EZNEC v. 5.0 Update List

This is a list of changes or of problems which were fixed in each EZNEC v. 5.0 update. Each update also contains all the changes listed below it. For example, 5.0.3 contains all the items listed for 5.0.3, 5.0.2, and 5.0.1 (the first revision). Updates for all EZNEC v. 5.0 program types are shown.

Printing a 2D plot would make the right hand column of data in the data box disappear from the screen display although it was printed.

NOTE: This and later revisions cannot be installed on Windows 98 or ME systems, either as a new installation or update.
Made modifications to reduce the probability of certain (rare) errors occurring.
Improved logging of errors due to file reading and writing.
Fixed bug in AutoEZ interface.

When a transformer connection was specified as 'R' (Reverse) and the impedance of port 2 was changed, the connection would change to 'N' (Normal).

[EZNEC Pro/4 only]: Program was unable to read the NEC output file when using an NEC-4 calculating engine on some systems in regions where a comma is used as a decimal delimeter.
There were no operational changes to other program types.

If example files were deleted from the default description file directory, they were recreated the next time EZNEC started.
[EZNEC Pro/4 only]: Versions 5.0.62 and 5.0.63 would produce incorrect results for near magnetic fields when using an NEC-4 calculating engine.

When rotating a wire or group of wires, specifying a wire center as the rotation center would result in an incorrect rotation center point.
In demo and standard program types, some lines in the SWR display data box weren't labeled.
[EZNEC Pro/4 only]: If a calculation was run using an NEC-4 engine, a change made to a source, then another calculation run, a calculating engine error would sometimes occur and message appear.

In some revisions, an Error 9 crash would occur when calculations were made and the model contained both split and standard sources.
All executable files are now digitally signed to reduce the number of false positive indications from anti-virus programs.
[EZNEC Pro only]: A new hardware key driver installer (HaspUserSetup.exe) is created in the EZNEC program directory. It must be run manually on Windows 8.1 systems but is not necessary for Windows 8 and earlier.
[EZNEC Pro/4 only]: An Error 6 crash would sometimes occur when running an SWR or frequency sweep with the double precision NEC-4 (NEC-4D) calculating engine. This was observed on Windows 8.1 systems but it could occur on other operating systems. Other minor changes were made to the NEC-4 calculating engines.

EZNEC and EZNEC+ v. 5.0.60 would not start properly on some machines or operating systems.

View Antenna display didn't update when changing to or from a split source. Support was added for AutoEZ v. 2 optimizer. Note that EZNEC v. 5.0.60 or later is required in order to use that feature.

Program was reprocessed to reduce the large and growing number of false positive anti-virus program reports. There is no operational difference between this version and 5.0.58. A larger main executable file is normal, a result of the reprocessing.

A bug introduced in v. 5.0.55 caused various types of crashes when running an SWR or frequency sweep with a model containing one or more virtual segments.

A bug introduced in v. 5.0.55 caused an Error 9 crash when running an SWR or frequency sweep with a model containing one or more virtual segments.

Internal code changes only; no operational difference from v. 5.0.55.

In some program revisions, when running a frequency or SWR sweep, stepped diameter correction (SDC) wasn't correctly being applied after the first frequency, resulting in the first frequency correction being applied for all the remaining frequencies. Consequently, if meeting of SDC criteria changed after the first frequency step, results for frequencies after the change wouldn't be correct and wouldn't agree with a single-frequency calculation.

3D plot wouldn't correctly scale, and some gain and angle values reported in the 3D Plot data window weren't correct, if the maximum pattern gain was less than 0 dBi.

Version 5.0.52 would crash with Error 13 when starting on a Windows Home Server, Windows Server 2003, or 64 bit Windows XP system..

