Win1010 Frequently Asked Questions

"FAQ"

 

How does the Win1010 BAR Indicator System work?  The new Digital Award used for an example.

How do I transfer a copy of Win1010 to a new computer?

Why do I get the FreeSize OCX file missing error?

Why do I have dupes in my 10X BAR Application?

How do I fix errors in my records?

I have a new call. How do I change my callsign (or address)?

My friend got a new callsign. Do I need to change all his records?

My County Hunter Score Box is off.  How to fix it?

Why do I need a backup?

I installed the update, but it did not take?

Help, I lost all my files?

Why do I get a Printer Error when going to the Options Menu?

Window Vista Tips

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How does the Win1010 BAR Indicator System work?  The new Digital Award used for an example.

The BAR Indicator System is designed to allow multiple County Hunter records for the same 10X, but keeps track of which record was used (or is available) for which award. For example, the new Digital Award requires contacts on PSK or RTTY. Most likely, a new PSK/RTTY contact will already be in the County Hunter records as being worked on SSB. The 10X BAR (and other BAR indicators) indicator can have three different values: "N" meaning that the record has not been used for the 10X BAR award, "Y" meaning that it has already been used and "U" meaning that it is Unavailable for BAR use. If a PSK contact is entered into the County Hunter, then the 10X BAR indicator on the new record will be set to "U", meaning that it is Unusable because the 10X number record already exists in the County Hunter. The DigBAR indicator will be set to "N" meaning that it has NOT been used or it is a NEW digital record. If the same station is worked again on RTTY, then the DigBAR indicator will be set to "U" since a digital contact on PSK and RTTY can only be used once.

There are three methods for entering contacts into the County Hunter:  (1) Entry directly into the County Hunter   (2) Entry into the Daily Log and manual use of the F4 hotkey to transfer the data into the County Hunter. If it is a new PSK or RTTY contact, then the mode box will turn red. If it does not turn red, then there is no need to use the F4 key to transfer to the County Hunter.   (3) Use of the Auto-F4 option in the Main Options Menu under the DL/CH tab. This routine checks the 10X, VP, Prefix, County, PSK, RTTY, CW and Country in all records in the County Hunter and if a new one, will automatically copy the data into the County Hunter whenever the F1 key is hit in the Daily Log to file the record in the Daily Log. A small window will indicate that the Auto-F4 routine was activated and which was a new item. There is lots of checking going on during filing so it may take a few seconds to return to the program.

For the new Digital Award, use either of the three. If you use the Daily Log to log all your contacts, then (3) would be the best choice.  If you don't use the Daily Log for all your contacts, then use method (1).

The RTTY Endorsement for the new Digital Award can use any RTTY contacts, even if it was already used as a PSK/RTTY contact for the BASIC Award. The RTTY Endorsement routine in Win1010 just finds the first ten RTTY contacts and uses them in the display/printout/ASCII file. No indicators are changed nor other data modified when this routine is run.

The various BAR application routines change the respective BAR indicator to "Y" after the application printout is made. Changing the indicator to "U" is always done by the program automatically.

In the Utility Menu there is a routine to reset an indicator to either "Y" or "N". Also an option to check various indicators for duplicate contacts and set the indicator to "U" for the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc. occurrence of the 10X number or whichever routine was being run. These routines have no reverse in case you change your mind, so you should have a backup if you ever use these routines. They can be used to start over again on BAR awards. If you set all indicators to "N" then you should also run the corresponding "Update Duplicates Indicators to 'U'" routine.

To give an example: if you worked K4HAV as a new 10X number, the 10X BAR indicator would be "N".  If you worked K4HAV again as a PSK, then the 10X BAR indicator would be set to "U" and the DigBAR indicator set to "N". If you worked K4HAV again as a RTTY, then the 10X BAR indicator would be set to "U" and the DigBAR indicator set to "U".

 

How do I transfer a copy of Win1010 to a new computer?

There are several methods that will work.

(1)    Make a backup to floppy disks, Zip Drive or a removable hard drive (USB Thumb Drives are excellent for this) by using the Certificate Chaser red button #10 Backup menu. This will only backup the data and no program files.  Install the latest version full Win1010 program to the new computer and then restore the backup using the same red button #10 Backup menu.

