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Re: Incorrect time stamp on FD Netowork 1.7

Larry Gustafson <kd6vum@...>
 

Mike,
We ran into a similar problem at Our FD site but we found the problem
early,........OP error on my pc I forgot to change the time from the default
value to our local time. I noticed the problem early and was able to easily
make the correction. we did have one other problem that might be of some
interested the groups networking the FD log.
Setup:
Server - Windows 2k Pro (wired)
Clients- 2 Windows XP Pro (wirless)

Somewhere around 200 contacts, one of the laptops lost network connectivity.
In the process of trying to fix the problem, the laptop was rebooted several
times and your program was never able to find the .mdb file again (using the
laptop) despite the fact that all the clients had the correct path and had
access/permissions to the file.

We reloaded the laptop and got the same results, unable to find the file,
despite the fact we could see it on the network.

We brought in a brand new laptop that was part of the original test setup
done the previous week, that consisted of all the above equipment plus one
extra laptop. Same problem.

We loaded up the program on a new wired XP desktop and it was unable to find
the file, either. At all times we could browse to the file and see it on
the network. Everyone had full administrative rights.

The second laptop and the file server never lost connectivity or were shut
down during the contest and there were no problems. Upon completing the
contest, we decided to run a few tests. We systematically reboot the
remaining computer and were then unable to locate the .mdb file through the
log program. Even the server could no longer see the .mdb file through the
log program.

We then started a "new contest" and found that all computers access the new
log file even after shutting down and rebooting, adding new computers, etc.
We only logged about 38 contacts in the new test contest and had no
problems.

What had happened was that when the Laptop lost the network it must have
corrupted the log.mdb file on the server.
The fix was easy to retrospect We ended up sending the file to Scott and he
had it diagnosed and fixed in less than a hour and back to us. FAST
SUPPORT!
I guess what I'm saying in a network environment make sure you have a good
network. Our whole problem was caused by one laptop in a poor wireless area.
next year we'll know better.
Outside of the above problems we found the program one of the best logging
program we've tried, easy to use even for non computer users, very
instinctive to use.
Larry KD6VUM

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Sent: Saturday, July 05, 2003 10:24 AM
Subject: [N3FJP_Software_Users] Incorrect time stamp on FD Netowork 1.7


We used Field Day Network 1.7 for the first time at out FD outing.
The program was running on a Dell laptop with XP Pro. All stations
connected fine and the program was GREAT! But after the contest I
ran the ASCIILOG.TXT and noticed the time stamp was all messed up!
The time on the computer was correct, the UTC offset was correct,
but the first time stamp was "1980/01/04 06:48:52" which was really
2003/06/28 18:02:12.
Then later down the log these two entries were one after the other;

1980/01/04 19:51:01
2003/06/28 18:18:29

Then from that point on it kept (I am assuming) correct time. I
never turned the laptop off or rebooted it for the duration of the
contest. I did NOT run the program from a DOS prompt or command
screen, but installed and ran it straight from the menu in XP Pro.

Has anyone else seen this or have an idea?
Thanks
Mike WE3U
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FDnet 1.7

Eddie Wallace <kg4efr@...>
 

Our group ran into a simular problem during FD 2002. The five
computers were not using a common referance for log timing.

When planning started for our FD 2003 event, we knew that having 10
computers would only make the problem worse.
http://home.mchsi.com/~kg4efr/fd/2003/photos/

I did some looking on the net and found server/client software that
uses a single GPS unit to sync all the computers in a workgroup to the
same time (give or take a billionth of a second). The software worked
great. ClockWatch Star Sync and the client are shareware, and can be
downloaded at http://www.beaglesoft.com/stsyhome.htm

Maybe we could talk Scott into a time keeper upgrade to the contest
network software???

73, Eddie KG4EFR


Re: FDnet 1.7

Scott Davis
 

Hi Eddie,

Thanks for the great information.

Yes, I definitely plan to include a time synchronization function in next year's version.

73,

Scott, N3FJP
snkdavis@...
www.n3fjp.com

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

In a message dated 07/06/03 2:50:44 AM Eastern Daylight Time, kg4efr@... writes:

Our group ran into a simular problem during FD 2002. The five
computers were not using a common referance for log timing.

