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Re: Please Regularly Backup Your Data!

Frank MacKenzie-Lamb
 

I have HRD and had the new windows  64 bit update and I have no problem with the HRD log book

 

Frank

 

From: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io <N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io> On Behalf Of Ron AC2C
Sent: Wednesday, September 30, 2020 10:16 AM
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io
Subject: Re: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] Please Regularly Backup Your Data!

 

Interestingly, Ham Radio Deluxe recently posted a note about 64-bit Microsoft Office Updates  interfering with the HRD LogBook database.

No idea if there is a relationship here or not.

Ron, AC2C


File Backup

Steve KS4KJ
 

I just read Scott's email about potential file loss and the backup function within ACLog. I thought I would mention the solution I use on all computers here at my house. Scott is right in that there are many perils to data that exist and the biggest one is that it isn't IF a hard drive will fail it is WHEN will it fail. Some last for many years and some don't but the truth is that all hard drives will fail at some point and that includes SSDs as they have a finite number of read/write cycles until they too are prone to failure. I've been using Acronis True Image to backup my important drives for many years. I make an image of my drives which makes recovery hast and pretty painless. There are also other programs that will backup drives on a scheduled basis. There's even a backup option within Windows itself (not a particularly full featured one but it's there). There are cloud options but I like having a local solution as it makes recovery a lot faster. Both together would make losing data close to impossible! When the first drive I've had fail I was lucky in that I didn't loose a lot of irreplaceable stuff. But it still was a pain. As the years have gone by I've accumulated many gigs of photos and music files. Since we live in a digital world where you don't have negatives sitting in a drawer when you lose data it's gone forever. So think about backing up your computer regularly as you certainly don't want to lose the records of all your QSOs nor anything else you really treasure.


Steve KS4KJ


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Re: Problem importing files to ACLog from N1MM+

Mitch NW0M
 

Bain,

After the import, select all of the K1USN QSO records from the Recent Contacts main list, Click Edit from the top menu bar, click Fill Fields Determined by Call, click Selected Records.  That will populate missing fields such as state.  

You have to have a CallBook lookup source like QRZ, free AC Log Calldata, etc. for this to work.

73, Mitch
NWØM


Re: Please Regularly Backup Your Data!

Scott Davis
 

Hi Wilbur,

Thanks for your e-mail.  That depends on the number of QSOs and amount of data recorded.  You can navigate to your log file in Windows Explorer to see the file size.

Enjoy!

73, Scott
N3FJP

Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.

1 Peter 3 vs 15: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...


-----Original Message-----
From: AB8WD via groups.io <AB8WD@...>
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io
Sent: Wed, Sep 30, 2020 10:11 am
Subject: Re: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] Please Regularly Backup Your Data!

Hi Scott and crew
If you backup files how big file size wise would the back normally be?


Re: Comport Problem

Woody Hester
 

Could be.  In any case, it's over my head :-)  I've got a geeky friend coming to my rescue later this week.  All the best! / Woody / WD9F


Re: Problem importing files to ACLog from N1MM+

Larry Banks
 

Hi Bain,
 
Check your .adi file to see if that information is present.  I suspect the issue is with the export, not the import.  ACLog can only input what is in the .adi file.

73 -- Larry -- W1DYJ

 

Sent: Wednesday, September 30, 2020 11:15
Subject: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] Problem importing files to ACLog from N1MM+
 

I regularly use N3FJP logger programs, but have just started using N1MM+ for the K1USN Slow Speed Test with the User Defined Contest module downloaded from the K1USN website.  It worked well and I exported a Cabrillo file showing all the information.  When I exported the same log in .adi format, then imported it into ACLog (the N3FJP program I use as a master logger), the QSOs showed up in ACLog missing an important data field:  the state/province/country (SPC) abbreviation.  I had to edit each QSO record to fill in the SPC data.

 

Is there any way to avoid this problem the next time I export/import files into ACLog?  Manual editing of each QSO record is a bother!

