[WT-support] Bugs in Stew Perry Contest! Work-arounds available.

Bob Wilson, N6TV n6tv at arrl.net
Thu Dec 16 20:02:11 CET 2010

The Stew Perry Top Band Distance Challenge is this weekend.  Due to some
longstanding bugs, you still have to do special things to make Win-Test 4.7
(or prior) work well in this contest.

Task #184 <http://flyspray.win-test.com/index.php?do=details&id=184> (opened
3 years ago) explains that Win-Test will never use MASTER.SCP or DEFAULT.SCP
as a super-check partial file in this contest.  The work-around is to COPY
MASTER.SCP to STEW_PERRY.SCP (note the *underscore* in the name).

Task #226 <http://flyspray.win-test.com/index.php?do=details&id=226> (opened
2 years ago) explains that Win-Test will refuse to use STEW-PERRY.DTB (note
the *hyphen* in the name) for exchange guessing (pre-fill of grid square).
The work-around is to RENAME HF.DTB to HF.DTB.SAV, and then restart
Win-Test.  Then exchange guessing will work with STEW-PERRY.DTB (this tip
from W9ZRX).

All of these files are in the Databases directory (File | Explore |
/databases directory).  You can download a 1-year old version of
STEW-PERRY.DTB here <http://download.win-test.com/databases/STEW-PERRY.DTB>.

Be sure to tell Windows to display *full* file names so you can see what you
are doing.  By default, Windows *hides* the ".scp" or ".dtb" filename

The step-by-step procedure to make Windows Explorer display full and
complete file names is published in the Wiki,
for both Windows XP and Windows Vista/Windows 7.

After the contest, you have to remember to rename HF.DTB.SAV back to HF.DTB
or else Win-Test will display an error message "Can't open HF.DTB!" at

Thanks to KL7RA for reminding me about these issues.

Bob, N6TV
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