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 SD Version 9 Revision History
Super-Duper by Paul, EI5DI
From version 9.60 to version 9.69
9.69   9.68   9.67   9.66   9.65   9.64   9.63   9.62   9.61   9.60

 Version 9.69
3 November 2000 

SD, SDC, SDU, SDX: Country Multipliers or Bonuses:
  • When you log a QSO, you get a Worked/Wanted analysis of all countries for the corresponding continent and band. This analysis replaces the Score Summary window for 15 seconds. If required, Minus will restore the Score Summary immediately.

    Use F4 and F5 (Caps Lock Off) to view other continents and bands.

SDU - REF Contest for French Entrants (Type 22):

  • Real-time country/band analysis added - as DX prefixes are typed.


  • The Text Output option now includes QSO times.

SDV - Locators:

  • In contests with Area multipliers, a blank locator could halt the program - Fixed.

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 Version 9.68
1 October 2000 

Opening Screen - all programs:
  • Previously, Enter took you from field to field, and Tab was a shortcut to the next page. Now, you can move from field to field with Enter, Tab or Up and Down Arrow. Up Arrow takes you to earlier fields.

    Ctrl_Enter takes you directly to the logging screen, when all required fields are complete. It saves time when re-opening a log. In mixed-mode contests you’ll be asked for mode when re-opening a log.

SDCHECK - Cabrillo Format:

  • Cabrillo is an ARRL format which combines QSO and Summary Sheet data in a single .LOG file. It’s now mandatory for ARRL contests and is recommended for all CQ contests. The Create Entry File option in SDCHECK generates a Cabrillo file as for ARRL and CQ contests.

    NOTE: ARRL logs, not in Cabrillo format, will be treated as check logs.

SDV - Locators:

  • When you enter a locator in the callsign field, you see the bearing and distance. Now, the Prefix Check Window shows callsigns already worked, if any, for that locator - in Upper Case if needed on the current band and mode.

    If no callsign is shown, then any station with that locator is needed.


  • There’s a new export option for the log as a text file. The fields are enclosed in quotes, and separated by #. This option may help in importing logs in Excel, and in Access and other databases.

    The QSO Rate Analysis now includes hourly figures for points and multipliers, and is written to a .RTE file.

RST Received - all programs:

  • As soon as you enter a callsign character, the default RST (Received - and Sent, if appropriate) is displayed on the logging line.

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 Version 9.67
1 September 2000 

Log on Enter:
  • Applies to all HF programs other than SDL. The QSO is logged, following an Enter, as soon as all QSO fields are valid - whether or not the user has physically been to the field.

    For example, in CQ WW, if you type a callsign and press Enter, the QSO is logged with the default CQ Zone, or with whatever zone was logged on any previous QSO with that callsign.

    What’s different here is that, with SD - unlike any other contest loggers, you see what zone will be BEFORE you press Enter. If it’s not what is actually sent, use Space Bar will skip to the zone field without logging. Note that, like Enter, Space Bar will log the QSO if you’ve physically been to all fields (other than RST).

  • Log on Enter is now the default option, set by SD_LOGENTER="Y" in the configuration file. The LOGONENTER command toggles this between Y and N.

  • Log on Enter applies to the following contests. (Second QSO refers to the second QSO with a station already logged.)

    Type 0   - ARRL DX for W/VE - from second QSO.
    Type 1   - ARRL DX for DX - from second QSO.
    Type 2   - CQWW - at all times.
    Type 3   - IARU HF - at all times.
    Type 4   - General, Area Mults - from second QSO.
    Type 5   - CQ160, non W/VE callsigns - at all times.
    Type 10 - General, Area & Ctry Mults - from second QSO (Area QSOs only)

    For Type 5 and 10 - Log on Enter applies from the Serial field. For the others, it applies from the Callsign field.

    SDI - IOTA Contest - for Island QSOs, from the first QSO where SDI identifies a unique island from the callsign, and from the second QSO with other island callsigns.

    SDU - UBA and REF contests - from the second QSO with Belgian stations (following the Serial) and French stations (following the callsign).

  • To summarise, for CQ WW and other contests with no serial, press Enter from the callsign field if you’re happy with the area code displayed (or if it’s empty). If the area code displayed is not empty and you have to change it, or think you may have to change it, use Space Bar.

  • In SDX, the QSO is logged when you "Enter" a callsign. To record any other data about the QSO, use Space Bar rather than Enter after typing the callsign (or use LOGONENTER to retain the previous standard).

  • CW keyer. We already have an #E parameter to represent Enter. Now #B represents Space Bar. With Log on Enter, the #E#E parameter introduced in 9.66 is redundant, and it has been removed.

    Here are keyer parameters you might use for F1 to F4, when running.

