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GenLog Hints / FAQs

The latest major version of GenLog that supports Win8 is v8.0, which requires a new installation regardless of your OS. After installing v8.0, you can get the latest revision at any time.

Windows 7 and earlier:
The v8.0 install will upgrade your logger to the new software. Select the option to keep your newer files if prompted. GenLog is installed to the same folder as earlier versions of the software - C:\GenLog32 - so all your logs can be accessed as before.

Windows 8:
Select the option to keep your newer files if prompted. If Windows 8 sets the `install to folder` path to the "C:\Program Files" folder, you should change it to the default "C:\GenLog32" folder. The software will run from the `Program files` folder - BUT - when you download GenLog updates in the future, the update files will certainly extract to my default folder if you don`t change the it.

The executable filename has changed from GenLog325.exe to GenLog326.exe - edit or delete any old shortcuts.

If having problems with a new install:
1) Read the next few questions below about downloading and installing to see if this is the problem.
2) The VB installer is old and probably not forward compatible with new OS in every respect.
Try ignoring the sharing errors and select keeping your current files during the install. Then, look to see if GenLog326.exe was installed anyway.
3) If you burn a CD-ROM to install the logger on a non-networked PC, you may need to change the read-only properties of folders or files.
4) Use <Ctrl> + <Shift> and drag the .exe to create shortcuts - or read how to make valid shortcuts.

Q: Why can`t I click one of the download links on your web page, even though the cursor turns to the `hand` pointer?
A: Users that have Google Chrome installed report this issue. Upgrade to IE8 or stop using Chrome.

Q: When I downloaded the GenLog installation file and ran it, another software package was opened for installation - maybe the last program that was downloaded. Why?
A: This is a browser or OS setup problem that runs a setup .exe from another application, possibly the last one that was downloaded. Use IE and the download will be OK.

When you use the logger`s shortcut and it runs another software application, then the installation is incorrect. You should uninstall the program first, then try again.

If your PC has a `Download` folder, delete all setup .exe files that you find in that folder. Running all software installations explicitly from a known folder is recommended.

Do `Save` at the download prompt and put the GenLog install file in a temporary folder where you know how to get to it - c:\temp for example. Then do Start, Run and browse to that folder. Select the installation file and run it. Installing the logger to the default folder will make future updates easier, since the WinZip archive will extract to the same logging folder.

You may also need to run the install file `as an administrator` as well.

After installation, if a problem:
In My Computer find the c:\genlog32 folder. If you don`t find it, do Start, Search, For Files and folders... Search for GenLog326.exe. This file will be in c:\genlog32 folder if you installed it to the default folder at installation time. It could be in the c:\Program files folder if you originally selected to install it there - this is OK - just make sure that you change the extract to folder to this folder when doing updates to the logger. Make sure that it is not on your desktop. Running the logger from the desktop folder will not work. Make a proper shortcut.

If you want to look in GenLog folders to see files (your old log files for example), you may need to first set the option to view file extensions. In XP: Tools, Folder Options..., View tab, Uncheck the `Hide extensions for known file types` checkbox. Hit OK. Other OS should be similar. This is required since the file extension tells all - .exe, .log, etc.

Q: I downloaded the latest GenLog revision file and extracted the files, but why do I still have an earlier version?
A: The default folder to GenLog is c:\genlog32, but you may have installed it elsewhere. So, if you know where you extracted the update and you still have this version problem - this is why.

The new OS`s save temporary Internet download files/web pages so they can be re-used for faster screen displays. Unfortunately this process often re-uses the older GenLog update file as well. Go to the c:\windows(or c:\winnt)\Temporary Internet Files folder and delete the files - which sometimes works. You probably need to do `Show hidden files and folders` in My Computer - Tools, Folder Options, View menu first.

Using an invalid desktop shortcut can cause this problem. Make a proper shortcut.

Q: What happened to the GenLog shortcut and program icons?
A: Microsoft Win8 doesn`t support developer icons, so I just used the Visual Basic 6 default icon.
Non-Windows8 - Do right-mouse on a desktop shortcut and select `Properties`, select `Change Icon` and change the icon to km.ico, which resides in the GenLog32 folder.

