A long debate among Contesters and DX-ers is ‘how often should a station send its call-sign?’ The answer depends on conditions, size of the pile-up, operating rate but one thing is for sure: if the call-sign is not sent often enough, it can lead to frustration and even deliberate QRM from listening stations.
DX University has some great operating guidelines which seem very sensible to me.
Fortunately, Win-Test has a feature that helps the DX-side or Contest operator by automating the call-sign sending in CW.
The Intelligent Quick QSL function in Win-Test (IQQSL) will send the call-sign only as often as defined by the operator. This can be dependent on TIME or by the QSO COUNT. I tend to think that the TIME based macro ($QQSLT) is probably better for operating where there may be long periods between QSO’s (on LF maybe?); here I will concentrate on the QSO COUNT macro: $QQSLC.
NB. The Intelligent Quick QSL (IQQSL) feature does work with ESM mode, however it might not work with a user defined ESM script – details below.
Here’s how to set up IQQSL based on the QSO count:
1. Initially, remove (or better, rename) esm.wts script in the SCRIPTS directory. This reverts WT to the out-of-the box version of ESM.
2. In the IQQSL feature (in the Tools menu) leave the ‘Enable Adaptive IQQSL’ box unchecked and put a value of 1 in the box called ‘Send long QSL based on QSO count every:’ (This will send the call-sign every 2nd QSO. I find a value of 2 or 3 in here is generally good).
3. The short CW message is set to $CORRECT TU $CR
4. The Log QSL message is set to $CORRECT TU $MYCALL $CR $QQSLRESET.
In the CW Messages (type MESSAGES on the logging line) set the value for the PLUS key (in RUN messages) to $QQSLC.
In this scenario, when the PLUS key is pressed to complete a QSO (either manually or from a script) it will use the QSO counter to determine if the long message or the short message should be sent. With the value set to 1 the call-sign is sent every second QSO.
If ESM is switched on (ESMON) then the completion of QSO messages should continue in the same manner.
To re-establish a bespoke ESM script: With this set-up, any user defined ESM script must send the PLUS key in order to complete the QSO. If not, it will miss out sending the $QQSLC macro that drives the correct behaviour.
Further details of IQQSL can be found in the Win-Test documentation.
John Warburton G4IRN.