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KM Rover Logger Hints / FAQs

Windows 8:
Use the Windows 8 installation file. Select the option to keep your newer files if prompted. If the software wants to be installed to the "c:\Program Files" folder, you should change it to "c:\KMRover32" so future updates can be downloaded easier. My update file will certainly default to the "c:\KMRover32" folder. The Win8 install has some options removed because they are not supported by Win8.

Win7 and earlier:
First time users, use the Windows 7 and earlier install file. Select the option to keep your newer files if prompted. It is installed to the C:\KMRover32 folder.

OR - if you already have KMRover installed on the PC, check for available updates. The new version will upgrade your Win7 or earlier logger to the latest revision. Install the updates to the C:\KMRover32 folder - so all your old logs can be accessed as before.

Q: What rover callsign format do I use in the setup and in my Cabrillo log?
A: You cannot enter a slash in your callsign in the setup form. The callsign is used to name files written by the logger and K1DS/R.log (in this example) is an illegal Windows filename. Use K1DS-R in the setup screen - the Cabrillo filename will be K1DS-R.log - as it should be. However, keep in mind that you cannot use CW macros that send <yourCall> - enter your portable call into a CW memory as text instead.

If you are logging as a single-op non-rover (which you can do), then just enter K1DS in the setup screen. The Cabrillo will be named K1DS.log - as it should be.

Q: Why can`t I click one of the download links on your web page, even though the cursor turns to the `hand` pointer?
A: Users that have Google Chrome installed report this issue. Upgrade to IE8 or stop using Chrome.

If having problems installing the logger:
1) The VB installer is old and probably not forward compatible with new OS in every respect. Try ignoring the sharing errors and select keeping your current files during the install. Then, look to see if KMRover was installed anyway.
2) Try installing the Microsoft VB5 run-time files first - then try to install KMRover again.
3) If installing the Windows 8 version, you might try installing the VB6 run-time files first.

Q: When I downloaded the KMRover installation file and ran it, another software package was opened for installation - maybe the last program that was downloaded. Why?
A: This is a browser or OS setup problem that runs setup.exe from another application, possibly the last one downloaded. Use IE and this problem will go away.
When you use the logger`s shortcut and it runs another software application, then the installation is incorrect. You should uninstall the program first, then try again.

If your PC has a `Download` folder, delete all setup .exe files that you find in that folder. Running all software installations explicitly from a known folder is recommended.

Do `Save` at the download prompt and put the KMRover install file in a temporary folder where you know how to get to it. Then run the installation file. Installing the logger to the default folder will make future updates easier, since the WinZip archive will extract to the same logging folder.

You may also need to run the install file `as an administrator` as well.

Q: KMRover won`t run under Windows 7 or Vista OS. This message may be displayed `The requested operation requires elevation`. Why?
A: You may need to right-click the executable and select "Run as Administrator" explicitly. Even though your user account is administrator, by default Windows Vista UAC will not run some programs under the administrator account for security. Read more about UAC. Read this and this.

Q: I have Windows 7 OS or a 64-bit OS on my PC and the software won`t run (or install). Why?
A: There are some compatibility issues with 32-bit programs on x64 series OS. Read this and this.

Q: When I continue from the setup screen, I get an `Error 50003` or similar - what is this?
A: When you click continue, the setup Ini file is re-written to save any setup changes. In some cases, for some reason, this file cannot being written - which causes the error. Possibly the logging folder is `read-only` ?
1) If you burn a CD-ROM to install the logger on a non-networked PC, you may need to change the read-only properties of folders or files.
2) Try deleting the Ini file (KMRoverControl.ini} and re-running the logger.
3) Or try running the logger from a temporary folder. Copy {KMRover32.exe} to the temp folder. Run it by double-clicking the file and see if you can get to the logging screen without the error. If yes, then check #1 or un-install the logger and do a full re-install.

Q: The logger does not find the station band, station grid or grid square map lookup datafiles {cklist.dat, ck2list.dat, vhf4k.adi etc.} Why?
A: If you are running the logger from an .exe shortcut that you just dragged to the desktop - this may be the problem. The logger uses the application startup folder (where the .exe resides) as the default folder for all files. When you make a shortcut by dragging the .exe to the desktop, the logger uses the desktop folder as the startup folder. No datafiles are found in the desktop folder !

