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[TRLog] TR 6.64 comments...

Subject: [TRLog] TR 6.64 comments...
From: (Kenneth E. Harker)
Date: Wed, 17 Apr 2002 07:48:02 -0500
On Tue, Apr 16, 2002 at 09:44:50PM -0700, Jim Smith wrote:
> Hi Ron,
> Haven't tried 6.64 yet.  Was anything done about not being able to set 
> the decay time beyond 63 min or so?  I would like to be able to set it 

If I remember correctly, TR uses 6 bits of a byte to hold the bandmap decay 
time.  The largest number one can store in 6 bits is 63.  If you increased it
to use all 8 bits of a byte, the largest number you could store would be
255, which would give you the four hours (plus 15 minutes) you want.

But, I'm pretty sure that TR is using the other two bits of that byte
for something else important.

> to, say, 4 hours as it makes S&P much easier.  i.e. I don't have to wait 
> ten minutes for the guy to give his call when I'm tuning by if I've 
> already got him on the bandmap.

You never have to wait ten minutes for someone to give their callsign.
Just call them and ask.

> The comments about sbdvp make me think I'll wait 'til that's cleared up 
> before upgrading.
> 73 de Jim Smith    VE7FO
> Ron D. Rossi wrote:
> >Folks,
> >
> >I am glad the improved band map is generally working very well for everyone. 
> >There are plans for further improvements as well. I have a few comments on 
> >the 
> >current release.
> >
> >With the release of 6.64 there was a restructuring of the data in the band 
> >map. This made BANDMAP.BIN from 6.63 and earlier incompatible with 6.64 and 
> >beyond. It would also be a good idea to delete RESTART.BIN as well before 
> >running a new version. I have seen strange behaviors when firing up with an 
> >older RESTART.BIN. The mults won't dim falls into this category. I recommend 
> >erasing both RESTART.BIN and BANDMAP.BIN from the current directory before 
> >using version 6.64.
> >
> >Udo, DL2ZAV, discovered the temporary work around for a bug in the band map 
> >where WARC entries are not displayed unless VHFBandsEnabled is set to true. 
> >This will be fixed in the next release. There is also a report of not being 
> >able to load a WARC entry into the band map from the call window. This is 
> >being investigated and will also be fixed when found.
> >
> >BTW Has anyone tried SBDVP with 6.64? For some inexplicable reason I cannot 
> >play messages anymore. I can record just fine. I am wondering (HOPING!!!) it 
> >is a localized problem.
> >
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Kenneth E. Harker      "Vox Clamantis in Deserto"
University of Texas at Austin                   Amateur Radio Callsign: WM5R
Department of the Computer Sciences      VP, Central Texas DX & Contest Club
Taylor Hall TAY 2.124                         Maintainer of Linux on Laptops
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