No matter what software you use, you should always keep copys of
different versions of the software on your system named for the version.
For example, this weekend I started the IARU with NA 10.30. Immediately
I noted that NA was not showing the multipliers right in the summary
window. Not a big deal, but I still wanted to know what my score.
So when the rate went below 130 (like 2 hours in to the contest) I exited
to DOS and typed in 'NA1026 W4AN -now' Bang... I was back and running
again in about 2 seconds with a version that did work.
Currently in my NA directory I have about 7 different EXE's all named for
the version. There is not one NA.EXE in the directory. As soon as I
explode a new version of the program from a ZIP file, I rename it for the
Maybe everyone is doing this already. If not, it's a good idea.
Tip #2: I always make my autoexec.bat file so that it starts the
software automatically for the contest I am operating. That way when Im
30 hours in to a 48 hour contest I dont have to try and remember where I
have NA on the hard disk or what file name I used after the computer
reboots itself or the power goes out. I would think this is a must for
multi's or guest-op situations.
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