Laurence Mason laurence at forest-farm.co.uk
Thu Apr 1 02:35:33 PDT 2010


Some great features but I'm disappointed that IPLOGCHK (Internet 
Protocol Log Check) seems to be missing. Via this mode all contacts can 
be confirmed in real time over the WWW with the station you are working. 
Any missing or incorrect data will be automatically corrected. This will 
solve so many problems with postcodes mis-read in ROPOCO and make WPX 
easier without having to struggle with those pesky serial numbers. As 
the logs will now be perfect the results can be purely based on claimed 
scores making the work of the various committees so much easier.

A selectable option ( to allow for assisted operation) will be to 
automatically QSY to the known frequency of other stations on the band 
and squirt RF at each other and log the contact - checks will be made 
via beacon and spotter networks to ensure there is some vague form of 
propagation over the path but signal strength is frankly unimportant as 
it will be 599 - which must of course still be sent but reception is not 
really a requirement. Clearly some protocol will have to be developed to 
avoid the situation where both stations decide to QSY at the same 
moment. CW speeds can be set extremely high so the feature will not 
interrupt your run frequency which may still be required for any 
stations not entering the assisted section of the contest.


Laurence G4HTD

Paul O'Kane wrote:
> The new version of SD offers several innovative
> features to give users an even greater competitive
> edge.  SD is free from www.ei5di.com.
> Plausible Uniques:
> PUP (Plausible Uniques Percentage) command added,
> with values from 0 (the default) to 5%.  SD links
> to QRZ.COM to insert QSOs with appropriate calls and
> exchanges - according to the assigned PUP rate. QSOs
> are added only when you change frequency by 2 kHz or
> more on CW, or 6 kHz on SSB.  Calls are selected in
> line with recently worked countries, by band.
> As a bonus, when several SD users enable PUP logging,
> some calls are likely to appear in other logs and
> will no longer be uniques.  
> One disadvantage is that some of the "uniques" may
> happen to be active in the contest.  That's not a
> problem.  If you hear them, work them, otherwise
> just delete the earlier "QSO".  If they call, work
> them - dupes don't matter in Cabrillo logs.
> If there is sufficient demand, the maximum PUP will
> be increased.  For the moment, I'm testing higher
> values myself.
> Self-Spotting Coefficient - SSC:
> We all know how useful it is to be spotted, and how
> frustrating it is to be unable to try a bit of self-
> spotting without incurring the wrath of the cluster
> police.
> SD links to DX Summit, via multiple proxy servers,
> to generate spots for your frequency - using calls
> and IP addresses derived from K1TTT's databases.
> It's not necessary to have your own call spotted
> since you probably don't care how other contesters
> get to your frequency, so long as they do.
> This option should be used with caution, as SSC
> values above 0.5% (1 in 200 spots) tend to arouse
> suspicion.
> ESM (Enter Sends Message) and Spotting:
> In CW contests, when using ESM in S&P mode, SD now
> spots all QSOs.  This gives your callsign a bit of
> visibility on the cluster, and it's likely that the
> people you spot will be more inclined to return the
> favour in future.
> Rig Control:
> Rig Control has been extended to allow simultaneous
> control of any number of remote rigs, located at the
> QTHs of SD users worldwide. It's perfect for putting
> the wires back into wireless - you'll have an S9
> signal and great reception on all bands. Now you can
> level the playing field and give yourself the chance
> to be a real contender.
> Please contact me, with full details, when you add
> remote access to your station.
> WinKey and Serials:
> SD integrates with WinKey to send the occasional
> incorrect serial - you get the points but they don't.
> For RoPoCo, the postcode is modified.  This feature
> is controlled by the presence of matching calls in
> a standard text file TARGET.TXT (add your own calls
> with NotePad) in the same folder as SD.EXE.
> 73,
> Paul EI5DI
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