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Last updated on 13 November 1997

This is a list of the items that are being considered for future releases of TR Log. This is the list that I will work from when I sit down to work on the program. Sometimes, other features will be added that are not on this list because they are easy or sound like fun. The items are shown in no particular order.

If you know of something that should be on this list, please either post it to the trlog reflector, or send e-mail to tree@contesting.com

New releases are made approximately monthly - or as required to fix critical bugs. Updates are available one of three ways:

  1. E-mail on the internet with a uuencoded .zip file (about 600K). To get on the list contact n6tr@contesting.com or in Europe, contact sm3ojr@pobox.com

  2. From the TR Log BBS at (503) 658-6116. If you haven't logged in before, you will need to setup your password, and then send a mail message to the SYSOP asking to have your privileges upgraded so you can access the updates. This is normally done the same day.

  3. From any of the distributors via floppy disk. Normally a small amount is charged to cover expenses.

Check out the N6TR home page for other interesting stuff.

73 Tree N6TR

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1. Frequency in log file: I think I have been convinced to allow a mode to print the frequency instead of band. However, this does take up more room and might push the log entries beyond 80 characters. CT got around this problem by not printing the sent information, but I don't think this is a good idea. As you might have heard, there were some disqualification's in the All Asian test from people that used CT because of this. Also, I know the CQ Contest committee is concerned about the same issue. K1EA appears to be working on improving his log format in response.

As everyone has point out - this format will not be downloadable into the after contest logging programs. You will have to bug them to come up with a new routine. I might take another look at the ADIF format and see if it makes sense to use that.

This has been implemented in version 6.10. The QSO number field is used to show the frequency without the megahertz part. A decimal point is used to make it clear that it isn't a QSO number. Routines will be added to POST to reformat the frequency into different formats for your final log. This technique made implementation much easier as the rest of the log format doesn't change.

2. Editing QSOs beyond the last five: This is one of the prices paid for using an ASCII file. Unless I keep the file in memory and rewrite the whole file after every QSO (which would force me to use a binary file because you can write a binary file much faster), we are going to have to live with it. I still believe that this isn't something you should be doing very often - and you can still exit the program, make your changes and then restart. Perhaps I can reduce the cost of restarting by saving the band map somewhere.

Step 1: The band map is now being saved when you exit the program (6.10).
Step 2: Version 6.11 loaded this file in when starting (sorry).

3. POST not easy to use: Concerning POST - occasionally I put effort into making POST an easier to use tool. Perhaps I will do this again sometime soon, but please understand it is a secondary priority compared to TR. Another way of saying that is my primary focus will always be what happens during the contest. POST will not be competitive with other after the contest programs in areas of QSL Labels and record keeping. The minimal features in these areas will be supported, but not expanded.

The INSTALL program comes after POST!

Currently the following things are being looked at with respect to post:

4. Time stamp of packet spots that are displayed as they come in.

5. Get split frequency data from radio - TR needs some work to learn how to ask the various radios for the QSX frequency and if you are in the split mode. This is likely to be supported initially in the Kenwood radios first (since I have them and can test it) and then the radios that have the best documentation. Split info needs to be added to the band map as well.

Done.

6. QSX support for packet (both receiving and sending) - decode QSX from packet spots - put into packet memory and band map, send QSX info when doing a spot - allow the spot to be edited before it goes out.

Done.

7. Highlight band map entries that are multipliers.

This is still under investigation.

8. Improve POST support for VHF contests - many of the procedures only work for HF.

9. Better IOTA support (G3KMA request).

10. Look at VK/ZL contest to see if I can improve scoring - request from VK5GN. Separate SSB/CW weekends - RST + serial number (3 digits). Multiplier Oceania prefixes if outside of Oceania - in Oceania: all prefixes except own country. QSO points - 80m - 10 pts, 40m = 5, 20m = 1, 15m = 2, 10m = 3. Multiplier by band.

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11. Try to understand why the IC737 split works different than others - IC781 works, but the 737 is different. Problem reported by AJ5M.

VFO A active (listening) on 7.050
Pressed - and entered 7240
VFO B became active (listening) at 7.240
VFO A was at 7.050 but now is xmit vfo

12. Fix band map being rewritten twice under some circumstances - takes up time on slow computers.

Done in version 6.10.

