Re: Tab / Space behaviour on VHF contests

John Bednar



I just tested using the ARRL June VHF contest. As I expected, entering a callsign and pressing the Tab key DOES populate the exchange box from call history and place the cursor in the RST field.


The code also places the cursor in the RST box at the location to update the RST.


Pressing tab again advances the cursor to the RST box highlighting the correct character again.


John, K3CT




-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Patrick Herborn
Sent: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 10:34 AM
Subject: [N1MM+] Tab / Space behaviour on VHF contests


Good afternoon all!


This question / feature request pertains to the action of Tab and Space

when in a VHF contest. Space is most useful insofar as it will pre-fill

the locator information if pressed in the Callsign field (if using

history lookup), BUT in doing so it jumps directly to the received

serial box, pre-filling the sent and received reports with 59.


This behaviour is fine on HF contests, but we tend to send real signal

reports, which means one then has to go back to correct the pre-filled

signal reports. Occasionally one might have to correct the locator

for a /P but that's just life.


One way of avoiding this is to use the Tab key - this steps through

the fields and permits entry of RS(T) and serial, but then it doesn't

pre-fill the locator. Kind of damned if you do, damned if you don't.

It would be useful to have an option for Space (or some other key)

to pre-fill the locator only, and jump to the relevant next

field (as discussed below).


An additional improvement might be to change the Tab order of the

fields - again this is related to the use of real signal reports.

The default behaviour is to go from the callsign to the sent

signal report - this is fine in Run mode where you just have

to give the best report you can based on receiving just a callsign,

but in S&P you get your report from the Run station, which

allows a better determination of an accurate signal report, ergo

the sent report tends to get filled in last. It would be helpful

to have an option to change the tab (or space or other key) order to

Callsign->RxRST->RxSn->Loc->SntRST - perhaps tracking Run/S&P state.


These things may of course already be possible - I just haven't found a

way of doing it - in which case I should be grateful for any hints /

tips / instructions.


Best regards,


Pat (M0MGO).



Patrick Herborn <pat@...>


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