[CQ-Contest] CTY-2006 Country Files - 04 October 2010
Jim Reisert AD1C
jjreisert at alum.mit.edu
Mon Oct 4 13:21:11 PDT 2010
The Country (CTY) Files were updated on 04 October 2010.
To install the file(s), follow the link to your software at the top of
THIS IS A MAJOR RELEASE! Before using the files, check with your
software's reflector to see if there are additional instructions.
There may be additional downloads required, or you might not choose or
be able to use them right away.
Here are the release notes:
4 October 2010 (CTY-2006)
VER20101004, Version entity is Guadeloupe, FG
* Removed entities PJ2, Netherlands Antilles and PJ7, Sint Maarten
* Added four new entities resulting from the breakup of the
Netherlands Antilles starting 10 October 2010. This is tentative
and simply a "best guess" based on the available information. When
the ARRL announces the actual entities, the country files will be
o PJ2 - Curacao
o PJ4 - Bonaire
o PJ5 - Saba and St. Eustatius
o PJ7 - Sint Maarten
* Revised the list of USA callsign exceptions, based on the Super
Check Partial (SCP) release of 1 August 2010 and the latest FCC
database. USA callsigns that require only an ITU zone override are
now included, but only for states that lie entirely within the
same ITU zone, i.e. Indiana but not Illinois. This process is
entirely automated now, so the list of calls will be updated when
there is a country file released after a SCP release.
This release of the country files is based on a complete tool rewrite
and new flow, as well as a new set of input data. I finally decided to
merge my two databases into one. I tried to maintain the original
content in each country file as much as possible, however, there are
bound to be some differences, mistakes or oversights. I have not tested
all these files on all the different platforms. If something is wrong or
missing, let me know and I will fix it ASAP.
Some of the highlights:
* Many ITU zone overrides were added or corrected.
* Many old callsigns have been "retired". Thus you'll notice shorter
lists for Martinique, FM; UK callsigns beginning with GB and
various LU callsign overrides. Calls are "retired" about a year
after they last appear on the bands. If an entity hasn't been
active for more than a year, then the last callsign used from that
entity will be in the country file. Thus, these files are not
useful as a historical database (and they never have been).
* N3FJP is now a supported format.
* Win-Test files are generated "natively" rather than doing a text
substitution to the original CTY.DAT file. This results in a
cleaner design, as well as fixing a handful of bugs in the
previous Win-Test files.
* Win-Test (cty_wt_mod.dat) now has geographic coordinates for some
additional countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania and South
* There are now additional files that WriteLog can use to enhance
beam headings for Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania and South America.
* CT8, N3FJP, Win-Test and WriteLog have separate .ZIP files that
contain only the files needed for those programs. Of course,
CTY-####.zip still contains all the files.
73 - Jim AD1C
Jim Reisert AD1C, <jjreisert at alum.mit.edu>, http://www.ad1c.us
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