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

° Read the FAQ page. ° The 1990`s VB Windows Installer was replace by JGS DeployMaster. ° Note: The install folder and update folder are set to c:\vhflog32, unless you change it, which you can do by clicking [Advanced Options Installation], but remember to change it each time you get an update. ** Re-name your current logger version for back-up before updating. 4/2016 v4.52 & v4.53 ° Changed the ARRL UHF contest scoring per proposed rules changes for 2017. I am looking for beta testers to try it. ° Added August UHF Contest. ARRL UHF is temporarily QRT. New sponsors for 2016. ° In Sprints that score based on kM distances, you can see the score based on QSO points times grid multipliers by using the Log Write grids file menu. The sponsor does not want logs, so the scoring method is not important. ° Use the Log menu to select Calculate Operating time. 3/2016 v4.5 & 4.51 ° Several improved data look-ups use the {VHF-History.txt} file to lookup 6-digits, Bands and Op names. Use the File menu to turn ON the use of this file. ° `Needed` bands based on the {StationBands.txt} file introduced in v3.57 limits the bands displayed in the Grid Activity and `check list - to be worked` windows as well. ° In the grid activity or check list windows, click a line, then right-mouse click to view that station on QRZ.com. See v4.4 to setup QRZ lookup. ° As in earlier versions, the check list also blanks out bands already worked. The new output windows can be re-sized and moved. Upper-right-X saves the settings. When using the history file: 1) The Band/Grid activity removes the bands already worked. Band/Grid activity shortcut is [GA], or use the View menu. The output window can be re-sized for font size and moved. 2) Clicking a line in the members to be worked list or grid activity list inserts that call in the call sign field. 3) Added a unique grids window from the history file that can be clicked to save keystrokes, like selecting the View menu or using the [GA] shortcut. 4) A `super check partial` search with grid can be selected using the {Partials} checkbox. It uses the {VHF-History.txt} file when 2 or more characters are typed, which can be helpful when copying weak signals. 5) If a callsign of a Mt. Airy VHF Club member is entered, "Pack Rat" is displayed. 6) The View Beacons menu or shortcut [BL] displays the Beacon list window with headings and distance. Click a line, then right-mouse click to view on the DXCluster. See browser setup. ° The file {VHF-History.txt} is updated and distributed in VHFLOG revision updates, so if you make your own or edit the file, you should use a different filename. Change the filename in the {VHF32Control.ini} file like the example below, so it does not get over-written when you get an update. //VHF History lookup [History filename] VHF-History-urCall.txt ° When writing the Cabrillo, you can select to write 4-digit grids to the log file. 11/2015 v4.3 & v4.4 ° Added Print.Landscape orientation to North America grid map print-out. ° Added QRZ.com callsign lookup. ° Modified Cabrillo for CATEGORY-ASSISTED: tag. Default is NON-ASSISTED. ° Changed the 80's DOS code to fix the UTC offset and UTC date errors; ex: Sept 31 Jan 32. ° Band switching support for Win7 Win8 using a Canakit USB serial to BCD converter. 01/2014 v4.1 & v4.2 ° Changed the checklist screen output to a new window and added a `Clean Sweep` window. ° References to the {sixdigit.dat} file are removed from the code. File {vhf4k.adi} is being used for grid lookup. ° If needed, you can select the option to stop the clock update in the {Options} menu, if that causes changes in the CW timing. ° 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. ° Added CATEGORY-BAND: to the setup screen for VHF-3-BAND and VHF-FM-ONLY categories. 01/2013 v4.0 Windows 8/10 Windows 8/10 Windows 8/10 ° Major revision to support Windows 8/10 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. ° Removed `Write Summary file` from distance scored Sprints, since only the total distance score can be summarized. ° Made some output windows wider. 07/2011 v3.60 & 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. ° Added CQ WW VHF Contest support. 04/2011 v3.59 ° Changed 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. The Spring/Fall Sprint rules seem to change often based on the sponsor. ° 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. ° 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. ° Use the Log menu to write the QSO distances text file. ° 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. ° Modified the grid-square lookup/calculator for 4 or 6-digits. The older {sixdigit.dat} is not used. The lookup file {vhf4K.adi} is used instead. ° Changed `Needed` bands to a selectable option to display only bands you have. Turn `ON` this option in the View menu. To use this, you need the file {StationBands.txt}. You can leave the file empty if you use 10 bands. Modify the included file or create one with each band on a separate line like this: 50 144 432 1296 Note: The exact bands text comes from the bands list in the logger. When you enter a callsign, the bands `Needed` data comes from the look-up files. No `Needed` bands means the look-up file is missing or is 0 bytes. My NE U.S. lookup files are available here. 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. 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. 902/903 is still designated as 902, LASER is 300G. 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 v3.5 & 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. VHFLOG can be used for rover logging. Enter your call as call-R, re-start the logger when you change grids. Your callsign is written as call/R for all QSOs in Cabrillo. Calculate the score based on the # of activated grids added to your total multipliers. Verify/edit the Cabrillo header before submission. 07/2005 v3.5 Supports any video resolution and 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 902/903 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 v3.1 Converted the v2.1 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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