In some program revisions, 2D display grid dots were invisible or very dim when the classic 2D grid style was selected.
If a trace file saved with v. 4.0 or earlier was opened as a primary trace in TraceView, the linear plot range was set to zero, which in some cases caused an error message to appear.
Program would crash on some machines with Error 13 under a specific set of conditions: Data changed in a data grid entry window (Sources, Loads, etc.) and FF Plot or some other button on the main window clicked without first pressing <Enter> to finalize the change, when View Antenna, 3D and 2D plot windows were open.
[EZNEC Pro only]: When a very large model caused virtual memory operation with an NEC-2 calculating engine, in some program revisions the calculating engine would stop and report Stop Error 204 just after the geometry check completed.

When a 3D plot or FF table was generated but a 2D plot not shown and the user requested a change of outer ring value from automatic to a fixed value, an incorrect default value was shown in the text box.
Changed Option menu entry from "2D Plot Scale" to "2D, 3D Plot Scale" because it affects both types. Note, however, that the 3D plot had and still has a fixed range.
Added additional diagnostic information to the run log file.
Demo program would crash with Error 429 if installed after installing and uninstalling EZNEC-ARRL v. 5.0.
Made additions and corrections to the manual, most notably a new topic regarding end fed antennas.

When first installed on a machine with no previous EZNEC installations, a message sometimes appeared erroneously saying that one or more directories specified for output could not be accessed.
On newer machines and operating systems, the message would appear that the "core part of EZNEC has stopped working". This was due to a restrictive setting of Data Execution Prevention (DEP) and it was necessary in those cases to make an exception for the EZNEC executable file. That is no longer necessary on most systems.

This revision was not released.

Program would crash (Error 11) if any Printer Setup dialog box was opened then canceled, and printing subsequently requested.
In some versions, attempting to print the View Antenna display virtual segment connections list would could cause a crash (Error 438).

In some versions, attempting to apply segment length tapering could cause a crash (Error 9).

When changing loop diameter, values from previous run were pre-entered in dialog, but not accepted as being valid.
Crash (Error 9) would occur under some conditions of importing wires from an ASCII file.

V. 5.0.44 would crash (Error 76) at startup in new installations.

Program would crash (Error 9) after calculation if compass bearing was chosen for azimuth angle display and the 2D plot range was restricted to less than 90 degrees.
Reversed operation of up/down keys when moving the 2D plot cursor with the compass bearing azimuth angle option. The up and down keys now increase and decrease the cursor angle respectively.

In some versions, graphics windows would not re-draw if covered by some dialog windows then uncovered.
Fixed labels in the Frequency Sweep Input form which could truncate text at some settings of screen resolution and DPI.
Improved EZNEC's ability to properly detect whether resistance and/or power are positive or negative in cases where large and nearly equal positive and negative powers are present.
[EZNEC Pro only]: Several different types of crash could occur when using a plane wave source if conventional (voltage or current) sources had previously been defined.

On displays with low resolution and/or high DPI setting, v. 5.0.41 entry grid rows were much too large.
Made further improvements to appearance and operation of data entry grids, particularly on displays with low resolution and/or high DPI settings.

Improved appearance when operating system display is set to higher than standard DPI.
[EZNEC Pro/4 only]: SWR and Frequency Sweep results could be erroneous (with typically a very small error) when using an NEC-4 calculating engine if a model contained wire insulation, one or more loads or wire loss, and more than one virtual segment or current source.

Program would crash (Error 9) when importing wire coordinates from an ASCII file if all the following conditions existed: The selection was made to replace the existing wires with the ones from the file; the number of wires in the file was fewer than the number in the existing description; the units declared in the file were different than the units in the current description; and the Wires Window was open at the time of the importation.

[EZNEC Pro only]:
In v. 5.0.35 - 5.0.38, the calculating engine could end abruptly without an error message when the calculation is only partly finished. This was observed with some very large models when the disk was being used for virtual memory. It was seen only with NEC-4 calculating engines, although it might have occurred also with NEC-2 engines.

