I have been enjoying my Winkeyer from K1EL as a standalone keyer for my Bencher paddles. Lately I have been sending keyboard CW with my computer using programs designed especially for the Winkeyer. Winkeyer is a very nice kit from Steve, K1EL at:
The C-TYPER program by Al, W6DZ, is in the third party software section of K1EL's site at :
W1HKJ, of Fldigi fame, has a program designed especially for the Winkeyer called Flwkey on his site at:
Has anyone else used the Winkeyer for QRQ CW with these or any other keyboard programs?
Of course, I have no financial connection with Steve or his company.
I saw a Winkeyer on ebay recently and thought about trying it out, but couldn't tell from the documentation whether or not it could be used with a keyboard, so I let it go. I currently use a W5UXH keyer (one of Chuck's old ones from 2002) and I really like it a lot, but I am always collecting new keys and keyers to try out, and am always game to try something new. Thanks for the tips Joe!!!
I've logged a lot of hours on the Bencher By-1 myself, but lately am entertaining this theory that the simplicity of single lever action will improve my error rate in time. I am sick of worrying about mode B vs. mode A timing, and also I have this problem where at the last minute I will have trouble deciding whether to squeeze or not to squeeze. It's probably uniquely my problem, but its annoying. I just bought what I think is the nicest single lever made, so assuming it's adjusted right, any mistakes in sending are for sure my own fault. Now I can just work on improving my accuracy without any interference from the key.
I recently discovered this nice little soft from W6DZ.
It's very useful to improve your skills, as you can see what you manipulate.
Something lacking is the list of available characters. I found , and . and ? and " but not the others (/ for instance) or the pro-signs. Also, being french (nobody's perfect!!) I'd like to add letters with accent.
Thanks in advance.
Gerard (or Gérard??)
~@ Brett Miller,
You're right./ I discovered very recently the pleasure to manipulate with a single lever (a Begali HST has been lent to me by F6FLF) and I feel releaved, and making progress!
I never mastered Iambic, and A or B mode are prone to errors if you barely touch the paddle!! I use HST in Ultimatic mode, and I'm delighted.
For those interested in Linux, I found a nice soft, very similar to CTyper.
Try "Fl_winkey" which is a standalone part of FLdigi.
It is very nice and more flexible than the very small interface you could find in CQRlog.
Now I use it for all my CW sessions, and I see what I'm sending, which is nice to make progress in sending ability.
But, no, I did not install full FLdigi, so I cannot decode what I receive...other wise it would not be CW, but some kind of digital mode!!
Nice CW to all.