When planning started for our FD 2003 event, we knew that having 10
computers would only make the problem worse.
http://home.mchsi.com/~kg4efr/fd/2003/photos/

I did some looking on the net and found server/client software that
uses a single GPS unit to sync all the computers in a workgroup to the
same time (give or take a billionth of a second). The software worked
great. ClockWatch Star Sync and the client are shareware, and can be
downloaded at http://www.beaglesoft.com/stsyhome.htm

Maybe we could talk Scott into a time keeper upgrade to the contest
network software???

73, Eddie KG4EFR



Announcements

Scott Davis
 

Hi All,

I have several N3FJP Software Announcements:

N3FJP's PA QSO Party Log 1.0 is now available!

Like the rest of my contesting software, this program performs all the functions you have come to expect including:

- EASY, intuitive and fun to use!
- Checks for duplicates (including partials).
- Lists all contacts.
- Generate CW via your comm port and play wave files for phone automation.
- Writes files for log submission.
- Writes ADIF Export file format.
- Provides DX spotting via Telnet, your TNC or AGW Packet Engine.
- Interfaces with most Elecraft, Icom, Kenwood, Ten-Tec and Yaesu radios.
- Provides many current statistics and visual displays.

Like all my Amateur Radio Software, this program is included with N3FJP's $39 and $49 (with CD) software package registration.  If you would like to upgrade to the package, I would be glad to apply the amount that you have already registered as a credit towards that purchase.  Please send me an e-mail, and I will let you know your balance.

The Amateur Contact Log Call Data has been updated!

I have updated the calldata from the FCC and RAC databases as of July 6, 2003.  You can download the data from the ACLog page on www.n3fjp.com/

Amateur Exam 1.1 is now available!

I have updated the Amateur Exam study program to include a display of the frequency privileges for all classes of license.  This program is free to anyone, so please share it with anybody you know who may be interested in our great hobby.

Amateur Contact Log Upgrade Underway!

When I first wrote ACLog in 1998, 16 Meg of RAM was a lot.  For that reason I designed ACLog to access all log data from the hard drive so there would be no limitation to the number of contacts we could log.  The sacrifice was a certain amount of speed for searches and queries.

With standard RAM in today's PC's being almost 10-fold (or more), I've decided to see what I can do about adding some pep to the database functions.  Test logs are okay, but I'd much rather work with real ones during the development of this enhancement.  If you have several thousand contacts (or more) in your log, I'd really appreciate it if you would export your log in ACLog format and e-mail it to me for testing.

For those of you who still have older PC's as your shack computer (as I do) don't worry.  My plan is to provide the option to use either your RAM or hard drive.

Field Day Thanks!

Thanks so much for all the kind words regarding the Field Day Network and Field Day Contest Log programs.  I really appreciate it.  Kim and I really enjoyed working so many of you during the contest.  It made a great event even more fun.  If your group used N3FJP software and have pictures of the 2003 event on the web, please send me a link!

As always, thanks so much for all your thoughts, suggestions, kind words and spreading the word about my software.  I really appreciate it.

73,

Scott, N3FJP
snkdavis@...
www.n3fjp.com

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


Re: Digest Number 15

Scott Davis
 

Hi David,

Thanks for your e-mail.  I haven't had too many requests for that feature so it may not make the next revision.  I definitely plan to incorporate it down the line.

73,

Scott, N3FJP
snkdavis@...
www.n3fjp.com

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

In a message dated 07/07/03 1:03:24 PM Eastern Daylight Time, nt9e@... writes:

Are there any plans to incorporate internet call look-up resources in ACLog?


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Re: Digest Number 15

David Whaley <nt9e@...>
 

Are there any plans to incorporate internet call look-up resources in ACLog?


