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When you start Aldo you will see the Main Menu:

*************************************
*	Aldo Main Menu		    *	
*		1: Blocks method    *
*		2: Koch method      *
*		3: Read from file   *
*		4: Callsigns        *
*		5: Setup            *
*		6: Exit             *
*                                   *
*	Your choice:                *
*************************************

First of all you must set up Aldo for your PC,
so select 5.

Now you will see the Setup Menu:

*********************************
*   Setup Menu			*
*	1: Keyer Setup		*
*	2: Blocks method Setup	*
*	3: Koch method Setup	*
*	4: Qrz exercise Setup	*
*	5: Default Settings	*
*	6: Return to Main Menu	*
*********************************

Now you have to create the configuration file ~/.aldorc
So select 5.

Other choices in the Setup Menu:

*********************************
*   Setup Menu			*
*	1: Keyer Setup		*
*	2: Blocks method Setup	*
*	3: Koch method Setup	*
*	4: Qrz exercise Setup	*
*	5: Default Settings	*
*	6: Return to Main Menu	*
*********************************

By selecting 1 you can set up:

1) Pause before the start of keying, in seconds (default: 2)
2) Pause between two letters in a word (default: 3)
3) Pause between two words (default: 7)
4) Keying speed in wpm
5) Length of dot (default: 1)
6) Length of dash (default: 3)
7) Frequency of buzzer in Hz (default: 900)

By selecting 2 you can set up training with the Blocks method exercise:

1) Length of words, in characters (default: 5)
2) Number of words (default: 3)
3) Character set (default: 1 - i.e. "e,i,s,h,t,m,o")

By selecting 3 you can set up the keying speed for the Koch method.

By selecting 4 you can set up the Callsign exercise.
Specify your preferred callsign format, using "wildcards":.

@ = random letter
# = random number
? = optional letter
$ = optional number

A fixed letter or a fixed number, (such as "i" or "8" in the examples
below), is used literally. 

For example:

iz8@@@ is a format for callsigns like iz8bqi iz8eqd iz8tpz etc..
iz#m@@ gives iz0muv iz9mer iz8mrd etc..
iz#@@@ gives iz2qwe iz1ert etc..
i?8@@@ gives i8mro iz8eqd it8aa ih8epz etc..
i?#@@@ gives imro izqvo iz8mrt etc..
kc#@@@ gives kc0mnn kc1hjy kc9yup

NOTE: Callsign formats must be lower case: e.g. iz#m@@, not IZ#M@@

Coming back to the Main Menu:

*************************************
*       Aldo Main Menu              *	
*		1: Blocks method    *
*		2: Koch method      *
*		3: Read from file   *
*		4: Callsigns        *
*		5: Setup            *
*		6: Exit             *
*                                   *
*	Your choice:                *
*************************************

Select 1 to train by the Blocks Method
Select 2 to train by the Koch Method
Select 3 for Aldo to read a text file from disk
Select 4 to train by using random callsigns

Now listen to your speakers.
Identify the morse characters and write them on a sheet of paper.
If you are unsure, use an underscore ( _ ) to hold the place of missed letters.

When the exercise has finished you should enter the characters at the keyboard.
Entering the characters at the keyboard, please replace underscore ( _ ) with @.
ALDO will then compare your results with the correct version.

If you have suggestions for additional features, please send me an email
to denever@users.sf.net or subscribe
aldo mailinglist at http://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/aldo-main.

Ciao ciao,
Giuseppe Martino IZ8EQD.

Thanks to:
Arlo Gitting KC0MNN
David Sumbler 

They revised this file (except this row :) )