 

I would appreciate any suggestions.

 

Bain, K8LBQ

 

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 


Problem importing files to ACLog from N1MM+

Bainbridge Cowell
 

I regularly use N3FJP logger programs, but have just started using N1MM+ for the K1USN Slow Speed Test with the User Defined Contest module downloaded from the K1USN website.  It worked well and I exported a Cabrillo file showing all the information.  When I exported the same log in .adi format, then imported it into ACLog (the N3FJP program I use as a master logger), the QSOs showed up in ACLog missing an important data field:  the state/province/country (SPC) abbreviation.  I had to edit each QSO record to fill in the SPC data.

 

Is there any way to avoid this problem the next time I export/import files into ACLog?  Manual editing of each QSO record is a bother!

 

I would appreciate any suggestions.

 

Bain, K8LBQ

 

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 


Re: Please Regularly Backup Your Data!

Ron AC2C
 

Interestingly, Ham Radio Deluxe recently posted a note about 64-bit Microsoft Office Updates  interfering with the HRD LogBook database.

No idea if there is a relationship here or not.

Ron, AC2C


Re: Please Regularly Backup Your Data!

AB8WD-Willie
 

Hi Scott and crew
If you backup files how big file size wise would the back normally be?


Re: Comport Problem

Scott Davis
 

Hi Woody,

In addition to the users having data erased, I understand that the latest Windows update is also overwriting current Windows drivers with older versions, so that may have occurred in your case.

73, Scott
N3FJP

Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.

1 Peter 3 vs 15: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...


-----Original Message-----
From: Woody Hester via groups.io <fghester@...>
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io
Sent: Wed, Sep 30, 2020 9:29 am
Subject: Re: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] Comport Problem

Hi Scott.  Thanks for this.  I have already tried this.  I think my problem is a computer problem of some kind.  Not a problem with the logger.  For some reason, my comports don't even show up in Device Manager.  Not even hidden... and I can't even find them in Bios to make sure they are enabled.  I used to run this particular computer with a Flex rig with some third party add ons.  I fear I inadvertently did something to make my comports invisible??  Any suggestions welcome from you or others, but I'm sure this is not a problem with you logger.  Thanks!! / Woody / WD9F


Please Regularly Backup Your Data!

Scott Davis
 

Hi All,

It's only been a handful of reports, but I've received a couple e-mail that the latest Windows 10 update is in some cases erasing user files.  Settings files were returned to default and even backup files on the hard drive were erased.

Setting up a sensible, automated backup plan can be as easy as leaving a thumb drive plugged into your PC.  Then, in Amateur Contact Log click File > Backup Options and on the Backup on Close option, point to that device for your daily backup.  As long as you choose a device independent of your hard drive (the device holding your primary log file) to store your backup file, your data will be much safer.  

Taking that minute now will save you from much disappointment later on.  It's easy, seamless, automatic and once set up, you don't even have to think about it.

The following is from the FAQ page here:


http://www.n3fjp.com/faq.html#q49

What's the best way to protect myself from data loss?

Actually, this question is almost never asked, and then only after data loss has occurred, but is it something for all of us to prepare for. Hard drives fail, RF / power surges get in the shack and corrupt files, Windows updates go awry, viruses invade, PC cleaners "clean" too much (I've had multiple reports of "Cleaners" eating log files over the years), components of our operating systems fail and human errors happen. Over the long haul, without protection, data loss is an inevitability.

Both Amateur Contact Log and the contest software have built in backup features to help protect your data. The best way to protect yourself from data loss is by backing up your data often, ideally to an external medium. All my logging programs have several automatic backup options that you can configure by clicking File > Backup Options.

AC Log creates a backup of your data automatically, once a week by default and also includes an option to save a backup every time you close it to a location of your choice. To fully protect yourself from data loss, I strongly recommend you enable the backup on close option and choose an external medium such as another location on your home network, thumb drive, etc. With this automatic backup feature enabled to an external medium, even if the PC hosting your log file totally fails, you can be sure that the worst case scenario is only losing a day's worth of data, not a lifetime of logging.
Please take a minute now and plan a sensible backup process for your data!


