KComm's status bar displays information about what is going on, and also information about the stations whose calls you enter. Depending on whether contest mode has been selected, it can display information about whether a call is a new multiplier, or whether the station has already been contacted.
The right-hand side of the status bar contains a number of buttons or icons. Icons are displayed or hidden depending upon the mode in use and the options you have selected.
These are (from left to right):
- PSK Browser icon. (Windows only) This icon appears when using the PSK Core DLL to operate PSK data modes. Clicking it opens the PSK Browser window.
- Propagation icon. If you mouse-over this icon it shows the current solar data in a tooltip. Click it to open a pop-up window that shows propagation data and a forecast (obtained from the same source as WebProp.) This will also check for updates to KComm. This feature causes a periodic update to occur over the Internet which may not be convenient for users who don't have a broadband connection, so it must be enabled by ticking a check box in the pop-up window.
- Inter-process communication icon. This shows that KComm is ready to exchange logging information messages with gMFSK (Linux) or Fldigi.
- MRP40 icon. This shows that MRP40 (Windows) has been selected as an external CW decoder. Click the icon to launch the program, if it isn't running.
- Fldigi icon. This shows that Fldigi has been selected as the external datamode software. Click the icon to launch the program, if it isn't running.
- CW Skimmer icon. This shows that CW Skimmer has been configured as an external CW decoder. Click the icon to start CW Skimmer, if it is not already running. This will also open a connection between it and KComm so that you can click on text in Skimmer to transfer it to the KComm log window. This will also allow KComm to colour code stations "spotted" by Skimmer to show if they are new countries or prefixes, or have previously been worked in a contest.
- DX Cluster icon. This shows that a DX Cluster has been configured. Click this button to open the DX Cluster window and connect to the cluster.
- Elecraft icon. This appears if the selected radio is an Elecraft K3. Clicking on the icon will open the K3 Firmware Utility. (Note that KComm must not be connected to the K3 at the same time as the utility.)
- Loudspeaker icon. This appears if sound card functions have been selected. Clicking the icon opens the sound card properties window.
- Window configuration button. This button alternately hides or shows the receive and transmit panels of the KComm window and resizes it, so that screen space need not be occupied by these panels if they are not being used.