A Practice Mode for the PileUpNet Player

In an actual competition PileUpNetPlayer is the application used by the competitors to log the call signs they copy as a pile-up audio file is played on their machines under the control of the Host. Each entered call is sent to the Host for scoring. In the Practice Mode, which has recently been added to the Player Application, the user selects a competition from the past, logs the calls heard either on computer or paper, and at the end of the test session is presented a score and an analysis of the good and bad calls and, where available, is given a comparison of his results to the winning and average scores of the original competition. A history is kept of the results of each test session and can be reviewed as desired by the user.  Most of the competitions included in the practice are those that have been held over the last 10-15 years at the KCDXC Hospitality Suite at Dayton but data from a few additional competitions is also included. Although use of the application is straightforward a small set of user notes is also included in the download and serves to illustrate some of the features unique to the practice mode.

Begin the Download - To begin the download of the latest version right click on this link PileUpNet Download Package and elect to save the file to a directory of your choosing. The download package is approximately 75MB. 

Upzip the Package - Once the download is complete unzip the package. This will result in two files: the set of user notes and a setup exe file. 

Install the software - Run the setup exe file to install the software.

Updates - As they become available data files from other competitions will be added and from time to time changes to the practice mode may occur so check back for updates which will be issued as patches to the original application.  Patches should be installed in order and can be installed by running the corresponding setup file once it is extracted from the download.    

Download Patch 180-01:  Included in this patch: Added files and made the necessary configuration changes to integrate the 2013 KCDXC Pile Up Competition from Dayton.  Right click on Patch_180-01 and elect to save the file to download the patch.

Download Patch 180-02:  Included in this patch: Added the capability to replay the Dayton 2012-2013 competitions showing, in Morse Race fashion as the contest progresses, the top five players, a user-selected player from those who participated at Dayton, the average of all players who participated at Dayton, and the best practice run of the user; also added a rate review feature showing the character rates of the above groups in each of the twenty second intervals of the contest; also added, in the rate review, the ability to review the audio corresponding to any user-selected twenty second interval; also included in the rate review is the average rate and rate deviation for each player. A revised version of the user notes is also included. Right click on Patch_180-02 and elect to save the file to download the patch.

Questions related to the practice mode can be addressed to  


Good luck in the pileups, whether real or otherwise!


Copyright: C.W. Sanders, NO5W
Last Updated: 10-June-2013