Please Regularly Backup Your Data!

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Hi All,

It's only been a handful of reports, but I've received a couple e-mail that the latest Windows 10 update is in some cases erasing user files. Settings files were returned to default and even backup files on the hard drive were erased.

Setting up a sensible, automated backup plan can be as easy as leaving a thumb drive plugged into your PC. Then, in Amateur Contact Log click File > Backup Options and on the Backup on Close option, point to that device for your daily backup. As long as you choose a device independent of your hard drive (the device holding your primary log file) to store your backup file, your data will be much safer.

Taking that minute now will save you from much disappointment later on. It's easy, seamless, automatic and once set up, you don't even have to think about it.

The following is from the FAQ page here:

What's the best way to protect myself from data loss?

Actually, this question is almost never asked, and then only after data loss has occurred, but is it something for all of us to prepare for. Hard drives fail, RF / power surges get in the shack and corrupt files, Windows updates go awry, viruses invade, PC cleaners "clean" too much (I've had multiple reports of "Cleaners" eating log files over the years), components of our operating systems fail and human errors happen. Over the long haul, without protection, data loss is an inevitability.

Both Amateur Contact Log and the contest software have built in backup features to help protect your data. The best way to protect yourself from data loss is by backing up your data often, ideally to an external medium. All my logging programs have several automatic backup options that you can configure by clicking File > Backup Options.

AC Log creates a backup of your data automatically, once a week by default and also includes an option to save a backup every time you close it to a location of your choice. To fully protect yourself from data loss, I strongly recommend you enable the backup on close option and choose an external medium such as another location on your home network, thumb drive, etc. With this automatic backup feature enabled to an external medium, even if the PC hosting your log file totally fails, you can be sure that the worst case scenario is only losing a day's worth of data, not a lifetime of logging.

Please take a minute now and plan a sensible backup process for your data!

You've worked hard, maybe a lifetime, to put all those Qs in your log. Please take a minute now and protect them!


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

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!

73, Scott

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

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