Wednesday, April 1, 2015

TPWINLOG Data Files

TPWINLOG 2015 creates the following data files to accomplish logging and scoring for the Telephone Pioneer QSO Party:

  • BonusCall.txt
  • Chapsworked.txt
  • CWchapsworked.txt
  • LogInFile.txt
  • TPHistory.txt
  • TPLogOut.txt
  • tpqsolog.txt
If you need to edit any of these files independent of TPWINLOG, you must navigate to where they are stored on your system and use a plain text editor, such as Notepad, to make the edits. Be sure to make a backup copy of a file before editing.

The location of these files depends upon how you installed the program. Section 2.1 of the ReadMe file has the following information and suggestion:
THE INSTALL PROGRAM WILL INDICATE THAT IT IS GOING TO
WRITE THE FILES TO: C:\Program Files\TPQ
The install program will create the TPQ folder in the Program
Files folder. OR .. you can click the Change Directory command
button and install to some other folder. Those using Windows
Vista or Windows 7 may wish to change the path to C:\TPQ to
prevent file redirection. This makes finding program written (data)
files much easier.
CASE 1: If you follow this suggestion you will easily find all of the data files in C:\TPQ, as shown in the Windows Explorer screen shot below.
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CASE 2: If you allow the program to install to its default directory, the program and data files will reside in two separate directories. The program will be found in C:\Program Files (x86)\TPQ, along with initial copies of two data files that are write-protected, as shown below.
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To access the complete set of data files you must navigate to their directory by clicking the Compatibility files button as noted in red above. This will take you to the view that is shown below.
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The examples above are from my installations on Windows 7 PCs.

If you must know, the full path to this directory is:
C:\Users\John\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files (x86)\TPQ
and AppData is a hidden directory, but is easily reached using the Compatibility files button shown previously. Your username will be where "John" appears. You can edit and save the data files in this directory as discussed in the second paragraph above.

If you only need to add some new entries to TPHistory.txt, you can accomplish that from within TPWINLOG.  Enter the station's CallSign, Chapter and Name in the boxes near the bottom of the TPWINLOG window, then click HistoryFileAdd under the HistoryFile menu. Your new entry will be added to the end of the file.
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Send me an email or post a comment if you have any questions.

1 comment:

John Drum said...

Big Thanks to W4AXO for the 2015 Logger for Telephone Pioneer QSO Party!
I have spent several hours practicing with it, and I look forward to using it in the October Party!
And, Big Thanks to WA5MLF for the 'hand holding' as several of us "Users" get familiar with the Logger.
The Blog Postings by WA5MLF are a wonderful supplement to the Logger "Readme"
W4BXI
w4bxi@bellsouth.net