(2)    Copy the entire Win1010 folder to a CD, external hard drive, zip drive or USB Thumb drive.  Then copy to the new computer into the Program Files folder on the C Drive. This procedure copies the Win1010 program and data files, but does not install the required Windows DLL/OCX supporting files. Download and run the DLL_UP.EXE program from the Win1010 download web page. In many cases, the files on a CD Backup will be "Read Only" when transferred to the new computer. If so, then you will have to use My Computer and check the properties on the files and remove the "Read Only" file attribute. Most versions of Windows will allow you to apply this change to all the files and sub-folders.

 

Why do I get the FreeSize OCX file or some other OCX/DLL file missing error?

If a DLL/OCX file is missing or out-of-date, you will see this error.  The DLL_UP.EXE program from the Win1010 download web page should be run. This program uses the Win1010 Setup routine and you should just choose the default install location. There are no files placed there, only into the Windows/System32 folder to update the old DLL/OCX supporting files.

Sometimes the error code will be given as number "50003". Normally, this means that the version of Win1010 on your computer was created on my computer using newer DLL/OCX files than are on your computer. Again, running the DLL_UP.EXE program should fix this problem.

 

Why do I have dupes in my 10X BAR Application?

On every BAR application, the entire list of records to be used is displayed for you to inspect. The 10X numbers are sorted numerical so if there are dupes, they will be consecutive numbers. In the normal operation of Win1010, the BAR Indicator System should prevent any dupes; however, if records are edited or imported, it may be possible for the indicators to get out of sync. Since it is easy for the Win1010 user to spot any dupes and take steps to fix the problem, an award application should never be submitted with dupes. If there is a duplicate 10X number, then inspection of the County Hunter records for that 10X number (use the F6 routine) should reveal what happened. Most likely the 10X BAR indicator in both cases will be marked with a "N". If so, manually edit the 2nd occurrence of the BAR indicator to "U".

 

How do I fix errors in my records?

Most duplicate records in applications are caused by the BAR indicators getting out of sync. Most errors can be fixed by looking at the bad record and double-clicking on it to bring up the EDIT routine. Place the cursor in the field to correct, enter the correct data and hit ENTER.

 

I have a new call. How do I change my callsign (or address)?

In the main Options Menu on the MISC tab are three yellow buttons named "Change Street", "Change City", and "Change Call".  Clicking on the appropriate one will allow you to edit your User_95.DAT file to change your call, street address or city, state and zip.

 

My friend got a new callsign. Do I need to change all his records?

Since all the searches in Win1010 is done by 10-10 number, the call does not enter into the search, so it does not matter if the record 5 years ago has his old call and the new records have his new call. However in the CertChaser, you might want to use the F9 routine to edit the call in all the Chapter and Seal records to the current call.

 

My County Hunter Score Box is off.  How to fix it?

Probably the cause of this is the BAR indicators being out of sync or the wrong indicator is being used. On the CoHunter Utility Menu is an option to reset and update the indicators. You should run the Update Indicators for the item in the score box that is wrong. This will set the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc occurrence of the record's BAR indicator to "U". Try this and then recheck the score. You may have to exit the CoHunter program to reset the Score Box totals.

 

Why do I need a backup?

Answer the simple question: "If your hard drive crashes, do you want to re-enter all your records?". One of the very first users of the Win1010 Certificate Chaser, did not have a backup when his computer crashed. He decided to stop paperchasing rather than to re-enter all the records. How often to backup depends on how much activity you have and how much you want to re-enter after a crash.

There are several backup menus in Win1010, but the Certificate Chaser has the most comprehensive and with the most options. It is accessed by hitting the red button #10. Always use the "Default" location backup as this is the Backup folder in the Win1010 folder as a starting point. It is very fast and overwrites the last backup. However, if your hard drive crashes, this will be of no help. If you have a second hard drive, put a backup on it also by using the "Zip or Other Drive" option as the destination. This will create a backup folder on the second hard drive. Chances are, both hard drives will not fail at the same time. The floppy backup is slow and will take several discs. I would use that only as a last resort. Besides many of the new computers do not come with a floppy disc drive. One of the small USB Thumb Drives would make an excellent backup vehicle.