When a defective command-line specified description file was opened, the name of the defective file would appear in the "File" line of the main window. When a defective file is opened, the Last.EZ file is read, and its name now correctly shows in the window. The same problem would occur with defective normally opened .NEC files (EZNEC Pro only).
When a frequency-sweep generated trace was opened in Trace View, the main window showed the nominal model frequency rather than the frequency at which the plot was run.
Having more than two wires connecting at a junction didn't prevent Stepped Diameter Correction from being applied to a group of wires otherwise qualified. Wire length changes resulting from Stepped Diameter Correction would break the connections to wires not belonging to the corrected group, resulting in various errors. Any group of wires having more than two wires connecting at any junction are now excluded from Stepped Diameter Correction.

Fixed bug present in v. 5.0.35 and 5.0.36: When wire coordinates are entered in the add row using W#E# notation, the coordinates of the same end of wire 1 were changed to the same values.

Fixed bug introduced in v. 5.0.35: 2D plot data pane would not update properly after 2D plot window was covered and uncovered by another window.

Program would crash (Error 6) when running a model with parallel component, shunt connected RLC load having all components open.
Improved frequency/SWR sweep speed with small models by eliminating some redundant calculations.
Error message sometimes didn't correctly show permissible range when an entered value exceeded the range for the variable type.
Calculating engine would generate an Error 462 message if a model contained one or more split current sources and one or more Y parameter networks (EZNEC Pro only), L networks, transformers, lossy transmission lines, or shunt connected loads.
When using W#E# shortcut to enter wire coordinate values, the entered values were sometimes very slightly different than the copied coordinates. The only practical effect was occasional failure of program to detect duplicate wires created in this way.

Program would crash (Error 9) when segment length tapering if the tapered wire had a split source on one or both ends.
In spherical coordinate near field data written to a frequency sweep output file, data would be for incorrect coordinates on alterate frequencies.

Program would crash (Error 91) when closing the program if the Frequency Sweep frequency file had been opened for editing.
In some revisions, 2D plot recalled trace colors couldn't be changed.
2D plot Reset Cursor to Max didn't work properly under some conditions when multiple 2D traces were being displayed, cursor was on primary trace, and primary trace was 2D slice of 3D plot.
Frequency sweep wouldn't function properly if frequencies were being read from a file and the file was edited outside the Frequency Sweep dialog box during program operation.
It was possible to save description files containing certain wire errors if there were also duplicate or zero length wires which were deleted before saving.

V. 5.0.31 would crash (Error 9) when changing wire coordinates or under some other conditions if the View Antenna window was open with Show Data not selected.

A crash (Error 11) would occur if Load Dat button was clicked if a zero impedance parallel connected load was present.
Changes in linear 2D plot range weren't reversible using the undo feature.
LastZ.txt file was replaced by one containing only header information and no data if the alternate SWR Z0 value was changed when no valid SWR data were present.
Additional information is now written into the LastRun.log file, and additional protections against division by zero were implemented in several places in the program in an effort to isolate or eliminate occasional reported divide by zero (Error 11) crashes.

A crash (Error 9) would occur in v. 5.0.29 when running a calculation if the model contained both loads and virtual segments.
Transmission line stubs on copied wires weren't being copied correctly.
2D plot step size not evenly divisible into 180 degrees would cause various 2D display anomalies. 2D step size must now be evenly divisible into 180 degrees.
Several additions and corrections were made to the manual.
A crash (Error 13) would occur in the L Networks Window if RLC  type was selected and the R Freq column was empty when data were finalized (for example by pressing the <Enter> key).
In the tabular far field data display, the displayed angle was rounded off to nearest integer when a fractional angle step size was specified.
When the ground type was changed from Real to Perfect or Free Space then back to Real, the ground conductivity and permittivity would be reset to default values. The program now remembers the previous values. Note: The program doesn't currently remember specifications related to a second ground medium. The undo feature should be used to restore a previous two-medium ground configuration.
A very small error could occur in results when the model contained multiple virtual segments. It was small enough to not usually be noticeable except for a slight asymmetry in the pattern of a symmetrical antenna.

A crash (Error 13) would occur in the Loads Window if RLC  type was selected and the R Freq column was empty when data were finalized (for example by pressing the <Enter> key).
In some revisions, the wire length shown in the View Antenna pop-up display  wouldn't change when some description modifications which change wire lengths (such as changing height of only some wires with Preserve Connections on)  was done.

