Amateur Contact Log 4.5 Now Available & Access Table Creation Error Remedy!

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Hi All,

If you enter your frequency in MHz, live outside of Australia and don't own a Yaesu 847, the following probably won't be of interest to you. Continue enjoying this weekend's ARRL 10 Meter Contest! For those of you remaining....

Amateur Contact Log 4.5 is Now Available!

Amateur Contact Log 4.5 includes the following enhancements:

- Version 2.0 of the LoTW TQSL software introduced a new upload problem. TQSL 2.0 now also checks your frequency (only if you have entered one, you don't have to) to verify it is within the band you entered. If the frequency is outside the band, TQSL will not upload your record, even though it will still upload a record without a frequency at all. The most common reason for TQSL rejecting the records is that some folks are entering their frequency in KHz instead of MHz. To correct this problem, with AC Log version 4.5, your frequency is now converted to MHz if that value / 1,000 falls within the band limits. This check occurs on entry of new records and ADIF export, so your existing data should now upload to LoTW okay as well.

- VK hams use the Wireless Institute of Australia's awards program, which requires these tags in their ADIF export for upload: LOTW_QSL_SENT, LOTW_QSL_RCVD, EQSL_QSL_SENT and EQSL_QSL_RCVD. These tags are now added if there is a L or E in the Confirmed By Sent and Confirmed By Received fields as appropriate to their ADIF export.

- Some, but not all Yaesu 847 users where having trouble interfacing with the new, C#.NET versions of my software. This problem has been corrected by sending a command to start cat control when the port is opened if Yaesu - Older is selected. This fix will also be rolled out into future versions of the contesting software in the coming months. You'll be able to tell that you have the update for Yaesu 847s if the version on the rig interface form reads 1.3.

As always, upgrades are free to registered users. You'll find AC Log 4.5 here:

And the steps to upgrade here:


Access Database Table Creation Problem (GetDataset Error) Remedy!

A very small percentage of folks have been having trouble running the new C#.NET versions of my software, receiving the following error as soon as they start the software before entering any data: "I couldn't retrieve the requested data in GetDataset". This resulted from Access creating the log file on start okay, but not the needed internal tblContacts table.

Up until now, the only reliable remedy has been a complete Windows reinstallation, but another user just reported this much less extreme, successful remedy!

"The problem was with my operating system. I went to and I updated the software and now works fine."

The original news announcement ended here, but as other suggestions / remedies come to light, I am adding them as follows:

If the above doesn't work, another user suggested these links as possible remedies:

- Jet service pack XP:

- Or this one for Jet:

Another user wrote that he had two virus protection software programs installed, conflicting with each other, that created the problem. Uninstalling the virus protection programs restored the normal functionality of my software. In addition, Kaspersky virus protection software once issued an update that temporarily caused the problem for everyone running Kaspersky, as detailed here.

Another user reported: "I used the Windows 7 System File Checker (from command line: "sfc /scannow"). The first time I ran this utility, my computer abruptly rebooted all on its own. I then ran it a second time and it completed without interruption....and no more GetDataSet error!"

Hopefully one of the above will get you going. I am very interested in hearing which of the above links provides a remedy, if you have another successful remedy, or if you have to reinstall Windows to fix the problem.

Please let me know how you make out.

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

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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