Find the KMRover executable and do right-mouse click on the filename, select `Create shortcut`, then drag that shortcut to the desktop. You can delete the NotePad type datafile icons that appeared on your desktop as the result of the previous invalid shortcut. Try running the logger from a Start, program files shortcut - or run it by double-clicking the .exe in Explorer.

In any case, the shortcut properties should show the Start In: folder as c:\KMRover32 - or wherever you installed the software. The files generated by the logger should not show up on your desktop!

Q: What happened to the KMRover shortcut and program icons?
A: Microsoft Win8 doesn`t support developer icons, so I just used the Visual Basic 6 default icon.
Non-Windows8 - Do right-mouse on a desktop shortcut and select `Properties`, select `Change Icon` and change the icon to km.ico, which resides in the KMRover32 folder.

Windows8 Metro desktop: Right-mouse click a shortcut and select `Open File Location` from the yellow taskbar. Do right-mouse on the shortcut and select `Properties`, `Change Icon` and change the icon to km.ico, which resides in the KMRover32 folder.

Windows8 Classic desktop: In MyComputer, in the KMRover32 folder, right-mouse click on KMRover32.exe and select `Create shortcut`. Find the shortcut in the list and drag it to the desktop. Do right-mouse on the shortcut and select `Properties`, select `Change Icon` and change the icon to km.ico, which resides in the KMRover32 folder. You can drag that icon to the taskbar if you wish. Delete the desktop shortcut if you wish.

Q: When I enter a QSO, I get a `Run-time error 70 - permission denied` Why?
A: Is your log file set to read only? Right-mouse the log file in Explorer and Select Properties.

Q: What about other contests that are not supported by the logger?
A: It is easy to just select a similar contest from the supported list, then edit the Cabrillo header as required before submission. If the contest you want to run is a Sprint with 1 point per QSO and 4-digit grids as mults per band, then select a Generic Sprint from the list. If the contest is a Sprint with 1 point per kM based on 6-digit grids, then select a Spring Sprint. After the contest, write the Cabrillo, then edit the header to follow the current rules. The contest sponsor will re-score your log.

Q: Why am I getting the `Can`t load or register custom control threed32.ocx’ or similar error ?
A: VB`s custom controls can get corrupted or changed by software. You can re-`register` the file by doing: Start, Run, regsvr32 filename.ocx <Enter>.

Important Hints:
Entering QSOs into the log:
All of my loggers use the <Enter> and <Space> keys to accept QSO data in all fields. You need a way to move from field to field without using the mouse. The <Tab> key is used to move between fields.

Don`t forget to log the QSO:
Forgetting to enter a QSO can cause NIL for the other station ! You can set the logger to accept the QSO into the log after you enter the grid. Don`t <Enter> the grid until you hear QSL from the other station. This option is purposely not saved to the Ini file.

2500 QSOs per log:
This logger has a 2500 QSO limit, which should be sufficient.

Changing the last QSO in the log:
If you just <Entered> a QSO into the log on the wrong band for example, make a mental note of the station`s grid first. <Enter> `DL` to delete the last QSO. Change to the correct band. <Enter> `L` for last, and continue. `DL` and `L` are commands you will use often.

Quick band change:
Enter the new band in the callsign input - first 2 numerals works - 14, 43, 23.

Working the last station(s) in the log:
As you work stations up the bands, use `S` for same call. When working a station and tailgaters up the bands use `L/L1`, `L2`, `L3` and `L4` to recall the last, next to the last, 3rd and 4th callsigns respectively. This is a great time saver, without re-typing callsigns.

To open the HELP file in newer OS:
Microsoft no longer ships WinHelp with the newer OS - so my help file may not open from the {Help} menu. I recommend you get the WinHlp32.exe file from Microsoft`s WinHlp32 page. Or - Select the HTML help format from the {Help} menu. My older WinHelp file `looks nicer` and is much easier to navigate than the newer HTML help.

Microsoft`s WinHlp32 page. Or - Select the HTML help format from the {Help} menu. My older WinHelp files look nicer and are easier to navigate.

On new OS (XP to Win8) the HTML version may not open. This is a Microsoft security issue. Do right-mouse, Properties on the Cab_Eval.chm file and select `unblock`. Unfortunately, you may need to `unblock` the .chm file after downloading an updated version.

