CT-USER: Frequently Asked Questions
Last revised: 29 January 2000
This FAQ list covers the following topics:
CT-USER@CONTESTING.COM is an electronic mail reflector for discussions relating to the CT contest logging software and DVP (Digital Voice Processor) by Ken Wolff, K1EA. This is the place to ask questions, report bugs and suggest new features. In addition, updates to CT are often announced here, as are updates to the country lists ("CTY" files) and callsign database ("MASTER.DTA"). This list was started to off-load some of the CT-specific traffic from the CQ-Contest reflector run by Trey Garlough, N5KO (ex-WN4KKN).
Each message you send to CT-USER@CONTESTING.COM will be sent out to all the other subscribers. Therefore, it's important to think about what you're going to say, and how you're going to say it, before you send the message.
Also remember that many subscribers receive their E-mail through commercial services such as CompuServe and MCImail. In essence, many people are paying for each byte of every message sent to CT-USER. So please follow the following simple rules:
Simply send a message to email@example.com with the following text in the BODY of the mail message:
A better way, however, is to include your name and callsign in the message to ct-user-request, for example:
subscribe AD1C@contesting.com (Jim Reisert AD1C)
This can also be helpful if you want your mailing address to be different than your usual REPLY address. For example, if you log into multiple workstations that are all in the same domain.
Use your own E-mail address, name and callsign -- not what's in the example above!
Send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following text in the BODY of the mail message:
If you subscribed with an address that was different than your usual REPLY address, you will have to include that address in the request, for example:
unsubscribe AD1C@contesting.com (Jim Reisert AD1C)
Please do not send "SUBSCRIBE" or "UNSUBSCRIBE" requests to CT-USER! They will be returned to you anyway.
Please note that there is no SET NOMAIL command for the list manager. If you want to temporarily stop mail, you MUST unsubscribe, and then re-subscribe when you return.
The CT-USER messages are also distributed in digest form. This means that all messages posted to CT-USER on a given day will be bundled together and resent as a single message, nominally at 11:45 p.m. EST. This is useful for people with Internet providers that place a limit on the number of messages you can have in your mailbox at once. This is the case for many of the JA subscribers.
To subscribe to the digest, send a message to email@example.com with the following text in the BODY of the mail message:
To unsubscribe from the digest, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following text in the BODY of the mail message:
If you are subscribed to the digest, you will still be able to post messages to CT-USER. You do not need to be subscribed to CT-USER.
All messages sent to the reflector are archived.
If you have a World Wide Web browser, point to:
Or you can send a message to email@example.com with the following text in the BODY of the mail message:
The mailing list archives are in the archives subdirectory and have file names like ct-user.YYYYMM where YYYYMM is the year and month of the archive. You can then send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org to download them, for example by putting:
in the BODY of the mail message. The example above would get all the messages from December, 1995.
CT Version 9 was released at the 1994 Dayton Hamvention. It is available from K1EA Software:K1EA Software
Distributed by XX Towers, Inc.
814 Hurricane Hill Road
Mason, NH 03048
Orders: 603-878-4600 FAX: 603-878-1102
Support: 603-878-4200 BBS: 603-878-1900 (28.8K, 8N1)
The current version of CT is 9.47 as of January, 2000.
Updates to the program are available on the Internet. Please visit http://www.k1ea.com for more information. The telephone BBS is no longer kept up-to-date.
CT Version 8.53 was the last to support 8086/80286 PCs. You can still order this version from K1EA Software. CT Version 9 runs only on PCs using an 80386 or better. Registered users of Version 9 can obtain Version 8 for a modest fee. Contact K1EA Software.
A very old version of CT 6.26 is available from:
Note that this version is several years old, has very little in the way of documentation, and there is NO support from K1EA.
The country files for CT Version 8 (ARRL.CTY, CQWW.CTY and IARU.CTY) and CT Version 9 (CTY.DAT) are updated regularly by Jim Reisert, AD1C, usually starting a month before each major contest (CQWW, ARRL DX, WPX, IARU, WAE). The updated files are announced on the reflector and are posted on the CT BBS (603-878-1900) and the DX BBS (901-641-0230).
The files are also available on the Internet from the CT web page:
Finally, users who download CT updates from the CT BBS will automatically receive the latest CTY files posted there.
Ed Parsons, K1TR has created a similar database of callsigns found in VHF contests.
The following master callsign databases are currently available from the CT web page:
http://www.k1ea.com/master/masall.zip http://www.k1ea.com/master/masterdx.zip http://www.k1ea.com/master/masterss.zip http://www.k1ea.com/master/masusve.zip http://www.k1ea.com/master/masvhf.zip .
The mailing list server also contains a repository of CT-related files. You can obtain a list of available files by sending message to email@example.com with the following text in the body of the message:
This E-mail file repository only includes the ASCII
Binary files (not the CT program itself) can only be obtained from the CT web site:
The WWW home page for CT has this information and more:
CT is © K1EA Software, a division of Harvard Radio.