Data Files FAQ

VOACAP Quick Guide: Home

[This document is part of the help files integrated into the ITS HFBC software package.]

Data Files Created: What are they?

Here is a list of data files created during program execution and a brief description of their purpose:

Directory of ..\AREADATA

Contains all area data files. All files must be stored in sub-directories below ..\AREADATA. The directory DEFAULT is supplied with the software.

*        ICE	Area input data for name * model ICEPAC
*        IG?	Calculated ICEPAC grid file for name * group ?
*        REC	Area input data for name * model REC533
*        RG?	Calculated REC533 grid file for name * group ?
*        VOA	Area input data for name * model VOACAP
*        VG?	Calculated VOACAP grid file for name * group ?
DEFAULT  VG1	Calculated VOACAP grid file for DEFAULT.VOA

Directory of ..\RUN

All temporary data files are saved in ..\RUN. They can be deleted without any harm.

GAIN??   DAT	antenna gain files for Point-to-Point or Area
HFANT    BIN	Last data run for HFANT
PERFORMW INI	Last color/user_lines/filename used in Point-to-Point contour plotting

Directory of ..\SAVED

Contains all point-to-point data files. All files must be stored in sub-directories below ..\SAVED. The directory DEFAULT is supplied with the software.

*        ICE	saved ICEPAC data
*        REC	saved VOACAP data
*        VOA	saved VOACAP data

Directory of ..\USERDB

Contains user created TRANSMIT.???, RECEIVE.???, CIRCUITS.???, PCENTER.???, PLOTAREA.??? files

CIRCUITS ???	CIRCUITS.??? files (for Point-to-Point)
PCENTER  ???	PCENTER.???  files (for area coverage)
PLOTAREA ???	PLOTAREA.??? files (for area coverage)
RECEIVE  ???	RECEIVE.???  files (for Point-to-Point)
TRANSMIT ???	TRANSMIT.??? files (for both)

Data Files Supplied: What's in them.

Here is a list of all data files supplied and a brief description of their purpose:

Directory of ..\ANTENNAS\DEFAULT

Contains the 26 supplied default antenna files. All antenna files are of the names CCIR.???. CCIR.000 is the Isotrope (constant gain).

SWWHIP   VOA	the Short Wave Whip receive antenna used by VOA.

Directory of ..\ANTENNAS\SAMPLES

Contains samples of all antenna files of the format SAMPLE.nn, where nn is the antenna type.

Directory of ..\ANTENNAS\WINDOWS.DAT

Contains data files used by the GUI input interface.

Directory of ..\AREADATA\DEFAULT

Contains supplied default area data files.

DEFAULT  ICE	default supplied for ICEPAC
DEFAULT  REC	default supplied for REC533
DEFAULT  VOA	default supplied for VOACAP

Directory of ..\COEFFS

Ionospheric coefficient data files

COEFF??W BIN	Binary ionospheric coefficients for month ?? (all but foF2)
CGLALO   DAT	Magnetic coordinate file used in the polar model evaluation to convert
                from geomagnetic to corrected geomagnetic coordinates (ICEPAC only)
FOF2DALW BIN	Binary URSI foF2 daily   coefficients (for ICEPAC)
FOF2CCIR DAW	Binary CCIR foF2 monthly coefficients
FOF2URSI DAW	Binary URSI foF2 monthly coefficients

Directory of ..\DATABASE

BOTLINES DAT	Description of ICEPAC & VOACAP parameters for METHOD 23 (user chosen output) BOTLINES selection
CIRAFZ   SQ	CIRAF zone coordinate file for worldmap plotting
COLORS   CON	Colors for auto contour shading for Area Coverage plots

COLORS   DAT	Color mapping for DOS colors
COLORS   GPH	Colors for auto contour shading for Point-to-Point plots

COLORS   WIN	Color mapping for Windows colors
FREQS    DEF	User defined frequency complement for Default, Default2, & Default3
ICEAREA  GPH	ICEPAC area parameter auto scaling definitions
ICEPAC   DEF	ICEPAC user set default DECRED card images
ICEPAC   GPH	ICEPAC Point-to-Point parameter auto scaling info
ICEPLT   GPH	ICEPAC auto scaling data used by AREAPLTW.EXE
METHOD   DAT	ICEPAC & VOACAP METHOD description file
PARMS    FMT	HFANT antenna parameter definitions

REC533   GPH	REC533 Point-to-Point parameter auto scaling info
RECAREA  GPH	REC533 area parameter auto scaling definitions
RECPLT   GPH	REC533 auto scaling data used by AREAPLTW.EXE
SETUP    INI	Setup information to control window colors and SCROLL size
TOPLINES DAT	Description of ICEPAC & VOACAP parameters for METHOD 23 (user chosen output) TOPLINES selection
VERSION  WIN	Version date for Windows HF Propagation software
VOAAREA  GPH	VOACAP area parameter auto scaling definitions

VOACAP   DEF	VOACAP user set default DECRED card images
VOACAP   GPH	VOACAP Point-to-Point parameter auto scaling info
VOAPLT   GPH	VOACAP auto scaling data used by AREAPLTW.EXE
WORLD    DAT	Binary world map boundaries coordinate database
WORLD    IDX	index file for WORLD.DAT

Directory of ..\GEOCITY and ..\GEONATIO

GEOCITY contains files sorted by city within a continent. GEONATIO contains files sorted by nation then city within a continent.

AFRICA   GEO	  695 cities in Africa
CARIBEAN GEO	  264 cities in Central America & Caribbean
EUROPE   GEO	  772 cities in Europe
FAREAST  GEO	  495 cities in the Far East
MILITARY GEO	  382 US & Foreign military bases
NAMERICA GEO	  824 cities in North America
OCEANIC  GEO	   65 cities Australia, New Zealand, & islands
SAMERICA GEO	  288 cities in South America
WESTASIA GEO	  368 cities Middle East & Russia
WRLDWIDE GEO	  624 cities world wide

Directory of ..\GEOSTATE

Contains over 32000 cities in the United States in files named for each state.

Directory of ..\HELP_WIN

Directories for Windows HELP topics. All files are in Windows HELP format (*.hlp).

Directory of ..\ICONS

Contains icon files used by the programs.

Directory of ..\NEWS_WIN

Contains NEWS files describing changes made in specific releases of the software

Directory of ..\SAVED\DEFAULT

Contains supplied default Point-to-Point data files

DEFAULT  ICE	Default data for the ICEPAC model
DEFAULT  REC	Default data for the REC533 model
DEFAULT  VOA	Default data for the VOACAP model

Directory of ..\USERDB

Contains user created TRANSMIT.???, RECEIVE.???, CIRCUITS.???, PCENTER.???, PLOTAREA.??? files

CIRCUITS DEF	Supplied CIRCUITS.??? file
PCENTER  DEF	Supplied PCENTER.???  file
PLOTAREA DEF	Supplied PLOTAREA.??? file
RECEIVE  CTY	Supplied default CITY plot file for area coverage
RECEIVE  DEF	Supplied RECEIVE.???  file
TRANSMIT DEF	Supplied TRANSMIT.??? file