You've worked hard, maybe a lifetime, to put all those Qs in your log.  Please take a minute now and protect them!

Enjoy!


73, Scott
N3FJP

Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.

1 Peter 3 vs 15: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...


Re: Comport Problem

Woody Hester
 

Hi Scott.  Thanks for this.  I have already tried this.  I think my problem is a computer problem of some kind.  Not a problem with the logger.  For some reason, my comports don't even show up in Device Manager.  Not even hidden... and I can't even find them in Bios to make sure they are enabled.  I used to run this particular computer with a Flex rig with some third party add ons.  I fear I inadvertently did something to make my comports invisible??  Any suggestions welcome from you or others, but I'm sure this is not a problem with you logger.  Thanks!! / Woody / WD9F


Re: N7YG Digital Engine and ACL were working perfectly, and then...

Lawrence Dobranski
 

Jeff,

Had a few minutes to look at this.  This may or may not apply:


Thanks again for the great app and support.

Lawrence

On Tue, Sep 29, 2020 at 7:31 PM Jeff Steinkamp <n7yg@...> wrote:




Evidently, I need to do some further

research on this.

Lawrence Dobranski wrote on 9/29/2020

08:36:

Jeff,

I can

confirm Bob’s findings.  I installed MS Office and the stdole.dll not

found error is no longer present where re-installing Digital Engine. 

Thanks for everyone’s assistance!

74 de VA3IQ

Lawrence


On Tue, Sep 29,

2020 at 10:23 AM <n3bd@...> wrote:
Hi, Jeff.

Thanks for your help.  It

appears to me that stdole.dll is not installed on a machine until

Microsoft Office is installed.  I didn't do an exhaustive search, but it

also appears that there's no legitimate source of stdole.dll on the

Internet.  Since I did not have Microsoft Office installed on my logging

computer, I did not have stdole.dll installed either.  Once I installed

Microsoft Office, the Digital Engine version 6.3.2.3 update installed

and ran fine.

Best regards,

Bob Denny, N3BD


















--
Jeff K. Steinkamp (N7YG)




Tucson, AZ




Scud Missile Coordinates




N32.2319 W110.8477












Re: Comport Problem

Scott Davis
 

Hi Woody,

Thanks for your e-mail.  Please see this FAQ here:


http://www.n3fjp.com/faq.html#q81

Enjoy!

73, Scott
N3FJP

Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.

1 Peter 3 vs 15: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...


-----Original Message-----
From: Woody Hester via groups.io <fghester@...>
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io
Sent: Tue, Sep 29, 2020 5:23 pm
Subject: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] Comport Problem

Trying to set up Rig Interface. K3S and computer is Dell Inspiron running Windows 7 Pro.  No Comports show up in the Com Port box.  Anyone know how to get them to appear?  I've exhausted the Windows 7 and Microsoft help sites to no avail.  Thanks! / WD9F


Re: Adding more info to qso #contest

Scott Davis
 

Hi Ric,

Thanks for your e-mail.  Please see this FAQ here:


http://www.n3fjp.com/faq.html#q63

Enjoy!

73, Scott
N3FJP

Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.

1 Peter 3 vs 15: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...


-----Original Message-----
From: ric freeman via groups.io <richardfreeman1313@...>
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io
Sent: Tue, Sep 29, 2020 8:09 pm
Subject: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] Adding more info to qso #contest

When you edit a qso and click More to add info to qso how do you get it to show up in the log of all the contacts


Re: CW transmit of rig's stored message memories

Scott Davis
 

Awesome, thanks for the great report Jim!  :)

73, Scott
N3FJP

Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.

1 Peter 3 vs 15: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...


-----Original Message-----
From: n5ib_2 <n5ib@...>
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io
Sent: Tue, Sep 29, 2020 8:15 pm
Subject: Re: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] CW transmit of rig's stored message memories

Following up... did some more testing...  and no surprises.