Windows8 Metro desktop: Right-mouse click a shortcut and select `Open File Location` from the yellow taskbar. Do right-mouse on the shortcut and select `Properties`, `Change Icon` and change the icon to km.ico, which resides in the GenLog32 folder.

Windows8 Classic desktop: In MyComputer, in the GenLog32 folder, right-mouse click on GenLog326.exe and select `Create shortcut`. Find the shortcut in the list and drag it to the desktop. Do right-mouse on the shortcut and select `Properties`, select `Change Icon` and change the icon to km.ico, which resides in the GenLog32 folder. You can drag that icon to the taskbar if you wish. Delete the desktop shortcut if you wish.

Q: GenLog won`t run under Windows 7 or Vista OS. This message may be displayed `The requested operation requires elevation`. Why?
A: You may need to right-click the executable and select "Run as Administrator" explicitly. Even though your user account is administrator, by default Windows Vista UAC will not run some programs under the administrator account for security. Read more about UAC. Read this and this.

Q: I have Windows 7 OS or a 64-bit OS on my PC and some software won`t run (or install). Why?
A: There are compatibility issues with installing and running 32-bit programs on x64 series OS. Read this and this.

Q: The logger just doesn`t seem to work right. It doesn`t score properly and does not find the lookup datafiles {dxcc_pre.dat, counties.txt, all_coun.dat etc.} Why?
A: 1) If you are running the logger from an .exe shortcut that you dragged to the desktop - this may be the problem. The logger uses the application startup folder (where the .exe resides) as the default folder for all lookup files. Your log files are also written there. When you make a shortcut by dragging the .exe to the desktop, the shortcut sets the "Start In:" folder to the desktop folder. No datafiles are found in the desktop folder !
2) Use a valid shortcut to run the logger from the normal c:\genlog32 folder. Create a Start, Programs files shortcut. Or just run it by double-clicking it in Explorer.

Find GenLog326.exe and do right-mouse click on the filename, select `Create shortcut`, then drag that shortcut to the desktop. You can delete the NotePad type datafile icons that appeared on your desktop as the result of your previous invalid shortcut.

In any case, the shortcut properties should show the "Start In:" folder as c:\genlog32 - or wherever you installed the software. The files generated by the logger should not show up on your desktop!

Q: Why is the score text in the logging screen truncated to a few digits?
A: If your non-US PC`s system number setup is configured for decimal separators - that is, instead of 11,500 your computer displays numbers with a decimal separator, 11.500 in this example - the score text can be truncated and displayed as 11. Rather than changing the number separators to be commas in your system, just change the option in the logger`s `View` menu.

Q: The logger doesn`t dupe every callsign. Sometimes the logger does not flag some dupes. Why?
A: If you do not use <Enter> or <Space> to input (enter) callsigns (and all other fields), duping will not be done. In the initial setup form, the flashing yellow window instructs to use only <Enter> or <Space>. If you <Tab> to the next field without properly entering the call, no duping will be done. Other problems can show up as well - miscalculated QSO points, skipped lookups from files, mis-tagged multipliers and an improperly formatted log file - which can result in an improperly formatted Cabrillo as well. You need a way to move between fields without using the mouse - use the <Tab> key.

Check your log, here`s the tip-off -- If you type the callsigns in lower case (which you can do) and they show up in the log as lower case, then you did not use <Enter> or <Space> to input the call.

Q: Why doesn`t the <Tab> key work to input/enter callsigns and exchange data?
A: As mentioned in the answer to the above question, the <Tab> key is used to move between fields without using the mouse. GenLog logs more than 350 contests, many of which require special function code to handle the QTH based received and send exchange data. Contests can also score points and count multipliers based on QTH. The GenLog log file and the Cabrillo log formats are based on the code that is run when <Enter> or <Space> keys are used. I cannot program the <Tab> key because if you used <Tab> to move between fields the special function code is initiated out of sequence.

