FLDIGI Users Manual  3.21
Keyboard Operation

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The transmit buffer for fldigi is type ahead which means that you can be typing text while the program is sending an earlier part of your transmitted message.

Newly entered text appears in black and text which has been transmitted is changed to red. You can backspace into the red area. When you do and the modem in use supports the BS character it will be sent to the receiving station. If you monitor PSK and MFSK signals you will often find operators backspacing over previously sent text. It's probably just as easy to just send XXX and retype that part of the message, but we have gotten used to word processors, email, etc. that allow us to send perfect (right) text, so we expect our digital modems to do the same. Let's see, what was that prosign often used in CW for oooops.

All of the alpha numeric keys perform as you would expect, entering text into the transmit buffer. There is one very important exception:

The caret "^" symbol. This is used in the macro expansion routine and also used by the transmit buffer evaluator. A ^r puts fldigi into receive mode. So you can enter the ^r (caret followed by the r) at the end of your transmit buffer and when the sent character cursor (red chars) gets to that point the program will clear the text and return to the receive mode.

You can load the transmit buffer with any ASCII Text file of your choice. Merely right click in the buffer window and select from the pop-up menu. You can also short cut to the ^r from this popup.

Many ops (including me) do not like to be tied to a mouse. The fldigi text widget supports some short cuts to make your life easier:

Function Keys

Keys F1 through F12 are used to invoke the macro F1 - F12. You can also just click on the macro key button associated with that function key. There are 4 sets of 12 macros. If you press the numbered button on the macro button bar the next set of macros are referenced by the F1 - F12. A right click on the numbered button provides a reverse rotation through the 4 sets of macro keys. The respective macro set can be made available by pressing the Alt-1, Alt-2, Alt-3 or Alt-4 key combination. Note that this is not Alt-F1 etc.


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