13. Improve frequency memory and allow user configurability - LU6BEG request and also VHF considerations - also there might be a bug here to fix as I am not sure the memory is working all of the time.

Done in version 6.10. The frequency memory works again (if you enable it) and you can specify the default frequencies used when you QSY to a band. So you can specify 7060 as the default when you QSY to 40 SSB.

14. ARCI scoring improvements (maybe too hard) - 5 pts per QSO minimum?

15. Show dates of CTY.DAT files when asking if you want to overwrite - this is in install program.

16. Show time of last QSO on bands/modes - to help you decide if you can change bands if you have a ten minute rule to worry about. Also look at counting band changes since the new hour started (for ARRL DX multi-single).

17. Execute LOGCFG.DAT type files while contest running - maybe also allow them to be scheduled. Add commands for clearing dupesheet - transfer DVP files - ???.

Done in version 6.10. The Control-V command (which was duplicated by the INSERT key) will now do this.

17A. Allow all changes recently made using the Control-J command to be written to a file which can be executed with the Control-V command.

This is done in version 6.10. When you use the Alt-G command in Control-J (save all changes made), you will be asked what filename you want to save the changes to. If you enter nothing, it will append the changes to the LOGCFG.DAT file like before. If you enter a filename, the changes are appended to that file. You can then run those changes again with the Control-V command.

17B. Add commands to LOGCFG.DAT to move files around.

Done.

17C. Add command to LOGCFG.DAT to allow the dupesheet to be cleared.

Done in version 6.10. The command is CLEAR DUPESHEET = TRUE and will only function if you are running the file with the Control-V command.

17D. Add ability to execute specific config file via function key memory command.

Done in version 6.10, the CW command is EXECUTE=filename.

18. Jump into S&P mode if VFO tuned - similar to two radio jump feature. This should be pretty straightforward. Will add a flag to the control-J menu to disable/enable the feature. The default will be FALSE (off).

Done in version 6.10. Jumps if you tune 1 kHz or more in a second.

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20. Band map saved to a file (separate from RESTART.BIN).

Done in version 6.10. The file is called bandmap.bin.

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21. Simple keystroke to get to end of log with Control-L.

Doesn't the END key do this? Or were we looking for something to execute the Control-L command AND put you at the end of the log with only one keystroke?

22. More multi-multi stuff (long list):

23. Control-down arrow to access band map?

I didn't understand why thiswas different than using Control-PageDn to get to the band map. I am told it is because Control-PageDown is hard to hit with onlyone hand. I will investigate this.

Control DownArrow doesn't generate a keystroke - so this is on hold until I figure out if there is a better key - or a different way to detect it.

24. FT736 rig interface - after looking into this, this radio does not lend itself to a computer interface. It is impossible to ask the radio for frequency or mode information. Therefore, this feature will not be implemented.

Ignore.

25. Abbreviated frequency input (036 goes to 7036 if you are on 40).

Done in version 6.10.

26. Allow footswitch to act like start sending now key.

Done in version 6.10.

27. Pseudo RIT using two VFOs (LU6BEG request) - feasibility needs to be studied.

28. VHF dupesheets (ongoing things to do with POST to make it work for VHF contests).

Done in version 6.10.

29. Way to disable automated messages which get sent in response to non function keys. This would allow non experienced (or CT challenged) users to use the program with a minimum of frustration. This should be fairly easy to implement and will be included in the next release.

Done in version 6.10. I think this will be a very useful feature for some people.

30. Move Grid map center with mouse?

A mouse isn't powerful enough to move your grid. Perhaps a Moose?

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31. Key to restart simulator without having to restart program. The simulator will stop if any key is pressed. This would allow it to be started up again without having to exit the program and restart.

Done in version 6.10. Type DEBUG in the call window and hit RETURN.

32. Allow Control-Enter to be mapped to a function key (and footswitch?).

Done in version 6.10. Actually, it was already there for the function key command - it just wasn't documented. Added to footswitch.

33. Check column dupesheet enable - is it broken?

Done in version 6.10. It was broken (sometimes - depended on how memory came up). Also fixed a problem where the last callsign might be out of order.

34. Allow TAB to move to next word instead of next field when editing past QSOs - make configurable.

Done in version 6.10. The new parameter TAB MODE can either be NORMAL or CONTROLF. When CONTROLF, the tab key will work the same as the ControlF key does now (move to start of next word).