Q: Why do I get a `Run-time error 70 - permission denied` error when I enter a QSO?
A: Is your log file set to `Read Only`? Right-mouse the log file in Explorer and Select Properties and change it. If you burned a CD to copy the software to another PC, the folders and files can be set to `Read only`.

Q: When I continue from the setup screen, why do I get an `Error 50003` or similar?
A: Error 50003 is an installation problem with dll/ocx files. Try installing the VB6 run-time files from Microsoft`s site. Then see if the logger will run. Make sure you have a valid shortcut, so the logger finds all the support files in the logging folder, not your desktop folder.

Q: Why does LOTW upload reject my ADIF log?
A: Probably mode related: Modes in ADIF and Cabrillo logs may not match the TQSL default modes.
In the TQSL preferences, select the ADIF tab and set the mode names to be mapped to those accepted by LOTW. Now when a file is processed by TQSL, it will automatically map the mode names. [ "This makes it seamless". Tnx WA5TKU ]. Read the LOTW FAQ for more.

Hints:
Never just accept default exchange data that GenLog inserts when logging. Always accept (or re-enter) and QSL only what the station transmits - unless the station sends abbreviated CW - like zone `AT` for zone 10 as an example - which should not be allowed. Who the hell knows what they are sending if you are new to contesting?

Read the Cabrillo log Hints.

5000 QSO limit.
GenLog is intended for the casual contester, and has a 5000 QSO limit per log. Make a dummy logfile with 5000 QSOs by pasting lines in an existing logfile. Then load it and make sure all functions work correctly. When you load a logfile with more than 5K QSOs, the file load stops after the 5K are loaded.

Don`t forget to log the QSO:
Forgetting to enter a QSO can cause NIL for the other station ! You can set the logger to accept the QSO into the log after you enter the last exchanged data. Don`t <Enter> the last input until you hear QSL from the other station. This option is purposely not saved to the Ini file.

Logging screen setup, QTH specific contests, etc:
Rather than using a config file for each contest, GenLog uses your DXCC prefix, section/province, county, State, contest option number, Zone, power level etc. to setup the logging screen. For example, your state is the key to setting up the State QSO Parties. Many contests have different message sequences and exchanged data that is sent and received based on your QTH.

Before operating in a contest, run a dummy contest first to make sure it is setup properly from your QTH. You can delete the dummy file later in Explorer. See the question on temp/dummy files below. An important setup key is your DXCC prefix: W, PA, G, LU .... The DXCC prefix for your country can be looked-up in the {dxcc_pre.dat} file.

Power level/Power Class:
While in the setup screen, read about the power level/power class abbreviations used in a contest by clicking the blue `Contests HELP` label in the setup screen and search the `Index` for that contest. In the logging screen, select a contest and make sure your TX exchange follows the current rules on the contest web page. Change the TX exchange combo-box before logging if necessary. See the contest hints and basic rules for the loaded contest - {Help}{About this Contest}.

Entering data into the log:
All of my loggers use the <Enter> and <Space> keys to accept QSO data in all fields. <Tab> is only used to move between fields. Special routines that are called when the <Enter> and <Space> keys are used will not be done when the <Tab> key is used. This can show up as the dupe function not working, miscalculated points, errors in multiplier tags and counts, incorrectly formatted ASCII log and incorrectly formatted Cabrillo log, plus other unknown errors. Using <Tab> to enter data just won`t work !

Changing the last QSO in the log:
If you just <Entered> a QSO into the log on the wrong band for example, take note of the exchange, <Enter> `DL` to delete the last QSO. Change to the correct band. <Enter> `L` for last callsign, and continue. `DL` and `L` are commands you will use often.

To open the HELP files in newer OS:
Microsoft no longer ships WinHelp with newer OS - so my help files may not open from the {Help} menu. I recommend you get the WinHlp32.exe file from Microsoft`s WinHlp32 page. The x64 file is for 64-bit and x86 is for 32-bit PCs. Or - Select the HTML help format from the {Help} menu. My older WinHelp files look nicer and are easier to navigate.

