KIA Logbook II Issues

*Important*   KIA Logbook II version 2.01 is  was not saving its logbooks.  This logger is one of three loggers available in ARCS II.  It is located in the ARCS II Toolbar MENU at Accessories>KIA Logbook IIPlease do NOT use this tool until I fix this and other issues.  Use KIA Logbook instead, which is stable.  I am addressing   addressed the issues.  I hope to have a new version of ARCS II and the fixed logger posted before or by 27 November.  KIA Logbook II is still experimental, I appreciate the bug reports and am sorry for the inconvenience.  A revised version of the logger with new features and fixes for the bugs was posted 28 November; thanks to comments from K9BOJ. TNX Paul!  The web page indicates a NEW date of 28 November and the ARCS II download version 2.09 contains the revisions to the logger.  Please report any issues not addressed.  TNX

This logging software can import an US Callbook database directly to its logging fields.  There are still some issues.  Apparently I need to draft better instructions for the use of the feature.  Users ask if it would be possible to import QRZ callbook info (and also the information from some callbooks that are on CDs) into the logging fields.  There is not a simple answer.  The easy part is I have written algorithms for QRZ and one popular callbook that does this.  The hard part is since ARCS is ‘free’ software, I decided not to include the capability.  If you really need this capability, I suggest you write these commercial companies that you would like to have the feature in ARCS II (and ARCS III).  I do not have a license to access any of these very nice databases and do not intend to buy one .  Sorry.  The existing database the logger can access through the Internet is provided free by WM7D and is pretty neat.

Happy Thanksgiving and 73,

WB5KIA

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ARCS II Version 2.09 and ARCS III Version 2.08

ARCS III Version 1.08 contains a new toy.  MS Translate helps translate Amateur Radio technical talk and conversation.  The tool is an experiment.  The Internet is required for some functions.  Look in the Toolbar MENU Tools.   The program doesn’t perform miracles though it understands quite a few radio “technical” terms in several languages. Cosmetic adjustments were made to some screens.

ARCS II Version 1.09 also contains the new toy. Cosmetic adjustments were made to some screens.

I am working with a new compiler that will allow some applications to migrate to Android devices.

I wish you all a happy holiday season; especially a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

73,

Steve

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ARCS III Version 1.07

ARCS III Version 1.07 was released 26 September.  This version introduces a panel for Repeaters and import of TravelPlus *.tpe and repeater csv files.  The Spreadsheet panel is renamed Simplex.  ADIF import/export is improved.  ARCS logbooks (*.cds files) are now located by default in a new folder (/logbooks).   Users of previous versions need to move their *.cds and *.adi files to the /logbooks folder.   Otherwise, the software will not be able  to access existing logs.

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ARCS II Version 2.08

ARCS II Version 2.08 (version 2.08c posted September 12)

If you downloaded Version 2.08, (prior to Sept. 12); please download again.  Bugs were addressed and other significant improvements were made in the ARCS Log II including fix of Full Screen save, ADIF export and importing and ADIF into ARCS Log.

An enhanced version of the ARCS Log logger is being introduced in ARCS IIARCS Log II appears stable, however, both ARCS Log and Articulate Log are still part of the application so,  there are three (3) loggers available in this version of ARCS.  ARCS Log II uses a new data base (faster), the ability to display the logging form near full screen, several screen style options, ehnanced DXCC recognition, an improved configuration screen and more.  New users, please use ARCS Log II ; previous users, please do a log conversion, try the new logger and send me your comments. It is my intention to remove ARCS Log and Articulate Log from ARCS when I establish ARCS Log II is performing flawlessly.

ARCS II Styles now change immediately; users do not have to change the style, close the application and restart.  The antenna status on the status bar correctly indicates whether Antenna 1, 2 or VHF.   Other cosmetic changes were made  throughout the application.

I recently designed a new ARTICULATE logger,  It will not be implimented.  The regular logger is being enhanced (ARCS Log II) and will eventually contain most of the features that allowed the application to “talk to the user.”  I hope to get feedback from Articulate users.  Be aware, many of the “speaking” features of ARCS Log II may not yet work.

