Version 3.15, 15-10-1998
- Our efforts in restructuring TL's code below the surface
resulted in gaining about 50 KBs of additional memory which is available for
exter- nal databases or service routines. This is a nice spin-off from our
attempt to prepare TL for a future WINDOWS version and for much more enhancements
in the short term.
- The TL-timebase system was adapted to modern CPUs with clockrates
well above 200 MHz. The standard Turbo-Pascal routines would have caused runtime
errors or prevented TL to start at all.
- The number of cluster connect scripts was increased to 8.
This should be sufficient even in times of unstabile link situations. There
are more options now...
- The connect strings which could be activated in the multiconnect
window by selecting a stream from pressing function keys F3....F8 and then
the F9-key are now saved for the current program session. This enables the
user to quickly re-establish disrupted links with a minimum of typing effort.
When a stream is disconnected manually all typed strings will be kept but
the attached stream identifier is set to lower case characters in order to
remind the user of his action on the first glance.
- Pokelink is now available for G-stations as well following
a request of G0GVA and others suffering from being wiped out of packet clusters.
- TL's contest features were enhanced by allowing to define
fixed contest exchanges now. In addition you now have full control over the
serial numbers' starting value. This was requested by quite a number of users.
- The SORT/REBUILD menu was straightened. Did anybody ever
rebuild an index separately? There are now just two submenu items left, the
ones you really need.
- Contesting in RTTY was made much more comfortable by greatly
enhancing information extraction by mouse-action. You now can select a call
from the incoming stream, the station's SELCALL the start time and the RST
+ contest exchange received from your partner. All you need to do is to click
on the appropriate parameter fields and then select text from the incoming
character stream. All selected information is automatically transfered into
the logging window. You get there by pressing ESCAPE. You log by simply pressing
"ENTER". Pressing "CNTRL-F10" brings you back into the multimode logging window,
ready to select the next one. Press ALT-F to select from a list of ....MMM
-files which you have edited from within TL and stored which allow you to
send any text you want under control of the function keys F1.....F10. If you
want to extract a contest exchange string TL automatically removes separating
characters between RST and exchange. All you need to do is clicking on the
blank or serating character between both words. TL also does the formating
in the QSO-record for you. Maximum exchange length is 4 characters in CW.
- The use of transverters with TL is still supported and works
fine but obviously needs some more explanation since the handbook is a bit
short with respect to this topic. Here is the procedure given by means of
- You have a 28 MHz-rig and a transverter to work with
it for 50 MHz.
- Please move into the "DEVICES" menu and select the item
transver- ter. Specify transverter 1 as 28 MHZ.
- Now please also move into the "BANDS" menu, activate
the transverter item on the 28 MHz-band as well and specify the local
oscillator frequency as 22000 KHz.
- If you now return to the logging screen you will see
any offset frequency xyz on the 28MHz-band being displayed as 50.yxz MHz
in TL's frequency display.
- TL automatically computes the internal offsets for setting
and reading frequencies from your rig via the CAT-link.
There are now 5 date formats available from the initial
setup menu, subitem "D" for logging and display purposes.
The F6/F6 review window was greatly enhanced in order to
improve the over- view over the fields and to increase conspicuity of cursor
position and field under edit.
TL's editor ED.EXE has become old and moldy. It cannot
deal with large files as required in many cases and uses a notation which
is by no means compatible with modern editors. In search for a more comfortable
though not much memory consuming utility we present EDITOR.EXE along with
this version. The new editor has one remarkable advantage: It can deal with
files as large as your available ram-memory while cosuming just abt 50KB
for itself. You should try the new editor by activating it in SETUP ---DIRECTORIES
and set the path onto the new one by typing at the line EDITOR-DIRECTORY:
C:\TURBOLOG\EDITOR.EXE The commands of the new editor are almost the same
as for the editor in XTREE-GOLD, a widely used DOS command interface utility.
Automatic antenna switching is now available from one of
the parallel LPT ports. Switching will be performed on every update of the
frequency information, either by cursor-down from the callfield or from
the auto- band operation (if activated). In order to activate this feature
you move into 'Advanced Setup'--- 'Devices` and select the item 'Antenna
switch` from the menu. First you need to enable the facilities. Next you
need to define the LPT port to work with. Finally you have to decide on
the output bit pattern for the bands which you selected in the `Bands` menu.
The LPT output will be the binary equivalent to the decimal number you specified
for the band under consideration.
The ASCII import facilities are now greatly extended. Much
larger records can be imported and the mask for extracting fields is now
to be edited in a user friendly way. Also the result of editing is not in
vain but can be saved and reloaded for further modifications or applications
with other files. The editing procedure is self-explaining ( hopefully ).
All necessary information is given on the screen. This new facility will
now serve as interface for various `plug ins' for the import of foreign
logs. The ASCII file for input can have any extension, while the filter/mask
has the extension .IMP after it has been generated. The ASCII input file
should be copied into TL's IMPORTDIR which is ..\TURBOLOG\USRFILES by default.
The file menu window, however, allows to select files from anywhere on the
disk. In this case you need to type in the full path to this file. TL takes
the first record of this file and places it into the editing window for
adapting the foreign fields to those used in TL. When you have done editing
you should save this product for future use or for modifications in case
you did not hit all fields correctly. Click on the eXecute menu item for
performing the transfer. Those records which cannot be identified correctly
are collected in BADLOG.DAT under the IMPORTDIR directory for close inspection.
Ambiguous records need to be corrected manually and logged individually.
The procedures are fail save, however, it is always wise to make a backup
of your (CALL).TLG file before you start these kinds of operations.
- CS3 was removed from the list.
- VP6 was assigned as the new prefix for Pitcairn Island,
- H40 was added to the list as a new country (#392), effective
by 1.Oct.1998. This follows a prior decision of the DXCC-board communicated
on the 17th of August 1998. All contacts later than 1.April 1998 0000z count
for the new one.
- FO0 Marquesas Islands as a new country (#393), effective
by 1. Oct.1998. All contacts later than 1.April 1998 0000z count for the new
- FO0 Tubuai/Austral Islands as a new country (#394), effective
by 1. Oct. 1998. All contacts later than 1.April 1998 0000z count for the
- !! Do not forget to edit your qsos in F6/F6 review mode
in order to insert the new country numbers into the log records of earlier
qsos ( after the 1. April 1998 0000z ) with these new contries. You should
also edit CALLS.DAT and correct former call assignments. !!
- UR was assigned main prefix for Ukraine, and no longer EM.
- 4K was assigned main prefix for Azerbaijan, and no longer
- R1F was assigned main prefix for Franz-Josef-Land, and no
- 4K5/Snake-Isl. was still on the list as a candidate new
country. It is removed now and its country number ( 279 ) reused for Bear-Island.
- IT=Sicily was included to the list for ease of WAE- tracking
( Worked all Europe ). Number 390 was assigned as country number.
- GM, the Shetland Islands were included to the list for ease
of WAE- tracking ( Worked all Europe ). Number 391 was assigned as country
number and the pseudo-prefix is SHET.
- Finally JW/Bear-Island was included to the list for ease
of WAE- tracking ( Worked all Europe ). Number 279 was assigned as country
number and the pseudo- prefix for this one is BEAR.
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