To: NA Users
From: Dave Pruett, K8CC
James, K1SD recently detailed his unsuccessful efforts to get the
Callsign Database/Check Partial running. Perhaps a brief primer with
some background on the subject will allay whatever confusions exists
on this subject.
NA9 and early NA10 versions used the *.CAL format for callsign
databases. These are *NOT* the same as K1EA's MASTER.DTA. These are
files that K8CC/LTA generated from older K1EA MASTER.DAT files that
were in ASCII. These files were available on the LTA BBS.
In July 1996, K8CC was finally able to figure out the quite
complicated format of the K1EA MASTER.DTA files, so NA switched over.
(Actually, I did the coding to make this work on the TWA flight to San
Francisco for WRTC '96). If I recall correctly, NA 10.05 was the
first version with this change, which came out shortly after IARU/WRTC
in July '96.
Here are the steps to make callsign database checking (i.e., Super
Check Partial in CT parlance) work:
1) Once in the NA logging screen, type CALLDATABASE in the callsign
field and hit enter. NA allows you to have several different types of
.DTA files (US calls only, DX calls only, etc.) each with a unique
name so a small window pops up showing all of the available .DTA files
(which must be in the default NA directory). Pick the desired .DTA
file with the highlight bar and press Ctrl-Enter.
2) Make the Check Partial function automatic by typing AUTOCHECK in
the callsign field.
I know this works - those of us designated as "Alfred" used it
extensively last weekend in NAQP CW from the Mad River Radio Club
effort as K8MAD.
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