Locked Cancel button in logger retains focus, resulting in inadvertent cancellation of subsequent log entries #logging #EnhancementReqest

Randy, WS4C

Just now got a message from Dennis, W1UE, saying that today's new release of the Beta version fixes this problem so that Enter always executes the OK command for logging a QSO, regardless of whether the previous action was OK or Cancel.

Of course I don't know how soon there'll be another release of the full working version including this fix, but it's nice to know that it's on the way!

Randy, WS4C

Randy, WS4C

Found the best workaround so far, and it's very simple: Cancel using the Esc key rather than the mouse. Just gotta remember to do it that way. I generally do use the keyboard rather than mouse clicks; I'm not sure why in this case I have been clicking Cancel without even having tried the Esc key until tonight.

Still, I think that program behavior with the Cancel button is troublesome and should be changed. I suppose most ops either use the keyboard or the mouse but not the strange combination I was using (Enter for OK but mouse click for Cancel), so maybe not many have actually hand this problem. Still, it seems to me likely that a good many ops have lost Qs in their log without realizing it or without realizing why.

Randy, WS4C

I discovered an irritating program behavior that I did not see discussed as I browsed the #logging topics.

I usually log QSOs at the first opportunity; when I've sent 73, then as far as I'm concerned the QSO is good. My usual method of accepting the log entry is to press Enter rather than clicking OK. So far, so good.

If the other station needs me to repeat my 73 message, though, then the software presents the QSO for logging again, which I dismiss by clicking Cancel. The problem I discovered (to my consternation, as it has resulted in significant gaps in my log that I must now fill by searching back through my all.txt file) is that when WSJT presents the dialog to log the next QSO, the focus is now on the Cancel button, so that pressing Enter cancels the log entry rather than accepting it.

I can see no reason why the Cancel button should retain focus. Can this behavior be changed so that Enter in the logger dialog always executes as the OK button?

A second, related enhancement would be a feature that would eliminate the opportunities to log the QSO upon second and subsequent sendings of the 73 message that triggers logging. What would people think of functionality, perhaps with a settings option to enable it, that would skip the logging opportunity if the QSO to be logged matches the most recent log entry with a time difference of no more than, say, a minute or two?

If this topic has been discussed elsewhere, I'd appreciate a pointer to where I can find it. I think there are some workarounds that I could adopt to minimize this problem (no need for others to take trouble to suggest unless doing so just makes you feel better), but eliminating the problem so that workarounds become unnecessary seems to me to be the best fix.


Randy, WS4C