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TR Contest Logging Software by Tree, N6TR
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From ver. 5.90 to ver. 5.99 +5db

 Version 5.99 + 5db 14 March 1997 

This is a pre WPX SSB test version. While all new features have been tested, there are some people exercising this version over the weekend. I hope to add a few more new multi-multi features over the weekend and have another release before WPX.

  • This version includes a improved multi network. You should see the network be even more responsive than before. There was a timing bug identified which caused some network messages not make it around the first time. Also, the bandwidth in the network has been increased.

  • There is now a full packet interface on all network computers. It basically works the same as if you were using the computer connected directly to the TNC (using Control-B). The only minor difference is that data is only sent after a carriage return. Therefore, if you want to issue TNC commands from a remote computer, you need to enter Control-C, followed by a RETURN.

    Commands that you type in on a remote computer have a local echo, and you can use the backspace key to correct typing mistakes. When the command is sent to the TNC, you will see the command echoed by the TNC as well.

    Associated with this feature is the new parameter BROADCAST ALL PACKET DATA. When TRUE (the default), all data coming from the TNC is broadcast to the network so it can be viewed with Control-B on any PC.

  • To solve the QSO number problem in a WPX multi-multi, the new parameter QSO NUMBER BY BAND (default = FALSE) has been added. When TRUE, your QSO numbers generated by the # character in a CW message, will come from the total number of contacts for the band you are on, instead of the total number of contacts.

  • There was a bug with START SENDING NOW KEY appearing in your LOGCFG.DAT file. The program was looking for START SENDING CALL KEY. Now, either one will work.

  • If you wrote the QUESTION MARK CHAR to your LOGCFG.DAT file from the Control-J menu, it didn’t have the right format. This is fixed.

  • Created a FT900 setting for radio type. Howver, there might be a problem with this radio when in split (still being investigated). It is currently the same as the FT890.

  • There were some problems with the Yaesu radio setups if they were used for radio two. These all work the same as radio one now.

  • You can include a dash in the radio types (i.e. FT-900) and it will work the same as FT890.

  • Improved instructions for generic TRMASTER data from file routine in POST. I hope it makes more sense now.


  • The Control-Enter feature didn’t work in SSB when in Search and Pounce. Now - no DVK/DVP messages are sent if you use Control-Enter.

  • Disabled RIT from the shift keys during ControlJ.

  • Made beam heading display use country ID instead of callsign. Some callsigns (i.e. KH8/N5OLS) would be too long for the window.

  • You know how the program always says DVP OFF when you don’t even have a DVP? It now will say nothing in this case. Also, it will say DVK ON/OFF if you are using a DVK. DVK ON is now the the initial state when you are using a DVK.

    This window also looks different in CW. The code speed is always displayed now - even with NO CW. This is because you may still be interested in your speed when sending manually.

  • Many DVK improvements. The function key memories are cleaned up when using the DVK (no DVP filenames). CQ F1 to F4 are defined as DVK1 to DVK4. You can now store DVK message from the Alt-P menu just like the DVP. You do not need to use the TSR program anymore. The bug in 5.99 requiring you to have DVPTSR installed to run the DVK is fixed. In short, the DVK is now fully integrated into the program.


 Version 5.99 25 February 1997 

  • Many DVK improvements. If you are not using the DVK port as a band output port, you may not abort a message in progress. This can be done with the ESCAPE key, or by activating a function key message with the value DVK0.

    Instead of hard wiring the DVK messages to the function keys F1-F4, you may program which keys will activate the memories by setting the values to DVK1 to DVK4. As a default, the CQ FUNCTION keys F1 to F4 are set to DVK1 to DVK4. However, you now have control over which messages get sent in the S&P mode. Also, CQ F10 is set to DVK0 as a default (standard key to abort DVK message for some software).

  • Allowed the Alt-L command to be executed during Auto-CQs.

  • Added Control-[ @ to send a space and call window if the is a question mark in the call. This was requested so if you entered a partial callsign with a ? in it, you can have it sent again at the end of your CQ EXCHANGE message. Simply put a Control-[ and @ in your message. If there is a ? in the callsign (as shown in the call window), it will send a space, and then the call window contents.

  • In the ARRL DX contest, if had a non numeric initial exchange (like KW), the program would show you remaining mults for KW. This bug is now fixed.

  • If you pressed Control-Enter while completing a Search and Pounce QSO and your cursor was in the call window, the program would still send CW. This is now fixed.

  • Added CQMODE and SAPMODE CW commands. To use these commands in a CW message, put a Control-C, then the command, followed by a Control-D. The CQMODE command will force you to be in the CQ mode, and the SAPMODE command will force you to be in the Search and Pounce mode.

  • CW ENABLE command added (default = TRUE). When set to FALSE, all CW from the program is disabled (except for that sent with the paddle).

  • Fixed missing equal sign after ICOM COMMAND PAUSE command when saved in the LOGCFG.DAT file from the Control-J menu.

  • If you are sending CW from the keyboard (using F10), pressing F10 again will stop keyboard CW (just like ESCAPE).

  • Improved POST’s dupesheet performance. It was really slow and should work much faster now.

