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.TH PILEUP 1 
.SH NAME
pileup \- Morse code pileup trainer
.SH SYNOPSIS
.B pileup
.SH DESCRIPTION
This manual page documents the
.BR pileup 
program.
This manual page was written for the Debian GNU/Linux distribution
because the original program does not have a manual page.
.PP
.B Pileup
is a Morse pileup trainer. It can be run from a virtual console
or an xterm. In order to run \fBpileup\fP you must have root access. 
\fBPileup\fP simulates the sound of a CW pileup by using a specified
number of soundblaster voices. Callsigns are generated with
different tone and volume. The greater the number of voices,
the more difficult the program is.

The idea is based on the tapes used at Amateur Radio Conventions 
to test people's CW skills. However it is more random and can be 
made more difficult!

The callsigns sent are those worked by M6A in the 1996 CQ WW CW 
contest to add some realism.

.PP
After 
.BR pileup
is started you can choose between two modes - \fICompetition\fP or 
\fIPractice\fP. 

\fICompetition\fP mode sends 50 callsigns and you enter each callsign 
copied using the keyboard (pressing ENTER after each callsign). Partial 
callsigns are allowed. After the 50 callsigns are sent your score is 
determined and the list of 50 sent callsigns displayed along with 
the received callsigns. Please send your scores to 
richard@babbage.demon.co.uk to add to the \fBpileup\fP Score List!

\fIPractice\fP mode sends the whole contents of the calls.dat file 
displaying each callsign as it is sent.

.SH USAGE
1. Type "\fBpileup\fP" to run the program
.PP
2. The program then prompts for the number of voices. Enter a number from
1 to 9 inclusive. The higher the number of voices the greater the
cacophony and the greater the difficulty. A value of 2 is a good starting
point.
.PP
3. The program then prompts for the CW speed. Enter a value in words per
minutes (e.g 25). Note that this will be the *slowest* speed used!
.PP
4. The program then prompts for \fICompetition\fP or \fIPractice\fP mode. 
Enter 'c' for \fIcompetition\fP mode, 'p' for \fIpractice\fP mode.
.PP
5. Start copying those callsigns (and typing them into the keyboard if
you are in \fIcompetition\fP mode)!

.SH FILES
/var/lib/pileup/calls.dat.

.SH SEE ALSO
/usr/doc/pileup/README.

.SH AUTHOR
This manual page was written by Joop Stakenborg <pa3aba@debian.org>,
for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).