[WT-support] Speed jumps up occasionally

Bob Wilson, N6TV n6tv at arrl.net
Wed Dec 1 09:47:54 CET 2010

This is the first time I can recall anyone reporting unexpected CW speed
jumps when using COM port or LPT port CW keying, not using a WinKey.  Are
you sure that Win-Test was suddenly sending much faster than the speed
indicated by the rate window, with speed changes not explained by using ++
and -- in CW messages?  Or are you saying that the PC-generated CW was
"stuttering" (occasionally sending a long dot or dash)?

Were you using any Win-Test script calls in your CW messages or advanced

Did you have any keys redefined as Alt-F9 and or Alt-F10, such as PageUp?

Was it happening on all computers or just one?

How were you doing the hand keying?  Did you have a Logikey or similar wired
in parallel, or were you using the radio's internal keyer?

Bob, N6TV

On Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 11:07 PM, John Warburton G4IRN <qrz at dxdx.co.uk>wrote:

> To echo what others have said - we also had problems with the messages
> getting faster. We were NOT using an outboard keying device, the CW was
> being keyed directly from the PC's. I guess that may eliminate Winkey as
> being the issue? We were however using ++ and -- in the messages.
> As someone previously stated, it seemed like a neat idea at one point that
> the speed should increase with the QSO rate. However it all got a bit silly
> when it got too fast and we had to revert to hand-keying, as altering the
> CW
> speed would not get it back to normal.
> John G4IRN
> Op at P3F.
> >
> > Using +++ and --- in the CW messages is the root cause. I used the
> default
> > exchange that has the speed up for the "TU" for this past CW contest and
> > the
> > super fast CW spurts error returned. I had not used the speed change in
> > the
> > message all this year as I suspected this was the cause but it is too
> > random to
> > prove. My WinKey CW has been solid for every contest until last weekend
> > when I used that feature again.
> >
> > 73 Rich KL7RA
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