On new OS (XP to Win8) the HTML version may not open. This is a Microsoft security issue. Do right-mouse, Properties on the Cab_Eval.chm file and select `unblock`. Unfortunately, you may need to `unblock` the .chm file after downloading an updated version.

You can read the HTML General help file here and the Contests help file here. Search for a topic or contest using <Ctrl> + F.

Mode in contests:
Use PH for all voice modes in contests (unless specified otherwise in the rules). Why? The Cabrillo log is fielded for 2 characters only and all voice contacts must be identified using one mode so duping can be accomplished. Also, since the Cabrillo uses a 2 character mode, contest sponsors use RY for PSK, RTTY and other non-CW digital QSOs for the same reason.

Don`t forget to change bands (and mode) in the logger when you change radio bands. I usually make a note of band change times so I can check this post contest - which also reminds me to change bands in the logger.

Scoring:
Displaying the total summary and score can be done at any time, so you can see the results of each band during a contest. Use the menus: Log | Write More Files Menu | Write summary [urCall.sum]. GenLog writes an ASCII file, then opens the file in NotePad or EditPad. Either NotePad or EditPad must reside in your logging folder. For contest sponsors requiring a summary, this file can be edited to contain your entry class, power levels or QTH before E-mailing it along with your ASCII log file [urCall.log].

In contests with Bonus points, click the [Mult/Bonus] button to enter bonus points, bonus mults, etc. Then re-load the log file to update the score. A log file can be re-loaded at anytime. The log `re-load` can be used as a reset, if something isn`t quite right when you initially start a contest. Make a few contacts, then re-load the file.

Using GenLog`s default exchanges / mults / files:
GenLog uses several data files to display default exchanges like ITU or CQ zones, DXCC countries, etc. No one knows what zone a station may be located in until that station sends the message (in particular US stations). It is up to you to <Enter> the correct exchange information. When you QSL a message, it is understood that you received the correct info. Same with the signal report. If you were sent 559, then you must change the report to 559, not just hit <Enter>.

Since many contest sponsors use the Cabrillo format file for log submissions, using GenLog`s default QSO points is a non-issue. The contest sponsor uses the Cabrillo to calculate the points per QSO and your score. The points values do not appear in the Cabrillo file. So - if points are wrong due to rules changes or calculation error, this does not affect your log submission.

UTC offset:
My loggers have an auto UTC offset function that looks at the PC`s system clock. In the system clock setup, sychronize your PC`s clock to the correct time automatically by setting the Internet Time setup to `time-a.nist.gov` or `time.windows.com`.

GenLog checks the system clock at program start-up for the UTC hour and changes the UTC offset for you. Verify the UTC time and UTC offset each time you run the logger.

If necessary, use the supplied application `Gen Time` post contest to adjust the log by X hours, either plus or minus. Sorry only the hour can be changed (and NOT THE DATES around UTC midnight - requires manual edit in NotePad).

Standard Time/Daylight Saving Time changes:
When your local time changes twice a year and you are logging, the UTC offset will not change. The selected and/or loaded UTC offset at program start will be wrong when your local time changes. You must exit the logger and restart the program to update the UTC offset. If you made QSOs right after the hour change before you re-start the logger, you need to adjust the time in your log for those QSOs.

Q: The logging screen flickers every second when the UTC time hh:mm:ss label is updated. What can I do?
A: Double-click the UTC time display label mid-screen and change the format to hh:mm format. A 1-minute time update will go un-noticed as compared to the 1-second update.

Q: When a grid square map is displayed, why is it empty?
A: Grid map datafiles are used for US, EU, SA, SA2, Alaska-BC, Eastern-Canada and Central America maps - these files must be in the logging folder. Filenames are nthamer.map, europe.map, sthamer.map, sthamer2.map, alaska_bc.map, canada.map and centamer.map respectively. All files used by GenLog are available - get this zipped data file and extract the files you want.

Q: Why not have GenLog check the spelling of multiplier exchange text that I enter?
A: This would require accurate up-to-date datafiles for >350 contests - and why would I do that? When you enter an exchange, you enter what the other station transmits. The logger may suggest exchange text based on the contest and callsign entered - always enter what you receive from the other station (except abbreviated CW as mentioned above).

