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Hi All,

Happy New Year!

I have a few announcements to share...


Upgrades to the Following Contesting Programs are Now Available!

I've made the following minor enhancements to these programs:

ARRL Field Day Contest Log 4.8: Delta stations worked by other Delta stations are no longer included in the QSO point total. Those operating in the Delta class will still have to remove the Delta stations worked from your log before creating your submission (click File > Remove Delta Stations to easily do so). If you aren't planning to operate in the Delta class for Field Day 2016, staying with Field Day Contest Log version 4.7 is fine.

South Carolina In State and Out of State 1.4: Updated to calculate bonus station multipliers.

ARRL November Sweepstakes Contest Log 5.9: Displays bearing and miles, which updates when you enter the section.

ARRL 10 Meter Contest Log 4.8: Unworked states and provinces turn green when spotted (like the Sweepstakes software does). Click on the spot to tune your rig to the spot frequency (with rig interface enabled).

As always, upgrades are free to registered users!


ARRL National Parks on the Air (NPOTA)!

NPOTA (https://npota.arrl.org/) is off and running! Lots of folks are quite enthusiastic about this year long event and asking:

Can I use Amateur Contact Log for ARRL's National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) 2016 event?

You'll find that answer on my web site here: http://www.n3fjp.com/faq.html#q84

Here is the text from that FAQ:

Like ARRL's Centennial QSO Party in 2014, scoring for NPOTA is handled by ARRL's Log Book of the World (LoTW). Amateur Contact Log worked just fine the ARRL Centennial QSO Party and it will be fine for NPOTA in 2016 too. NPOTA scoring is handled by upload to LoTW and Amateur Contact Log has all the features you need for that.

To keep your NPOTA score updated, you only have to upload the NPOTA QSO to LoTW, just as you would any other QSO record. LoTW will determine and confirm the units you work based on the activating station, which he will upload to LoTW as soon as practical after the activation. You can see your score and the leader board by logging into LoTW.

It isn't necessary to track the NPOTA units you work in AC Log since LoTW is performing that function, but you can always use one of the Other fields to do that too if you like. To display and customize the location of an additional Other Field, click Settings > Edit Fields Displayed. To Rename an Other Field, click Settings > Other Field Titles and Fill Behavior.

As a chaser, just log the QSO normally and upload to LoTW. If you are an activator, the 2016 release of TQSL 2.2.x will allow users to create station locations that include an NPS unit. Users will not have to request additional call sign certificates for the NPOTA event unless they operate from an NPS unit using a portable identifier, such as W3IZ/4, in which case they can simply use TQSL to request a signed call sign certificate for the appended call sign.


Amateur Radio Parity Act - This Literally Takes About 60 Seconds, So Please Do This Now!

You all know the importance of a successful outcome for the Amateur Radio Parity Act. Here is your chance to help, it is free, completely automated and it couldn't be easier!

EVERYONE, whether you are antenna restricted or not, this literally only takes about 60 seconds, so please take one minute now and do this:

https://arrl.rallycongress.net/ctas/urge-congress-to-support-amateur-radio-parity-act

Now, please tell your other radio friends to do the same!

The ability to improve everyone's station is in ALL of our interests - more folks enjoying radio AND better signals to copy!


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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 nearly 90 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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