CT and Check Partial

ka9fox at aol.com ka9fox at aol.com
Thu Nov 18 17:49:51 EST 1993

>N2AA said on 93-11-18:
>Just like to comment that I think the automatic check 
>partial, updated with each keystroke, is the greatest 
>thing since sliced bread for S&P.

Agreed... if you own a 486 or fast 386 (or if your log is small)

>You can just turn it off by going to call or country 
>mode if you dont want it.

True, but if you are S&Ping, you want to know if it's a dupe, right?  Then
you must hit F8 to Check Partial, thus turning it on again.

>Also if there is no Master.dat file the Super Check 
>Partial doesnt work so what is the big deal?

TOTALLY WRONG!  If you haven't loaded the MASTER.DAT database at CT startup,
it STILL checks your ENTIRE log.  As your log gets bigger, the delay between
keystrokes becomes longer and longer and longer and longer.

Another caveat... it even does a Check Partial everytime you hit a key in any
other field, such as check, section, serial number... ARGH!!!

> I sincerely hope that, if K1EA is going to "fix" this 
>it is still going to be available for anyone who thinks 
>it is ok.

According to Jim AD1C, there is already a switch that you can run when
loading CT (I think it's -K1XM or -XM) but it is broken.  Ken K1EA is now
aware of the problem and will be fixing it.  (Thank you!!)

Hope that clears this up.

73 - Scott KA9FOX @ aol.com

>From Rus Healy <0006147675 at mcimail.com>  Thu Nov 18 21:42:00 1993
From: Rus Healy <0006147675 at mcimail.com> (Rus Healy)
Date: Thu, 18 Nov 93 16:42 EST
Subject: Signing portable on VHF
Message-ID: <60931118214206/0006147675NA3EM at mcimail.com>

John, K2MM, writes:
>> [Rus/NJ2L]  . . . it may be a strategic advantage (except in VHF contests)
>> to have a call from another area.                  ^^^^^^ ^^ ^^^ ^^^^^^^^
>In 1970, when the RPI Radio Club was giving birth to the Mount Greylock
>Expeditionary Force, we weren't too thrilled about signing W2SZ/1.  Kinda
>neutralized some of the advantage of our "rare" WMass section.  So I applied
>for an additional-station license and got WA1MUG, station location:  "Summit
>of Mount Greylock, Adams, Mass."  We used that call to great advantage; we
>were just about the only mountaintop operation that wasn't signing portable.
>FCC rules changes, grid squares, and a desire to show off the club call all
>contributed to the retirement of WA1MUG.  Judging from subsequent results,
>maybe /1 wasn't as much of a handicap as we feared!  73.  --John/K2MM
I think W2SZ/1 is something of an exception, since it's now so 
well known. The common problem today, as I've experienced it, 
occurs when someone with a 2-land call operates from one of the 
neighboring call areas--say, 1-land (Connecticut in my case). 
In a contest, the 2-call station finds someone who's not too 
strong and calls that station. The other station responds and, 
having heard a 2 in the answering call, turns his/her high-gain, 
narrow-beamwidth antenna to someplace in 2-land, where he/she 
thinks the signal is coming from. Voila--lost signal!
Now, the 2-call station has to wait for the other station to 
realize that the 2-call station peaks up somewhere other than
2-land, so the QSO takes a lot longer to complete (best case), or
is lost completely (worst case). My answer was to sign "portable 1"
 in most VHF contests I operated from Connecticut. Like HF, 
however, this became less of a problem over time, as more and 
more of the regulars realized that I was usually operating in 
Practically speaking, this is more of a problem for people who
operate from call areas that don't border the call area they
lived in when they received their call, because the beam headings
tend to be much different. (A 4-call station in 1-land might have
more trouble with 3-landers turning the antenna 90 degrees or more,
thinking the signal was coming from 4-land.)
--73, Rus

>From n2ic at longs.att.com (Steven M London +1 303 538 4763)  Thu Nov 18 23:28:45 1993
From: n2ic at longs.att.com (Steven M London +1 303 538 4763) (Steven M London +1 303 538 4763)
Date: Thu, 18 Nov 93 16:28:45 MST
Subject: VY5JA = Yukon
Message-ID: <9311182328.AA20157 at bighorn.dr.att.com>

I talked to Jay, VY5JA (a.k.a. VY1JA) last night.  He will be on this weekend.
As he put it "If you hear a faint station calling, turn your beam toward Yukon".

If it's any consolation, he is very frustrated about the poor condx for the
CW weekend from VY1.  He was really trying, and only made 180 QSO's.

Steve, N2IC/0

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