F.A.Q. Frequently asked questions :

Q : When running F6DQM's programs, I cannot access some files created by the relevant programs !

A : While running my programs, for example CW_PLAYER, under WIN VISTA, WIN7 (32Bit) or WIN8 (32Bit) from the directory
C:\Program Files\CW_Player\ you have to start CW_Player as administrator anyway for getting full access to all functions of CW_Player, especially saving text to text- or wave-files.
If you donít, the produced files wonít be accessible because of the UserAccountControl (UAC) of windows.
If you donít want to run the program as admin, you have to install it to a directory, which is NOT at Program Files, i.e. C:\CW_Player\. There the function of the UAC takes no effect.
This applies for all my softwares.

Q : With CW_Player, can I connect my keyer to the serial port ?

A : Yes, from release 4.0.3 this is possible. See the file pc_tx.bmp for connections or go to the page Schematics. The file shows how to connect a keyer to the gameport or to the serial port or to a mouse. If you computer includes none of these ports, you may use USB-Gameport or USB-serial adaptors.

Q : If I connect my Morse key to a serial port, can I supply it with the  DTR ou RTS signal instead of a battery ?

A : Yes, with CW_Player it's possible. In the menu PORT, in the box TX/PTT COM, check the signal DTR or RTS that you wish to use. Then, in the window MONITORING which allows you to send Morse, push the button ptt. At that time, the chosen signal will be set to high voltage (+12V). Note that the current driven from this signal is quite low, only a few milliamps. If you have connected you Morse key such as described in the pc_tx.bmp file, the network made of the two 100nF filtering capacitors and the two 6.8k resistors will limit the driven current to about 2 milliamps and rebounds from the key should be efficiently filtered.

Q : With CW_Player, can I decode audio morse signals ?

A : Yes you can but the result may be disappointing as far as CW_Player has been written to monitor your own keying and help you to have a good keying. So, it is supposed that the audio signals coming from your personal keying are clean (not noisy) : either keying an audio oscillator or the monitoring of you transceiver that your are keying. Remember that CW_Player will never replace your ears ! Please note also that CW_Player will try to decode these audio signals around the speed that is set. So, trying to decode audio signals at a speed of 30 wpm when the set speed is 12 wpm will be totally inefficient. So, please key at a speed that you can read.

Q : Does CW_Player support iambic decoding ?

A : No, it does not. Iambic keying is a matter of experienced OMs, not for beginners. CW_Player is mainly for beginners. The key decoding (Monitoring) is to let newcomers use correctly a Morse key (single or double). When using a double key, we advise learners to start with the traditional keying : dash to the left and dot to the right. No squeeze. May be you are not convinced ? Then read this interesting paper of Marshall, N1FN. Maybe you will change your mind after reading it.

Q : Err2 occurs when opening the option "Monitoring" in CW_Player.

A : This may happen with Windows 7 if no microphone or equivalent device is connected in the MIC input of your sound card. Normally, this error does not block CW_Player and you are still able to use your keyer or mouse or joystick or CTRL key to decode CW. If you don't want this error to appear, just connect a microphone in the MIC input of your sound card.

Q : Does SIMPLEX manage a duplex repeater or a transponder ?

A : Yes, it does. It manages simplex, duplex and transponder repeaters and also a combination of duplex and transponder repeaters. The name SIMPLEX may let imagine that it manages only simplex repeaters. This is because the very first release of this program did manage only simplex repeaters. Since several years, it manages all sorts of repeaters. It is already used to manage several VHF/UHF repeaters over France and in some European countries. But probably also on other continents as far as repeater operators usually don't give me reports if all works correctly ! I've discovered by chance that it was used in a repeater network around Montreal (Canada)

Q : Why can't I read the help files (.hlp) with Vista or Win7 ?

A : This is due to Vista or Win7 which does not include the software to read these .hlp files.
All my programs include now help files using the htm or chm format.
Nevertheless, you will find on the Microsoft pages the way to read these old hlp files. You just have to download and install this software.
For Vista, see this page http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=6EBCFAD9-D3F5-4365-8070-334CD175D4BB&displaylang=en
For Win7, see this page : http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=258AA5EC-E3D9-4228-8844-008E02B32A2C

Q : Why do I get sometimes date format errors with Win7 ?

A : When using some of my programs, you may get an error related to the Date/Time format. The whole story is due to a bug occuring on some Win7 systems not storing the regional settings correctly, even though they seem to be set properly. Here is the procedure to get rid of this Win7 bug :
1) Start/Configuration/Regional settings (: the globe symbol :)
2) on the 1st tab select a different country, i.e. Germany ;-) and press [APPLY]
3) set the country back to what it should be and press [OK]
4) Now your app will behave again as expected.

Q : Why the LPT port does not respond to commands in Sat_Explorer, Simplex, AziPoint or Intercom ?

R : If the LPT port exists in your computer configuration, then it might be an instalation problem. If you install with the install.exe programs there should be no problem. If you install with the zip, then don't forget to copy the zntport.sys driver in the Windows/system32/drivers repertory.
If it still does not work, with using REGEDIT, delete the key (and sub-keys) : HKey_Local_Machine/SYSTEM/CurrentControlSet/services/zntport. Then restart your computer and launch Sat_Explorer or Simplex. In the initialization window of my programs you should get the LPT port address such as h378.
All my installing programs have been recompiled so that the IOCtrl.dll is installed in the application directory instead of the System directory. This was necessary because of a commercial software which uses a dll also named IOCtrl.dll but not compatible with mine.

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