Squelch threshold...will display a mode specific dialog in which AFC, Lock, and Snap can also be set.
When the screen-printing is "squelched", or not printing, because the signal is below the squelch threshold,
the "Sq" shows on the status bar without the " * ". If MixW appears to stop decoding, be sure the squelch
threshold is not set too high. For reception of weak signals, it is usually best to turn the squelch completely
off. This will result in "garbage" print some of the time, but whenever the signal becomes strong enough that
copy is possible, the text will appear on the screen along with the garbage characters.
RX Selecting RX places MixW in the receive mode.
TX Selecting TX places MixW in the transmit mode.
TX and RX can also be toggled by using the pause/break key on the computer keyboard, by clicking on the
RX/TX box in the Status Bar, by using the TX and RX Macro buttons, or by using the <TX> or <RX>
Macros in a Macro script.
When Continuous seek is checked, Seek will continuously look for a station until one is found and stop on
that station. To stop Seek, just press any Seek button. If a station fades below the Seek threshold, Continuous
Seek does not start seeking for another station. This is so you can stay on the station's frequency and continue
to copy whatever you can, even though it is fading. To restart Continuous Seek, just press one of the Seek
keys or buttons.
Arrows for Seek
When Arrows for Seek is checked, the left and right arrow keys can be used for Seek, but the arrow keys are
then NOT available for editing the RX and TX window. Uncheck Arrows for Seek to make the left and right
arrow keys available for RX and TX window editing.
Scan | Start Scan
When selected, Scan will cause MixW to Seek out a station, stop on that station, record the time and tone
frequency of the station, and print that station on the screen for a determined amount of time (dwell). After
printing for the selected dwell time, MixW will proceed to the next detectable signal and repeat the process.
Note: Snap must be on for Scan to work.
Scan | Stop Scan
Selecting stop scan will stop the Scan process. Scan may also be stopped by selecting a station or frequency
with the mouse. Clicking Scan | Start Scan again will start the scan from the current location.
Start Scan and Stop Scan can also be controlled by macros, so <STARTSCAN> and <STOPSCAN> may be
assigned to function keys or put into a macro script.
Scan | Scan properties
Selecting Scan properties will bring up a dialog for setting the way Scan behaves. "Only once" will stop Scan
after encountering the first detectable signal, Dwell sets the staying (to print) time in seconds, and Continue
on squelch resumes scanning when the signal level falls below the squelch threshold, Checking Time Marks
or Frequency Marks, tells MixW to display the time of the station print or the frequency of the station print, or
MixW: View Menu Items
View is where you select which of MixW's various control windows and operating aids are displayed on the
screen, and in several cases, how they are displayed. Simply select (check) the ones you want displayed.
MixW has two different Menu Layouts. MixWHelp uses only Layout 1. If you prefer Layout 2 while
operating, you can easily change to Layout 1 to follow the information in MixWHelp, and then change back
to Layout 2 before you continue operating.
When checked, the Control Bar will be displayed. The Control Bar may be moved and repositioned (docked)
by pointing to an empty area of the bar, holding the left mouse button down, moving the outline of the bar
until it changes shape, and then releasing the mouse button. The usual alternate docking location for the
Control Bar is just underneath the Spectrum Window.
Gives access to several settings for contest logging, and log text colors.
Displays curent Side Band and Frequency settings for use by the Waterfall and Logging functions.
When checked, a phase display of the received signal will be shown. This will display as multicolored radial
lines, like spokes of a wheel, when MixW is not tuned to any signal. When tuned to a BPSK signal, there will
be only two vertical, or nearly vertical, spokes displayed. When tuned to a QPSK signal, there will be two
vertical spokes and two horizontal spokes forming a cross, and when tuned to a FSK31 signal, two horizontal
spokes will be displayed.
A World Map will be displayed showing your station as a yellow dot in the location you configured under
Personal Data. A line will appear indicating the location of the call in the active QSO entry of the Log. If you
have configured MixW to use Rotor control, the heading of your antenna will also be displayed, and it will
move with your bearing when operated through MixW.
The DX cluster window can be configured for packet or internet DX information.
For this option to work, a callbook must first be configured by selecting Configure | Callbook, and then
selecting your callbook type and its path settings. If there is an entry in the current QSO line in the log, that
entry will be entered in the Call: text box when the Callbook dialog is opened. If you want a different call,
type it into the Call: text box. Click the Search... button to look the call up in the callbook.
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When checked, the Status Bar will be displayed. Note: Right clicking in the status bar will bring up additional
Give you display options for your contest statistics while in the MixW contest mode.
The Quick Search dialog is for searching for incomplete callsigns. Select View | Quick search | Show dialog.
Next select your preferred method of searching from the options by selecting View | Quick search | <preferred
method>. Now with the Quick search dialog selected you can enter part of a call sign into the new QSO cell
of the Log Bar. Wildcards ('*' and '?') are allowed. Red ticks will indicate if you have already had a QSO
(indicating a dupe) with this station (this will be according to the current contest settings).
