[Dxspider-support] K7A et al

Jim Reisert AD1C jjreisert at alum.mit.edu
Wed May 28 23:22:43 BST 2008

To explain a bit further, CTY.DAT (the country file used by DX Spider) now has
a notation to distinguish between prefixes (like K7) and callsigns (like K7A). 
Otherwise, adding K7A (upcoming Alaska operation) to the country file would
cause all K7A*** callsigns to be tagged as Alaska.

This country file change will be propagated to logging software as well, I'm
waiting for one more author to get on the bandwagon before a full release.

Thanks to Dirk for making such a speedy change!

*** And I should have added ***

All future releases of CTY.DAT will have this change.  If you are running a
version of DX spider older than V1.55 build 0.12, it will ignore all special
callsigns in the country file (CTY-1805 and later).  So things like SH/H
<callsign> may not work properly (it will just return default country, i.e.
9M6/N1UR as West Malaysia instead of Spratly).

Moral of the story, if you're using an old version of DX Spider, then you can
safely upgrade to CTY.DAT version CTY-1804, but nothing more recent.

73 - Jim AD1C

--- Dirk Koopman <djk at tobit.co.uk> wrote:

> After some changes initiated by Jim AD1C. I have added support for 
> dealing with out of area short callsigns that are out of area like K7A.
> <rant>This is usually done by the FCC for reasons that escape me</rant> 
> (but then I am only a [non-US] programmer, what sort of a say do I have?)
> You will need to update from CVS.
> Dirk G1TLH

Jim Reisert AD1C/Ø, <jjreisert at alum.mit.edu>, http://www.ad1c.us

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