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Calculate with date

glrogers2 <grogers2@...>
 

Hi Scott,
Would it be possible for you to add the date to the choices under the
calculate section. This would allow you to use only QSO's after a
certain date in your calculations.
The reason I ask is that I have QSL cards going back to 1964. I
would like to put all of my contacts in one data base so that if an
old call is mentioned while I am in QSO I could check to see if I
have ever worked it.
Unfortunately some of the awards you apply for only use contacts made
at the same QTH so when calculating these I need to exclude all
contacts before I moved to my present QTH in August of 1998.
73's
Glenn WA5ZJK


Re: Calculate with date

Scott Davis
 

Hi Glenn,

Thanks for your e-mail. I don't recall any other requests for that feature but I think it is a good idea. It shouldn't be that hard to incorporate. I'll definitely see what I can do.

73, Scott
N3FJP
http://www.n3fjp.com/

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


In a message dated 7/9/2003 1:43:32 PM Eastern Standard Time, "glrogers2" <grogers2@...> writes:

Hi Scott,
Would it be possible for you to add the date to the choices under the
calculate section. This would allow you to use only QSO's after a
certain date in your calculations.
The reason I ask is that I have QSL cards going back to 1964. I
would like to put all of my contacts in one data base so that if an
old call is mentioned while I am in QSO I could check to see if I
have ever worked it.
Unfortunately some of the awards you apply for only use contacts made
at the same QTH so when calculating these I need to exclude all
contacts before I moved to my present QTH in August of 1998.
73's
Glenn WA5ZJK



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ACLog 2.3

kg4qmi <kg4qmi@...>
 

Hey Scott,
Just upgraded to 2.3 and really like the changes/additions. One
question however. On the DX Spotting Setup window, can you give us a
way to minimize the window. I leave the DX screen up all the time,
but on my older W/95 laptop, I have to drag the window to access the
desktop. Just a suggestion. Thanks again for your hard work.

Ed/kg4qmi


Re: ACLog 2.3

Scott Davis
 

Hi Ed,

Thanks for your e-mail.

Yes, minimizing the window should not be a problem. I'll keep that in mind for this revision.


73, Scott
N3FJP
http://www.n3fjp.com/

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

In a message dated 7/11/2003 8:47:48 AM Eastern Standard Time, "kg4qmi" <kg4qmi@...> writes:

Hey Scott,
Just upgraded to 2.3 and really like the changes/additions. One
question however. On the DX Spotting Setup window, can you give us a
way to minimize the window. I leave the DX screen up all the time,
but on my older W/95 laptop, I have to drag the window to access the
desktop. Just a suggestion. Thanks again for your hard work.

Ed/kg4qmi



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N3FJP
http://www.n3fjp.com/

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


Re: ACLog with QRZ CDROM or Buckmaster data

Scott Davis
 

Hi Scott,

Thanks for your interest in ACLog.  ACLog will use the data in either the QRZ or Buckmaster CD's as well as the freely available "ACLog Ready" data on my website.  If you want to track grids you'll need the Buckmaster CD.  It is not on the QRZ CD.

Thanks for your kind words on the software.  Please let me know if you have any other questions.

73,

Scott, N3FJP
snkdavis@...
www.n3fjp.com

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

In a message dated 07/11/03 7:02:29 PM Eastern Daylight Time, SWS@... writes:

Scott,

I downloaded ACLog yesterday and am currently evaluating it.  So far,
it looks like just what I need.

Question:  If I were to purchase the QRZ CDROM or the Buckmaster CD,
will ACLog "pick up" and display the grid square and county data (or
any other available data) with each contact logged?

Frankly, I'm not familiar with the data contained on the QRZ CD for
example, but I would make the assumption that it contains the same
data that is shown when performing a callsign lookup on QRZ.com.

This would certainly be easier than manually entering grid square and
county data that the FCC database doesn't include.

TIA,
Scott, N8ILG




Re: feature request

Scott Davis
 

Hi Matt,

Thanks for your suggestion.

Yes, alerting to needed spots is definitely a possibility, especially now that I am modifying ACLog so that all the contacts are in RAM.  I am also indexing lists such as Countries, States, etc., so the lookups will be MUCH faster.

