[SD-User] V17.12 Released

Paul O'Kane pokane at ei5di.com
Fri Aug 16 09:32:58 EDT 2013

V17.12       16th August 2013

QTCs in WAE:
     For EU entrants, the current set of QTCs being
     received may be edited at any time, with no need
     to wait until the final record has been logged.

     For non-EU entrants in the CW event, QTCs sent
     are flagged as sent, as and when the keyer has
     "sent" them  - This helps when you need to repeat
     an earlier QTC before returning to the next
     "unsent" QTC.  Thanks 5B4AIZ.

     When you type the call of a station that would be
     a dupe, but which SD indicates is OK for QTCs,
     press Minus or Esc to clear the call.  When you
     then use the QTC command, SD pre-fills the call
     in the QTC opening screen.

WIA Remembrance Day Contest:
     Fixed problem with entering callsigns.  Thanks

     Although there are no multipliers in this event,
     SD tracks Call Areas in VK and ZL to add a bit
     of interest.

     QSOs with individual stations, on each band/mode
     combination, may be repeated after three hours.
     When you type a call that is currently a dupe,
     SD displays the remaining time (minutes and

     Updated the template file, to prompt for the op's
     Years Licensed at startup, and for use by SDCHECK
     in Cabrillo logs.  Supplied REMDAY.CTY, showing
     VK and ZL call areas.

Band Map.
     Since SD's interface is character-based, it's
     not possible to compete directly with other
     loggers using a graphical interface - with the
     ability to display any band segment in as much
     detail as required.

     SD stores details of QSOs (Call, Frequency, Mode,
     Time) in its Band Map table - derived from the
     older Quick Memory table.  Not all QSOs are
     stored.  If you have two or more successive QSOs
     on the same frequency, only the most recent one
     is stored.  Callsigns that you don't work, or
     want to return to later, are stored when you
     press Minus.

     The Band Map table may be displayed using F10,
     as before, offering instant QSY to any selected
     entry - with rig control enabled, of course.

     However, the main feature of SD's Band Map
     implementation is not the table.  Rather, it's
     the fact that as you tune up and down the band,
     calls worked and needed appear automatically
     under the frequency display.  Calls you haven't
     worked are highlighted in upper case - simply
     press Down Arrow to transfer them to the Callsign
     field.  The ones you've worked already appear in
     lower case - you know you can keep on tuning.

     As you tune, Band Map calls appear and disappear
     according to your frequency threshold.  The
     default is 200 Hz either side of the centre
     frequency - change it the THRESHOLD command.

     In the absence of rig control, logged QSOs are
     not added to the Band Map - there would be no
     benefit without their frequencies.  However,
     Minus does add callsigns - for what they're
     worth.  You might use this to record the calls
     of simultaneous callers, then work them
     successively using the Band Map as a prompt.

     When SD is stopped, Band Map entries expire.

     V17.12 improves the consistency and accuracy
     of the Band Map displays.

RSGB 80m Sprint:
     Fixed data entry bugs in Serial & Name, when
     combined with a .LST file to pre-fill names.
     Thanks G4OGB.


SD is free from ei5di.com - please help to spread
the word.

When you install a new version of SD, you will
probably have to increase the size of the default
window to fill your screen.  This should be done
separately for both SD and SDCHECK.

Click on the title bar, or the SD icon, at the top
LHS of the window and select Properties, then Font.
If you have a widescreen (16:9) monitor, select the
Lucida Console font.  For a 4:3 monitor, select the
Consolas font (not available on XP).  Then choose
whatever size of font you prefer.  SD's window
expands or contracts in direct proportion to the
chosen font size.

If you find bugs in V17.12, please send me full
details - pokane at ei5di dot com.  Older versions
are not supported, so please confirm that the
problem exists in this version.

Please let me have your suggestions for changes or

Paul EI5DI

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