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TR Contest Logging Software by Tree, N6TR
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[ From version 6.00 to version 6.05 ]
[ From version 5.90 to version 5.99 +5db ]
[ From version 5.80 to version 5.89 ]
[ From version 5.66 to version 5.79 ]
[ From version 5.50 to version 5.65 ]

From version 5.80 to version 5.89

 Version 5.89 12 November 1996 

  • Fixed network!

  • Added Control-X (decrease) and Control-Y (increase) dynamic weight commands. These work similar as Control-F and Control-S when included in CW messages. They change the weight by 0.03. Be sure to reset the weight back to the nominal value at the end of your CW message.


 Version 5.88 9 November 1996 

  • Added support for the Stew Perry Topband Distance challenge. The contest is called STEW PERRY, the QSO point method is STEW PERRY QSO POINT METHOD and the exchange is RST AND OR GRID exchange. You need to enter either a RST or GRID or BOTH. You also need to set MY GRID to a proper grid for the QSO points to come out to anything but 1.

  • There was a bug in the POST routine used to determine if new database data should overwrite existing data. If you set the overwrite flags to TRUE, you would loose old data in fields not being updated. For example, if you were adding data to the USER 1 field and had the overwrite flags for USER 2 and 3 set to TRUE, you would loose your old data. This affected all fields, but is fixed in this version.

  • Made CALLSIGN UPDATE ENABLE = TRUE as a default for the Sweepstakes.

  • Fixed calls with / in exchange being ignored if CALLSIGN UPDATE ENABLE.

  • Control-Enter is now processed differently than before (it would act just as if you hit Control-J before). It will now have the same effect as pressing Control-\ which will log a QSO without sending the QSL MESSAGE. Also, the function has been expanded to allow starting the CQ QSO process without sending the CQ EXCHANGE.

  • Made maritime mobiles be in no country.

  • Added SL FIVE POINT qso point method = 5 points for SL prefix, else 1 pt.

  • Added CW SPEED FROM DATABASE flag (Control-J). Fetches the code speed to send CQ exchanges at from the TRMASTER database. If no entry found, it just sends at the speed you were CQing at. POST also has a log file procedure to take a simple ASCII file with calls and code speeds and put it in the database. Of course, there is also the new SPEED field in the database. You resort to your old speed in the QSL MESSAGE or next CQ if you abort the contact.

  • The POST routine to read Grids from a VHF log and put them into the TRMASTER database was written, but not on the menu. It is now available.

  • Prevented station information from band map from over-writing CQ QSO info.

  • Prevented band map from over-writing dupe info window if call ready.

  • Created RELAY CONTROL PORT with 1 2 or 3. Uses pin 14 to control relay. Beware this is the same pin that you might be using to pullup your dit and dah inputs. Use a separate parallel port if this is the case. A high output (5 volts) indicates rig one.

  • Fixed garbage in call window after Alt-E during Alt-Q or Alt-C.

  • Made CQ band map entries no longer blink.

  • Fixed off/on time commands.

  • Changed Alt-N to - (enter transmit frequency). You may not enter splits just with the keys on the keypad (if you are in num lock). The Yaesu radios now enter split mode when you do this as well as setting the B vfo to the transmit frequency.


 Version 5.87 31 October 1996 

  • Restored previous overlay buffer to increase performance.

  • Fixed bus with VGA DISPLAY ENABLE not preventing VGA mode.


 Version 5.86 28 October 1996 

  • Fixed AutoDisplayDupeQSO and SCP incompatability. If you had the SCP function enabled AND the AutoDisplayDupeQSO feature enabled, the dupe information would be over-written before you could read it.

  • Fixed non exisitant country crashing beam headings.

  • Fixed divide by zero error causing problems with some beam headings.

  • Added beam heading and distance utility in POST (utility menu).

  • Added name editor for TRMASTER.DAT. It is similar to the old name editor used for the NAMES.CMQ file.

  • Added SCP WINDOW DUPE COLOR and SCP WINDOW DUPE BACKGROUND commands. This lets you change the colors used in the SCP display for the dupes.

  • There are now three user definable data fields in the TRMASTER database. They are USER1, USER2 and USER3. Each can hold up to 12 characters of data.

    Data can be loaded into them from either a LOG.DAT file or an ASCII file with the callsign followed by the data. There is a general purpose load function in the TRMASTER Add Menu for this.

    You can use the data for an intial exchange (ie: INITIAL EXCHANGE = USER 1) or you can just display the data under the call window when working the station (ie: USER INFO SHOWN = USER 2). You can select both of these from the Control-J menu.

    Use USER INFO WINDOW COLOR and USER INFO WINDOW BACKGROUND if you want to change the colors of the display window.

  • If you are tired of the program telling you your code speed is 35 WPM when on SSB, you will be happy to know this has finally been fixed. The start sending arrow is also removed in SSB. I believe this only occured when you changed modes using the radio, not the program.

  • If you are using the two radio mode and the band map, the band map will now jump to the band that matches the radio being tuned. I think this will be a fun feature for us two radio addicts. You need to tune the radio at least 200 hertz before this will happen.

  • The Control-Y command will now refresh the time stamp of the band map entry that is blinking. This means you don’t have to use the Alt-D command and type in the callsign if you are using the band map on the second radio.

  • There have been some improvements to the band map. There were times when the band map seemed to hang up while in the search and pounce mode. This has been fixed. The band map will no longer respond to the radio QSYing to the QSX frequency set with the Alt-N command (which used to be the \ command).

