General advice to get started on single call mode in Morse Runner (Ken Tucker, WF6F, Jim Carson, WT8P):
- Accuracy is more important than speed.
- Wait until the sending station is done transmitting before you respond. If you respond over him, immediately hit the escape key to stop.
- Scoring increases as you go along (see below).
If you receive the call correctly, type in the call sign and hit enter. It will fill in the QSO sequence automatically. Listen for an “R,” followed by “599” and, finally, the sequence number. Type that sequence number in, hit enter, and the new one will come almost immediately.
Sometimes, it will ask for a repeat of your exchange (599 #), confirm twice (e.g., 599 # 599 #), or use a numeric abbreviation (see above) just like real-life. If you respond too soon, the other station will not “hear” it and you’ll have to resend again.
If you only got part of the call sign, it is better to be patient and wait until it’s resent or simply respond with a ? (F7, below) rather than guessing incorrectly. Most time, there will be three attempts before it gives up. If you respond with an incorrect call sign, you will either hear nothing – because the sending station does not recognize you’re talking to it – or it will do a full sequence with the “de”. This will consume valuable time. If the remote station abandons, simply hit Control-W (wipe) and wait for the next one to start. Or send CQ (F1) again.
- F1-F8 – sends one of the pre-defined messages:
- Esc – stop sending. This is very important if he’s sending stuff back.
- Alt-W, Ctrl-W, F11 – wipe (erase) the input fields.
- Alt-Enter, Shift-Enter, Ctrl-Enter – save QSO.
- <Space> – auto-complete input, jump between the input fields.
- <Tab>, Shift-<Tab> – move to the next/previous field.
- “;”, <Ins> – equivalent to F5 + F2.
- “+”, “.”, “,”, “[” – equivalent to F3 + Save.
- Enter – sends various messages, depending on the state of the QSO;
RESPONSES YOU MAY RECEIVE
Note that <his>, <my> and <#> are determined at runtime.
T or O for the number 0 in the sequence number, e.g., 1O = 10.
N for the number 9, e.g., 5NN is 599 or the sequence number N is 9.
<his> QSY QSY
<my> <my> #
CQ <my> TEST
CQ CQ TEST <my> <my> TEST
DE <my> <#>
DE <my> <my>
DE <my> <my> <#>
R <#> <#>