Data windows (e.g., Source Data, FF Table) wouldn't appear on some Windows 98 systems when using v. 5.0.26.
[EZNEC Pro only]: When reading NEC-format files, ordinary loads (LD4) would generate erroneous "limits include partial wires" messages in the translation window, and a crash (Error 9) would occur if the model contained a network which EZNEC determined to represent a transformer.

On some systems having a right-to-left language (e.g., Hebrew) installed, display of large outputs such as 3D field data was extremely slow, appearing in some cases like a program hang.
Added new Special Options to allow increasing the widths of 2D plot and grid lines displayed on the screen.
Made minor corrections and additions to the manual.

Program would crash (Error 13) if the 2D plot grid style was changed while the 2D plot window was closed, and after running a 3D plot.
On rare occasions after making an exact copy of wires, the coordinates of the last wire copied would be changed very slightly. It wasn't enough to affect results or be visible in the Wires Window, but would prevent the wire from being identified as an exact duplicate.
[EZNEC Pro only]: Removed some obsolete and/or inoperative selections from the Utilities Menu.

An unusual problem was found when running on one user machine which causes major calculation errors. The errors are large enough that they generally result in an error message indicating that a negative power value was calculated, so it's not likely that this same problem has been occurring on other machines without being noticed. However, this revision contains a trap to detect the problem in case it does. If it occurs, a message will be displayed with a request to send a diagnostic file to the program author for analysis.
[EZNEC+, EZNEC Pro only]: Program would crash (Error 9) when using Advanced Wire Features (Make Multiple Copies, Reflect Wires, Make Cylindrical Struct) if the feature window overlapped the main part of the View Antenna display.
[EZNEC Pro only]: Program would crash when running an NEC-format file if explicit tag number specification in LD or other card was that of a non-existent wire or one which had been rejected or not read for some reason.

Demo, Standard, and Plus v. 5.0.23 programs are functionally identical to v. 5.0.22.
[EZNEC Pro only]: Program would crash with Error 9 if a frequency sweep was run and plane wave source specified.

When combining descriptions (adding a description to the currently open one), a number of features weren't properly combined: virtual segments, wire insulation, transmission line loss, transformers, L networks, and [EZNEC Pro only] Y parameter networks.
When using the classic 2D plot grid while viewing 2D "slices" of a 3D plot, the horizontal line indicating ground in an elevation plot over a ground plane would remain when switching to an azimuth pattern.

Fixed problem introduced by v. 5.0.20: When arrow keys were used to move cursor after modifying data in Wires Window, cursor would move to the first column regardless of which column it was moving from.

Fixed problems introduced by v. 5.0.19: Incorrect operation of scroll bar following certain wire operations in models having more than 15 wires, "Error 91" crash when some wire operations were done.

When using an NEC-2 calculating engine, pattern analysis data shown in the 2D Plot Window data display gave erratic results when the pattern was nearly omnidirectional.
Wire connection and other data shown in the currently selected row of the Wires Window were sometimes incorrect immediately after doing certain operations such as making offset wire copies. This didn't affect calculation results.
When showing multiple traces in the 2D Plot Window, pattern analysis and cursor data were incorrect when other than the default polarization was selected for display.

When the antenna was rescaled via the Change Frequency dialog and Units were Wavelengths, the View Antenna display abruptly and incorrectly changed size the first time it was moved after the rescaling.
Fixed several problems with the 2D pattern analysis (maximum gain, front/back ratio, beamwidth, etc.). The most notable is that the analysis now does a better job of identifying the probable pattern maximum and sidelobe peak angles when the field strength is identical (to 0.01 dB) at several adjacent points.
A calculating engine error would occur if the number of conventional segments was within the allowed limit but the sum of conventional and virtual segments was greater than the limit. There is now no limit to the number of virtual segments; only the conventional segments are counted against the limit.A program crash (Error 6) would occur when extremely large values were used for wire coordinates. This isn't recommended practice, but it shouldn't cause a crash, and no longer does.

