V20.01 10 February 2017
SD on Linux and Raspberry Pi 3:
SD now runs on all versions of Linux using Wineconsole,
an integral part of Wine. Wine is free, and enables
Windows programs to run on Unix machines. SD has been
tested on the Raspberry Pi 3, and on an Intel processor
This is all possible because, although it is a Windows
program, SD runs in terminal or console mode with no
requirement for graphics support. In addition, SD
was designed to be fast and efficient on the original,
very slow PCs - and has remained fast and efficient ever
since, unlike some bloatware loggers. All SD's features
are supported on Linux and the Pi, including rig-control
To run SD on the Raspberry Pi, ExaGear from eltechs.com
is required, together with Wine downloaded from Eltechs.
The registration fee for Exagear is approximately $25,
but is often cheaper, and they offer a free 3-day trial -
that's how I started. QEMU, which is free, may be a
viable alternative to ExaGear on the Pi - but has yet
to be evaluated.
Some competence in Linux is needed to configure ports
for rig-control and WinKey. Help is available via the
sd-user mailing list.
Windows console programs running under Wineconsole
are restricted to a display of 25 rows and 80 columns,
whereas SD's native resolution is 27 rows by 82
columns. SD accommodates this difference with the
BORDER command. The BORDER value is set to one or zero
on Windows PCs, but must be zero for all other platforms.
It is sometimes necessary to use the BORDER conmmand
twice or more, after starting SD, to get a stable
logging window on Linux and the Pi.
I'd welcome reports of success in running SD on various
platforms. Please send your reports to the SD User
mailing list - sd-user at contesting dot com. If you
have not previously subscribed to the mailing list,
you will be added to the list.
The registration fee is now 10 euros - giving access to
updates for six months. Any version of SD downloaded
within this time will continue to work indefinitely,
without restriction, in the presence of the key file
supplied to registered users.
Without a key file, SD runs in DEMO mode. In this mode,
all features are supported except that logging is delayed
for 30 seconds once 30 QSOs have been logged in individual
events - previously this happened after 10 QSOs.
SD's DXpedition and Special-Event logging options are
fully working and unrestricted, with no need to register
or have a key file. SDX has been discontinued.
Fixed bug in scoring for UK entrants, and for special
calls, G6XX etc, in RSGB 80m contests. Thanks G3SWC.
Updated for new rules - with country mults by band for
QSOs with members. The SETDUPE command should be used
at the start of the second period to reset dupe and
multiplier checking. Thanks G4ILW.
Marconi Memorial Contest:
Update scoring to 1 point per QSO regardless of location.
Rig control file IC7610.SD added.
NAQP - Rig Control:
Fixed bug which caused spurious frequencies recorded for
DX (non-NA) QSOs in NAQP. Thanks K1ESE.
REF Contest for DX Entrants:
TK was not recognised as "mainland" France. Fixed.
PACC for PA Entrants.
Fixed display error - thanks PA0JNH.
V20.01 is available from www.ei5di.com/sd/sdsetup.exe
If you find bugs, send the details to email@example.com
and send me your .ALL file.
Previous versions of SD are no longer supported, so please
confirm that any problem still exists in V20.01
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