Invited to participate in a contest team but they are using Win-Test (or DXLog) and you are only familiar with N1MM+ ?

Then download Win-Test before the contest and familiarise yourself with it!

These contest applications provide more than a logging facility: they are productivity tools – automating operator activity, improving accuracy, rate and supporting decision making – familiarity is essential to maximise the score. In a multi-operator environment, the contest software also provides a platform for communication, multiplier passing and identifying opportunities that might otherwise pass by.

Admittedly, Win-Test has fallen behind other products (notably N1MM+ and DXLog) with its features but it is probably the most stable and reliable product available, particularly on LANs and more so on WANs; many think its the easiest to use, too. 

A good way to familiarise oneself with new contest software is to browse around the menu structure – find where things are and identify what might be useful. I have a mental note of all the functions I typically use in a contest and will work out where they are in the new software.

Last year I used N1MM+ for the first time in a major contest – my American contest team pals drove the decision. Several months before the contest I downloaded N1MM+and used it at home in a few contests; as a result I created the following tabled that may be of use to others:

 

Function N1MM+ Win-Test
CW Send exchange Message ; or insert keys Insert key
CW Send TU Message ‘ key Plus key
Enable CQ Repeat Alt+R  AUTOCQ line command
Stop sending, stop repeat Escape Key Escape Key
Operator Logon Ctrl+O  OPON line command
Add note to Log Ctrl+N  Ctrl+N 
Wipe current  QSO Ctrl+W  Ctrl+W  or F11
Undo Edit Alt+W  Ctrl-Z
Move between logging fields SPACE or TAB keys SPACE or TAB keys
Edit Previous QSO Ctrl +Q keys Arrow up to target QSO, then Ctrl-F keys
Toggle S/P and Run Alt-U keys or use Shift-F1 to call CQ and auto switch to Run. Ctrl + Tab keys

(Need to enable S&P switching in menu before contest)

Return to run frequency Alt+Q Alt-F4 keys
Grab next QSO from band-map Ctrl+Up/Dn arrow  Ctrl+Up/Dn arrow 
Grab next MULT from band-map Ctrl+Alt+Up/Dn arrow  Ctrl+Up/Dn arrow 

(Right click on the ‘List’ display of Band-map to display Mults only)

Delete last QSO Ctrl-D Not possible – overwrite the call-sign with your station call-sign – it can easily be removed later.
Edit Message buttons Alt+K  MESSAGES line command
Switch ESM on/off Ctrl-M ESMON/ESMOFF line commands
Silent Enter in ESM mode Alt+Enter Ctrl+Plus
CW Speed Page Up/Page Down Ctrl-V keys or Alt-F9, Alt-F10
Keyboard CW Alt-K keys Alt-K keys
 

 

 

Information Source N1MM+ Win-Test
SCP and SCP+1 ‘Check Window’ Use F12 and F8 to display these.
Beam heading (bearing) Bottom of logging Window In the ‘Check Multiplier Window’ – Use F10 to display.