[ct-user] CT-DOS

Ron Notarius W3WN wn3vaw at verizon.net
Fri Nov 9 18:34:06 EST 2007

Gee Mal... something you and I actually agree on!  Who'd'a thunk it?  <G!>

Seriously... I've had some private emails touting some of the
alternatives -- some I've heard of and used, some I've only heard of, some
I've never heard of.  I know they all meant well, but they may have missed
the point.

I'll use another program when I have to (you should see the custom program
KA3JWE did for the Pa QSO Party a few years back; alas, he has decided to
stop updating his application and it's no longer available, a real pity),
but I prefer CT or CTWin when I can use it.

I just hate the thought of this package ending up on the list of obsolete
software because it hasn't been kept up to date.  But then, maybe that's
just me -- after all, I still use dBase!  (Of course, now I use the OOP
version, dBase Plus 2.6, but we need not get picky)

73, ron w3wn
  -----Original Message-----
  From: N7MAL [mailto:N7MAL at CITLINK.NET]
  Sent: Friday, November 09, 2007 5:45 PM
  To: Ron Notarius W3WN; ct-user at contesting.com
  Subject: Re: [ct-user] CT-DOS

  AMEN Ron: There's a lot of wanabee's and also rans out there but none of
them is CT. I am forced to use N1MM for 7QP and one other contest but can't
wait to get back to CT. There is just a warm-n-fuzzy feeling about entering
a contest using CT. Contesting is stressful enough without having to worry
about whether your software will work or not. Nothing out there, so far, is
as dependable and reliable as CT. CT has stood the test of time and won.
  Ron you and I and many, many, others have been contesting with CT for more
than 20 years. How many other programs can report that kind of


  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Ron Notarius W3WN
  To: ct-user at contesting.com
  Sent: Friday, November 09, 2007 19:49
  Subject: Re: [ct-user] CT-DOS

  No, Ted, I've never heard of WinTest, let alone looked at it.

  And that's not the point.

  If I choose one day to abandon CT, I have plenty of choices already out
  there.  But they're not CT.  And some, well, without getting into
  specifics... let's just say that CT, be it the true DOS version or the DOS
  screen(s) in fixed Windows version that CTWin now is, still beats the
  off of many of the ones I have tried.

  I don't want to abandon CT -- I want to see it move to the next level.


  -----Original Message-----
  Date: Thu, 8 Nov 2007 21:17:28 -0500
  From: "Ted Bryant" <w4nz at comcast.net>
  Subject: Re: [ct-user] CT-DOS
  To: <ct-user at contesting.com>

  "...I'd love to see a true Windows version out..."

  Surely, you have looked at WinTest??

  73, Ted W4NZ

  -----Original Message-----
  From: ct-user-bounces at contesting.com
  [mailto:ct-user-bounces at contesting.com]On Behalf Of Ron
  Notarius W3WN
  Sent: Thursday, November 08, 2007 5:16 PM
  To: ct-user at contesting.com
  Subject: Re: [ct-user] CT-DOS

  I can go Andy one better; I remember the day that CT 6.1 was demonstrated
  Dayton -- I was so impressed that I walked out of the demonstration, found
  vendor who was selling the 5-1/4" disk (which I still have), bought it on
  the spot, and got back in time to see the end of the demo.

  Jim, I understand that Ken still owns & controls the fate of CT, so this
  not directed at you -- but for what it's worth, even though I switched to
  CTWin 10 quite a while ago, I'd still be willing to pay a small fee for an
  upgrade if it would keep CT in development.

  I think you can count on the DOS version staying in use as long as an
  compatible command prompt is available, one way or another.  I'd love to
  a true Windows version out, and I'm sure the Linux gang would love to see
  one too.

  And I'd personally love to see some expansion in the available contests.

  Yes, I know, all this ultimately costs money; as I said, if an update
  a few bucks, I can afford it now, I'll do my part.

  Surely there must be a way to keep CT alive for now and into the future,
  not left to wither on the vine!

  73, ron w3wn

  -----Original Message-----
  Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2007 20:52:04 -0600
  From: "Endorf Family" <mendorf at isd.net>
  Subject: [ct-user] CT-DOS
  To: <ct-user at contesting.com>

  I will echo Andy's comments. I have virtually every contest and logging
  program. This past weekend I decided to abandon the cumbersome and over
  detailed **MM software, and return to the simple elegance of CT DOS
  9.89 for Sweepstakes. Of all my pre-contest strategy, this one was the
  For phone SS, I will leave my Pentium-III sitting on a shelf, and again
  CT DOS on my cheap clunker Pentium-1.
  PLEASE keep CT DOS alive and well!

  Mark - WA0MHJ

  -----Original Message-----
  From: ct-user-bounces at contesting.com

  I would like to strongly object, Jim.  I paid - many years ago at Dayton -
  for my CT8 copy, but would be happy to pay a reasonable fee for CT10 DOS
  upgrades. Have never seen a blue screen or lost a contact due to DOS, and
  old AT just keeps on going.  I use XP on my $50 Pentium II, but still love
  the CT10 that I run on the AT. The XP is for spots and other internet
  DOS is faster & better for contest logging. How about keeping CT DOS
  and charging a modest fee. What you think is adequate compensation) for
  updates? Charging for the prefix updates as well, would not seem

  73, Andy K4YKZ

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