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[SD-User] SD V18.00 Released - It's not Free

Subject: [SD-User] SD V18.00 Released - It's not Free
From: Paul O'Kane <>
Date: Fri, 13 Mar 2015 23:46:03 +0000
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V18.00  13 March 2015

SD is no longer free:
    "Free" has turned out to be unsustainable, so
    it's back to registration and key files.

    The fee is 20 euros. Registered users get a key
    file, sd.key, that activates current and future
    versions (for 12 months) of SD when used with
    the registered callsign.  The key file does not
    expire - any version of SD that it activates now
    will work for ever, without restriction, in the
    presence of the key file.

    Your expiry date of the key file for activating
    updates is shown on SD's opening screen.

    When the key file is missing or edited/corrupt,
    or if SD is used with an unrelated callsign, SD
    runs in DEMO mode. In this mode, QSO logging is
    delayed for 30 seconds after the first 10 QSOs
    in each log.

    There are no unrestricted contest options for
    unregistered users.

    If you prefer to continue using whatever free
    version of SD you may have, do not download
    V18.00 without first taking backup copies of
    the older version of SD.EXE.  SD V18.00 will
    not load earlier logs, but you can still use
    SDCHECK V18.00 on those logs to generate any
    needed reports.

Africa DX Contest:
    Added support on CW/SSB, with correct points and
    mults tracking.

CW Keying - WinKey.
    Esc now reliably stops message playback. Note
    that, when playing the F2 exchange message
    in WinKey, Esc may clear a pre-filled exchange
    field. There's no need to worry, a second Esc
    restores this field.

WinKey - CQ Timer:
    The CQTIMER (or CQT) command may be used to
    automatically repeat your F1 CQ message at
    selected intervals, from the end of playback,
    of 1 to 15 seconds.  To disable repeats, set
    CQT to zero.

    Repeats are interrupted when any character is
    typed in the Callsign field, or when minus is
    pressed.  While the CQTIMER value is non-zero,
    Enter, in an empty Callsign field, re-starts

    The former R0 to R15 commands are discontinued.

PACC Contest for PA entrants:
    The template was set up for working non-PA
    entrants only.  Fixed.


When you install a new version of SD, you may have
to adjust 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 V18.00, please send me the
details - pokane at ei5di dot com.  Older versions
are not supported, so please confirm that the
problem exists in V18.00.

Please let me have your suggestions for changes
or additions, or support for new contests.

Paul EI5DI

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