinKeyer2 Keyer Speed Issues?

Yes, I saw this on a Microham device on Saturday and again on my
WinKeyer 2 yesterday.

I guess I can use the pot instead of PgUp/PgDown, but that sure isn't
convenient when you want to quickly change speed to send an exchange
to a slower operator and go right back.

This sure doesn't sound like something that should be that hard to solve!

On Mon, Oct 6, 2008 at 3:09 PM, Charles Morrison <cfmorris at bellsouth.net>
> Kelly, I know this isn't exactly what you're looking for, but this same
> thing happens with the Microham Microkeyer's Winkey implementation as
> First time I noticed it was when I used the MK, and it's the same for K1EL
> What I'd suggest is when using a Winkey, is to not use the page up/page
> function of WL, instead use the knob.  WL will follow it fine and wont
> back to any other speed.
> My initial assumption was something "scratchy" in the pot for the speed
> selector, or simply banging the table was enough to make its value change
> slightly.  And of course as you noticed, if the pot changes at all, it
> immediately overrides the settings from WL.
> Use the pot and forget it.
> Charlie
>> Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2008 08:55:15 -0700
>> From: "Kelly Johnson
>> OK, I know I've seen this numerous times and I'm not imaging it....  I
>> saw it again this weekend on two different machines owned by two
>> different people.
>> Why is it that the PgUp/PgDown buttons don't COMPLETELY control the
>> speed of my WinKeyer2 while using WriteLog?  It seems that WinKeyer2
>> speed is a function of the setting provided by WriteLog AND the speed
>> knob setting on the front of WinKeyer2.  How does this manifest
>> itself?  Well, the speed just changes spontaneously while sending from
>> WriteLog.  I'll set the speed where I want and a few seconds later it
>> will go back to where it was.
>> Some have suggested it is RF, but this doesn't make sense for several
> reasons:
>> 1) Happens on every WriteLog system I have used.  happened this
>> weekend on two systems in two different QTH's
>> 2) Speed doesn't get set to random values but rather toggles between 2
>> settings;  The two settings are: the WriteLog setting AND the speed
>> knob setting
>> 3) If I move the speed know so that it matches the WriteLog setting
>> then speed remains constant
>> I'm 99% certain that something causes the WinKeyer2 to fall back to
>> the knob setting after changing it with Writelog.  Is this by design?
>> Is there a configuration parameter that changes this behavior so that
>> WriteLog fully controls the speed?  I don't want the knob setting the
>> speed while connected via WriteLog.

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