In some versions, a crash (Error 9) would occur when copying any insertion objects (sources, loads, etc.).
Near field setup now shows compass bearing when entering locations in spherical coordinates and when compass bearing has been selected via the Options menu.

In some versions, all program windows would close after invoking TraceView operation and choosing a primary trace file. Windows Task Manager would show the program to still be running. It's possible that some other rare malfunctions could result from the same cause.

Program would crash with Error 401 if the View Antenna display was open when changing the plot range in the Description Options form.
Undo function didn't work for plot range change.
Several Wires Window functions which copy or replicate wires didn't work properly if the one of the selected wires was the same as or a higher number than the Place After value.
Modified the way a 2D "slice" is shown when first viewing from the 3D display, to reduce the ambiguity between the two possible views of a 2D elevation "slice".
[EZNEC Pro/4 only] Program would crash with Error 9 at the beginning of calculations if the double precision NEC-4 calculating engine was chosen and the model contained no virtual segments and at least one parallel connected load, lossy transmission line, transformer, or L or Y parameter network.

This revision corrects two bugs inadvertently introduced in earlier revisions which can cause program crashes (most commonly Error 9) when EZNEC is first started or when first run after installation. The problems are most likely to occur on systems on which a previous version of EZNEC had been installed and later removed.

Wire numbers can now be toggled on and off in the View Antenna display by pressing the N key when the View Antenna display is active. Default wire number text size has been reduced. A new Special Option, VAObjTextSizePct (see manual index), was created to enable adjusting the wire number text size.
Calculating engine would crash with a "severe" error when re-running a calculation with different plot settings, under some circumstances and with some program versions.
Rarely, program would fail to start, crashing with an Error 52 (in versions prior to 5.0.11), or with a message that the program was unable to create the EZNEC_temp directory.
On very rare occasions, a calculating engine error (Stop Error 451) would occur in a model having two connected wires of very different length. This wouldn't cause a program crash, but the calculation would end prematurely.
Made minor corrections and additions to the manual.
[EZNEC Pro only] In some versions, program would crash with Error 9 when reading an NEC format file containing an LD or IS "card" with parameter I/LDTAG <> 0 and I/LDTAGF = 0.

Fixed three errors which were introduced in v. 5.0.11:
Program would crash with system Error 31 when started under Windows 98 or ME.
Program would crash with Error 482 when started on a system which has no default printer.
When opening certain dialog windows, the focus was not intially set to any of the text entry boxes or other controls.

Program could crash with Error 7 (out of memory) under some unusual circumstances when a large number of switches between azimuth and elevation slices was made when viewing 2D slices of a 3D display.
A few context-sensitive help links were incorrect, resulting in the wrong topic opening in the manual when the F1 key was pressed.
Made minor corrections and additions to the manual.
[EZNEC+, EZNEC Pro only] Some versions of the program would crash when using any of the Advanced Wire Features (Make Multiple Copies, Reflect Wires, Make Cylindrical Structure) on wires selected from the grid rather than specified by range in the input dialog.
[EZNEC Pro only (all remaining items)] Calculating engine would report an allocation error for models with more than about 10,000 double precision or 14,000 single precision segments on machines having more than about 4 GB RAM.
Fixed several problems and potential problems which could occur when running multiple program instances.
Insertion objects were sometimes misplaced when reading some NEC-format files containing geometry-modifying "cards" such as GA or GM. Other translation errors could occur if tag numbers were assigned in certain and relatively unusual ways.
The program would refuse to do calculations or save a file if an improperly placed conventional source had been defined, even when a plane wave source was being used.

SWR sweep window was closed and SWR sweep data made invalid when the main frequency was changed.
Special Options ButtonFontName and ButtonFontSize didn't affect the FF Plot/Freq Swp button.
When a single wire was highlighted and Create Radials selected, the default values appearing in the prototype wire selection box were incorrect.
When a file with 2D azimuth plot specification was opened following the opening of one specifying a 3D plot, the plot elevation angle was incorrectly labeled Azimuth Angle or Azimuth Bearing. There might also have been other errors associated with opening files in a particular sequence, which were fixed by the same modification.

