Click on the buttons or fields where the cursor changes to a hand symbol ... to find more about them.
PTT ButtonTo talk to the users shown in a room, press AND HOLD this button while talking. Alternatively, press AND HOLD the space bar. (There is no PTT lock)
Mic Vu Setting
This meter shows your audio (MIC) output level. The Vu meter works offline, which means you can (and should) set up your MIC level without pressing the PTT. Talk normally into the microphone: the MIC Vu meter should show 3 green bars (average) when you are talking, and SHOULD NEVER SHOW ANY RED BARS. Distortion will occur if the level is set too high. Click and slide the MIC Vu Vol slider to achieve the correct MIC output level. If it is difficult to achieve the correct level, you may need to set up your sound card. If the level is excessively high or low, then you may need to look at the “boost” setting (where available) by going to your Windows Control Panel. Once the MIC level has been set, you should not need to adjust it again unless you change microphones.
Output Vu Setting
This control allows you to adjust the output level to your speakers or headphones. Click on the Output Vol slider and adjust it while listening to someone who is transmitting in a room. You may need to change this often – as users audio levels vary.
This allows users to quickly select a server. (A lot of users never use this feature, as they always use room 101ENGLISH in the main eQSO server) The default preset is for the main eQSO server. The PC Client software is supplied with the settings for several servers. These can be selected by using the down arrow button, then clicking on the server of your choice. Selecting a preset will also change the port and room settings to those that were defined for the preset. You cannot change presets while connected. Also see “Edit”, below
BERORE using this button, ensure that your callsign has been correctly entered. To register, click on the "Register" button. Enter your unique password and registration key that eQSO sent to the e-mail address you supplied. Click the "Register" button.
You can edit the list of presets to include only those that you prefer to use. You can also add other presets, in similar way to adding web sites to your “favourites” list on your web browser. More on editing presets
Server & Port
The default server on the software is the main eQSO server, using port 10024. You cannot change server while connected. Selecting a server is like using the band switch on a radio transceiver. In order to connect to a server, the port number must be correct. Selecting a port on a server is like selecting the correct CTCSS tone to access a repeater channel.
Some server operators require the PC User to enter a password before connection can be made to their server. Some supply an email address in their server comment line, to allow potential users to request the server password. As the main eQSO server does not need a password, the default setting is blank
Blue Screen TX
When checked, this tick box makes the whole eQSO screen turn blue during TX. Default setting is OFF (unchecked), so that only your line on the screen turns blue during TX
Selecting a room is like selecting a channel or frequency on which to make a QSO. Servers are usually set up with a number of pre defined rooms to chat in. Click on the down arrow next to the room number to scroll down a list of the available rooms on a server. To change to a different room, click on the room of your choice (the room name will turn blue) then press enter. You can also create other rooms on an ad hoc basis by typing your own room name in the room field and pressing enter. Alternatively, you can use the system monitor to select servers or rooms.
See Who's on the system
Clicking on the See Who's on the system button opens the system monitor, and allows you to see the available servers and occupied rooms. Users who are actually talking have a green symbol next to their callsign. (Silent stations have a grey symbol). The system monitor refreshes every 1 or 15 minutes (selectable).
Connect & Disconnect
Click the connect button to connect to the system. The button will turn grey while you are connected. Click on the disconnect button to disconnect from the server & room that you were connected to. You will need to disconnect to select a new server or preset. The disconnect button will change to grey when disconnected
This is where you enter your callsign. You need only do this
on initial setup, unless you obtain a new callsign, in which case you will need
to apply for a new registration key and password. With the exception of the
above example, NEVER CHANGE YOUR CALLSIGN in the eQSO software. However, when
operating away from your registered address, you should make it clear to other
users that you are not at home. What you can do if you are operating “portable”
or operating abroad, is to change the comment in the comments box, saying that
you are portable and where you are, or enter the prefix of the country you are
in. DO NOT add letters (e.g. “/P”) to your callsign. It will simply
stop the software working.
NOTE - You can NO LONGER use the International characters set e.g. Alt 0216 for the slashed zero (Ø) in the in Callsign, Room and Comments fields.
Here you enter your NAME and LOCATION and any other information you wish users to see. After filling in the box, click “send” or “enter”. This will display your comment on the user list, next to your callsign. You can change your comment at any time. If your comment is too long, only the part that will fit in the user list will be displayed, as there is no scroll function. Never leave your comment box blank. Following this simple protocol will ensure that you are not incorrectly muted, kicked or banned by an administrator.
Click on this button or press enter on the keyboard to send the text comment