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FKeys is an "add-in" to WriteLog, a wonderful contest logging program written by Wayne Wright, W5XD and Steve Woodruff, N9OH. WriteLog works great by itself, but some folks (like me) prefer using a mouse to do everything rather than switching between the keyboard and the mouse (others prefer just using the keyboard). Also, some of us have a hard time remembering which function key does what. FKeys attempts to make contesting easier for mouse loving, memory challenged people like myself. The original version of FKeys was written in 1999, and has not evolved as fast as WriteLog. So, in the fall of 2022 I decided to try and update things. The evolution of WriteLog has made the job much simpler. I redid the entire program to take advantage of the "Keyboard shortcut" feature in WriteLog. This feature allows you to associate a key-combination (i.e. Ctrl-Alt-G) with any menu entry. This feature means all of the macros and functions in FKeys can be simply keystrokes sent to WriteLog.

I'm not sure you can replicate every feature from the original FKeys this way, but it certainly covers anything I use (and many more). I've moved the configuration stuff to the Registry uner Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\K7KAR\FKeys.

Installation is a little harder with this version. You need to initialize the Registry entry. This requires Admin privilage. Most people set up Windows with one user account that has the privilage and it may be invoked by right clicking on a program to execute it as administrator.

There are four files contained in the ZIP file. The PDF is documentation, the EXE is the actual program, the BAT file is a batch file that invokes the REG file. The REG file initializes the Registry and replaces the old INI file to keep track of the buttons.

So, the process is:
1: extract the four files into a new directory
2: execute the BAT file in with ADMINISTRATOR privileges to initialize the Registry
3: execute the EXE file to start FKeys and configure your buttons

On most versions of Windows you can click and hold the RIGHT mouse button on the BAT file and you will see an option to "Run as Administrator". See the picture attached below. If that option doesn't appear it probably means your account doesn't have administrator privileges and you'll have to remember the password for the admin account. Once the BAT file runs, there should be an entry in the Registry. To check that you can RIGHT click on the Start button and select "Run" then type regedit.exe and you will see a big tree view. Clicking the arrows on the left opens successive levels until you see a line like the one attached below (you'll only have Default). Be a little careful with regedit as you can mess up Windows if you start changing things. If you stick to the "K7KAR" section you won't do any harm, but if you aren't familiar with this stuff it is best to treat regedit as a "READ-ONLY" tool.

Below is an example of an FKeys window layout. The user has a lot of control over which keys are used and the layout.

I'm willing to share this utility with anyone who would like to try it. Support is as I can get around to it. You can download the documentation and the software separately. I'd like to single out Eric, K6EP, for many valuable suggestions and suffering through early versions of FKeys. Many others have contributed suggestions directly and through comments on various reflectors. Your suggestions are always appreciated (though they may not all get implemented). Send mail to keith@kregli.com.

The new version is abailable below.

Download the Documentation 175 KB

Download the Software 161 KB

The older version of FKeys is still available below:

Download the Documentation 450 KB

Download sample INI files 20 KB

Download the Software (version 4.2 - 5/22/16) 800 KB