  • There were about 3 things broken with the remaining country list as a result of adding the CTY.DAT file. First, the normal list had too many entries in it and the top line was scrolling out of the window. Next, the big remaining list was not accessable with the BIG REMAINING LIST, but now is. Finally, if you changed from one list to the other with Control-J while the program was running, the correct status was not shown. Now the remaining list is recalculated when changing the size with Control-J.

  • The \ key feature to allow entry of xmit frequency had one major drawback, it used the call window for the frequency input. This meant if you already had a call in the call window, you had to erase the call, enter the split, then reenter the call. This has been changed so the \ character opens up a window to enter the frequency without affecting the contents of the call window.

  • The other problem with the \ key for entering your XMIT frequency is that this key is also the QUICK QSL key. You now need to use Alt-N to enter a QSX frequency. You may also only enter the last three digits of the frequency and the program will figure out the correct frequency (ie: 237 -> 7237).

  • The Control-J menu was not allowing access to the new initial exchanges added with the TRMASTER file. This has been fixed.

  • Same CQ Zone fixes made in 5.85 for TR are now in POST.


 Version 5.85
 (TR program only)
23 October 1996 

  • Added BAND MAP GUARD BAND (Control-J) controls how close you need to be to a band map entry to have it blink and be considered the active station. The default is 200 hertz.

  • Better CQ Zone defaults for VE call areas.


 Version 5.84 13 October 1996 

  • Various run-time error fixes associated with TRMASTER.DTA.

  • Fixed run-time error possibility when getting random calls.

  • Eliminated bug that allowed dupes in TRMASTER file.

  • More aggressive use of overlays in POST so it needs less memory.

  • Added AUTO QSO NUMBER DECREMENT flag. Initial value is FALSE and you can get to it via Control-J. When TRUE, this flag will tell the program to send the previous QSO number when you are in the Search and Pounce mode and the call and exchange window is empty. The QSO number is sent with the # character in a CW message.

  • Fixed missing command to enable JST-245 radio front panel. The Japan Radio interface seems to work perfectly now.


 Version 5.83 4 October 1996 

  • Eliminated HOME GRID parameter and replaced it with MY GRID and GRID MAP CENTER. MY GRID is used for the beam heading calculations and QSO point calculations when using the EuropeanVHFQSOPoint method which calculates one point per kilometer. The GRID MAP CENTER is used to position the center of the grid map to the desired place. If this is set to a grid, the program will try to power up in the VGA/EGA mode if available.

  • The rate sheet under the OH2MM reports would crash if used for a contest which had dates before the 10th of the month. This has been fixed.

  • The last internet update had a bug in the INSTALL program where it was trying to copy the old .CTY files instead of the new CTY.DAT file. This bug was fixed before anyone downloaded it from the BBS. This version has the fixed version as well.

  • If using the backslash to enter a frequency for the B VFO, your Kenwood radio will now switch to split mode. I hope to add other radios soon.


 Version 5.82 1 October 1996 

  • Switch to CT version 9 country file (CTY.DAT). This file includes all information that was in ARRL.CTY, IARU.CTY and CQWW.CTY. It also includes latitude and longitude information for each country.

  • No more beam heading file. Beam headings are computed using info from the CTY.DAT file. To enable, simply set your home grid to your grid square.

  • Don’t know your grid square? Try the new GRID startup command by typing TR GRID. Tell it your latitude and longitude and it will compute your grid square.

  • Other new startup commands include B64DECODE and UUDECODE to convert these types of files to binary files.

  • NEW RADIO!! The JST245 is now supported and hopefully it works. This is in beta test mode as I don’t have a radio here to test. Also added JST RESPONSE TIME parameter (^J).

  • Made Sprint exchange hacker very much smarter - it even uses name database in some cases to try and distinguish a name from a QTH. I think you have to be trying pretty hard for it to get confused. Most exchanges can now be entered in any order.

  • Improved .DTA database so that if a inquiry comes along for the same call as the previous inquiry, the data is instantly returned.

  • Fixed bug with LEAVE CURSOR IN CALL WINDOW and not MULTIPLE BANDS. The cursor would stay in the QSO NEEDS window and the program would hang.


 Version 5.81 17 September 1996 

  • Fixed crash if computing distance to your own grid (made it 0 KM).

  • Created better delay timer to replace the one Borland Pascal has. The delays are no longer dependent on the type of processor and clock speed.

  • Added programmable response timout for the different interfaced radios. ICOM RESPONSE TIMEOUT, KENWOOD RESPONSE TIMEOUT and YAESU RESPONSE TIMEOUT. All can be tweaked with Control-J. Adjusting the timeout for the Icom is how I got the IC-761 to work (was 50 ms and started working at 100).

  • Added ICOM COMMAND PAUSE. This used to be 500 ms, but appears we can shorten it to 200 ms. This is the necessary pause between frequency and mode commands (the radio gets confused if they come too fast).

  • Added / as a way to set B VFO (Kenwoods at least). This is great for split operation.

  • Fixed bug with show search and pounce.

  • Allowed 6 digit grid squares when starting up program for home grid.

  • Fixed confusing instructions about exporting/importing files for .DTA database (I hope).


 Version 5.80 13 September 1996 

  • When importing check and section into database, also setup states.

  • Fixed IC-761 data coming to computer!

  • Added European HFC and KVP contests.

  • If no mults, made SCORE show total QSO points.

  • Fixed EU VHF so no mults - and allow exchange to work without them.

  • If .DTA cell found without any calls - fixed crash of possible call list.

  • Made up some pretty weird random calls if no .DTA file around.


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