[WT-support] Why no BARTG RTTY Support

dominic.baines at gmail.com dominic.baines at gmail.com
Wed Jan 16 07:46:26 CET 2013

I am a registered used and I have paid for my copy.... however you could 
make the code open source? Still charge for the binary release though 
but if someone is able to add a useful option you could adopt it... 
maybe? I am sure those that write software that is open will happily 
inform you that they do not see any fall in income as if the software is 
any good then it it supported.

I use win-test mostly in DX HF mode if I cannot find a contest I want 
and use the notes section for exchanges. I find that covers most of the 
non listed contest needs.


On 15/01/13 22:13, Bob Wilson, N6TV wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 15, 2013 at 6:42 AM, James Balls <makidoja at hotmail.co.uk 
> <mailto:makidoja at hotmail.co.uk>> wrote:
>     Why not let interested 3rd parties write the template files for
>     Wintest if the author does not have the time.
> At present, Win-Test runs off of hard-coded contest logic in C or C++ 
> code.  There are no template files.  At one time, I believe the 
> developers thought about trying to support such a concept, to allow 
> for a "user-defined contest," perhaps via LUA script calls.  But it's 
> much harder to do that you might think, and would probably require 
> major portions of the code to be rewritten.
> One would have to think of every possible parameter for every possible 
> contest, and it's pretty difficult to come up with a complete list. 
>  Contests also have subtle rules, unique exchanges, strange multiplier 
> lists, special Cabrillo requirements, and other scoring and duplicate 
> rules oddities.  It's very hard to "generalize" all variations to a 
> simple template that can support every possible contest rule that 
> anyone could ever conceive of.
> Win-Test is a lot simpler than other loggers /because/ it is limited 
> to major contests only (plus some minor contests that are very similar 
> to major ones, allowing for a quick implementation).
> RTTY support was added somewhat late in the development of Win-Test 
> mainly to please the more casual RTTY operators, not super serious 
> RTTY competitors running multiple decoders against the same audio.
> As for new contest support, it would be nice if priority could be 
> given based on which contest has the most participants.  I see that 
> about 768 logs were submitted for the 2012 BARTG RTTY contest, vs. 985 
> for the 2011 California QSO Party.
> :-)
> 73,
> Bob, N6TV
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