General Settings

This page, in no particular order, reflects the major, general WriteLog INI settings. The bracketed words (e.g., [Configuration]) reflects which section of the INI file the entry should be made or be found.

CT Compatibility [Configuration]

If you have pressed F1 thousands of times as I have to send CQ during a ham radio contest, then having F1 be the standard Windows Help function key is disconcerting and frightening at 4:00 AM with no sleep in the middle of a ham radio contest. To make F1 be the key for sending a message, and have the other standard CT function keys operate in WriteLog, enter this (exactly, except for what is in the parentheses) into the [Configuration] section of the WriteLog.ini file:


You can also change the WriteLog function keys for the CT functions through the following settings:

CqFunctionKey=9 (where 9 is equal to F9)


SendCallExchangeKey=5 (for example, CT default is F10, changing the 5 to a 10 changes the function to the CT default)

WriteLog Recent File Length [Configuration]

This option sets the number of files WriteLog keeps in the most-recently-used file list. The default is 4.


Remove Country and C fields from the Log Entry Window [Multipliers]

When you are entering a ham radio call into the Entry Window, the ‘Country’ field shows what country you are working. The ‘C’ field means it’s one of several countries and you can click on the field to determine which one is correct in the Entry field.

The bad news is that you have to tab through them after every log entry to get to the end of the contact. If you are into fast entry with no wasted tab key (or space bar) motions, then not having them in the entry window by default is a good thing. If you’re not sure, leave this as it is and come back after you have tried a few contests to see how it goes.

To eliminate, by default, the ‘Country’ and ‘C’ fields from showing in the Log Entry Window, type the following into the [Multipliers] section of the WriteLog.ini file:

ShowCountry=0 (where 0 is zero)

Auto Save Count [Configuration]

If this parameter is not in your WriteLog.ini file, you will get at least two emails after every contest from the reflector asking how to get rid of the dialog box that asks you after every 20 QSO’s to save your log and having to interrupt your flow in the contest to do so. To specify the auto save enter ONE of the following options in the [Configuration] section of the WriteLog.ini file:

AutoSaveCount= -1 (this option will cause WriteLog to NOT auto save)

AutoSaveCount= x (where X is the number of QSO’s for WriteLog to auto save the file. 10 means save the file after every 10 QSO’s, 100 means save the file after every 100 QSO’s. Please Note that you will NOT lose QSO’s that are not auto saved. All QSO’s are put into a temporary file that is fully recoverable if not saved.)

Mouse Wheel Tuning [Configuration]

Set MOUSE_WHEEL_HZ to the frequency increment to tune for each mouse wheel turn.

MOUSE_WHEEL_HZ=10 (tunes the radio at 10 Hz per turn)

Getting rid of the Country and C fields in the Entry Window [Multipliers]

This gets rid of these fields by default.


Changing Country (DXpedition) [Multiplier]

You’re this great K9JY ham radio contester and go to VP2JY for an ARRL ham radio contest and all those USA contacts all come up as zero points in the log. Here’s how to change that: in the [Multiplier] section of the WriteLog.ini file, enter or edit the following:

CALLPREFIX=X (where X is the call sign you are using in the contest. This should be, with the 10.x versions of the program, be your call sign which is then compared against the multiplier tables to correctly get you to the right country).

Packet Spot Timer [PktSpotBar]

If you want to change the amount of time the packet spots are in the packet window, go to the [PktSpotBar] section and create or modify the following line:


The 1200 represents the number of seconds that the spot says on the packet window; in this case, twenty minutes.

Serial and Parallel Ports [Ports]

The COMn:= settings are used by the WriteLog Packet window and by the RTTY window. There are separate COMn: settings in the [RIGS] section used only for rigs.


There are 4 “slots” available for WriteLog rig interfacing. By default, CommSlot1 is COM1:, but you can change that by changing the number on the right of the equal sign. These settings are not used for RTTY or for packet


In this example, the third and fourth slots are on COM7 and COM8. COM15 is as high as is supported.


You can override the port addresses WriteLog will use for LPT ports. (Not on Windows NT/2000). If you are running Windows 95/98, the program FPORT16.EXE in WriteLog’s \programs directory will read your BIOS and set this section for you. WriteLog versions prior to 10.34 would run FPORT16.EXE every time you did Setup Ports. For 10.34 and later, you must manually run FPORT16.exe.

LPT3=0x100 You must override the LPT3 to get WriteLog to offer LPT3 as a choice.

VHF Transverter Entries [Ports]

Frequencies (in MHz) to offset rig control for a VHF/UHF transverter, WriteLog has a separate offset for every amateur band. Specify all the offsets on one line in this INI file with a space between them, starting with the 1.8MHz amateur band. With this arrangement, WriteLog will not display the right transverter output frequency until after you use WriteLog to command the rig to a desired frequency once. So when you startup WriteLog, it will show your rig’s frequency without the transverter offset (and it will log QSO’s on that “base” frequency at this point as well.) To get WriteLog onto the right band, enter the actual frequency of operation in the CALL field and <ENTER> (like 144) and afterwards, WriteLog will remember you are using your 2 meter transverter. If your transverter has a high side mixer, then enter the offset as negative.

Comm1Offset=0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 26.010 116.002 -250.9

In the above example, the rig is operating without transverters on the lowest 9 ham bands (160m through 10m), has a 26.010MHz offset for 6m operation, 116.002MHz offset for 2m operation, and a high side mixer of 249.9MHz for 222MHz operation.

VHF Grid Display positioning [Multipliers]

Used for VHF contests with grid square displays


Headphones Not Move on change in focus [Entry]

If your preference is to keep the headphones unchanged on SHIFT+UP/DOWN rather than have the headphones follow the keyboard focus, then set this entry to zero.


[ENTRY2] For the 2nd Entry window

RC2800 rotators [Ports]

Some RC2800 rotators don’t like the command WriteLog sends with S and A commands. This setting causes WriteLog to just send the azimuth and <CR>