  • Added SPACE BAR DUPE CHECK ENABLE command (default = TRUE). If you set this to FALSE, pressing the SPACE BAR in CQ MODE will always send your call and put you into the Search and Pounce mode.

  • Fixed INITIAL EXCHANGE = QTH coming up with VE initial exchanges for callsigns not in the database.

  • Made the Alt-Z command show station info for a new callsign.


 Version 5.98 1 February 1997 

  • Updated OKOM.DOM file.

  • Fixed multiplier check off sheet (POST R M C).

  • Added selection of add/no-add calls not in TRMASTER with vanity updates.

  • Simplified POST’s U E F menu to use one general purpose command for most file updates.

  • Fixed title for ARRL VHF SS contest.

  • Added INITIAL EXCHANGE CURSOR POS (AT START or AT END). Allows you to place cursor in exchange window where you want it. This is available on the Control-J menu.

  • Fixed bug where POST got confused if a comment appeared after the contest name in LOGCFG.DAT file.

  • Increased resolution of AutoCQ pause times to one half second.

  • Fixed error message at end of uudecode process.

  • Improved TR SENDCW command - now allows use of the special control characters just like function key memories.

  • Added FARNSWORTH SPEED parameter - initial value = 25. Available on Control-J menu. This allows you to adjust the speed where the farnsworth effect starts to cut in. Use higher values for more farnsworth effect.

  • Added new CW control character - ControlLeftBracket. When found in a CW message, it expects a single integer after it (2-8). If it finds a 2, it will toggle the FARNSWORTH ENABLE. 3 through 8 will set the FARNSWORTH SPEED command to various values as follows:
    3 - 25   4 - 35   5 - 45   6 - 55   7 - 75 and 8 - 95 WPM.


 There was no 5.97 release


 Version 5.96 12 January 1997 

  • Added way to process ARRL 10 meter log into TRMASTER.

  • Added CUSTOM as an INITIAL EXCHANGE choice. Process the string defined with CUSTOM INITIAL EXCHANGE STRING to build an initial exchange. The following elements may be used:
       USER1    USER2     USER3    GRID   FOC

    CQZONE and ITUZONE will first look in the TRMASTER database for an entry. If it doesn’t find one, it will use the data in CTY.DAT to determine the zone.

  • Expanded available choices for USER INFO SHOWN to include:
       NAME     QTH             SECTION   OLDCALL
       GRID     CHECK SECTION   ZONE      USER 1
       USER 2   USER 3          CUSTOM    FOC NUMBER

    Note that CUSTOM is a choice here now as well. This will process the string CUSTOM USER STRING to build the display. The following elements may be used:

       USER1    USER2     USER3    GRID   FOC

    CQZONE and ITUZONE will first look in the TRMASTER database for an entry. If it doesn’t find one, it will use the data in CTY.DAT to determine the zone.

  • Fixed O command in U E E editor (Old Call) - it would do nothing before.

  • Eliminated bad crash if trying to use SCP with too little free memory.

  • Send corrected call before 73 message with QSLButDoNotLog & bad exchange.

  • Eliminated possible truncation of sprint simulator exchange.

  • Fixed nameless calls being fetched in SPRINT simulator.

  • Added QCWA GOLDEN contest (no scoring) + CheckAndChapterOrQTHExchange.

  • Made | character only send name and space if there is a name there.

  • Disabled shift keys during execution of the Alt-L command.

  • Added POST R L - List multipliers worked.

  • Made GetBeamHeading not crash if target grid same grid as MY GRID.

  • Made entering DX QTH in Sprint unnecessary.


 Version 5.95 21 December 1996 

Manual for 5.95 available via anonymous ftp to in pub/n6tr. Look for (Word for Windows 6.0) or (Word for Windows 2.0). This files can also be found on the TRLOG BBS.

  • Fixed bug with a six letter KC6 or KA2 call when the first five letters matched an entry for Palau (T7) or Japan. The six letter calls now show as USA.

  • If you specified a HOME GRID, but were not using a contest that used grids as multipliers, the program would come up in VGA mode, but not put up the grid map. Now the program will not go into VGA mode.

  • Added ARCI QSO PARTY contest.

  • If you were adding a file to TRMASTER that contained duplicates, it was possible for multiple entries to be made in the TRMASTER file. This has been fixed. If you have multiple entries, you will need to regenerate your TRMASTER file using the new version of POST.

  • Increased MaximumCountries from 400 to 510. This is used by some people for the FOC contest and they need 500.


  • Added procedure to move sections from ARRL 160 log to TRMASTER database.

  • Made all ARRL Section QSOs in ARRL 160 count two points.

  • Added DISTANCE start up for calculating distance between two grids. To use, type TR DISTANCE and then enter the two grids.

  • Fixed POST’s L M multiplier check for ARRL 10 meter contest. Previously it would not recognize domestic multipliers correctly.

  • Added ARRL 10 QSOPointMethod - now /N and /T CW QSOs are 8 points.

  • If you tried to use TR READ with an ARRL 10 meter log, it would hang when it found a DX station. This has been fixed.

