ON4KST’s Chat Telnet Client ( V 1.5)

This is a simple telnet client specially developed for accessing the chats of ON4KST when you can’t (or don’t want) to use the WEB interface. I made this software for my own use because in my radio QTH by the countryside I only can access the Internet using the GPRS mobile phone. The cost of this service (at least in Spain) depends on the number of bytes sent/received, so using the WEB interface was simply too expensive. On the other hand, standard telnet clients did not offer the functionalities and formatting options I wanted.

You can download and use this software for free for your own private use, however please understand that I don’t offer any kind of support and I don’t promise to develop new versions in the future. Anyway if you have some comment you can always E-Mail it to me.

After downloading the setup program you simply have to run it to install the application. Then you will find a new “KSTchat” option in the “Start” menu of Windows. (IMPORTANT: If you already have an older version of the program you MUST uninstall it before running the setup of this new version. VERY IMPORTANT: You MUST place the downloaded setup program “KSTClient_Setup.exe” in an EMPTY folder, then with Windows Explorer open that folder and double click the file in order to run the installation)

In the folder where you have installed the program (by default it goes to C:\Program Files\KSTclient) you will find 4 files:

KSTClient.exe is the executable program.
KSTClient.ini is the file holding the configuration parameters (Do not change it unless you are sure of what you are doing)
KSTClient.html is the file containing the basic explanation of what KSTClient is.
Warning.wav is the sound file to play when a new “watch text” is detected.

Enjoy it! See you in some of the ON4KST’s VHF or EME chats.

Changes in version 1.5:

DX-Spots containing the < and > characters where not properly shown (like “JM19JN01”).
A welcome screen is shown on program start-up, providing some basic information about the program.

Changes in version 1.4:

Support of Internet Explorer 7. After installing this version of I.E. the “Automatic alignment” function did no work in former versions.

Changes in version 1.3:

The program was slowing down the system after being connected for a long period.
Possibility to change the font, its size and also the space between lines (modifying the INI file)
Possibility to choose whether the program must always align to the bottom of the texts (normal mode when watching the chat) or not (for reviewing past messages)

Changes in version 1.2:

Fixed a possible bug that made the program hung during start-up and before connection.

Changes in version 1.1:

Other user requests:

Warning sound could not be disabled in former version.
Possibility to decide whether or not the watch texts should be searched in the chat prompt.
Connection by IP address was not sending the login automatically.
A few other minor bugs.

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