OK, some database updates.
First a new mode is available for Digital Voice modes. This is DV. You can select this from the dropdown menu when entering logs by hand. No matter which DV mode (D-Star, DMR, Codec2) the database saves them all as DV.
The CSV parser has been enhanced.
For DV modes you can use “DV”, “FUSION”, “DSTAR”, “D-STAR” or “DMR”. The mode inserted into the DB is DV.
For DATA modes you can use “DATA”, “PSK31”, “PSK63”, “JT9”, “JT65”, “FT8” or “FSQ”. The mode inserted into the DB is DATA.
I’m sure there are many more modes but the DV and DATA modes listed will encompass 99.9% of the modes people are using. I don’t intend to add more unless I can see real data saying these other modes are in daily use.
If you have already had DV QSOs and have logged them as DATA or OTHER and want them to be shown as DV then contact me and I can do the changes easily. There is no need for you to update your existing logs as I can do it much more simply.
Finally, the software version has been updated. The version comes from data in the program (major and minor numbers) and the rest is made from the days and time since 1-Jan-2000. We used to be something like 1.4.6432.12345. This has been bumped to 2.1.6538.26431. The change to major version 2 signifies we are using a new compiler / runtime version VS2013 & .net4.5 after using VS2010 & .net4.0 for many, many years. The minor change to 1 signifies this is the 2nd version of the software using these tools as all programmers start counting from 0.
The compile and runtime changes are a fun tale. For the upcoming single sign on (SSO), the 3rd party code that handles the magic only works with .net4.5. To get there (and we’re not there yet) I had to confirm that .net4.5 is supported by our hosts and it is. Then I had to find copy of VS2013 with the right licences which is also done. Then build the old app with the new tools and check it works. Well we have been using such a version since Aug 2017 without issues. The biggest problem I’ve had is the outrage that my employer has expected me to do some work for a change and this has left me with little time for new home software projects, just enough time to keep things ticking over. I do hope to have more time available now we have a finished “the project that would never finish” at work
As usual, let me know of any problems. I’m sure to have broken something somewhere!