Amateur Contact Log 4.7 is Now Available!
Amateur Contact Log 4.7 is Now Available!
Enhancements in Amateur Contact Log 4.7 Include:
- Text to speech for Watch List and DX Spots (details below).
- CW Buffer Form (Ctrl K) (details below).
- Additional error checking to let you know if you have the clients set to TCP but forgot to also set the server to TCP.
- Pressing enter when a QSO in the Recent Contacts list has focus will bring up the edit screen for that QSO (in response to requests from blind hams).
- Ability to upload your current log status and recent contacts to your hosting space (details below).
As always, upgrades are free to registered users. Of course, this includes our N3FJP Software Package users!
You can download Amateur Contact Log 4.7 here:
By the way, if you are happy with AC Log 4.6 and don't see a need for these new features right now, staying with 4.6 is fine.
Text to Speech for Watch List and DX Spots
I've started late, but recently I've been trying to work as many W1AW/X stations on as many bands and modes as possible. As I've been programming other rewrites, I've had DX spotting running on AC Log with W1AW/0 to /9 in my Watch List. The W1AW stations are spotted often and I found myself in constant distraction, switching from my coding software to AC Log every time I heard the Watch List ding, checking to see if W1AW was spotted on a band or mode that I still needed.
To remedy that, now you can optionally configure AC Log to audibly read the Call, Band and Mode of the Watch List spot to you by clicking File > Watch List. No more need to switch applications! Similarly, you can configure text to speech for DX spotting by clicking Settings > DX Spotting > Configure. With DX spots, AC Log will read you the country name, band and mode of the needed spot.
CW Buffer Form
This was requested by users who wanted the ability to type keyboard CW on the fly, but not actually have it immediately send. For example, you can start typing responses while the other station is turning it back to you. To use this feature, press Ctrl K, type the text you want to send and press enter.
Web Status Uploader
As I detailed in my Field Day announcement last week (http://www.n3fjp.com/news/news2014-07-24.html), I added this FTP status upload feature with Field Day in mind, but when users heard that I was working on this feature for Field Day, I started getting requests to add it to all the programs, including AC Log! Using this status upload feature, clubs can see what their club station running AC Log is doing from home, club members can track their club's progress of all supported contests, DXPeditions can post where they are operating, recent contacts, etc., and you can upload your activity as well!
You can see an example of my Amateur Contact Log status here: http://www.n3fjp.com/fd/aclstatus.html
Click Settings > Web Status Upload Settings to configure your settings.
Upgrade / Rewrite Progress
I had originally planned to complete all the existing rewrites before implementing any upgrades such as this one or adding additional programs. One item Field Day 2014 brought to light that modified that plan was the importance of additional error checking for folks who had their clients set to TCP networking but forgot to also set their server to TCP networking. Since I need to roll that through all the programs, you'll first be seeing new versions of all the existing software, that also include most of the enhancements listed above. That said, the rewrite progress is going well and Lord willing, it is likely that I will have nearly all of the rewrites complete by years end!
And in response to the questions we always receive when we neglect to include the following in our e-mail announcements...
Package Upgrade Information...
If you have registered one or more individual programs and would like to upgrade to N3FJP's Software Package or N3FJP's Software Package and CD for full use of all our Amateur Radio software, we would be glad to apply the amount that you have registered so far as a credit towards that purchase. Please send us an e-mail directly and we'll let you know your balance.
N3FJP's Software Package includes approximately 50 programs for contesting, net management, general logging and other Amateur Radio related applications. In addition to full use of all these programs, registered package customers are also entitled to receive free passwords for any new software that is added to the package and free upgrades to existing programs. You'll find all the details on the Register Now page at www.n3fjp.com.
Donations are Gratefully Accepted!
And in response to the often asked question for which Kimberly and I are very grateful...
"I know your upgrades are free, but I also realize how much time and effort coding these enhancements and new programs take and that your pricing policy doesn't fully reflect that. Can I send you something to show my appreciation for your continued efforts?"
Yes, thanks so much, your continued support in any amount is very welcome and deeply appreciated! You can use this page:
or send your contribution by mail, payable to Affirmatech Inc., to:
G. Scott Davis
118 Glenwood Road
Bel Air, MD 21014-5533
Thank you so much for your continued support!
As always, thanks for your kind words, support, linking to our web site and spreading the word about our software. Kimberly and I really appreciate it!
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