2013-04-19: Brand New, CQ W DX Contest Log 4.0 is Now Available!
The eighth program in my C# rewrite project is now available!
CQ WW DX Contest Log 4.0 is Now Available!
You'll find the new CQ WW DX Contest Log software on the CQ WW DX Contest Log Page at www.n3fjp.com. It is networkable and replaces both the previous stand alone and network versions. As always, upgrades are free to registered users. This includes either the previous contest or network versions and of course our N3FJP Software Package users!
Until CQ WW DX Contest Log 4.0 has a contest under its belt, you'll find both the new version and the older, tried and true VB6 versions on the web site. CQ WW DX Contest Log 4.0 is brand new, better, has additional features not found in the VB6 versions and represents the future of N3FJP Software. It is also completely new code - every single line of it! While the template has been tested extensively and the new, C#.NET versions for the major contests this year have performed very well, this will be the first use as applied specifically to this contest. It is quite possible that a contest specific bug or two remain to be found, so I want to give you the option of using the VB6 version if you prefer.
Customized Splash Screens Work Fine with the New Versions.
If my son Brad, KB3MNE, has created a splash screen of your call sign for you to use with the old versions of my software, it will also work fine with the new versions of my contesting software and the new, future version of AC Log, once complete. To use your image with the new file, simply move splash.jpg to the shared directory for the new software. You can find the location from any of the new C# rewrites by clicking File > Show File Locations and noting the location of your shared settings files. Just copy splash.jpg there.
If you don't have a customized splash screen and would like to learn more, please visit the KB3MNE Call Sign Graphics Page here: http://www.n3fjp.com/kb3mnegraphic.html
Are We There Yet (updated)?
Now that the word is out that I'm rewriting the software, folks have had a taste of the new versions and enthusiasm is building for more, I'm getting swamped with questions along the lines of: "When do you think you will have a program for ____________ (insert your favorite existing contest, new contest, AC Log, or additional feature here).
I can't accurately predict target dates for the rewrites. Some days are very productive, while others takes an entire day to get a single line of code to work the way I want. On average, with the exception of the AC Log rewrite, which will be a huge project unto itself, it is looking like about two weeks per program. With about 50 programs in total, I have a multi year project ahead.
My present plan, in this order and Lord willing, is to:
- Finish rewriting the major contesting programs. This includes ARRL November Sweepstakes, ARRL 10 Meter and ARRL 160 Meter. At about two weeks per program, I hope to have these three complete in roughly six weeks or so.
- Rewrite AC Log. I can't predict how long this will take. There are lots of additional features not present in the contesting software that I will have to rewrite and I simply don't know how long that will take. It may be two months or ten months. We will see how things go.
- Rewrite the remaining, currently supported contesting programs and state QSO party programs.
- Add new contests and features
Please stay tuned to the Announcements group and I will let you know as each new program / update is released.
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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