W3KM - VHFLOG Revision History
   VHFLOG revision history          [ Hit <F5> to refresh your browser ]

** Always re-name your current working logger for back-up before updating. ** To use updates above v4.0 you must have previously installed v4.0. ** Read the FAQ page. ** Copy NotePad.exe to the logging folder for auto-open of files written. 06/2014 v4.3 ° Band switching support for Win7 Win8 using a Canakit USB serial to BCD converter. 01/2014 v4.2 ° Changed the checklist (stations to be worked) screen output to a separate window that can be moved, re-sized and the setup saved. As bands for each station in the list are worked, they are removed from the output window. When all bands are worked, that callsign goes to a second `Clean sweep` window that can be moved, re-sized and the setup saved. ° References to the {sixdigit.dat} file are removed from the code. File {vhf4k.adi} is being exclusively used for grid lookup. ° Help file updates. 01/2014 v4.1 ° While testing older/slower PCs for CW timing, I forgot to turn on the UTC clock update during CW. Now you can select that option to stop the clock update in the {Options} menu. ° Changes to the logging form so it re-sizes correctly with all video cards. Reworked the `View` menu and summary screen output sizes to follow these re-sizing changes. ° More mouse-park Tool Tips on screen fields and outputs. 06/2013 v4.1 ° Added CATEGORY-BAND: to the setup screen for VHF-3-BAND and VHF-FM-ONLY categories. ° Fixed a Win8 conversion mistake in the editor form, which causes an error. 01/2013 v4.0 Windows 8 Windows 8 Windows 8 ° Major revision to support Windows 8 and earlier OS. Requires Windows installation regardless of your OS. Installs to the same default folder as earlier versions. 04/2012 v3.62 Changes to CW routines, since some users reported variable speed during CW messages, and different speed at keyboard vs. F-key. Do a re-calibrate on all your keyer setups. Fixed the distance field in the log editor for Sprint distance scoring. It was set to 2-digits like it is in the other VHF contests; changed to 6-digits. Removed `Write Summary file` from distance scored Sprints, since only the total distance score can be summarized. Made some output windows wider. 09/2011 v3.61 Changed the 6-digit lookup function. If a 4-digit grid was found in a previous QSO or the `bands` lookup file, but a 6-digit is available in the ADIF lookup file, then 6-digits are displayed and the calculations are base on 6-digits. 07/2011 v3.60 Added CQ WW VHF Contest support. 04/2011 v3.59 Fixed the `Grids file write` routine for Sprints that do not have multipliers. In Win7 and some video monitor scan rates, the screen flickers when the UTC time label is updated every second. Use the `Option` menu to select hh:mm instead. Updated the LO.exe application; an ini file is saved. Removed upper-right-X close from datafile viewer form; was dumping loaded data. USB CW/PTT interfaces and USB to serial COM port adapters are now supported. Changes to `Help file access` in CW port setup. Added the 5 SVHFS Fall Sprints. 07/2010 v3.58 Changed Spring Sprints to score using km-distance instead of grid mults X Q-points. Increased the DIMension from 250 to 400 grids displayed on a grid map (6m openings). 04/2010 v3.57 Many single-ops were not setting their TX category to ONE; this is the default now. Software runs in Vista/Win7, if not on a 64-bit OS; read this and this. Microsoft does not ship WinHelp with the new OS, so the WinHelp file may not open from the {Help} menu. Download Microsoft`s WinHlp32 file. x64 is for 64-bit PCs and x86 is for 32-bit PCs. Or use the selectable option in the {Help} menu to select HTML help. The older WinHelp help file is nicer and easier to navigate. Added option to select your own Master ADIF callsign search file as long as the format is the same as {vhf4k.adi} currently being used. Changed `Needed` bands to a selectable option to display only bands you have, not all the bands. Turn `on` this option in the View menu. To use this, you need the text file {StationBands.txt}. Modify the included file or write a new one with each band on a line like this: 50 144 432 1296 Note: When you enter a callsign, the bands `Needed` data comes from the look-up file {logsort.dat}. No `Needed` bands means the look-up file is missing or is 0 bytes. You make your own file from your logs using the LOGSORT.exe application. Added `Search call` to be used instead of the old `Partial call`. Enter `SC` in the callsign field. Matches found in the log are displayed, then matches found in {vhf4k.adi} if that option is selected in the `View` menu. Changed the setup screen `upper-right X close` function; it was leaving the logger running that showed up next time the logger was started. Modified the grid-square lookup/calculator for 4 and 6-digits. According to users, VHFLOG works on Vista and Win7 OS. You may need to set permission to run it by right-mouse clicking the executable, and selecting `Run As Administrator`. Rename the {sixdigit.dat} file to something else to use the new lookup file {vhf4K.adi}. 