Contest sponsors do cross-checking of logs, so it is a bad practice to simply accept the logger lookup text. After all, you QSL`d the message - it IS correct in your log - right?

Q: How can I back-up my LOG files during a contest?
A: There is no reason why you should ever lose contest LOG data. You can have several files available that contain your QSOs.

The auto-saved file [filename.LOG] is written to the drive/path you selected in the set-up screen before starting to log - or in the {View} menu while logging. If a glitch erases or corrupts your normal LOG file, you should have no problem using the back-up file or re-naming a file and reloading it into GenLog.

[filename.LOG] is the normal logging file that you name when starting a contest. Each QSO saved immediately after entering it.
[filename.BAK] is the manually saved BU file - but may not be up-to-date. Rename to [filename.log] to re-load.
[filename.BU1] is the logging file saved before editing in GenLog. This file only has the QSOs up to that point however! Re-name to re-load.
[urCall.LOG] is a manually saved file, either in standard ASCII or in the Cabrillo format.
An ADIF file can also be saved at any time. These files are saved to your logging folder.

If you associate the .bu1 .bak .adi .log and .cbr extensions with NotePad, you can easily view or edit them. Back-up files with .bak and .bu1 extensions can be deleted from the logging folder after you are finished with that contest.

Q: Why can`t I re-size the screens to fill the video display?
A: Sorry, I cannot use the third party re-sizing control like my other software. The log inputs, output windows and controls are re-sized and re-positioned for each contest selected - the third party VB re-sizing control does not work properly.

However, you can run the logger in a larger-screen mode by changing the properties of the executable. In MyComputer, find GenLog326.exe in the c:\genlog32 folder. Right-mouse click on GenLog326.exe and select Properties and the Compatibility Tab. Select `Run in 640 X 480 screen resolution`. Apply. When you run the logger, it changes the screen resolution to 640 X 480. When you exit the logger, the video resolution returns to normal.

Or - If this option is not available on your OS, then use the standard video resolution change option. Right-mouse click on the desktop and select Properties. Go to the Settings tab and select 800 X 600.

Q: Why not allow the user to add a contest?
A: A `new contest setup` would be limited to a few fields (RST, Serial#, DXCC mults) which is already part of the General Logging function. I can add new contests if there is interest.

Q: Can I use GenLog in the Multi-Op category?
A: GenLog does not have networking capability, but you can merge several log files (from other PCs) post contest and submit a Multi-Op Cabrillo log to the contest sponsor. Read the `Multi-op` section in the Help file to make one log file and edit it for submission.

Q: Why doesn`t GenLog receive and transmit RTTY or PSK?
A: I do not have time to add (and support) the digital engines to the logger. Plus there are the issues with Win7 and 64-bit OS`s. There are software packages out there that support RTTY/PSK - with built-in loggers. I use MixW. Others are N1MM logger and WriteLog.

Q: Is there a VHF/UHF version of GenLog?
A: Yes. Use VHFLOG to log in ARRL VHF/UHF/microwave contests and Sprints.

Q: Is there a VHF/UHF rover version of your logger?
A: Use KM Rover to log these contests as a rover, w/GPS.

Q: Do you have log scoring software for contest sponsors?
A: See Cabrillo Evaluator that scores Cabrillo logs for more than 550 contests.

Q: Will GenLog run in Linux?
A: Yes. GenLog runs in Linux using the Wine application. But - make sure times saved to the log are in correct format. The time format can have suppressed zeros. ex: GenLog`s clock shows 01:23 as 1:23. I don`t know if this is a Linux time format setup issue or Wine. While in GenLog, set the system clock to an hour after midnight and check the clock display. Save a QSO to the log at 0123 for example to verify that it is working correctly.

Q: How can I enter an HF frequency instead of the band in meters?
A: I would have to re-write the logger (and supporting software) to add this field in contest logs. But - if you use the SWL log option, you can enter any frequency text, plus the op`s name, qth, grid or whatever.