The “old” ARCS Log logbooks are not compatible with the NEW ARCS Log II database unfortunately for previous users.  To convert existing dbf to cds logs, users have to first create an ADI file using ARCS Log, transfer the resulting adi file to the ARCS Log II KIALog2/logbooks folder.   Once in the KIALog2/logbooks folder, use ARCS Log II to convert the adi file using Maintenance>Convert tool into a ARCS Log II compatible cds logbook.  The ARCSLog II logbook is compatible with  ARCS III.  The database used in ARCS II ARCSLog II is directly compatible with ARCS III logs. Version 2.08c addresses issues with the US Logbook and ADIF creation and export.  Posting logbook data created problems in the original release.   Some ADIF fields were not handled in the instance where the ADIF from an other logger did not have fields used in ARCS Log II.

Application Registration.  I frequently receive registration requests addressed to an old email address (sjg…).  Please DO NOT use that address; I do not use that address and requests to that address will be ignored.  Also, PLEASE save your registration number somewhere safe, not on your PC.  I receive almost as many re-registration requests from users previously registered as new users for registration info.  I want to avoid charging users for the software but soon will charge users for re-registration.  You do not need to re-register when changing PCs, the registration follows your call sign.  Changing your call?   Sure, glad to register you.

User Suggestions.  Many of the improvements to ARCS are initiated based on user reports of bugs or suggestions for improvements.  Thanks to those whose ideas make ARCS more usable for everyone.  Something not working?  Please let me know.  That is how issues in version 2.08 were brought to my attention.

73,

WB5KIA

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ARCSaprs

ARCSaprs Although there is plenty of activity regarding ARCSaprs on the blog, I get very little user input regarding ARCSaprs or the map tool.    I assume the tools are
working fine worldwide.  No issues reported or requests for improvement?

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ARCS III Version 1.06

ARCS III Version 1.06 was released 14 July 2013. The WM7D online callbook can be used to directly enter information into the logger’s information fields. Three callbook  display options are availble: 1) simply display the callbook tool and search for callsigns, 2)  have the callbook tool find the station info and insert it into the appropriate fields of the logger (presently name, city, state and Maidenhead grid), or 3) type a call sign in the logbook Station field and press a button to display the station’s information across the top of the logging form.  Go to U.S.Callbook>  and select from the three options. There is no option to use third party callbook software  to automatically update the ARCS logbook.

Verson 1.06 also corrects several issues.  UTC offset is remembered after it is set on the Configuration form (the offset did not ‘save’ on some systems).  When you log on the logger screen, be aware, it takes up to 60 seconds for the application to start displaying UTC time.  The software initially displays whatever local time the PC is set for.  Adjustments Panel setting save to a file after they have been edited and the application closes (i.e., what is typed in the various fields is remembered); therefore, what you type will load automatically on future use of ARCS III.

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ARCS_aprs_OSM

ARCS_aprs_OSM is a tool to quickly make APRS maps.  It requires an Internet connection.  The tool is now part of ARCSaprs version 0.97 which was uploaded 9 May.  To make APRS maps for your location very rapidly, go to Tools>Fast OpenMaps in version 0.97.

ARCS_aprs_OSM generates maps for several APRS applications.  The software uses the Internet, the free OpenStreetMap tiles, your latitude and longitude to create jpeg bitmaps of suitable for use with ARCSaprs, UI-View and Xastir.  It also calculates the map corner positions and creates the helper geolocation file used in conjunction with the jpeg map that calibrates the maps.  Xastir users do need to convert the jpeg file to a graphic pixmap (.xpm) as described in Xastir documentation, however, the GEO file (*.geo) is correct. The map generating software uses a latitude and longitude coordinate pair to select the tile containing the coordinates.  OpenStreetMap maps generated for containing either nine or fifteen tiles, at various scales, are can be generated in a few seconds, depending on the speed of your Internet connection. OpenStreetMap tiles are copyrighted but users are free to use them as they want as long as credit is given.

Development is proceeding on a version of ARCSaprs that works with any TNC.

I recently received several favorable comments from North American stations regarding ARCSaprs.  I have not heard from other regions of the World.  Is this software working satisfactoraly outside North America?   Please send me an email to   m y c a l l s i g n at yahoo.com with your comments and ARCSaprs in the email topic.  Thanks.

73,

Steve, WB5KIA

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