  • Fixed some potential divide by zeros when computing grid distance.

  • Appear to have fixed the LPT1 problem with video and paddle port.

  • Reworked POST’s QSL routines which interface to the names database. All routines now use TRMASTER for their names. New name data entered during QSL process is not saved in TRMASTER or NAMES.CMQ. Instead, a file called NAMES.NEW is generated. This file can be imported into TRMASTER using the POST U E F N file read command.

  • The POST R V command (view notes) did not properly close the output file. This meant if you were saving them to a disk file, some of the last entries were missing. This has been fixed.

  • When doing a base 64 decode (TR DEBASE64), the byte count showed the number of bytes in the input file, not the output file. Also, some improvements have been made to the routine to cover some different file formats I have seen recently.

  • The Section initial exchange was broken - it gave check and section. Now it only gives you the section.


 Version 5.94 7 December 1996 

  • Removed RIT commands for Yaesu - there isn’t any way to make it work with their firmware.

  • Fixed FT1000 commands in LOGCFG.DAT file.

  • Added OldCall as a USER FIELD which can be displayed (Control-J).

  • Added routine to load in Old call / New call update file. A file with the call changes from gate two is available as "gatetwo". It has been included with this release. You can also get it from the BBS or ftp to in the pub/n6tr directory.

  • Created OldCall field in TRMASTER database. Maximum length 12 bytes.

  • Fixed QSL label T command - was broken when went to CTY.DAT file.


 Version 5.93
 (5.92 was only used at W7RM)
4 December 1996 

  • Made inactive radio’s band output port follow radio band change. Before, you would have to Alt-R to the radio and have it’s band displayed for this to happen.

  • Added Section initial exchange - just in time for the ARRL 160.

  • Added FARNSWORTH ENABLE. Default is false and you can get to it with (Control-J). I like how it works without having to adjust the speed. Try it. If you really think the cut in needs to be programmable, I will do it.

  • Made SCP work with characters added during AutoStartSend. Before the SCP display would stop updating after CW started.

  • Made reminder posted messages stay up fixed number of seconds (60). Before they would stay up until the next minute rolled around on the clock. Eliminates the possibility of a message only being displayed for one second if it is posted just before a new minute.

    Reminder posted messages are also used for network error messages and Packet Spot announcements.

  • Improved multi nework error messages. Instead of just the network broken message after the 10th retry, you get a warning after 5 retries.

  • Made the Control-Enter function (don’t send CW) work for the S&P mode.

  • Added IC781 as radio type and send narrow filter command with mode. Let me know what other radios need this.

  • Added summary sheet for Stew Perry contest.

  • Added the FT990 as a interfaced radio choice. Fixed the split function for this radio.

  • Attempt to make RIT shift keys work with Yaesu radios. Let me know if it works.

  • Added Control-W to erase window contents. Works the same as ESCAPE without stopping CW.


 Version 5.91 19 November 1996 

  • Made Control-\ or Control-Enter not disable function key CW messages.

  • Changed FT990 RIT increment from 10 to 20 hertz (same as 4.05).

  • Fixed bug with no CW space after / sign.


 Version 5.90 18 November 1996 

  • Made = key work again (QuickQSLMessage2). This is an undocumented feature that was removed a few versions ago, and someone missed it! It will send EE as a QSL message.

  • Added split frequency set for FT990. The command that the FT-1000 has for setting the B VFO doesn’t exist on the 890/990. I now switch to the B VFO, set the frequency, then switch back to the A VFO when setting the frequency for the B VFO.

  • Put RIT back in for FT990. Someone said it used to work - the 990 I had must have had old firmware because it never did. Hope it works now. Maybe we should try the MP and see if it works (maybe someone can play with the MP as a FT990 and see if anything happens).

  • Made FT990 and FT890 same thing. It used to be the 990 used the same commands as the 1000. However, it looks like the 890 is much closer. Entering FT990 as the radio type.

  • Added MULTI RETRY COUNT (default 30 - minimum 3) + Control-J. This is the retry delay for the first two retries. Set this to 3 or 5 seconds per computer in the network (minus 1 computer).

  • Added PACKET ADD LF command (Control-J). Some packet guys needed this. It adds a line feed whenever a carriage return is found. Default is FALSE and you can get to it with Control-J.

  • Improved base 64 decode. Someone sent me a file that didn’t work, but it does now.

  • Fixed mode for JST radio. I was reading the filter width bit, not the mode bit.

  • Way to send "unique" CW. The following control characters have been added to send CW elements of various lengths. The normal dit length is 10 and the normal dah length is 30.
    Dah Length=22  Control-E      Dit Length= 6  Control-P
    Dah Length=26  Control-Dash   Dit Length= 8  Control-Q
    Dah Length=30  Control-K      Dit Length=10  Control-\
    Dah Length=34  Control-N      Dit Length=12  Control-V
    Dah Length=38  Control-O      Dit Length=14  Control-L

    You can combine these elements with normal characters. For example, you can send a six with a long dah with Control-O followed by an H. Control characters can be programmed when using the Alt-P command by pressing first Control-P, then the Control character you want.


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