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W4/VP9KF N1MM+ Logger tips page (By the way, I refuse to use Windows 10)

Windows releases before Windows 7 are not recommended for use with N1MM Logger+
Latest information, support and questions can be found on the N1MM Logger+ group.io [with nearly 3,500 members]
Group use: If you are using N1MM Classic, make it clear! It isn't supported. Always refer to newer version as N1MM Logger+, not just 'N1MM'. Give your platform, Windows version and all other important information. XP will not update some files automatically, as SSL (https://) is more fully rolled out during mid-2018.
Latest updates are announced on the group every Tuesday morning, or more frequently if required for bug fixes.
It helps everyone if you test a new version between Tuesday & the weekend when you are going to operate. Report any problems so that they can be fixed [from Tom, N1MM].
ONLY REVERT TO AN OLDER VERSION IF THERE IS NO FIX BY THE TIME YOU CAN NO LONGER WAIT ANY LONGER.
 N1MM+ Logger latest version number. N1MM+ home site. N1MM+ latest update(s). N1MM+ PDF Help files  N1MM+ HTML Help files 

The first thing is to go into Windows audio configuration and TURN OFF Windows sound generation. There is a good technical reason for this if you are using the PC's serial port for keying the transmitter.

The second thing is to slightly reconfigure the COM ports. Go into Windows Device Manager [if using Win 10, select Control Panel/All Control Panel Items/Systems/Device Manager], select Ports(COM & LPT), then at each Com port, select Properties/Port Settings/Advanced.

Then find Rcvr (bytes) and set it to 64; then select Tx (bytes) and also set it to 64. Change 'Latency Timer' to 1ms [NOTE! This depends on the specific RS-232 COM type device, some have it and some don’t]. This will improve the speed of your USB/Serial devices and help eliminate CW stutter.
W4/VP9KF - CW keying hints

CW keying hints
  How to make your logging program work with CW.

The K1EL WinKeyer needs to have the correct FTDI USB driver loaded on the PC. Use Device Manager to confirm it is there and to see what COM port it is on. It may have changed.
If the keyer 'disappears', go into Device Manager, right click on the USB port and deselect "allow USB to sleep when inactive".
Download the WKxMGR software from K1EL and confirm you can talk to the
WinKeyer. It is useful to configure the WinKeyer, update the firmware and for trouble shooting. Note there are different versions depending on the WinKeyer you have.

Early WK2USBs had a problem of getting locked up if they had internal batteries installed and  the PC's USB port went to sleep. To unlock the WK2USB you need to disconnect the
WinKeyer's internal batteries. There is a firmware update that fixes this problem. If you are operating while connected to a PC, leave the batteries out anyway. Memories will be retained.
W4/VP9KF - some fixes for N1MM+ Logger

N1MM+ Logger Fixes
  All software has some niggles, these are some easily fixable things in the source code.

Has the 'feature' hard-written into WAE CW S&P mode that forces a send of 'QTC?' been fixed before it gets forgotten?????????????

WHY is the 'Rotor Control' (sic.) Window not part of the N1MM+ window normal behaviour, yet sits on top and in the way all the time? It's a PITA!
Why can't it be integrated and popped-up as needed?

Everybody I've talked to recently (and the manufacturers) always use the term ROTATOR, not rotor

Rotators

Similarly, why can't a call from the .ini file be made to open a true N1MM+ Logger window which can call another program such as a browser? [Hint: to show a lightning page]

Why are new version announcements on the groups.io Group always made with 'Re:' at the beginning of the subject, as though it was a comment about a missed previous message?

Please remember that the N1MM+ Logger code is written and maintained by a group of volunteers. It's tough because of the vast number of transceivers, support devices, modes and versions of PCs and Windows that are supported all at once. Some troubleshooting is recurring and is not easy to find in the [transferred] Yahoo Group 'archives'. Hence these notes. Some problems are difficult to reproduce without many hours of their time.

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