35. DVP files not being saved in local directory when exiting program? Some clean up needed here.

Done.

36. Noticed something unusual in IARU this weekend - was trying to make use of the two radios, (1000D and 1000mp) both interfaced so just toggling between them with Alt R. Pressing Alt M would toggle the mode and VFO but each time that was done, the cw freq came up 1 khz and the SSB went down 1 khz. Did this on the 'MP (didn't check it on the 'D) using v6.05. Something strange going on with my set up or ???? - VE6JY

37. I also noted the 10m band map showed the info for other bands as well, which someone had commented on earlier. - VE6JY/SM0TXT.

Done in version 6.10.

38. I would see three options: Bandmap only, Bandmap/dupesheet, dupesheet only. When I currently use both together, it gets a little overwhelming. I believe that the bandmap info could be contained within an expanded dupesheet. I don't care where the information flashes, as long as I know who I'm tuning up on. Also, I'd like to see unworked bandmapped signals appear in a separate column that the cursor would go to first, as they would represent the frequencies I'd like to seize. There in on reason to cursor up and down a list of stations already worked! Dupes and bandmapped dupes in the first X columns, unworked bandmapped stations in the far right column. The Control PgDn (or Cntl Down Arrow) always goes to this column first. - KB8N.

39. IARU HF initial CQ exchange using CQ ZONE, not ITU zone.

Done in version 6.10.

40. It would be nice to be able to enter 14026.3 either with decimal or just as 140263. Way to enter frequency in tenths of hertz - K3WW.

Done in version 6.10. This was working with QSX split entering, but hadn't been included when you type a frequency in the call window. You can enter hundredths or tenths - so 14026.35 will work.

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41. Scoring difference between the program and summary sheet for POST. my question has to do with hw the sw scores......the log window says 640K and the summary sheet says 650K - W7GG

This issue was created because of some edits made to the log. No plans to do anything more about it.

42. Explain in manual that carriage return is used to change Control-J parameters (isn't that on the screen?).

Done in version 6.10. The help information when executing the Control-J command has been extended to two lines and is much more useful. It mentions that ENTER is used to modify the highlighted entry.

43. We also had this problem with the HQ stations. Several would return the same string of junk from the exchange memory.

44. Why oh 'great ones' do you have 3 lines shown if IN SSB mode, and FOUR lines if you do an ALT-M and go to CW mode ????? - AA4NU.

CW is more important than SSB. Did this happen because there were no QSOs on SSB, but there were some on CW? The display will show either the active totals, or those on other modes if there is a non zero value to show.

45. In last European VHF contest, I met another strange thing: when I worked (say) OK1MEQ, (in CQ mode), TR accepted only first four characters (OK1ME) and then sent exchange. The same thing happened with almost any another OK (Chech Republic) calls: OK2UAS/P were logged as OK2UA, etc. There were short, but noticeable delay after 4th character and following exchange. And, that happens *only* with OK calls (another ones were all ok, no matter how long the call were), so there couldn't be any relation with the database size (that happens *only* with calls still existing in the database). After I increased SCP Min. Letters to 4, anything worked smooth! - S57AD

46. Before I went to SV, I complained something about problems with Icom radios support - radio didn't followed commands from PC. After I returned home, I got back one of interfaces I build, with short note 'It doesn't work!'. After I connected it to PC and IC-751A, I found that radio actually follows commands from PC, but program doesn't read frequency, unless Icom Command Pause is increased to 300 and Response Time-out to somewhere around 500. It seems Icom requires 'fine tuning' case by case - IC-756 and IC-775 (with baud rate 4800) requires different settings than old IC-751A or IC-735. - S57AD.

Done in version 6.10. The default times have been changed to these values.

47. Improve frequency adder for multiple bands?

48. Field Day summary sheet and dupesheet format change needed?

49. Use sheet of labels for QSL labels. - K8BK. (Please refer to item #3).

50. NZART not working for IARU test? - WH6CQH wh6cqh@interpac.net

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51. (wait for strength) not working? - K8KFJ k8kfj@aol.com

Fixed.

52. Display last QTC sent - kd4d@radix.net

53. Turn on/off bandmap (and VGA mode) with program running aa0cy@robertwanderer.gardnerville.nv.us

This turns out to be "too hard" for the benefit. It would require repainting the whole screen, something that would require a great deal of work and potential for new bugs.