In v. 5.0.8 only, frequency and SWR sweeps would do an extra step, resulting in erroneous displays. When frequencies are being read from a file, it can result in an "Error 9" crash.
The "Using stepped diameter corr" text didn't appear at top of the Calculation Progress Window when this feature was activated, except on second and successive sweeps of SWR or frequency sweep. It didn't appear at all if not doing a sweep.
Context sensitive help (F1 key) now available for the virtual segment connection display.
Minor revisions and corrections made to the manual. New topic "L Network Limitations" added.
Printable manual table of contents and index didn't show correct page numbers. This was corrected before the v. 5.0.9 release.
[EZNEC+, EZNEC Pro only] When making a cylindrical structure or multiple copies of wires, program would sometimes give erroneous message that the number of segments in the copy was too great, and refuse to perform the action.
[EZNEC Pro/4 only] The double precision NEC-4 calculating engine would return Stop Error 462 and fail to complete if the model contained one or more parallel connected loads or lossy transmission line stubs.

Program now writes a run log and contains additional diagnostic code to aid in tracking down occasional hard-to-duplicate crashes. Some code changes were made which might reduce the possibility of some kinds of errors.
Average Gain "Model contains loss" indicator would improperly appear when an L network had a very high resistance shunt branch.
[EZNEC+, EZNEC Pro only] Range of impedances possible with L networks has been increased when using a double-precision calculating engine. Accuracy improved also with transformers, parallel-connected loads, and [EZNEC Pro only] Y parameter networks when using a double-precision calculating engine.
[EZNEC Pro only] Keys showing vertical, horizontal, and total fields didn't appear in the 2D plot window when ground wave analysis was being run. Far field table units options weren't shown properly.

V. 5.0.5 and 5.0.6 would not give the correct results if the model contained an L network with a series component and very high impedance shunt component.
Wire number and position entered as a "shortcut" (e.g. "W3E2") was not processed correctly if done at port 2 of an L network.
Made minor changes to the manual. Printable manual was corrected to include a few missing topics, but this wasn't done until about 12 hours after the release of v. 5.0.7. If you have printable manual files dated on or before July 10, 2007, please download the corrected files, dated July 13.

Transmission lines having one end connected to a virtual segment and the other connected to a copied wire were improperly copied when copying wires. By current rules, they shouldn't have been.
[EZNEC Pro/4 only] NEC-4 calculating engines would sometimes return "Stop Error 437" when all virtual segments were deleted between calculations.

A problem causing occasional crashes with "Error 339" reports regarding registration of mscomct2.ocx in about one percent of the installations has been fixed. This solution might also fix some other problems and erratic crashes.
Program would produce incorrect results if an L network series or shunt branch was a short circuit.
"Model contains loss" indicator for Average Gain results wasn't appearing when only transmission line or [EZNEC Pro only] Y parameter network loss was present.

On rare occasions when opening a description file containing one source and saved by an earlier version of EZNEC, program would ignore the source.
[EZNEC Pro/4 only] NEC-4 calculating engines would sometimes return "Stop Error 437" when the model contained virtual segments.

Fixed an elusive crash which would sometimes occur with an Error 9 message. This would usually happen immediately after some change was made to the description, such as changing frequency, although it could happen at other times and would usually not be repeatable.

[EZNEC+, EZNEC Pro only] : The Make Cylindrical Structure and Make Multiple Copies features wouldn't create the requested wires if any parameters were changed from the initial default values.

Spurious wires were shown in the View Antenna display in some models with transmission lines connected to virtual segments.
Changed how transmssion lines were shown in the View Antenna display to conform with standard for two port insertion objects.
Made corrections to the manual and added material to the manual including additional index entries.
Corrected the copyright date shown in the manual.
[Demo:] Fixed the error causing the v. 5.0.0 demos to be inoperative.