Amateur Contact Log 6.6 is Now Available!

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Hi All,

I'm excited to let you know that...

Amateur Contact Log 6.6 is Now Available!

AC Log 6.6 includes the following enhancements:

- DX Spotted digital mode frequencies can be blocked or enabled independently from CW / SSB. Click More Filtering on the DX Spotting set up form to configure. If you enable digital, be sure to check the check box to display digital modes.

- Use Shift (or Ctrl + Shift) + Up / Down, Left / Right arrows to tune your rig's frequency (with rig interface enabled).

- Font control for bearing, miles, time, etc. (click Settings > Appearance > Colors & Fonts).

- Ability to query all digital modes together on the awards form (enter DIG on the Awards form's mode field).

- Added Yaesu - Newer 2 option on the rig interface form's rig list to support Yaesu 991, Yaesu 101 D and Yaesu 101 MP.

- User added DX Spotting telnet sites are saved and available for selection in the drop down list on the DX Spotting set up form.

- LoTW Download - made state and county data additions optional for countries outside USA (control from the check box on the LoTW set up form).

- Passive Mode Option for FTP Web Upload (Settings > Web Upload Status Settings).

As always, upgrades are free to registered users. Please just follow these upgrade steps here.

Lord willing, if I can complete all the upgrades in time, I am planning a global release of all my contest software in early January, which will include all of the non AC Log specific features listed above as well!


More Details on Keyboard Fine Tuning:

I am particularly excited about the new keyboard fine tuning feature. It was inspired while using my contest software and it really came in handy in my contest betas during CQ WW SSB and ARRL Sweepstakes CW, so I have gone ahead and added it to AC Log, too.

I have really been enjoying using the various contest software options to quickly jump to the next spotted station including Ctrl + Shift + Z, jump to next DX Spot on entry, clicking on a spot, etc., but occasionally the spotted frequency is slightly off, requiring a reach for the VFO. I wanted the ability to tune in the station more quickly, without having to reach for the rig, so I've coded the software to do just that! Here are the keyboard commands:

SSB:

Ctrl + Right / Left (large jump): +-500 Hz
Ctrl + Shift + Right / Left (medium jump): +-150 Hz
Ctrl + Down / Up (small jump): +-50 Hz
Ctrl + Shift + Down / Up (tiny jump): +-10 Hz

CW / DIG:

Ctrl + Right / Left (large jump): +-250 Hz
Ctrl + Shift + Right / Left (medium jump): +-80 Hz
Ctrl + Down / Up (small jump): +-20 Hz
Ctrl + Shift + Down / Up (tiny jump): +-5 Hz

That may seem complicated, but don't get caught up in the actual values. I think when you try it and actually tune in stations on the air with your keyboard, it will quickly become intuitive. In most cases, I found simply holding Ctrl and using the Up / Down arrow keys was sufficient to quickly tune in a station that was slightly off from his spotted frequency.


Pre Contest Checklist Reminder!

With ARRL November Sweepstakes SSB and CQ WW CW coming up, I want to remind everyone to please take a moment and review this pre contest checklist. Most of the contest support questions I receive are from those who haven't. I use it myself, every time.


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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 more than one hundred 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:

http://www.n3fjp.com/donations.html

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!


Thanks!

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!

73, Scott
N3FJP
http://www.n3fjp.com

Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.

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