54. Table to show time QSO made on each band/mode. - LU6BEG

55. Show run/mult status as 160 80 40 MULT *7* 10. So you can see that there's 7 min left to be able to QSY from 15m AND you can QSY to any band but 20m. - LU6BEG

56. When I use DVP the menu "CQ MENU" is not displayd - in SSB mode only. When you erase RESTART.BIN, for the first time the "CQ MENU" is displayed, but after change to S&P mode and back, it is not displayed again. - OK1FUA

Fixed in version 6.10.

57. When FOOT SWITCH MODE = NORMAL, CW port is not keying. - OK1FUA

Fixed in version 6.10.

58. When the path of DVP is set (for example to E:\) and AUTO BACKUP = TRUE, than Alt-6 .. Alt-0 saves only one file at the same QSO (the last) - for example not 123.BCP, 123A.BCP, 123B.BCP ... but only 123.BCP. When DVP PATH is not set, this function works corrently. - OK1FUA

Done.

59. Next tips for WAE Contest: When I need to edit QTCs (before saving), it is not easy:
* There is difficult to move to right column (only by rows or tab through some "fields")
* The keys "Delete" and "Insert" does not function. There would be good a possibility to change sending texts specialed for WAE (exchange QTCs and so on). There is nowhere shown, if the station written in Call Window is EU or DX (after dupe check), until log QSO. - OK1FUA

60. Way to turn off CW with one keystroke until repeated. - SM0TXT

Done in version 6.10. Several new function key commands do this. One will turn the CW off (using the CW ENABLE parameter), another will turn it on, and a third one will toggle it (on to off, off to on).

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61. When I don’t want to send a QTC series I type <esc> and it sends QTC anyway ... - LU6BEG

62. Would it be possible to add an "extra protocol" to the multi port so that we could connect a regular packet modem to it, and let the computers talk via radio? It can be don today, providing that short range modems with radio ports are used, but they are expensive. Packet modems are cheaper but they require a proper syntax. - SM3OJR

63. Access DVK in FT-920 (can it be done?) - Bob kf9yh@qsl.net

I have not been able to get an answer from Yaesu about this. I don't believe it can be done - but if someone knows more, I would like to hear from them.

64. Verify TRMASTER.DTA for errors when program starts up.

65. - POST thinks JIDX uses ITU zones instead of prefectures. - vr2bg@pop.asiaonline.net

66. - Support the German Contest WAG (Worked All Germany). Rules at http://www.systemtechnik.tu-ilmenau.de/HAMINFO/contest/wag_1995 - Kurt, DF3HU Simon63@Ibm.Net

67. Change Icom response delay default to 350 milliseconds (required by the 781).

Done in version 6.10. See item #46.

68. Example 1: AD5H is in TRMASTER.DTA, with only his state, WI. As soon as I enter ad5h in the call window, WI appears in the exchange window, but the mult needed window still shows "mult needs for ad5h.". If I move the cursor in the exchange window, the mult needed window properly updates to show "mult needs for WI."

Example 2: AG9A is in TRMASTER.DTA, along with his name and state, MARK, IL. As soon as I enter ag9a in the call window, MARK IL appears in the exchange window, and the mult needed window still shows "mult needs for ag9a." Now when I move the cursor in the exchange window, the mult needed window updates to MASSACHUSETTS, because Mark begins with the letters MA. The same thing happens with any other name that looks like a state; Mike, Scott, Mitch, Larry, Moe (but not Shemp and Curly), Carl, etc.

I guess my suggestion would be to have the mult needed window update without having to move the cursor, and of course to update on the state, rather than the name. - k6ll@juno.com

69. Switching radios without Alt-R - because of tuning? Even with TWO RADIO MODE = FALSE? - Mike KB5YVT@aol.com

Fixed in version 6.10.

70. Updated trmaster.dta file with the names from the NAQP log and had no problem. However, when I ran the program again to update the QTH data, the program freezes at the line, "updating xxxx" and I then need to warm boot. Nothing will get the program to update the file for QTH. The call which freezes is always the last call in the log. I reduced the log to 10 contacts to see if that would do anything and again the last call in the mini-log freezes upon the updating bulletin.

Hope this helps in your work to debug TR and POST. If you have any ideas regarding updating my trmaster.dta with QTH data, please let me know since I find it very helpful during the contests. - Mike N1MD@snet.net

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