it seems Tree broke DVP support in last release of TR.
After one year, I operated again from club location (my last operation
from there were CQ WPX CW and CQ WPX SSB 1996). I took my DVP with me
and installed it in club`s PC, and then tried to record some messages.
Nothing were recorded, and even indicator didn`t spined at all, unless
I hold Alt-W pressed continuously during recording. Tryed to listen
'recorded' messages, but, of course, didn't heard nothing.
Settings were same as recomended in the Manual (and in CT Manual):
DEVICE=C:\DOS\RAMDRIVE.SYS 2048 512 64 /E in CONFIG.SYS file and
SET DVPPATH=D: in AUTOEXEC.BAT
After the contest, when I returned home, I tryed to record messages
again (to find the culprit why it didn`t worked at club`s PC) and
disabled SET DVPPATH statement. Anything then worked OK (messages
were ,of course, saved to hard disk)!
So, You need to pre-record DVP messages, then add SET DVPPATH statement
in your AUTOEXEC.BAT, reboot computer and copy pre-recorded messages
into RAM DRIVE (COPY *.DVP D:\)...This worked for me, but I found this
(complicated) way *after* the contest, :-(
Another problem was radio interface. It seems it works OK in CW mode
(ARRL contest CW), but in SSB mode (CQ WPX SSB) radio doesn`t follow
commands from PC - doesn`t QSY to frequency you typed in the Call
Window, nor sets B VFO to frequency, setted by Alt - (dash)! Tryed with
"fine tuning" of Icom Command Delay and Icom Response Time, but without
success. (Again, it seems it works OK in CW mode)! Although I don`t
understand what relation could have mode with radio interfacing, :-)
Without DVP, I mostly S&Ped during the contest and found Band Map superb
indeed! Only, it`s pitty that I had to turn dial to particular FRQ, as
Ctrl-PgDn command didn`t moved me to desired one. Packet Radio support
worked smooth with "BROADCAST ALL PACKET DATA = FALSE".
The name of latest release shows Tree`s sense of humor, :-)
There were so many enhacements since 5.40 and specially since 5.75, so
Tree has all moral & ethical rights to mark next release with 6.0!
73 de Mirko, S57AD
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