[SD-User] V16.00 Released
pokane at ei5di.com
Thu Aug 30 16:37:34 EDT 2012
V16.00 1st September 2012
SD is fully working and unrestricted (no key
file needed) in all RSGB contests, including
IOTA and BERU, and in certain other events.
The full list of free options is shown at
There is no need to register to use SD in
any of the unrestricted contests, and no
key file is needed. Simply download SD
and away you go.
There are two options for enabling SD for
use in other contests (if your present key
file expires before 1st September). The
first is a "Once-off Registration". Users
get a key file giving unrestricted access
to the current version (and earlier
versions) of SD for a fee of 10 euros. The
key file does not expire, and there is no
need to ever register again unless you
decide you want whatever features and bug
fixes are provided in later versions of SD.
The second option adds access to future
versions released within 12 months of
registration - the fee is 20 euros. Again,
the key file never expires.
In contests which are not free, or where
the key file is out-of-date with regard
to the version used, or is used with a
non-matching callsign, SD remains in DEMO
mode and logging is delayed after 10 QSOs
- by 30 seconds for each new QSO.
The name of the contest, taken from the
template file, is shown at the bottom of
the logging screen.
This helps to prevent user errors caused
by selecting the wrong template when
starting a new log, or the wrong log when
restarting SD. When SD is running in demo
mode, the word DEMO appears after the
contest name. When DEMO is not shown,
you know for certain that SD is not in
demo mode, and will not slow down after
Many new parameters have been introduced
to make it easier for SD to support new
and updated contests without the need for
All templates (more than 200) now include
parameters for constructing Cabrillo QSO
records directly, by mapping fields from
the .ALL to the .LOG QSO records.
Previously, many Cabrillo features were
hard-coded and difficult to maintain.
Please refer to the Templates secion in
the manual SD.PDF for more information.
Note: The RSGB RoPoCo and Club Calls
contests are exceptions - Cabrillo QSO
records remain hard-coded.
Cabrillo header records are now V3.0, the
Reloading Existing Logs:
Warning: Compatibility with contest logs
created by earlier versions of SD is not
guaranteed. If this might be an issue
for you, install V16 in a separate folder.
When reloading, SD skips the screen
showing your Name & Address and the
contest parameters. Startup is simpler
WAE - Worked All Europe.
For DX entrants, outside Europe, the record
of QSOs already sent as QTCs was lost when
SD was restarted. Fixed, thanks VK4TT.
Winkey is now enabled immediately following
a PORTS command and the WINKEY command.
Previously, SD had to be restarted before
WinKey was recognised.
WinKey & Rig Control:
WinKey was disabled in mixed-mode events
when using older rigs with no "Reverse-CW"
option. Fixed, thanks WA9AQN.
Toggles display of data received from the
rig following a poll from the computer.
The data is shown in character, ASCII and
HEX formats. This was used to investigate
the WinKey/Rig Control problem.
Removes any .LST file(s) previously LOADed.
This replaces the previous CLEAR command.
When the QSO being edited was selected by
direct entry of the QSO number, followed
by successive Down-Arrows to return to
logging, SD froze. Fixed, thanks VK4TT.
NEQP - New England QSO Party:
New England Side - fixed some data entry
issues related to logging stations already
worked on other bands. Thanks K1ESE.
CTY Files Updated:
Note: UK temporary special calls are not
included. SD sees all GQ calls as England.
The option to restore your log (.ALL) from
the audit file (.AUD) was broken. Fixed.
This is useful when, for whatever reason,
one or more QSOs in your .ALL file have
A reminder that the EXPAND command toggles
the location of the Check Partial and Super
Check Partial displays.
SD's default is now unexpanded - where the
partial calls display temporarily replaces
the score window. This is suitable for
16x9 ratio screens, enabling SD's window
to closely fit the screen.
The alternative location is underneath the
logging line - with SD's window expanded
accordingly. It displays the partial calls
closer to the logging line, an advantage
when running at high rates.
QSOS with EU prefixes were flagged as mults
even though no IOTA reference was logged.
Cabrillo logs were not affected. Fixed,
WIA Remembrance Day Contest.
Same-mode QSOs with other stations are
permitted after three hours - changed from
Own-area QSOs now score on all bands.
QSOPARTY - Template Parameter.
When set to Y, no dupe checking is done
on mobiles and rovers(/M and /R). This
applies mainly to North American QSO
Scoring for Special Calls.
Was previously hard-coded for each contest.
This is now controlled by the SPECIALCALL
template parameter showing the points
scored for QSOs with individual callsigns.
UBA DX Contest:
Separate templates provided for ON and DX
New template and multiplier file supplied.
V15.63 August 2012
Fixed QTCs for non-EU entrants.
V15.62 July 2012
If you find new bugs in V16.00, please post full
details to this mailing list. Older versions are
not supported, so you should first confirm that the
problem exists in this version.
Please let me know what you would like to see
changed or added - whether features or contests.
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