[WriteLog] Enhancement request - Name window

Randy Thompson k5zd at outlook.com
Sun Mar 14 11:08:16 EDT 2021

I am not asking to add anything to the exchange or have WL send extra info.  I just want a window that shows me the other op's name in case I want to be friendly and say hello!  Or call him by name when I am asking him to QSY.  😊

NS3T's use with SSB is a special case and I am very happy WL can make that possible.


-----Original Message-----
From: Robert W5AJ <woodr90 at gmail.com> 
Sent: Sunday, March 14, 2021 1:36 AM
To: 'Randy Thompson' <k5zd at outlook.com>
Subject: RE: [WriteLog] Enhancement request - Name window

A station's rate is highly dependent on operators at both ends of QSO I think this question, should we add name thing to non-rtty contests is directly related to being locked up too long due to virus....

your question, as I understand it, was for modes other than RTTY NON-RTTY (CW OR SSB contest):
If I'm working P40W or 8P5A or ZF1A in ARRL CW in prime time, as example 

send characters to Winkey to step up CW speed, send "5NN TX" for the exchange, change CW speed back  

Hard core and friendly, those contesters are ripping rates I'm helping whoever is on other end to up rate meter and not break stride and I qsy sooner to next spot Now if I want PJ2T to win, then OK I'd send "HI insert longest version of op's name" every exchange except with PJ2T .....

Sending name would be considered not Friendly, perhaps near criminal!! 

Friends don't slow Friends down
although - my experience has been, those that send name are usually new to game... fine, Hello glad to work you and tnx for qso...

between friends, work it out, like the "KB" sending 

I have stopped and talked to a youth to encourage them while at P4 - A Mentor in next room wondered about that as I was in a (very) high rate moment.

RTTY comment, I can't keep all the message memories straight already, so me having message and then duplicated message with KB doesn't work for me.   a few simple messages
Probably same for different message with name, I'm going to go to keyboard mode to handle it, at that point, My friend just slowed me down and broke run stride 

If you call me on RTTY  5NN MA is fine - I really smile when your call goes in log

but your question, as I understand it, was for modes other than RTTY 
Working someone clocking 200+/hr   I'm going to help propel the rate machine with short exchange 
but don't get judges to jump in and "Regulate" name calling.... hi

73 W5AJ

PS:   Will you BARTG next weekend? 

Midland, Texas

-----Original Message-----
From: Randy Thompson [mailto:k5zd at outlook.com]
Sent: Saturday, March 13, 2021 10:27 PM
To: Robert W5AJ <woodr90 at gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [WriteLog] Enhancement request - Name window

Nothing wrong with being hard core AND friendly. :)


Sent while mobile. 

> On Mar 13, 2021, at 3:45 PM, Robert W5AJ <woodr90 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Randy, I envisioned you as hard core contesting.... this is not that
> W5AJ
> Robert
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> Randy Thompson
> Sent: Saturday, March 13, 2021 1:31 PM
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> Subject: [WriteLog] Enhancement request - Name window
> I am posting this to the reflector to see if there are others who 
> would be interested or if I am an outlier on this.
> During a contest, I often have people call me by name.  It always 
> feels good to be recognized (we all like to hear our own name).  The 
> problem is that I am VERY BAD at remembering names.  I always feel 
> guilty when someone calls me by name, I know I should know theirs, and yet I can't remember it.
> I know there is a "friends" file that can be used on RTTY to embed 
> name in a transmission.  What I would like to see is a similar concept for all modes.
> I am suggesting there be a new window that displays the name of the 
> station in the log window.  The name would come from a separate file 
> (much like SCP data comes from an accessory file).  If the name file 
> is simple, say with just callsign and name (tab or comma delimited), 
> it would be easy for people to create their own name files or download one.
> Interested in any comments or if there is another way to accomplish 
> this that already exists.
> Randy K5ZD
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