Or - read the HTML help file here and search for a topic using <Ctrl> + F.

Q: I downloaded the latest KM Rover revision file and extracted the files, but I still have a previous version - Why?
A: The default folder to KM Rover is c:\kmrover32, but you may have installed it elsewhere. So, if you know where you extracted the files and have this version problem - this is why.

The new OS`s save temporary Internet download files and web pages so they can be re-used for faster screen displays. Unfortunately this process often re-uses the older KM Rover update file as well. Go to the c:\windows(or c:\winnt)\Temporary Internet Files folder and delete the files - which sometimes works.

Also - Using a desktop shortcut that you made by just dragging the .exe to the desktop can cause this problem. Use <Ctrl> + <Shift> and drag to create shortcuts - read how to make shortcuts.

Q: How do I see/edit the Log, the Cabrillo Log and summary files?
A: You can edit the log file while in KM Rover by clicking the {Edit/Change Log} button. In Explorer (My Computer), log files have the extension .rlg, Cabrillo file have the extension .log and summary files have the .sum extension. Open the file in Explorer. The log files are in space delimited format with columns and must be in the same format after editing/saving the file. Alternately, KM Rover will open files you write if you have either NotePad or EditPad copied to the c:\KMRover32 folder.

Q: When a grid square map is displayed, why is it blank?
A: Grid map datafiles [*.map] must be in the logging folder. Filenames are nthamer.map, eastgrid.map, midgrid.map and westgrid.map. These files are available in the KMRover upgrade file or in this zipped archive. Select by `Type` and extract the file(s) you want to the logger`s folder.

Q: Why doesn`t the `Bands Needed` list fill when I enter a callsign?
A: The `Bands Needed` data comes from the {LOGSORT.dat} lookup file. This file comes with the logger installation file, but you may have deleted/re-named it. You make your own file from your past VHFLOG logs {.lgg} or KMRover logs {.rlg} using the supplied application {LOGSORT.exe}. If you live in the N.E. part of the US, you are welcome to use my datafiles, which are updated periodically from high scoring PackRat logs. Extract the file(s) that you want to the c:\KMRover32 folder. To see the changes, run the logger after getting the update.

Q: Can I re-size the Windows to the full screen video?
A: Yes. Microsoft`s VB doesn`t allow re-sizing Windows, but I use a third-party re-sizing control that allows this. The size/position settings are saved on most screens. I found the third-party ActiveResize control FAQ and modified the main form so all graphics cards should produce the expected screen re-sizing.

However, the third party control may not work in Win98 (or in Linux with the Wine application). Use this KMRover that does not have the AResize third-party control. Unzip the .exe (and lookup files that want) to the c:\KMRover32 folder and change the shortcut properties to the new .exe name.

Q: I did not have the UTC hour offset set correctly. All the QSOs in my log are off by 1 hour. Is there an easy way to edit the times?
A: Yes. Use the supplied application UTCTime to adjust the log by X hours, either plus or minus. Sorry only the hour can be changed (and NOT THE DATES around UTC midnight - requires manual edit in NotePad).

My loggers have an auto UTC offset function that looks at the PC`s system clock. In the system clock setup, sychronize your PC`s clock to the correct time automatically by setting the Internet Time setup to `time-a.nist.gov` in the combo-box. Verify the UTC time and UTC offset each time you run the logger.

Q: The logging screen flickers every second when the UTC time label is updated. What can I do?
A: Use the `Option` menu and select HH:MM instead.

Q: Can I use KM Rover in the Multi-Op category?
A: KM Rover does not have networking capability, but you can merge several log files (from other PCs) post contest and submit a Multi-Op Cabrillo log to the contest sponsor.

Use the menu {Log} {Save file to diskette} to save the currently being used log file to a diskette. Use the menu {Log} {Merge 2 log files} to merge a second file (from different bands) with the log file currently being used. Read more in the HELP file.

Q: Why not have an interface between the station and KM Rover to automatically change bands?
A: Done! Many stations have multiple radios and many use transverters with or without transverter switchboxes. Stations may have separate radios for FM or single band stand-alone radios that don`t get switched.

