SkookumLogger v2.0.14 now available

Bill Myers, K1GQ, released version 2.0.14 of his contest logging software SkookumLogger.

SkookumLogger is a full-featured contest software package suitable for the most demanding contester.

New Features in SkookumLogger v2.0.14

  • A new contest, the Jock White Memorial Field Day, had been added in the National group. Thanks K7GQ/KH6CW/ZL4ND.

Changes in this version:

  • SkookumLogger now always shows the Information Window at startup unless you turn off the option in Logging preferences, and the window is no longer hidden when the application is inactive. These changes are intended to help new users who are mystified when they first start SkookumLogger and they don’t see any windows.
  • The File ► Download RSGB Clubs Database command has been removed because RSGB no longer provides that data as a downloadable file. Instead SkookumLogger uses an embedded database that has been manually constructed from a table on an RSGB web page.
  • SkookumLogger now does more complete tests of whether or not a callsign is valid. Calls that are in SCP are valid. Calls that in cty_wt_mod.dat are valid. Calls that end in one or more digits are not valid.
  • Call validation has been tested against the 2011 KC1XX WWCW log (more than 11000 QSOs), against a clublog.scp file with more than 190K calls, and against a list of more than 100 calls that were declared invalid by a log-checking program. These tests give me some confidence that SkookumLogger call validation is acceptably reliable at both detecting bad calls and not falsely identifying good calls as bad calls. Thanks WA1Z.
  • When a QSO contains an invalid call, it is marked as a Suspect QSO (SQ in the Log table) and the Log ► Explain Suspect QSO command provides, well, an explanation. SkookumLogger does not force you to modify QSOs marked with the SQ flag, but it ignores those QSOs when, for example, determining worked multipliers.

Misfeatures fixed

  • When using SkookumNet, logging a QSO on one machine crashed SkookumLogger on all other machines. Not a pretty sight. Thanks GØDVJ.
  • SkookumLogger was refusing to start on Mac OS 10.9, rudely ignoring the documentation asserting that 10.9 is supported. Thanks SM7HGY.
  • Parsing of calls like K4D/KP4 to extract the root call (K4D) was choosing the wrong component when both components had the same number of characters.
  • Parsing of calls with three parts (two forward slashes) was failing for some corner cases, including KH7XS/P/W4, EP/RX6DL/SWL, 4X6TT/R/JY1, LU/UA4WHX/X, CE7/UA4WHX/A, DU1/JA1PBV/1, FO/UT6UD/A, 9M2/R6AF/6.

The latest version of SkookumLogger is available free of charge for download here.