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Writelog keyboard shortcut processor for SO2R operation
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Two Radio Run Mode processor for WriteLog. Version 188.8.131.52 June, 2017 This is a Two Radio run mode keyboard shortcut extension for WriteLog. It is experimental. But, on the other hand, it has also been successfully used to sustain very high rates. Use it at your own risk. Why would I want this? If ALL Four of these are true: You run two radios on one PC, and with two Entry windows. You have an SO2R box that switches your headphones between the two radios. You want to reduce the number of keystrokes switching between the radios. You are willing to use a keystroke to designate one or both radios as RUN mode (calling CQ) Then you MIGHT want to use this add-in. This add-on takes these actions: a) starts a CQ when it determines a CQ "radio is idle" b) switches the headphones/keyboard focus to the "correct" radio. The reason MIGHT is capitalized is that your definitions of "radio is idle" and "correct" might not match what the run processor thinks. The only reasonable way to know the answers is for you to try it. I include the source code because maybe its close enough that a little tweak will make it right for you. It requires WriteLog version 11.24 or later. To install: Unzip the distribution zip file somewhere--a temporary location will do. Double click install.bat Did it install? Run WriteLog and look at your Setup/Keyboard Shortcuts/Command to Run. Does it have External: start2RadioRunMode and the other External? Note that the installer does not check its own version number. It replaces any existing WriteLogRunMode installation. And note that Writelog can only have one shortcut processor installed at a time, so any existing one is disabled when you install this one. Double click Uninstall to remove it. ******************************** One-time setup considerations. Message buffers. The run mode processor ASSUMES that you have set up the following message buffers in Setup-CW/RTTY/SSB messages: Message11--is a CQ -> it sends this message when a CQ rig is otherwise idle Message10--sends HIS call then exchange Message02--sends the exchange (bug: WriteLog versions prior to 12.10 don't work with runmode and Message02) Message03--sends QSL QRZ? -> it sends this when you log a QSO on a CQ rig. Message04--sends MY call Message05--send HIS call Message06--sends AGN? Keyboard shortcuts. The keyboard processor makes the following shortcuts available to be mapped to the keyboard: External:start2RadioRunMode--starts 2-radio CQ. Sends Message11 and then Message11 repeats and alternates on both radios External:start1RadioRunMode--starts 1-radio CQ. Sends Message11 and then Message11 repeats on that radio. The other radio is assumed to be search and pounce. External:startDuelingCQtop External:startDuelingCQbottom --starts simplified dueling CQ with first CQ on top Entry (or bottom). Sends Message11 first on that radio, puts keyboard focus (and headphones if not headphones split) on the listening radio. Type anything into either Entry Window and dueling stops with the keyboard (and headphones) set to that Entry. External:stop2RadioRunMode--recommend you replace the mapping you have MessageAbortTransmission. Stops transmission in progress as well as stopping the auto-CQ. External::EntryClear--recommend you replace the mapping you have EntryClear. Duplicates the WriteLog built-in EntryClear and also marks the CQ window as idle. External:holdTransmitOn--indicate start of transmission that WriteLog is not automating. Asserts PTT and holds all other transmissions until another Message or abort. Useful for initiating talking into the transmit microphone or hand-sent CW. Invoking this without other intervening state changes instead does endHoldTransmitOn. External:holdTransmitVOX--same as holdTransmitOn, except does not assert PTT. External:endHoldTransmitOn--to indicate end of holdTransmitOn. Releases PTT and tells run mode processor you are listening. External:Setup--brings up a configuration dialog. The run mode processor will insert Message04 immediately after Message03 if your CALL has not been sent more recently than "maximum seconds between CALL". Set this negative to never insert Message04. The button "on first CALL letter, holdTransmitVOX" turns ON this feature. When, while run mode is active (after startNRadioRunMode) you type the first letter into CALL, the holdTransmitVOX state is activated. You are not required to map all the above to keys, although you had better map stop2RadioRunMode if you map either of the first two. The holdTransmitOn is also a matter of preference. You can do without it if all your transmissions are done from MessageNN shortcuts, or if you can develop the habit of only speaking (SSB) or sending hand-sent CW when the run mode processor is not going to switch the transmit focus on you. The endHoldTransmitOn turns out to be unnecessary if you only use holdTransmitOn to speak the beginning of a message (e.g. the calling station's CALL) and then always follow immediately by pressing an f-key to complete the transmission. Default shortcuts you likely need to change. The shortcut External:stop2RadioRunMode is mentioned above. You should use it instead of the built-in MessageAbortTransmission. Question: I normally map F1 to Message11. What should I do? It depends on your preference. Here