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[SD-User] V17.29 Released

Subject: [SD-User] V17.29 Released
From: Paul O'Kane <>
Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2014 14:02:42 +0000
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V17.29  20 February 2014

Tesla Memorial Contest:
    When editing the locator logged on earlier QSOs,
    the distance and score are updated immediately.

ARRL DX - non W/VE:
    Fixed a template error that caused "DX" rather
    than Power to be written to QSO records.

NAURYZ DX Contest:
    Support added.

FOC Marathon:
    QSOs with non-members (Serial 0) no longer count
    for Country bonus points.  When they represent
    the only QSO with that country, the country is
    not dimmed in the Country/Band window - indicating
    it is still needed for bonus points.

COM Ports for Rig Control and Keying:
    Updated - see V17.27

    The PORTS command has been replaced.  CWPORT, or
    KEYPORT, assigns a port for CW, whether internal
    or for WinKey.   RIGPORT, or CATPORT, assigns a
    port for rig-control.

    Added diagnostic options for switching the status
    of DTR and RTS on the keyer and rig-control (CAT)


    These settings are not permanent - they apply
    only to the current session.

    Using SD's internal keyer:
      DTR is used for keying, and RTS for PTT - but
      only if PTT has been enabled with the PTTON

      Polling uses XMT, and responses from the rig
      apear on RCV. SD does not use other handshake
      signals, if any - their status is ignored.

      To use either DTR or RTS to power an external
      level converter, use the RIGPOWER or CATPOWER

    With SD's internal keyer (but not with WinKey)
    a single serial port (or USB-Serial converter)
    may be used to support both keying and rig
    control - but only when power is not needed for
    an external rig-control converter. Use the SHARE
    command to enable this facility, followed by

    WinKey devices communicate with SD using the
    same "pins" (XMT and RCV) as for rig control,
    That's why separate COM ports are required.

USB-Serial Converters:
    Devices with FDTI chips are recommended. They
    are consistently reliable, especially for CW,
    unlike those with Prolific chips.


SD is free from - please encourage other
contesters to try it. One option that works well
is to leave a few words of support at

You can see earlier reviews at

To add your own, follow the "add your own review"
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When you install a new version of SD, you may have
to increase the size of the default window to fill
your screen. If necessary, do this for both SD and

Click on the title bar, or the SD icon, at the top
LHS of the window and select Properties, then Font.
If you have a widescreen (16:9) monitor, select the
Lucida Console font.  For a 4:3 monitor, select the
Consolas font (not available on XP).  Then choose
whatever size of font you prefer.  SD's window
expands or contracts in direct proportion to the
chosen font size.

If you find bugs in V17.29, please send me the
details - pokane at ei5di dot com.  Older versions
are not supported, so please confirm that the
problem exists in V17.29.

Please let me have your suggestions for changes
or additions or new contests.  If you don't ask,
it may not happen.

Paul EI5DI

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