[ct-user] "Busted logs" from old DOS CT

Dan Z k2ywe at yahoo.com
Wed Dec 14 11:23:28 PST 2011

I didn't read your original opost carefully enough.  Evidently you only looked at the converted ADIF file.  Perhaps the conversion messed it up.

I suggest you convert the BIN to a CT10 BIN file and run it under CWin to see if the times are still there.  If so, you can try converting it again or create a Cabrillo file using the CT WRITELOG command, then convert the Cabrillo file to ADIF (assuming you want an ADIF file).

Dan Zeitlin - K2YWE
South Shore ARC - K3AU
Annapolis, Maryland

--- On Wed, 12/14/11, Dave Haupt <w8nf at yahoo.com> wrote:

> From: Dave Haupt <w8nf at yahoo.com>
> Subject: [ct-user] "Busted logs" from old DOS CT
> To: ct-user at contesting.com
> Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2011, 10:59 AM
> Back when I started contesting from
> California Santa Rosa, I logged using CT on a Win95 laptop
> borrowed work, using DOS mode.   I saved the files (in all
> formats) to floppies and figured on someday transferring
> them to a "master" logging package when I could afford the
> space and budget for more than one home computer.
> A used XP machine finally became part of the shack about
> five years ago, and last weekend I found the stash of
> floppies.  Of the several dozen logs, all but three seem to
> be "in good shape" and the ADIF versions transferred as
> expected into DXKeeper.
> However....
> Three of the logs seem to have a timestamp error.  In the
> ADIF file, starting at some point in the contest log and
> continuing until the end, the timestamp for all QSOs became
> 1970-01-01-0000.  In the *.ALL file, the date/time fields
> are simply blank.  The files, as transferred into DXKeeper,
> take on an unusually exhilarating property.  DXK cannot
> stand the thought of simultaneous QSOs, so it incremented
> the timestamp on each QSO by a few seconds.  The first
> "unstamped" QSO got a timestamp of a few seconds more recent
> than the last QSO with a real timestamp.  So, I have the
> glory of showing a nice 400 per hour rate for the last half
> of several contests, while using only a dipole at 12 feet
> and hand-sending CW.  Whoo-whee!
> I still have the *.bin files for these contests and
> wonder:
> - What might have caused the original error?  Is this a
> sign that the internal clock in the laptop experienced a
> hardware error (can you tell I'm not computer-fluent?)?
> - Is there a chance that the *.bin files have correct
> timestamps?
> - Will CT for Windows run under XP, and will it
> successfully open CT for DOS files?
> - Will anything else out there open a CT for DOS binary
> file?
> TNX ES 73,
> Dave W8NF
> > 
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