Here is my situation, and I'm really interested in everyone's feedback.  I have a long list of enhancements for ACLog.  Many of them won't take much time, only a day or so individually, but lumped together it will be some time before they are all ready.  I can either wrap up version 2.4 with ONLY the enhancement of faster lookups and indication of "New" for each field that is new, and have that ready to go shortly.  The other option is to incorporate more of the enhancement list into 2.4, but it will be a while before it is ready. 

I'm excited about the faster performance and I'm leaning towards making that available as soon as I can.  So, if some of the feature requests don't make 2.4 hang in there.  There are lots more on the way and I'm getting more great suggestions all the time.

73,

Scott, N3FJP
snkdavis@...
www.n3fjp.com

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

In a message dated 07/11/03 7:29:29 PM Eastern Daylight Time, mattpatt@... writes:

This may be a long shot but here goes...

How hard would it be to have ACLog notify you when a new DX entity
that youdon't have in your log has been spotted in the DX spotting
window?  All youwould need would be a simple pop up window or sound
that would notify the user that there's a new DX entity that's been
spotted.  Maybe even give the frequency and the time?  Reason I ask
is because alot of times I'm setting here at my PC and have ACLog
minimized and conntected to the Telnet cluster while doing other
things on the computer.  It would be helpful if you could somehow
notify the user that there's a new DX entity thats just been
spotted.  Just a thought.

Matt



ACLog with QRZ CDROM or Buckmaster data

n8ilg
 

Scott,

I downloaded ACLog yesterday and am currently evaluating it. So far,
it looks like just what I need.

Question: If I were to purchase the QRZ CDROM or the Buckmaster CD,
will ACLog "pick up" and display the grid square and county data (or
any other available data) with each contact logged?

Frankly, I'm not familiar with the data contained on the QRZ CD for
example, but I would make the assumption that it contains the same
data that is shown when performing a callsign lookup on QRZ.com.

This would certainly be easier than manually entering grid square and
county data that the FCC database doesn't include.

TIA,
Scott, N8ILG


feature request

Matt Patterson
 

This may be a long shot but here goes...

How hard would it be to have ACLog notify you when a new DX entity
that youdon't have in your log has been spotted in the DX spotting
window? All youwould need would be a simple pop up window or sound
that would notify the user that there's a new DX entity that's been
spotted. Maybe even give the frequency and the time? Reason I ask
is because alot of times I'm setting here at my PC and have ACLog
minimized and conntected to the Telnet cluster while doing other
things on the computer. It would be helpful if you could somehow
notify the user that there's a new DX entity thats just been
spotted. Just a thought.

Matt


Re: ACLog with QRZ CDROM or Buckmaster data

Thomas Giella KN4LF <kn4lf@...>
 

I use to download the ACLog C/S database twice a year but recently I downloaded the FCC and Canadian callsign databases for my ACLog. They are large files but the data seems to be more accurate.
 
73,
Thomas F. Giella, KN4LF
Plant City, FL, USA
EL87WX
 
Florida Space & Atmospheric Weather Institute:
http://www.kn4lf.com/fsawi.htm
 
KN4LF Daily Solar Space Weather & Geomagnetic Data Archive:
http://www.kn4lf.com/kn4lf5.htm
 
KN4LF 160-10 Meter Amateur Radio Resources & More:
http://www.kn4lf.com/kn4lf.htm
 
Friend Website Design Studio:
http://www.kn4lf.com
 
 

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, July 11, 2003 8:26 PM
Subject: Re: [N3FJP_Software_Users] ACLog with QRZ CDROM or Buckmaster data

Hi Scott,

Thanks for your interest in ACLog.  ACLog will use the data in either the QRZ or Buckmaster CD's as well as the freely available "ACLog Ready" data on my website.  If you want to track grids you'll need the Buckmaster CD.  It is not on the QRZ CD.

Thanks for your kind words on the software.  Please let me know if you have any other questions.

73,

Scott, N3FJP
snkdavis@...
www.n3fjp.com

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

In a message dated 07/11/03 7:02:29 PM Eastern Daylight Time, SWS@... writes:

Scott,

I downloaded ACLog yesterday and am currently evaluating it.  So far,
it looks like just what I need.

