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:
|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|
|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|
|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.|