Q: Why does the logger allow me to enter a dupe QSO?
A: Dupe QSOs in the log are just 0-pointers when the sponsor scores the log. With the increased use of sponsor log cross-checking, it is advisable to work a dupe station when requested. Also, it is easier to just continue and work that station. Do not remove dupe QSOs from your log. The claimed score does not affect your log submission. If you want an accurate claimed score, you can change the Q-points to 0 before entering the dupe QSO into the log.

Q: How do I view/edit the Log and summary files?
A: For most contests, you can edit the log by clicking the {Edit/Change Log} button. This function is disabled in some contests because of non-normal log formatting. In GenLog, use the {File} {Display log/data files} menu to view/edit files. Maintain the space de-limited column format when editing. After editing a current log file, re-save it, then click that log filename in the files listbox to re-load it.

Or - In Explorer {My Computer}, log files have the extension .log and summary files have the .sum extension. Double-click the file in Explorer. If the file extension is associated with NotePad (or other editor), it will open. If not, select an editor application from the [Open with] dialog box. The log files are in space delimited column format and must be in the same format after editing/saving the file.

Note: If after editing your log and re-loading it, you get an error message [ No such band ] or other:
Be sure that there are no empty lines after the last QSO. If the [ No such band ] error is because of a blank line at the end of the log - as indicated when you have the `End` check-box selected, you can delete the blank line by entering `DL` in the callsign field.

Or - when viewing the file in an editor, the cursor should flash on the line just below the last QSO, at column 1, with nothing to the right of it and nothing below it. The file is Space delimited, not Tab delimited, which means you must use spaces when editing the file.

Note: To view/open HELP files, Cabrillo or ASCII data files in your logging folder in Explorer, you need to uncheck the `Hide file extensions` checkbox - Tools, Folder options, View menu. Then you can see the filename and extension, since many files can start with the same name but are different file types. Ex: {urCall.log} {urCall.sum} {urCall.mlt} and {urCall.txt}.

Q: Why not use the cty files that CT and other loggers use?
A: I use my {dxcc_pre.dat} DXCC lookup file that I developed for my first DOS logger in the 80`s - before CT? GenLog, Cabrillo Evaluator and other support applications use this file and I don`t want to re-write software that I developed years ago. It is easy to keep updated and the {DXCC_Exceptions.dat} file allows lookup for stations not operating from their `home` DXCC country. If you work an exception station not in the file - add it yourself. If an exception expires, remove it from the file. Each entry has the same format as the {dxcc_pre.dat} file - except a space is required after the callsign and one callsign per line. Copy and paste an existing country exception to add a new one, and edit it. Ex: AH8I [ALASKA]01 KL7

Q: How can I delete the temporary/dummy log files that I don`t want?
A: As with any applications software, file maintenance is best done in the MS file manager Explorer (My Computer). Use Tools, Folder options, View tab, and uncheck `Hide file extensions` so you can view the .LOG file extensions. Select [Apply] and [OK]. You can also delete the log files with .bu1 .bu2 and .bak extensions when you are finished with them. Deleted files are put in the Recycle Bin. To get deleted files back, open the Recycle Bin, click the files you want restored and do `Undo Delete` or `Restore`.

Q: When I edited my log file and tried to re-load it, I got an error: [ Input past the end ] [ No such band ] or other. Why?
A: When editing your log file, be careful not to disturb the columnar format of the data file. The file is Space delimited, not Tab delimited, which means you must use spaces when editing the file, not tabs. Also be sure that there are no empty lines after the last QSO.

Note:
If there are blank QSO lines at the bottom of the log file, you can delete them by <Entering> DL at the callsign input prompt. Use the {File} {Display log/data files} menu to view/edit files. When viewing the file in an editor, the cursor should flash on the line just below the last QSO, at column 1, with nothing to the right of it and nothing below it.

Q: Can I use long log filenames?
A: Yes, but keep them simple so the text fits in the existing display fields. Using names that tell you what the contest is {2014cqww_cw.log} {2014paqp.log} is helpful.