    F1: TEST #R #R TEST
    F2: #C #T #S#E
    F3: #C #T #S#B
    F4: TU #R

SDX - DXpedition & Special Event Logger:

  • Dupes are now indicated by the character ŭ in front of the callsign. For example, ŭEI9ZZ.

  • New DXCC (band/mode) countries have the character * in front of the callsign. For example, *EI9ZZ.

  • To log a dupe in SDX, after being warned while in the Callsign field, use Space Bar to move to the Notes field and then type something - even if it’s only a single space. If Log on Enter is not enabled, you can use Enter, in these circumstances, to move to the Notes field. However, you must still type something before you can log the QSO as a dupe.

  • QSO Summary Window - DXCC Countries. The CW and SSB totals now represent unique counties by mode, and not the sum of the band totals.

  • The total of unique countries, regardless of band or mode, is now shown in the QSO Rate Window.

CWZERO Command - all programs:

  • This command already gives options for 1, 9 and non-leading zeros. Now there are two additional options.

    • To suppress leading zeros in serials.

    • To increase spacing in Serials and other variable exchange items, including RoPoCo postcodes. This is known as the serial padding factor, and it can have values of 0 to 5. 0 = no padding (the default) and 5 the length of a dash (3 units). I’d recommend setting this to a minimum of 1, it makes serials much more readable without changing the nominal keyer speed.

CW Keyer:

  • #C Parameter. Fixed an intermittent problem, on 386 and slower PCs, which caused some callsign characters to be deleted.

  • Keyboard Mode. A reminder that Ctrl is used to toggle between Keyboard mode and Logging mode. However, its operation is erratic if you press Ctrl for any length of time - a quick tap is all that’s needed.


  • Updated with TM=Tsushima - Area 6.

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 Version 9.66
23 July 2000 

SD: IARU HF Championship:
  • With mixed-mode, IARU scoring, HQ stations were not flagged as multipliers on second or later bands - fixed.

SDCHECK: Preparing .LOG file:

  • I’ve been developing a Cabrillo option, and had forgotten to remove some test code which prevented a normal log from being cretated. Fixed.

All programs - #E#E Keyer parameter:

  • A single #E parameter already simulates the Enter key after memory playback. #E#E has the effect of simulating Enter in two successive fields.

    For example, if F5 holds the message TU #R#E#E, and you’ve just typed the Serial Received in the IOTA contest, F5 will play TU YOURCALL, and will instantly log the QSO, using SDI’s suggested IOTA Reference, or none, as the case may be.

    The #E#E parameter must be placed at the end of a message. It’s enabled in all SD loggers, and is also relevant in SSB contests - but only if the PORTS command has been used to enable a CW port. For example, in CQ WW SSB, if F4 contains only #E#E, simply type a callsign and press F4 (with Caps Lock On), or 4 on the numeric keypad, to log the QSO immediately with the default Zone.

SDICHECK: IOTA Post-Contest program:

  • ADIF export was broken - Fixed.


  • All references to 1200 changed to 1296, and 2400 changed to 2320.

SDV: Summary Score Window:

  • Type 1 - no multipliers. Score not shown when multi-op selected. Fixed.

  • Points by band disappeared with band totals over 99999, although total score is correct. That’s because the window allocates only 5 characters for points. This was not a problem with radial ring scoring, but with 1 pt/km and with 5m open for DX it’s a problem now. Now points/band greater than 9999 are shown in k (thousands) in a different colour.


  • If run in a separate directory (from SD or the other HF loggers) SDX would not create the configuration file SDCONFIG.TXT, so settings were not preserved. Fixed.

All programs - Name and Address screen:

  • Down Arrow may be used, as an alternative to Enter, to scroll through the fields.

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 Version 9.65
7 July 2000 

SD: IARU HF Championship:
  • HQ stations not flagged as multipliers - fixed.

    Note: All multipliers, whether Zone, HQ Station, or IARU (AC, R1, R2 and R3) count once per band, and NOT separately by mode.

  • Fixed layout problem with the real-time Zone/Band multiplier window. This applied only for mixed-mode entries with multipliers counting once per band.

SDXCHECK: Post-contest ADIF files:

  • Error in ADIF output for Mode - Fixed.

SDI: IOTA Contest:

Rig Control:

  • FT100.SD file supplied.

SDVCHECK - Cover Sheet:

  • Claimed score not calculated in Type 7 contests, with Country and Square multipliers. Fixed.

  • Most of the "static" data needed for the cover sheet is now held in a text file SDVCONGF.TXT. The contents appear as default values when you create each cover sheet - which can save a lot of typing.