I decided to provide computer control in the direction that would get the widest usage, from the computer to the station. A BCD band decoder is connected to the LPT port of the computer, that `switches in` the transverter of choice. When you change bands in KM Rover, the decoder`s output will also change. This type of switching is used by HF contesters to automatically switch antennas when changing bands. KM Rover will control all bands with the appropriate decoder/switchbox.

Note: Damage can occur if you hot-switch your equipment without proper sequencing. Read this about hot-switching (#4).

I tested the band-switching function with the Top Ten Devices band decoder [for a Yaesu rig]. For alternate, more flexible BCD decoder/interfaces that you can build, see N3FTI`s decoder.

Q: Why can`t I get the band switching decoder to work?
A: 1) Verify that LPT pin 18 is used for ground.
2) Apply +5V to the BCD inputs to see if the decoder works.
3) Turn on the encoder in the logger under the {Bands} menu.
4) USB/LPT converters only work with `printer class` devices, not multi-pin BCD.
5) LPT port I/O is not supported in Win7 or 8.
6) When having problems using CW/PTT or LPT1 band switching on 64-bit PCs, try using dual booting or Virtual PC and run the 32-bit logger on XP 32-bit.

Q: How can I delete the temporary/dummy log files that I don`t want?
A: As with any applications software, file maintenance is best done in the file manager, Microsoft Explorer (My Computer). Deleted files are put in the Recycle Bin and can be `Restored`.

Q: What is a Cabrillo file and when is it used?
A: The ARRL requires computer generated LOGs to be submitted electronically in Cabrillo format instead of on paper. KM Rover writes the Cabrillo LOG file and uses {urCall-R.log} as the filename - if you use call-R in the setup screen. The header must be checked and possibly edited before you E-mail it. Check the rules for submissions for the contest in question.
File write error? You cannot enter a slash in your callsign in the setup form. See the rover callsign format question at the top of this page.

Q: Can I use long log filenames in the logger?
A: Yes - but keep them simple so the text fits in the existing display fields. Using names that tell you what the contest is is helpful {2009janvhfss.rlg}.

Q: How can I back-up my LOG files during a contest?
A: There is no reason why you should ever lose contest LOG data. You can have several files available that contain your QSOs.
[file.RLG] is the normal logging file. Each QSO saved immediately after entering it.
[file.BAK] is the manually saved BU file. It only has the QSOs up to this point however.
[file.RL1] is the logging file saved before editing in KM Rover. It only has the QSOs up to this point however.
The auto-saved file [file.rlg] is written to the back-up drive you selected in the set-up screen (or in the {Log} menu while logging). If a glitch erases or corrupts your normal LOG file, you should have no problem using the back-up file or re-naming a file and reloading it into KM Rover. Know how to use the back-up files and procedures before a contest.

Q: Why is the CW irratic and garbled.
A: 1) Other applications and firewalls can cause timing problems. I disconnect from the Internet and turn off other programs when necessary.
2) Do you have the keying weight set near 1.00 - it does not need to be set too far from 1.00 to work correctly. I use 1.10.
3) RF can get into the PC and keyboard via the connecting cables, which will trash the CW keying.
4) Some USB to serial adapters do not work. Known to work properly are interfaces with FTDI chips like the VScom serial adapters.

CW/PTT/decoder interfaces:
RTS/DTR for CW/PTT: these lines are software reversible in the COM port setup.

The VB MSComm control is used for USB CW/PTT. For now, the third party DLPORTIO driver is required only when using real COM ports in the upper `Real COM ports` section (which you can do in the lower `USB and other COM ports` setup). If you need the DLPORTIO driver software [port95nt.exe], get it here: here

For newer PCs, you would use the lower `USB and other COM ports` setup. This can be for USB interfaces, USB to COM serial adapters or real COM ports. Select USB from the combo-box and enter the COM port number. Select the RTS/DTR reversal switch as necessary.

XP and earlier:
KMRover supports the use of added internal PCI/external COM and LPT. For PCI cards or external COM cards, select the combo-box port address for the card being used. With USB I/O support, the add-on cards are not needed.

COM port DB-9 connections:
CW - DB9-7
PTT - DB9-4
Common/Grnd - DB9-5
CW/PTT connections are software reversible in the COM port setup.

Questions, comments or problems: w3km at verizon dot net