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    For the past couple of weeks, I've had an anomaly that has never before happened.

    For many years, I have been clicking the "X" to close the Rotor window on shutdown for the night. Recently, when I do that, I no longer have access to COM1 (real RS-232 port) for my Rotor Control. I can not use COM1 for the Rotor setup program either as it's "in use". The only alternative is to reboot the computer and that clears the lockout. If I do the extra click of DISCONNECT, then the port is properly closed. Never had to do this in all the years of running HRD since early v5 development betas. I can only surmise that a recent WIN10 update is causing this. I have not yet been plagued with the 1709 FCE update either, but it's only a matter of time before that shows up.

    Windows 7 Pro (64bit) on a Dell 755 Duo with 4Gb RAM and 120Gb Kingston SSD
    2 - Dell 1708FB Digital HD Monitors (Rig Control on left and Logbook on right)
    Current version of HRD unless I see problems with it.

    ICOM IC-7410 to HRD via USB (on AS 6-Pack)
    ICOM IC-7000 to HRD via USB (currently mobile)
    ICOM IC-718 to HRD via Serial (on AS 6-Pack)
    ICOM IC-745 poor guy doesn't know what USB, HRD or CAT commands are (on a center-feed wire via LDG AT-11)

    Diamond X-50 at 35' for 2m & 70cm
    Mosley TA54-XLN-6 (7 elements) @ 30' for 20m thru 6m (WARC included)
    M2 6m5-HP @ 35' for 6m (+2 S-Units over Mosley and lower noise levels)
    Inverted "V" @ 30' for 40m & 20m
    Center-Feed Longwire for everything else
    Little Tarheel II Screwdriver for 80m thru 6m mobile using West Mountain TARGETuner

    LDG Electronics AT-11 Automatic Tuner (for IC-718)
    MFJ Electronics MFJ-901B Manual Tuner (for IC-745)

    Array Solutions 6-Pack Antenna switch (2 radio inputs & 6 antenna inputs)

    Yaseu D800SA Rotor controlled by HRD via an Easy Rotor Control (ERC) adapter card

    I upload to eQSL & HRDNet automatically in HRD. LoTW, ClubLog, DAILY and send my cards to the Bureau MONTHLY.
    Why doesn't everybody do this? It's so much easier than having to work through hundreds (or thousands) of log entries once or twice a YEAR.

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