is a recommendation: Leave F1 mapped to Message11. Map CTRL+F1 to start2RadioRunMode. Map ALT+F1 to start1RadioRunMode. The notion is that initiating the mode is relatively rare. You'll not be pressing F1 much anymore, but you still can, and the run mode processor accommodates. keyboard UP/DOWN: The default settings in WriteLog for UP/DOWN are probably not what you want for use with this run processor. They move the transmit focus along with the keyboard and phones. With the run processor deciding what to transmit next, you will want the default UP/DOWN to move only the keyboard focus so that correcting entries in the Entry window is easy. Recommendation. Use Setup/Keyboard shortcuts in WriteLog remap your UP/DOWN keys: EntryKbdFocusUpWithPhones EntryKbdFocusDownWithPhones ******************************** Getting started using it. Invoke your start2RadioRunMode keyboard shortcut to call CQ on two radios. Or Invoke your start1RadioRunMode shortcut to call CQ on only the current radio. If you have taken my recommendation above, its CTRL+F1 or SHIFT+F1. When you hear a response, type it in. The keyboard focus should already be in the right place. When you want to transmit anything other than a CQ, then use the appropriate f-key to do so. If the keyboard is on the wrong radio, you may use UP/DOWN to move it. When you press ENTER to log a QSO on a CQ radio, the run processor sends Message03 (QSL+QRZ). Exception: if you hold down SHIFT as you log the QSO, the sent message is omitted and nothing more happens on the radio until you send a MessageNN. The idea is that you type in what you hear, and you press the f-key's as you would without this automation, with the exception that you don't normally press the CQ key. You are free to press the CQ key if want and the run mode processor changes its behavior to match yours. If you want to transmit using VOX or hand sent CW, use the key mapped to holdTransmitOn. End the hold by pressing any message key, or the External:endHoldTransmitOn key. If you need everything to stop, use stop2RadioRunMode which most ops would map to the ESCAPE key. (This shortcut stops the 1 radio version as well.) ******************************** Where are the settings stored? I can't find them in writelog.ini. They are not in writelog.ini. The WriteLogRunMode uses Microsoft's .NET technology to store its settings, and that framework places its settings here by default on Windows 7: C:\Users\<YourUserName>\AppData\Local\WriteLog_Contesting_Softw ******************************** Some details about what the run mode processor does. The only message it sends is CQ, and then only when nothing else is going on. WriteLog has three "focus" settings the run mode processor can alter. Transmit focus (indicated on-screen by the green circle). Keyboard focus (indicated on-screen by the lighter background color) Headphone focus (which radio has them--not indicated on screen) The run mode processor does not touch the headphone focus if you have the headphones on split. When you change them to one radio or the other, then it will take over and put them on the other radio when one goes to transmit. Note that you can have two receiving radios. If the headphones are not split, the run mode processor generally keeps the headphones on the radio with the keyboard focus. The run mode processor is aware of whether you have entered anything in the CALL field, and whether you have moved your input cursor away from the CALL field and changes its behavior accordingly. It keeps the keyboard focus on the radio you are listening to, and switches the focus to the other radio on any f-key transmission. But it knows about the "red box" around the CALL field and delays switching the keyboard focus until you finish the red box. ******************************** The WriteLogRunMode directory is the source. Use Visual Studio Express 2010, If you like, build yourself a new WriteLogRunMode.dll. Copy it to WriteLog's Programs directory. (or copy it here and run Install.bat) Good luck. Wayne, W5XD ******************************** version 184.108.40.206 June, 2017 Changed S&P window's keyboard focus handling. ******************************** version 220.127.116.11 November, 2016 Fix CQ mode, TU message delay to start 5 second time on end of TU message rather than begin For start1RadioRunMode, add ability to separate headphone focus from keyboard focus. version 18.104.22.168 A couple of fixes to the start1RadioRunMode. Honor the EnableRedBox setting, and don't snatch keyboard focus away from S&P radio if its CALL not empty. version 22.214.171.124 Blanking out an Entry Window without using External: EntryClear holds off the CQ timer for a maximum of 5 seconds and then resumes CQing as if EntryClear had been invoked. version 126.96.36.199 add setting for Enable Red Box version 188.8.131.52 add setting for Stop aligns xmit&keyboard focus version 184.108.40.206 add startDuelingCQtop&bottom version 220.127.116.11 add holdTransmitVOX version 18.104.22.168 Work better in SSB mode version 22.214.171.124 Turns AutoCQ off on start1RadioRunMode or start2RadioRunMode removed EntryClear shortcut and replaced it without need for user config version 126.96.36.199 Add holdTransmitOn for non-automated transmission version 188.8.131.52 update documentation and changed "WipeQSO" to "EntryClear" version 184.108.40.206 Add 1 radio mode. CHANGED F-KEY MAPPING version 220.127.116.11 Refactor sources.