Winkeyer and HRD DM780 character spacing/character loss/workaround

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This is not a SmartSDR problem or bug at all, but the workaround I found might help
clear up a problem that exists between HRD DM780 and the SmartSDR software

Some hams I know have the same problem: Connecting the DM780 winkeyer to
the SmartSDR software winkeyer leads to irregular spacing and character loss, which is
easily repeatable.

There are some programs, which are able to use a hardware or software winkeyer,
like Log4OM or CWType by UA9OV. All these programs - and DM780 - have no problem
at all connecting to a hardware winkeyer. Only DM780 has the issue with the SmartSDR
software winkeyer described above.

Now I like to log all my QSOs with HRD Log and I do a lot of digital work with WSJT-X
and JTAlert-X and DM780, which are all able to log to HRD Log.

For CW I use CWSkimmer 1.9, SDRBridge and CWType or DM780 for short QSOs and CQing, having my paddles ready to step in for a chat.

Now I found that connecting CWType to SmartSDR via the software winkeyer port first,
closing the program and then starting DM780 clears up the CW problem!
What?!? Maybe someone can find the solution to this riddle...
The only thing which comes to my mind is that CWType somehow clears up a clogged pipeline somewhere in the virtual maze ;-)

I'll also post this in the HRD forum.

73, Alex - DH2ID
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Alex - DH2ID, Elmer

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