01/2008 v3.56 Added a second grid format trapping routine; just in case you enter non-grid text into the grid field before entering the callsign. Grid is upper-cased before doing the new mult function, in case the normal <Enter>, <Space> sequence is skipped. Added or changed the CATEGORY-OPERATOR, CATEGORY-STATION, CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER, CATEGORY-POWER and CATEGORY-BAND in the Cabrillo file. Print grid maps: turn `On` the printer check-box and use <F5> to print the map. 01/2008 v3.55 Added setup to select COM ports other than 1-4, for use with the PCI COM boards. The use of PCI LPT boards works too. 09/2007 v3.54 Supports the 5 new Spring Sprints with 6-digit useage. Added keyboard shortcuts to the 6-digit distance/heading calculations. Older sequential Ini file {Switchs.ini} changed to a Windows control format file {VHF32Control.ini}, which is easier to read (and edit). All Cabrillo band designators 1296 and above now changed to 1.2G, 2.3G, 24G,...300G for the ARRL contests. 01/2007 v3.53 Added user UTC offset in addition to auto offset from the PC`s Time Zone setup. Unresolved VB quirk: Num-Lock and Caps-Lock change state with some keyboard functions. Turn off these keys before running the logger, then all will be OK. 02/2006 v3.52 Added master callsign search using a 4K+ callsign ADIF file originally produced by K9PW. Added extended grid lookup. If grid info is not available from either of the 2 local lookup files, then the ADIF file is searched next; the grid, heading, distance & recip displayed. Mode now defaults to PH if the field is cleared by the user. 11/2005 v3.51 The activity clock is now active in the `Big 4` ARRL contests, not just the January SS. Routines for Laser and Ink Jet printers changed to help print in columns. You can now select 10 or 12 point font size. Grid maps can remain open while logging. Use <Alt> + <Tab> to move between screens. Laser QSOs now show as `300` (GHz) in the Cabrillo file. 07/2005 v3.5 Supports any video resolution. Re-size the screens as desired. Works on Win98SE OS according to users. Screen size and position saved on upper-right X close. Note: Because of the re-size video function, upgrading to v3.5 requires a full Windows installation. Please use the correct file to get v3.5 or higher on your PC before using any updates. Added auto UTC offset from the PC`s system time zone setup. Setup the auto time synchronization function in the system`s time screen. 03/2005 v3.4 Read about `hot switching` when using the LPT band encoder/decoder; #4 here. The appended auto-back-up logfile can be written to any drive, even to USB flash drives. This backup can also be selected while in the logging screen. Added search file [ck2list.dat]; a file of frequently worked stations has the op`s name. Added club member QSO lookup and totals by band, like the MEMSWRKD.exe app. Added right-click HELP function to labels and buttons. Other labels and buttons show the `tool-tips` on mouse-hover. 06/2004 v3.3 Added selectable function that inserts the Rover`s last grid into grid field. Long-filenames for LOGs are OK now, but keep them reasonable length to fit displayed fields. Modified the PLL/Transverter information label, updated after DVK play. Cabrillo 33cm designator changed to `902`. 03/2004 v3.2 Added software switch to reverse the DTS and RTS COM port connections for CW/PTT. Added DVK over-ride mode to cancel a playing wave file and the repeat at any time. Mic and footswitch click now supported w/RIGblaster. All bands encoded to LPT1 for decoder switchbox use. Has CW keying output on LPT1-17. 11/2002 v3.0 Converted the v2.10 logger to a 32-bit version, which allows direct access to I/O ports in NT type OS, for CW/PTT/DVK.
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