[NA-User] NA 10.56 Also Busted for CQ-M
David A. Pruett
Thu, 09 May 2002 20:00:07 -0400
Try creating a new CQ-M file and I suspect you'll find its not busted at all.
The reason for this, and the ARCI problem you reported earlier has to do
with changes necessary for the New England QSO Party. The preferred NEQP
implementation called for five digit location abbreviations (in this case,
a concatenation of a three digit county abbreviation and the two digit
state). The .QDF file format has, since its creation in 1992, only
provided for a four digit location abbreviation. For example, this is why
NA has been limited to four digit abbreviations in IARU. To support
contest formats such as IOTA and ARCI (once the possible member #s exceeded
four digits) which needed five digits we had to do a kludge, essentially
"stealing" a digit from what would be the second digit of the check in an
ARRL SS log.
When working on NEQP, I struggled with how to cope with the five digit
location field. I did not want to have to code yet another kludge (since
ARCI and IOTA use different field formats) so I decided to fix things a
different way by taking advantage of two unused characters in the QSO
record which have lain dormant since 1992.
The good news of this decision is that now for certain field formats, the
location field can now be up to six digits long, and can be configured in
the template editor. Besides NEQP, we've taken advantage of this in IARU
so that the HQ abbreviations can now be up to six digits long.
The down side of this decision is that for the ARCI and IOTA contests the
field has "moved" one digit. New ARCI and IOTA logs created on 10.56 and
later will re-load correctly, however old ARCI and IOTA logs will not, as
you have discovered.
Contests which had four digit location fields are absolutely unaffected by
this change. To support the old ARCI and IOTA logs with five digit fields
in the old format, we've created a small utility program called
FIELDFIX.EXE which we'll add to the NA download ZIP file. Run this program
once on your old logs and the problem will be fixed.
Some time this weekend we'll have a new ZIP1056.EXE archive put up on the
DATOM web site.
I regret any inconvenience this has caused. I spent a lot of time prior to
NEQP working on a solution to this - and even coded NA two different ways
trying different solutions - the main reason that NEQP support came out so
late. In the long run, this is the best solution which allows some
expandability in the future.
At 01:57 AM 5/9/02 -0400, Bob Patten wrote:
>This weekend is the CQ-M. I've used an edited Country.Dat file for the
>past three years to include the Russian regions and islands that also
>count as mults. This has worked with all versions of NA up to and
>But v10.56 crashes with message: Error 14 occurred in module 10.56 at
>I'll use v10.54 this weekend..
>Maybe add this and the ARCI problem to the "to-do" list?
>73, Bob Patten, N4BP Plantation, FL
>E-Mail: email@example.com Website: http://www.qsl.net/n4bp
>QRP ARCI #3412 SOC #1 ARS #799 Whiners #6 FISTS #7871
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