[na-user] NA 10.15 Improves Spots and Band Map
Tue, 11 Feb 1997 13:47:16 -0500
A new version of the NA contest logging program is now available
on the LTA BBS. The entire purpose for this release is to fix
problems related to the ANNOUNCEMENTS WINDOW and BAND MAP.
Bugs involving Band Map:
- Band Map would crash if opened with no QSOs in log.
- The 30 minute window for gathering data for the Band Map was
beginning at the last QSO rather than starting from the
- Once a spot was encountered that was prior to the 30 minute
window no further spots would checked for the Band Map.
Once these bugs were corrected, there still seemed to be cases
where spots would not appear that should have. This was traced
down to the fact that spots from PacketClusters contain
frequency info only, not the mode, so NA must assume a mode for
the spot. Without going into great detail, assuming the spot to
be on the current mode or else determining mode based on sub-
bands were both found to still present problems. These problems
were intrinsic to whether the contest was single or dual mode,
and more importantly, whether the operator had the MODES options
in the SPOT FILTER CONTROL PANEL appropriately.
After much thought and experimentation, it was decided to stop
trying to guess the mode of the spot and to display spots based
only on the frequency band. The benefit of such an approach is
that there is no longer a need for the spot filter mode options.
The disadvantage is that you will see spots appear for both
modes in the BAND MAP and ANNOUNCEMENT windows. This seemed to
be an appropriate tradeoff.
Since the CURRENT MODE and IMPLY FROM SPOT options are no longer
necessary, these have been removed from the SPOT FILTER CONTROL
Thanks to the NA users, in particular Rich, K5WA, and John, K3CT
for their observations about the ANNOUNCEMENT window and BAND MAP.
73, Dave/K8CC and LTA
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