I made up a command using <RST> even though that is not part of the Sweepstakes exchange.
The default "5NN" was inserted.

Then I intentionally entered WD5CMA as the callsign so that, with<SERIAL> = 68 and  <RST> appended,
it would overflow the 24 character command buffer in the K2.

RI:KY <CALL> <SERIAL> N5IB 63 LA <RST>;   

totals 24 CW characters counting the spaces, so the terminating semicolon is truncated
We can call the K2's behavior an "Elecraft feature" ... without receiving a valid terminator the command is ignored.
The rig doesn't transmit a partial, it does nothing, which is a good thing.

I'd say it's ready for Prime Time

Jim, N5IB






Re: Edit Fields Displayed, Position and Tab Order

Tom Ellis
 

Tom,

 

On the Shortcut, the administrator will be grayed out.

You need to go into the file location of ACLog and make that have the correct rights for your login.

Go here:

C:\Users\”your computer name”\Documents\Affirmatech\N3FJP Software

Right click on the ACLog folder > give access to> and click on Specific People.

Your login should show there with a permission level. You need to have that level show either Owner or Read/Write.

If it shows anything else, then change it to read\write. After that click on the Share button.

This should take care of the problem.

 

Tom

K5TEE

 

 

From: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io [mailto:N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io] On Behalf Of James Goff
Sent: Tuesday, September 29, 2020 1:03 PM
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io
Subject: Re: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] Edit Fields Displayed, Position and Tab Order

 

 

Tom: Thanks for your suggestion. I’m sorry that at the Properties,Sortcut, Advanced window , the choice of Administrator is grayed out,...???

 

73,W1JHG 

On Sun, Sep 20, 2020 at 3:23 PM Tom Ellis <tl_ellis@...> wrote:

James,

 

Are you logged into your windows 10 as an administrator or as a regular user.

Have you gone to the folder and given access to your present login?

 

Tom

K5TEE

 

 

From: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io [mailto:N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io] On Behalf Of James Goff
Sent: Sunday, September 20, 2020 11:42 AM
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io
Subject: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] Edit Fields Displayed, Position and Tab Order

 

I am unable to use this function as it just keeps looping after the Reset box.  After several emails and suggestions from Scott, without resolving the problem, he advises "I suspect that your internet protection software is clamping down on AC Log and/or your settings files. Giving AC Log and the support files the proper permissions on your protection software will correct that." 
 I am running Windows 10 with Norton 360. I have canceled all obvious "switches" within 360, Windows Firewall, etc. without resolution of the problem. I would be most grateful for advice on how to proceed. Further, I am not familiar with 'permissions' and can find no specific details about the process.
Thanks and 73, W1JHG










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Re: CW transmit of rig's stored message memories

n5ib_2
 

Following up... did some more testing... and no surprises.

I made up a command using <RST> even though that is not part of the Sweepstakes exchange.
The default "5NN" was inserted.

Then I intentionally entered WD5CMA as the callsign so that, with<SERIAL> = 68 and <RST> appended,
it would overflow the 24 character command buffer in the K2.

RI:KY <CALL> <SERIAL> N5IB 63 LA <RST>;

totals 24 CW characters counting the spaces, so the terminating semicolon is truncated
We can call the K2's behavior an "Elecraft feature" ... without receiving a valid terminator the command is ignored.
The rig doesn't transmit a partial, it does nothing, which is a good thing.

I'd say it's ready for Prime Time

Jim, N5IB


Adding more info to qso #contest

ric freeman <richardfreeman1313@...>
 

When you edit a qso and click More to add info to qso how do you get it to show up in the log of all the contacts


Re: N7YG Digital Engine and ACL were working perfectly, and then...

n3bd@...
 

Lawrence,

I'm glad my suggestion worked for you, too.

Even a blind pig finds a truffle once and a while.

Bob, N3BD

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