Monday, 8 August 2016

CWCOM - Configurations & Settings instructions

 

 you should do before starting to use the prog  

 This is most important to do, early on, as it guides you through some pages of settings that make cwcom work properly for you,.


To start... open CWCOM. by clicking the icon on your desktop.  

        you will be presented with the "text screen" 


The Following is a list of Settings & Configurations, that should be done on the FIRST RUN of cwcom.

First run Settings...

Click on the  "Configurations" icon... the one to the right of the Black Letter A

Configurations window appears.....

( this is the first thing to click on, when starting CWCOM,  after you have done these settings, to initiate the "comport"  if you are using an external key)... see note below....


 
CWCOM CONFIGURATION WINDOW
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click on the Morse tab.....
Untick  "Flashing Light" on Transmit
Untick  "Flashing Light" on Receive

Adjust the slider on "Incoming Morse Speed" to 70%
( This reduces "Buffering" on computer of incoming signals, and removes a long delay between overs)

Adjust the "Incoming Morse Tone" to about 820 ( you can change this later on if you want) 
(This is a lower tone than default high pitch, which is much easier on the ears - and reduces"clipping" )

Note.....
You can find the COMPORT number, in Windows, in,
  Control Panel> 
                 Device manager >
                                Ports Com & LPT 
       ( click on the > triangle  to see the comport number)

     Your comport number will remain "selected" for the next time you start cwcom.

 BUT 

you will need to click on the Config icon,  to select "COM Port" every time you start cwcom. If using an external key.
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Click on the Translation tab....

Tick ( checkmark)  Translate Text Only ( so three ticks in three boxes on that section)

Adjust the speed to around 20 wpm.

(this may seem fast... but... it speeds up the reception and decoding of typed messages from distant stations) .
      (also your ears will become accustomed to the speed, and it will help you to read faster morse by watching the screen at the same time ! ! ! )

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Click on the "Morse Key" tab....
      * you will need to click on this one, first, every time you start cwcom to select the "comport" if you are using an external key *

If you are using the down arrow key... the Keyboard is the default setting, but you need to click the mouse cursor on the screen for it to be effective.

If you are using an external key... checkmark the morse key section

 Iambic for paddle 

 Manual for straight key (vertical key)

For Iambic key... select "Looping Method"

For Straight key.... select "Reset Method"

If you want to use an external key... 
you need to read the instructions on page.4....
https://morsepower.blogspot.com/2016/08/cwcom-getting-started-connecting.html

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Click on the Transmit tab.....
Adjust the WPM to something near to your estimated speed.

For Down Arrow... set about 10 wpm.

For Paddle Key ... set to your estimated speed... but do not apply the "lock"

For Straight Key..set to your estimated speed...

For all types of key.... do at short test transmission... suggest 
 BROWN BREAD TASTES BEST WITH BUTTER AND STRAWBERRY JAM....  KEEP GOING.  DO NOT CORRECT ERRORS. the computer needs to read the timing of your sending to adjust the decode speed.

Iambic key users... do not lock the result...but keep a note of the settings for future reference.

Straight key users... when you have a good copy on screen, you can "lock" the speed.
You may need to restart cwcom for this to take effect.

You can also do this "off line" before connect ing to the server on the "world icon"

Click on CLOSE

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Morse Mail is not used...

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Click on the Speaker Icon and adjust the TX Pitch to about 820  ( lower tone than default high pitch and easier on the ears! )

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Click on the World icon....   to start using cwcom... BUT>>>  do this first, for the first time only ! !

IMPORTANT......

Check the "Address" on the Remote Details 

the Address box should read ......[ morsecode.dyndns.org ]

 
          MAKE SURE THAT YOU USE THE CORRECT "Remote Details" address.

 on the "Connect" window ... 
               
not   [mrx.ham-radio-op.net



You can now enter your callsign, in the "Call Sign" box... and it will show when you are "on channel" and on the Ionosphere current user list. 

If you do not have a ham callsign, you can use your first name, or a "psuedonym", which will identify you "on channel" in the same way. 

NOW>... you are ready to communicate !  world wide.... using the old skill of Morse Telegraphy, as used on the ORIGINAL INTERNET in the late 1880 ` s  ! ! ..

Click on the "Connect" box....    don`t forget to "disconnect" before closing with the X at the end of your session...

ENJOY ! ! ! 


NOTE.....
     If you are using a paddle key,.. you need to change from Manual, (default) to Iambic.  and if your morse comes out as a series of TTTT TT TTTT TTT T TTT T TTT , then you need to check your "Transmit" tab and the speed settings or to change from the default "Looping Method" to the Reset Method


Any Problems.... send me a detailed email 




and I will get back to you with an answer  ( hopefully ! ! !)...

2 comments:

  1. Hi MorseMan!

    I'm a new ham and a Mac user, taking a CW course from our local amateur club. I scrounged a PC laptop from work, but as a result of frustration with the derelict machine, I finally decided to take a chance on installing WINE on my almost 10 year old iMac. It worked like a charm from the get-go! I haven't delved into attaching the iambic paddle yet, but when I do, I'll pass the information along.

    Thank you very much for making this valuable resource available to us!

    73!

    VA1TIM (Tim)

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    1. Hi Tim,
      Thank you for the positive feedback on the blog and your success with the old MAC machine.
      Your comment makes my efforts with this blog worthwhile. !
      Thanks
      73 good luck with the morse, and your eventual licence !.
      Gerry

      p.s. check out the how to learn morse code page on here too ! ! .

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