The Zip file backup is also a good backup. It compresses all the Chapters into one zipped file with a date in the file name. Also the Seals can be backed up this way. There are other data groups that can also be backed up to a zip file. These files will appear in the Zip folder in the Win1010 folder and could be copied to a floppy or other removable media. There is no Win1010 restore routine from the zip file, but must be manually unzipped.

The above backups are data only. In addition to data backups, a full Win1010 folder backup is also a good idea. Copy it to another hard drive, if available. Copy it to an USB Thumb Drive or other external drive. Most modern computers have a CD burner, so make a copy of the entire Win1010 folder onto a CD. Remember that if you copy files from a "Read Only" CD, then the files might also be "Read Only" on your computer. If so, you will get an error message when you start to run the Win1010 program. You can go to My Computer and find one of the files you copied from the CD and right click on it and choose "Properties", then look at the attribute of the file and if "Read Only", then remove the check mark on "Read Only".. Most Windows versions will give you an option then to make all files in the folder and sub-folders also not read only.

Another excellent option is to have more than one computer. If these two or more computers are hooked to a network, then always keep a full Win1010 folder backup on the other computers. If not on a network, then copy the entire Win1010 folder onto a CD or USB Thunb Drive and transfer to the other computer. If you want to run the Win1010 program on the second computer, then run the DLL_UP.EXE program to install the required Windows supporting DLL/OCX files.

 

I installed the update, but it did not take?

Normally, this is caused by unzipping the update file into the wrong place. I use a freeware program named EasyZip for my unzipping. You must select a destination path for the extracted files, whereas some of the popular unzip programs will just create a new folder with the zipped filename. You can download it here. To install, just run the ezip40.exe program. If you have this problem of missing files, then use the Windows "Find files" to find Win1010.EXE.  Once you find the new copy, then move it to the Win1010 folder.

 

Help, I lost all my files?

Normally, this question is answered by asking if you have recently installed a new copy of Win1010. The Win1010 Setup program will put an icon on the desktop pointing to the last install. Maybe someone was trying to install the full program instead of installing an update. Thinking that the new install would overwrite the existing program files and the data would still be there, they are shocked to run the program and find no data. This wound not happen if the default install location was accepted in both cases or the same location used. Many users desire to put the Win1010 program somewhere else or on another drive. The self-installing updates from the Win1010 DL web page, checks the Windows Registry for the path of the last run instance of Win1010 and will automatically install the update there.

 

Why do I get a Printer Error when going to the Options Menu?

For some unknown reason, the DLL/OCX files used in the Tabbed Menu requires a printer to be installed. Normally a printer will be installed on all computers, but maybe you have a laptop and never use a printer with it. The solution is just to use the Windows "Add Printer" routine and install a dummy printer.  I always add the HP-895 inkjet printer as the dummy printer.

 

Windows Vista Tips

A new version for Windows Vista is being tested.  Previous version 3.1b and earlier were compiled with Visual Basic 5.0. Version 3.2 was compiled with Visual Basic 6.0.  VB6 is more Vista friendly and the current version of Win1010 V3.2a installs and runs OK with Vista computers.   Some Vista users had issues with Win1010 and the problem was traced to the FreeSize.OCX control. It was replaced with a Vista compatible resizing control named Active Resize.OCX.  The new Version 3.3   installed OK on all the Vista computers that were having a problem.  Version 3.3 has also been installed on the new Windows 7 without any problems.

Vista has many more security features -- one which effects Win1010. Vista will not allow the user to write to data files in the Program Files folder, but requires that data be in the Program Data folder.. Therefore the default folder for Win1010 has been changed to C:\Win1010. The Win1010 folder can be in the Program Files folder, but you have to run the program as the Administrator, set the compatibility mode to Windows 2000 and turn off much of the Vista Security system (UAC).

I only have one computer loaded with Vista and since I have installed, uninstalled and installed again many times, a computer that has not installed Win1010 might react in a different way. Please report any Vista installs to K4HAV. A second computer was recently reformated and Vista installed. After the installation, a Ghost image backup was made. So after testing various programs, the Ghost image can be restored and the computer is like a virgin computer with nothing installed.