This dialog allows you to automatically QSY your rig to the various beacons. The options reflect the active
beacons based on Zulu time. Clicking on one of the active beacons will QSY your rig to that beacon's
frequency, and set the mode to CW for decoding it.
Note: Your computer time must be set extremely accurately to use this feature, otherwise the list will not be
in sync with the beacon timing. You must also have the CAT feature properly configured to automatically
QSY the rig.
Allows you to configure frequencies or ranges of frequencies to be scanned. The scans are initiated and
terminated with macros.
The contest mode dialog is used for selecting, editing or adding contest settings.
Here you can change between the Waterfall or Spectrum displays as well change the colors, zoom, and RF
markers. Many of these items can also be changed by Right Clicking in the waterfall or spectrum display
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Note: you can also change the speed of this display in the sound card settings dialog box. Select Configure |
Sound Card settings. The faster speeds require faster computers.
Displaying spectrum frequencies and Configuring for LSB or USB operations: The MixW options for
RF, USB/LSB should be configured to reflect your mode of operation by selecting View | Spectrum | RF,
USB or RF, LSB or Auto, or Sound. These must be set correctly in order for the frequencies in the displays to
represent your actual operating frequencies, and for MixW to automatically adjust the inversion settings based
on your RF mode. See the information on inversion in Configuration.
When checked the entire waterfall will move as you tune the transceiver (CAT must be enabled). This
prevents the "smearing" of the signals already in the waterfall. Requires a fast computer for smooth operation.
Underline sent text
When checked, the text in the TX window will be underlined as it is transmitted. Transmitted text will also be
echoed to the RX screen in a user-assigned color as configured under Configure | TX font color. The
Underline sent text should be enabled if you want to edit the text that still remains in the TX buffer.
Selecting word mode prevents text from going to the transmit buffer until an entire word is typed in the TX
window. This can be handy as it allows for editing a word in modes that do not support the backspace key,
such as RTTY and AMTOR.
Word mode is only available when using the Underline sent text option as described above. Also, when using
word mode, several Macros will require a space to be present after the Macro command itself in order for it to
be sent to the TX buffer properly.
Selecting CAPITALS ONLY will automatically convert any lower case characters entered in the TX window
to upper case when sent to the TX buffer. This is handy for the RTTY and AMTOR modes, which only
support upper case characters.
Display Slashed Zero
Provides the user a choice of styles for the numeric zero.
Causes the time displayed on the right end of the status bar will be in Universal Coordinated Time. When
unchecked, will be in local time. If the clock of the host computer is set to UTC instead of local time, the
Time Zone setting under Windows needs to be set to GMT and adjustment for "daylight savings changes"
The 'TX' indicator for transmit on the status bar will blink on and off. When unchecked, the 'TX' indicator will
Use Stick Cursor
Will turn the mouse pointer to a thin stick while in the waterfall display. This can facilitate placing the tuning
diamond in the middle of a signal.
Selecting Show Hairlines causes hairline tails to extend down from the tuning indicators (from the top to the
bottom of the waterfall display). These can be an aid to tuning certain signals.
Always show IMD
Will display the IMD reading constantly when receiving a PSK31signal instead of just during the idle tones.
However, the idle tones are the best time to determine the station's IMD.
Use Default RST
Will send the default RST when the RST Macro is used, instead of asking for your RST report.
2nd TNC window
Selecting this option displays a 2nd TNC window.
Opens a window allowing the user to initiate a Telnet session over the internet. This could be a Telnet DX
Cluster, or any other standard Telnet communication. An internet connection must already be open.
New RX window
Opens an additional RX window tuned to the frequency currently selected in the waterfall display.
MixW: Using the Status Bar
The Status Bar is located at the bottom of the MixW screen. The information that appears on the Status Bar in
part depends on the mode selected. For instance, IMD is relevant in the PSK31 mode, while Connected or
Disconnected are relevant for Packet:
TX/RX: The leftmost box indicates either TX or RX depending on the current status of MixW, and transmit
and receive can be toggled by clicking on this indicator box.
Squelch (Sq) can be also be toggled on or off by clicking on the Sq box, and the threshold can be set by right
clicking on the Status Bar and selecting "Squelch Threshold" from the Pop Up menu:
Clicking on Squelch Threshold pops up the following box:
In addition to setting the Squelch threshold, AFC and Snap can also be set from this pop up dialog.
If MixW appears to stop decoding, be sure the squelch threshold is not set too high. For reception of weak
signals, it is usually best to turn the squelch completely off. This will result in "garbage" print some of the
time, but whenever the signal becomes strong enough, the text will appear on the screen along with the
AFC, Lock, and Snap can also be toggled for the modes in which they are available by clicking on their
boxes in the Status Bar.