SDV - VHF Contests:

  • In RSGB contests, Serial Sent starts from 001 on each band. Following an edit to a QSO on another band, the value of the next serial on the current band was set to the value for the band on the edited QSO. Fixed.

  • When editing the locator on QSOs already logged, it was possible to enter an invalid code - for example, by deleting the first character. Fixed.

  • If you used Shift-Tab (backwards Tab) after editing a locator, the edit was ignored. Fixed.

  • If you entered an RS(T), Sent or Received, of anything other than 59(9) and then deleted the QSO with Minus or F11, RS(T) on the next QSO logged defaulted to the previously altered values. Fixed.

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 Version 9.64
11 June 2000 

Auto Prefix Checking - all programs:
  • Calls of the form F/ON4AA are now handled correctly and dupe-checked in advance as you enter the call.

SDX - DXpedition logger:

  • Six Metres added. Now supports 10 bands, from 6m to 160m.

SDV - VHF Contests:

  • Backtab from locator to serial field could lose QSO points. Fixed.

  • Scores over 100,000,000 no longer overflow in the Summary Score window.

  • Maximum Points per QSO, in Rate window, increased to 9999.

SDL - for SWLs:

  • Minus, in the Call Working field, did not wipe the QSO. Fixed. If the Call Heard is a dupe, Enter in this (Working) field will also wipe the QSO.

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 Version 9.63
3 June 2000 

SDX - DXpedition and Special Event Logger:
  • SDX - DXpedition and Special Event Logger. SDX (SD for DXpeditions) is freeware. It’s not a contest logger, but is intended for the majority of DXpedition and special event stations. It supports SSB and CW operation on all 9 HF bands.

    SDXCHECK is the associated post-event program to create ADIF logs for integration with your station log.

  • V9.63 adds Callsign lookup (F9), Minus displays the Score Summary immediately, and QSOs over 10000 have the QSO number displayed correctly.

  • Problem of "disappearing" callsigns fixed. This happened intermittently when time changed from one minute to another (seconds = 00).

Variable RST Sent - all programs:

  • A reminder that the command RST lets you vary RST Sent in SDX and all other HF programs - it toggles the RST Sent column On and Off. In SDV both RST Sent and RST Received are always visible, and the RST command toggles the cursor movement to RST Sent or RST Received after entering the callsign.


  • Same problem, when starting, as in SDCHECK V9.62. Fixed.

  • Cover Sheet. Location field added.

SD - Serial Sent:

  • Fixed display of serials over 10000.

SD - WPX Contest:

  • Real-time multiplier display (above callsign) broken. Fixed.

Keyer - all programs:

  • Esc interrupts memory playback. Now +, on the numeric keypad does the same, but only when Num Lock is off - the same condition for using the numeric keypad to replay memories.

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 Version 9.62
2 May 2000 

SDCHECK - post contest program:
  • Started with "Licensed to EI5DI" and would not read contest logs. Fixed.

  • Email and Telephone headings added to Summary Sheet.

SDVCHECK - VHF post contest program:

  • ADIF option added.

Type 3 - IARU Contest:

  • Corrected treatment of AC, R1, R2, and R3 IARU QSOs. They’re multipliers once only per band. Any other alpha exchanges represent HQ stations.

RSGB Low Power Field Day:

  • Support added to Type 11.

    QRP fixed: 10 points
    QRP portable: 15 points
    Others: 5 points

SDU - UBA Contest:

  • Type 19 (ON Entrants): Corrected scoring of non-EU QSOs from 0 to 3, and from 0 to 1 for Type 20 (non-ON Entrants).

Rig Control:

  • IC756PRO.SD supplied.

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 Version 9.61
17 April 2000 

  • SD is now the program formerly called SDX, and SDI is the program formerly called SDIOTA. They both need a 386 or better to run. If you have problems starting either of them, please refer to the Expanded Memory section in your README.1ST file.

Rig Control in Mixed Mode contests:

  • When a new frequency is entered, the appropriate mode is selected (CW, LSB, USB). This applies to all bands other than 160m. (Note: Tested only on Icom radios).

Serial Ports:

  • The PORTS command assigns ports for CW keying and rig control. The options, for serial ports, are COM1 to COM4, but non-existent ports can no longer be selected.

SD - Area Multipliers - Types 2, 3, 4, 10:

  • When area codes are known, either directly from the callsign (CQ and ITU zones), or from earlier QSOs, they’re shown on the logging line, in advance, as callsigns are entered.

SDI - IOTA Contest:

  • IOTA references are shown on the logging line, in advance, as callsigns are entered. This applies when:

    1. A callsign prefix uniquely identifies an island.
    2. The user wishes to see default IOTA references.
    3. The island station has been worked on another band or mode.