Question:  If I were to purchase the QRZ CDROM or the Buckmaster CD,
will ACLog "pick up" and display the grid square and county data (or
any other available data) with each contact logged?

Frankly, I'm not familiar with the data contained on the QRZ CD for
example, but I would make the assumption that it contains the same
data that is shown when performing a callsign lookup on QRZ.com.

This would certainly be easier than manually entering grid square and
county data that the FCC database doesn't include.

TIA,
Scott, N8ILG





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Re: Calculate with date

Dee D. Flint <deehays@...>
 

I would also like to see such a feature as I too have moved three times
since getting my license. I'd like to be able to select a beginning and
ending date for the calculate.

Dee D. Flint, N8UZE

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Sent: Wednesday, July 09, 2003 3:24 PM
Subject: Re: [N3FJP_Software_Users] Calculate with date


Hi Glenn,

Thanks for your e-mail. I don't recall any other requests for that
feature but I think it is a good idea. It shouldn't be that hard to
incorporate. I'll definitely see what I can do.

73, Scott
N3FJP
http://www.n3fjp.com/

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


In a message dated 7/9/2003 1:43:32 PM Eastern Standard Time, "glrogers2"
<grogers2@...> writes:

Hi Scott,
Would it be possible for you to add the date to the choices under the
calculate section. This would allow you to use only QSO's after a
certain date in your calculations.
The reason I ask is that I have QSL cards going back to 1964. I
would like to put all of my contacts in one data base so that if an
old call is mentioned while I am in QSO I could check to see if I
have ever worked it.
Unfortunately some of the awards you apply for only use contacts made
at the same QTH so when calculating these I need to exclude all
contacts before I moved to my present QTH in August of 1998.
73's
Glenn WA5ZJK


Re: can't import adif file--aclog

Scott Davis
 

Hi Jilly,

The most common problem occurs when an export is done in one format and then the import is done in another.  Make sure that you export the file in ADIF format from the IARU program.  Then from ACLog click File, Import - ADIF format and select the file that you exported.  The file you want to import is IARU.adi.

Feel free to e-mail me directly if you have any more questions or need additional information.

73,

Scott, N3FJP
snkdavis@...
www.n3fjp.com

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

In a message dated 07/13/03 3:36:55 PM Eastern Daylight Time, sonnetpoet99@... writes:

I've exported data from the iaru log program and want to import it
into aclog. However the aclog program attempts to import it--it opens
the file ok and I don't get any errors after it is imported but no
data ever goes into the log program.
Thanks
Jilly
KF4ZEO




CW Beta Testers NEEDED!

Scott Davis
 

Hi Gang,

I am adding a number of CW enhancements to my software including:

- An option to use the parallel port to key your rig
- A new timing method which will allow you to specify words per minute
- The ability to adjust the spacing between words
- Prosigns
- Display of the characters being sent on the main form

I have just finished adding the CW enhancements to ACLog this afternoon and I'm about to start on the contesting programs.  While I'm at it, I would REALLY appreciate it if you would be willing to beta test the new CW code in ACLog.

If you are willing, please send me an e-mail.  I will send you a couple files to replace in your current ACLog 2.3 directory.  You can then give the new features a whirl and let me know how they are working out.  Getting feedback from a variety of users and operating systems is really helpful.

Thanks in advance for your help.  I really appreciate it.

73,

Scott, N3FJP
snkdavis@...
www.n3fjp.com

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


can't import adif file--aclog

sonnetpoet99 <sonnetpoet99@...>
 

I've exported data from the iaru log program and want to import it
into aclog. However the aclog program attempts to import it--it opens
the file ok and I don't get any errors after it is imported but no
data ever goes into the log program.
Thanks
Jilly
KF4ZEO


Re: CW Beta Testers NEEDED!

Doug Baker <dmarie@...>
 

ill put my name in the hat....i have a ts-430s...and have the interface made for a 9 pin din.....i have the parts for a 25 pin din also on hand...so if you want me to test ill be more than happy to do so......i have a 166 computer with lots of space on it.....so let me know...
doug baker
kg0tw