Q: When I operate portable in a contest, what callsign format do I use in GenLog`s setup and in my Cabrillo log?
A: You cannot enter a slash in your callsign in the setup form. Using VE/F5LEN for example: The callsign is used to name files written by the logger and VE/F5LEN.log is an illegal Windows filename. Use VE-F5LEN or VE_F5LEN in the setup screen. Keep in mind that you cannot use CW macros that send <yourCall> - enter your portable call into a CW memory text instead. After writing the Cabrillo, verify the log. GenLog usually changes the OPERATOR: field. GenLog changes the dash (or underscore) to a slash in the rest of the log.

Q: What is a Cabrillo file and when is it used?
A: Most contest sponsors require that computer generated LOGs to be submitted electronically instead of on paper. The Cabrillo file format contains both a summary and the log file. GenLog writes the Cabrillo file for selected contests and uses {urCall.log} as the filename - or {urCall.cbr}. If the pull-down menu does not say `Write Cabrillo...`, the Cabrillo output may not be supported in that contest. Re-load the log file to reset the menu to double-check.

Read the Cabrillo log
Hints.

Q: My Cabrillo file output has the wrong date format. What caused this?
A: If your PC system date format is set to DDMMYY, you must select the same format in GenLog`s setup screen, otherwise the month and day in your Cabrillo file will be reversed and could be rejected by the sponsor`s server. Unfortunately, you cannot just change GenLog`s format and expect the Cabrillo file to be correct, since your contest LOG file was written in the previous date format.

You can fix your current GenLog format LOG file by using the `Find & Replace` function in your text editor. For example: find 30/07/04 and replace with 07/30/04. After you select the correct date formats in the PC`s time setup - and in GenLog - and re-load the LOG, the Cabrillo file you write now will be correct.

Q: Is there an automatic partial callsign search in GenLog?
A: Yes, this is a selectable function. You make your own master datafiles using GenSort.exe and select the file to be used during logging in the {View} menu. After 2 or more characters are entered into the callsign field, the matching calls from the current log and the master datafile are displayed. You may click a callsign in either output window to insert that call into the callsign field. I use the left window to see dupes when I type in a call.

CW - PTT - DVK:

Q: Can I select a different sound card when using the DVK?
A: The logger doesn`t have a sound card setup. To select a different sound card, use the Windows device selector. Right-mouse on the Speaker/volume control in the taskbar and select Properties, Audio, Default device.

COM port wiring connections:
The logger uses RTS and DTR for CW/PTT. You may select the option that swaps the CW and PTT lines (required for RIGblaster interfaces).

The VB MSComm control is used for USB CW/PTT, which comes with the logger and is setup in the lower `USB` section. For now, the third party DLPORTIO driver is still used for real COM ports. If you must use the upper setup, the DLPORTIO driver software [port95nt.exe] is here.

Q: Why is the CW irratic and garbled?
A: 1) Other applications and firewalls can cause timing problems. I disconnect from the Internet and turn off other programs when necessary. There is nothing more annoying and disruptive than having an update message pop-up while sending CW.
2) Do you have the keying weight set near 1.00 - it does not need to be set too far from 1.00 to work correctly. I use 1.10.
3) RF can get into the PC and keyboard via the connecting cables, which will trash the CW keying. Turn the power output all the way down and try CW keying to prove this.
4) Some USB to serial adapters do not work properly. Known to work are interfaces with FTDI chips like the VScom serial adapters.

Interface ports:
1) Use a USB port for USB CW/PTT interfaces.
2) Use a USB to serial port interface with FTDI chips like the VScom adapters.
3) If using an older PC with a real COM port, standard serial interfaces still work.
4) XP and earlier: The internal/external add-on PCI COM and LPT cards do work in GenLog. Since USB I/O is supported, add-on PCI cards are no longer needed.

COM port DB9 pin-out:
CW - Pin 7
PTT - Pin 4
Ground/Common - Pin 5
CW/PTT connections are software reversible in the COM port setup.

DB25 LPT1 connection (no longer needed with USB I/O supported):
CW - Pin 17 and ground - Pin 18.

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