Fw: [NA-User] NA 10.56 Also Busted for CQ-M

Rex Maner k7qq@netzero.net
Fri, 10 May 2002 04:53:07 +0100

Good Show Dave,  I wasn't able to do the FQP,  or NEQP,  However it has been
very nice to know that you jump in and make the fixes super  Quick, When
there are problems.  We as users will just have to rember that we can no
longer take a .QDF from the early versions 9.31 I think is the oldest and
run it on 10.56.  without doing a simple conversion.  TNX for good software
that does a great job in almost ALL contest.  Tuff job with so many
different formats.
Keep up the good work

----- Original Message -----
From: "David A. Pruett" <k8cc@comcast.net>
To: "Bob Patten" <n4bp@netzero.net>; "NA Reflector" <na-user@contesting.com>
Sent: Friday, May 10, 2002 01:00
Subject: Re: [NA-User] NA 10.56 Also Busted for CQ-M

> Bob,
> Try creating a new CQ-M file and I suspect you'll find its not busted at
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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.
> 73,
> Dave/K8CC
> 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
> >including 10.54.
> >
> >But v10.56 crashes with message: Error 14 occurred in module 10.56 at
> >address 0BF3:04D1
> >
> >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: n4bp@netzero.net                Website: http://www.qsl.net/n4bp
> >QRP ARCI #3412    SOC #1    ARS #799    Whiners #6   FISTS #7871
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