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QST View - AView For Windows 7

Jan 30th 2012, 04:00

K3SK

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Apparently QST View and Aview do not work with Windows 7. Is there a replacement or have a just flushed hundreds of dollars worth of QST CD Roms down the toilet buy keeping my computer current?

I tried to search this site (arrl.org) without success in finding anything about either program and have had little success on the web other than others trying to off-load their "useless" collections on ebay.

Any help besides keeping an outdated computer that takes up as much space as the back issues did?
Jan 30th 2012, 14:31

W1VT

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Microsoft suggest running Virtual PC and XP to allow compatibility with older 16 bit software, such as the AVIEW program used to view the TIFF files on the CD collections.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/

All 64 bit OS have this issue--the 32 bit versions of Vista and Win 7 will still run 16 bit software.

Zack Lau W1VT
ARRL Senior Lab Engineer
Feb 1st 2012, 20:44

AA6E

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It is a problem that the QSTView CDROMs won't run under a modern WIndows OS (or Macintosh or Linux!). The scans used on those CDs weren't very good by modern standards either. The periodicals CDs published since 1999 are much more satisfactory - providing good PDF versions of the journals.

The early QSTs (and other ARRL publications) are historically important, and I would hope the League will eventually digitize them all properly in an open format. Write your Director if you also care!

Meanwhile, have you tried the ARRL web archives? http://www.arrl.org/arrl-periodicals-archive-search? They are not so easy to browse, and the search function is a little iffy. Still, they are accessible to any member.

73 Martin AA6E
ARRL Technical Advisor
Feb 2nd 2012, 03:31

KL0S

Joined: Apr 6th 1998, 00:00
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Actually there is a freeware Mac utility that will display the QSTView CDROMs (as well as Ham Radio, QEX and Communications Quarterly files). Chen W7AY is the author....see:

http://www.w7ay.net/site/Applications/QST%20Browser/index.html

73 - Dino KL0S
Feb 2nd 2012, 18:25

N0NB

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I tackled this problem by writing a simple script to convert the TIFF files to an EPS file and then concatenating the files into a single PDF for each issue. More details can be found at:

http://www.n0nb.us/blog/2011/01/qst2pdf-a-program-to-convert-qst-view-images-to-a-single-pdf-per-issue/

I have run this script on my Linux boxes and archived the PDFs on a large partition. What I did not do was parse the text database CSV file on each lead CDROM and build a database for searching. As that can be done here on the Web site, that is moot. What I get is being able to look at each issue in a PDF reader of choice.

73, de Nate >>
N0NB.us
Feb 11th 2012, 04:57

N8XX

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I just need the original version of A-View for use with my WinXP computer. I had a cra$h of the hard drive and lost the copy I've had on it since 2005. I can't find the original version on any of the CD's i've found, and I want to take a peek at the 1940-49 CD which I've recently purchased from another ham.
Jul 12th 2012, 04:55

KC7CJ

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I've had some success using Nitro PDF Professional to combine the files that are used to store monthly issues of Ham Radio magazine on the HR CD ROM collection. Each month's issue is stored there under a folder as a collection of jpeg and tif files, one per magazine page. PDF Pro has a "Combine Files" feature under its "Create and Convert" tab that will enter and combine all files selected into a single, very readable pdf. Details are in the online user guide under the title "Combining files to PDF."

73,
Scott R., KC7CJ@arrl.net
Mar 9th 2013, 19:12

K3DX

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From Microsoft's support site for virtual-PC:
"Windows XP Mode will not be supported on Windows 8. Windows XP Mode is a Windows 7 Professional feature designed to support Windows XP application compatibility. "

Cheer up, those of you (us) who spent $400 for the CD collection - those shiny disks will make a splendid mobile.

73, Dave - K3DX

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