Frequency: The current audio operating frequency is indicated in Hz. This represents the offset from your
IMD: Clicking on the IMD box will freeze the IMD at the last observed value. Clicking on it again will
activate the IMD reading again.
IMD is a measure, in dB, of the level of the first pair of unwanted sidebands (at +/-46Hz from the center-
frequency) compared to the main pair of wanted sidebands (at +/-15Hz). The readout is accurate only when
the signal is idling, and at that time, the emission is actually the same two-tone signal that is used for checking
the quality of SSB transmitters, and the IMD dB figure is the same as the third-order intermodulation
performance figure given for SSB transmitters.
IMD readings are only accurate, and only display when the station is idling, and there is not another
station very close in frequency, and when the S/N ratio of the received station is about 20 dB or greater.
Typical IMD readings are -25 dB to -30 dB for a well-adjusted transceiver, and readings of -20 dB or worse
indicate that the transceiver's extra sidebands can cause QRM to adjacent stations.
Mode: The current operating mode is indicated in the box next to the IMD reading.
Date: The current date is displayed.
Time: The current time is displayed. By right clicking the status bar, you can select to display UTC or Local
MixW: Logging and QSLing
MixW's Logging features make it easy to keep track of all your QSOs. The contest mode will track your
contest progress, complete with multipliers, while automatically checking for DUPs and auto-incrementing
serial numbers for exchanges. The normal mode can track your regular ragchewing and award hunting
contacts. You can design 4 different log bar layouts and select the one you want for a particular purpose from
View | Log Bar | Normal/Contest/Custom 1/Custom 2.
The Log Button Bar which appears at the bottom of the Log Bar controls several log functions. Search allows
you to search the log for a callsign. Details will bring up the full log information for the selected QSO. Delete
will delete the selected QSO, and Save will save the New QSO line to the Log.
Note: To scroll all the entries in your log click Search (eyeglasses) and then click the Whole Log button.
To see all the fields in the log click Details ('A'). Since there are too many fields in each log entry to put in a
single line across the page you must choose the set of fields you want to display, and the width you want each
Up to 25 lines may be shown in the log bar. Double click in a blank area of the log bar to undock it. Resize
the log bar for the number of rows you want. Double click the log bar again to redock it.
The Normal and Contest Layouts show a pre-chosen set of fields, while the Custom 1 and Custom 2 Layouts
have all fields available. The widths and heights of the Log columns are configurable. Place your cursor
between two columns or rows in the gray (title area), then click and drag to the desired width or height. To see
additional fields in the Custom Layouts you must hide some of the fields on the left side of the layout so that
fields can move in on the right side of the layout. To hide a field drag the right side completely over the left
side, decreasing the size to zero.
For the more computer adept the following method can be used:
Files Custom1.dat and Custom2.dat contain a list of log fields for the corresponding log layout. Each of these
files looks something like this:
Lines which begin with ";" are ignored, so fields EXCHSNT, EXCHRCV, COUNTY, ENDDATE, and
ENDTIME are absent in this example. You may change the order of lines (and according columns) but do not
change the numbering, i.e. CALL should always have 6 at the beginning.
Making entries in the log.
Entries may be typed directly into the log, by left clicking on the field, or they may be moved into the log
from the RX window. Double clicking on a word in the RX window will copy it into the call, name, or RST
Rec. field in the log depending on the configuration of the word.
For Roundtable operation, a second, third, etc. call may be appended to the Call window by copy and paste
from the RX window, and separating the calls with commas. If this is done, all buttons using the <CALL>
macro will also use the additional calls.
Holding the CTRL key and double-clicking on a word will append that word to the QTH box. By holding
down CTRL and double-clicking each word of a QTH in turn, a multi-word QTH can be entered into the log
All log entries can also be filled in by highlighting the information on the screen, holding down the left mouse
button, "dragging" the information into the desired box, and releasing the mouse button.
A log entry may also be filled in by highlighting the information, pressing the right mouse button, and
copying and pasting the information into the desired box, or choosing a location from the displayed menu.
This method can be used to capture a call with imbedded spaces such as "K E 6J"
When the desired entries are filled in, clicking the Save icon button will save the information into the log,
You can also use the <SAVEQSO> macro at the end of your sign off macro to automatically save the QSO to
your log. By clicking the Search icon button you can search the log for any character or string of characters by
typing a string to be found and clicking the Search button on the search dialog. You can also display the entire
contents of the log by clicking the "Display Whole Log" button.
Note: If you select a new callsign in the RX window before you have saved your QSO information, your
"New" QSO line will be cleared and the new call inserted. To avoid the possibility of accidentally loosing a
QSO this way, UNcheck "Clear QSO on new call" under the Options menu, then a new call will not clear the
unsaved QSO. You can also restore an accidentally cleared or deleted QSO by selecting File | Restore
Printing and Exporting your log file.
First select the QSO's you want to print by clicking on the Search button in the Log Bar, which will bring up
the "Search in Logfile" dialog:
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