The hands-on software for passionate CW and SSB contesters. It contains the world-unique synthesized voice keyer.
No need to record anything into your voice keyer!

HamRacer main window:
Cheap, yet a very mature interface for the
highest demands:
Spider Keyer:
Null Keyer. The most simple interface to provide
CW keying and PTT control:


Tom, KC0W: Super easy to use & understand. Very intuitive. I glanced over the manual after I had already been using the program for 45 minutes or so.
Layne, AE1N: Your software has the promise of a breakthough in Ham Radio SSB contesting...
Marty, W8AKS: Happy, am I happy, see the footprints on the ceiling! Beautiful job!  This has been needed for a long time. ... This puts the fun back into SSB contesting for me.
Mike DH6JL/DK6M: It is a wonderful tool when the family sleeps and i'd like to make some talks to friends via air. The free type/talk option is a nice way to talk with people and keep the rooms quiet.

Download HamRacer - latest version

*  Download the file Setup_HamRacer1.zip
*  Unzip the file
*  Run Setup_HamRacer1.exe to install the software. You need to run the installer "as Administrator".

Videos showing usage in contests:

Can a dumb radioamateur take part in SSB contest? CQ WW DX SSB 2017 - without a microphone!
HamRacer Synergy (interconnecting two HamRacers via LAN) One Exciting Night with Zira
Using HamRacer and Spider Keyer in a HF CW contest    

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Version history (last entry first)

Version Date of Release Changes Remark Apr 12th,
A new wizard Adjust Audio Levels.. will help you to set correctly all levels for the synthesized voice keyer.
A new version of the sketch for Spider Keyer: 1.16
Tested in OK-OM DX Contest SSB Apr 8th,
This version finally implements a feature required by many:
CW keying and PTT control through DTR and RTS signals on RS232 (COM port, virtual COM port).
Even that the prefered way of interfacing is
Spider Keyer, the DTR/RTS approach can still be a good choice for some.
A new version of the sketch for Spider Keyer: 1.15
Thanks go to Tom KB9ENS for his professional tests and comments. Mar 27th,
Improved DUPEs handling.
The New Contest wizard can be now used to modify the properties of the current contest, too.
The location of configuration files and sample logs has changed. The change will be mainly appreciated by those who log into the Windows as Users and not as Administrators.
This time, exceptionally, it is recommended to unstall the current version (ver. or older) and then install the new one (ver. or newer). If you have made larger changes in configuration that you would like to preserve, before uninstalling, copy aside the file HamRacer.cfg. After installation run HamRacer to create a new HamRacer.cfg with default values. Finally, replace this HamRacer.cfg with your original one.
Thanks go to Jindra OK4RM for discussion on system folders in Windows Mar 4th,
Enhanced Synergy.
It is possible to set low and high cw speed limit for Spider Keyer.
It is possible to limit cw speed when sending by hand.
It is possible to "preview" cw macros in macros editing dialog.
Enhanced Spider Keyer, ver. 1.10
Tested in 1. Subregional (VHF) Feb 6th,
It is possible to specify points per QSO in the New Contest wizard.
It is possible to display graphs for either points per hour, or QSOs per hour.
The main window shows now also sum of points, sum of multipliers, count of dupes and total score for HF contests.
The main help file enhanced - new chapter Using USB->COM Converter, Options - Spider Keyer. Jan 24th,
The main help file updated.
A new help file for Spider Keyer - how to make it, step by step.
Tested in CQ 160M CW Contest Jan 17th,
HamRacer can upload the sketch directly to Arduino Nano. Therefore the user doesn't have to install Arduino IDE, etc. All he needs to create Spider Keyer is to attach a new Arduino Nano unit to USB port and select an option from the main menu. Dec 17th, 2018 Unified and simplified approach to all serial devices. There is a user-friendly wizard to connect what you need.
HamRacer can make use of
Spider Keyer. Spider Keyer is an Arduino Nano based CW keyer that replaces WinKeyer 3.
  • It is cheaper than WinKeyer 3
  • The source code is published. Anyone can modify it to meet his needs
  • Using the same HW, new features can now be implemented, such as ANT rotator control, switching beverage ANTs, etc
Tested in ARRL 160m CW Contest,
incl. Spider Keyer Sep 19th, 2018 Both graphs and the map enhanced. For example, hovering the mouse above the map will pop up a label showing the callsign. Clicking the label will select the relevant QSO in the log. And, vice versa, selecting a QSO in the log will cause the label showing the callsign to pop up in the map.
New item in the main menu: File | Load Recent...
New feature: Find in All Logs
Synergy new feature: when two HamRacers are interconnected, it is also possible to send a text message from one OP to the other OP.
New macro CALLQ.
The licensing has changed.
Used in
OK-OM DX CW Contest not released Fixed the compass. It showed incorrect colors when JO32 was input for a locator. Used in Alpe Adria VHF contest. Jul 20th, 2018 Implemented import of EDI format. Enhanced and fixed chars (Points per Hour, Average QSO Length). Jun 29th, 2018 It is possible to define multipliers in the new contest wizard. Operator is advised when he is going to make a QSO with a new multiplier. May 21th, 2018 Minor fixes and enhancements. May 9th, 2018 Minor fixes and enhancements. Tested in RuDX contest. Apr 27th, 2018 It is now possible to let HamRacer to manipulate the master volume control in Windows Volume Mixer. Thanks to this you won't have to set the levels each time again. HamRacer can have full control of the output volume level.
Help file enhanced (synergy, setting audio levels).
Selectable VHF/UHF bands.
Other minor enhancements. Apr 17th, 2018 It is now possible to specify COM port for WinKeyer. It enables to use micro KEYER II. My thanks fly to Hans PA3ACA. Apr 10th, 2018 Possibility to override COM port for WinKeyer (for usage of microKeyer II).
Synergy enhancements. Apr 5th, 2018 Better COM port handling (WinKeyer) on older PC.
It is now possible to run more instances of HamRacer simultaneously.
Multiple selection is now possible of log entries. Copy and paste implemented.
Logic of the registration window improved.
It is possible to interconnect two instances of HamRacer over LAN or Internet. While connected all the changes in log are synchronized with the other HamRacer. Feb 27th, 2018 Pre-filling of CQ and ITU zones.
Speed optimization for extremely slow (old) computers.
Tested in CQ WW 160M SSB. Feb 1st, 2018 Distinguishing a USB->COM converter by its HW signature. Fix in licensing. Jan 25th, 2018 Minor fixes and enhacements. New Search function. Used in CQ WW 160m CW. Jan 12th, 2018 Implemented the possibility to control PTT through DTR/RTS signals on a (virtual) COM port. Jan 2nd, 2018 Minor fixes and enhancements. Jan 1st, 2018 Fixed "stack overflow" problem when connected WinKeyer. Tested in Stew Perry contest. Dec 22th, 2017 First version released to beta testers.  


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