    For example, GD is always EU116 and EI is always EU115. This feature is controlled by the use of lower-case continents in IOTA references in the updated SDIOTA.CTY, the country/island reference file. If you prefer not to see EU5 as the default IOTA reference for England, then change the England record in SDIOTA.CTY from eu005 to EU005.

    In addition, and only when appropriate, you’ll see the multiplier indicator M above the callsign as callsign characters are entered.

SD and SDI - Mode edits on QSOs already logged:

  • In edit mode, F1 and F2 change bands on QSOs already logged. Now F3 will change the mode, but only if you’re operating mixed mode. Unlike band edits, this is a quick and dirty fix, with no consistency checks for dupes or multipliers. If you’re using rig control, none of this should be needed, as band and mode are set by your radio.

SDCHECK - .LOG files for Type 4, 9 and 10:

  • Two additional options provided. You can include or exclude Serial Sent, and you can add other fixed data sent in the exchange, such as your area code.

SD Type 11:

  • After entering a dupe callsign, a second Enter logged the QSO instead of wiping it. Fixed.

SD (SDX) Type 10:

  • Fixed crashes after callsign edit, where a non-area callsign was changed to an area callsign, and area code inserted.

SD Types 2 and 5, CQ WW & 160m Contests:

  • Fixed problems due to non-blank 5th address line in the configuration file SDCONFIG.TXT.

SD Type 3, IARU HF Championship:

  • HQ station exchanges were not logged. Fixed.


  • Timing errors, related to QSO Rate calculations and display, caused some display corruption. Fixed.

Keyer Memory Playback - a reminder:

  • With a full-size keyboard, please use the numeric keypad numbers 1-8, with Num Lock Off.

    This way, you’ll have constant access to the normal (non-keyer) features of F1 to F8 (Caps Lock Off).

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 Version 9.60
23 March 2000 

Parallel Port keying:
  • Support for LPT3 added, in addition to LPT1 and LPT2. At startup, the programs check the actual BIOS addresses, on the computer in use, for LPT1, 2 and 3 (if present). This has fixed the problem with "non-standard" addresses on some computers.

Support for RTTY and FM in HF contests:

  • Removed from SDX, which now supports CW and SSB only. SD continues to support CW, SSB, FM and RTTY QSOs.

WPX Contest - SD/SDX Type 6:

  • Changed real-time multiplier status to same style as other contests, and added display of country, continent and bearing.

SDVCHECK - Cover Sheet:

  • Fixed crashes caused by introduction of keyboard mapping file SD.MAP.

  • Added Email Address field. All description and comments fields now default to those entered when the Cover Sheet was last created - they’re held in SDVCONFG.TXT.


  • Fixed crashes on area multiplier QSOs with Super Check Partial enabled.

  • SDX. Fixed crashes when editing area code on QSOs already logged.

    ARRL DX and 10m contests. Yukon (YU) has been changed to Yukon Territory (YT). Relevant multiplier files updated. In the ARRL DX contest (SD & SDX Type 1), any State/Province entry starting with Y will be logged as YT.

SDC - Commonwealth Contest:

  • BERU.CTY - Australian prefixes updated. Fixed missing bonuses after changed RST. Fixed G3ABC/VP9, where the country is VP9, not G. In turn, fixed identification, in all other programs, of callsigns such as 3D2RW/R (Rotuma, not Russia), which had been broken since V9.35.

CTY Files:

  • Updated with 2 new DXCC countries. East Timor 4W, and Chesterfield Island TXĜ.

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SD version 9 Revision History
9.80-9.89  •  9.70-9.79  •  9.60-9.69  •  9.50-9.59
9.40-9.46  •  9.30-9.39  •  9.20-9.29  •  9.10-9.19  •  9.00-9.09

SD version 8 Revision History
8.10-8.19  •  8.00-8.09

Software info
CT Logging Software by K1EA  •  LogConv by KA5WSS
LOGic 5 by WN4AZY  •  NA by K8CC  •  OH2GI Ham System
PED by JE3MAS  •  PILE-UP by G4ZFE  •  RTTY by WF1B
RUFZ by DL4MM  •  Super-Duper by EI5DI  •  TR Log by N6TR
WriteLog by W5XD

About SD

SD version 9
Revision History
9.80 - 9.89
9.70 - 9.79
9.60 - 9.69
9.50 - 9.59
9.40 - 9.46
9.30 - 9.39
9.20 - 9.29
9.10 - 9.19
9.00 - 9.09

SD version 8
Revision History
8.10 - 8.19
8.00 - 8.09

Software info
CT Logging Software
by K1EA
LOGic 5
by K8CC
Ham System
by G4ZFE
by WF1B
by DL4MM
by EI5DI
TR Log
by N6TR
by W5XD

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