I had the same message and then I found the instruction set that I put in here, followed it exactly and it worked. If you download the three requested sets and unzip them you will get the three required files for each element and just copy those to \...\uiview32\nws\shapefiles. There shouold be three sets of three files. Each set will have one of the following prefixes - "c_", "z_" and "mz".
If you go to the web site and follow the path in red you should get the right files.
Hope it helps.
Instruction Set from UIVIEW32
If you have already downloaded these shapefiles for use with other software, then you can use your existing files. Otherwise, you need to download them from the NWS site. The starting page is http://www.nws.noaa.gov/geodata/
The files seem to be frequently updated, so the direct URLs for the latest versions change, but if you start at the above page, you can find the files by following these links. NOTE - Read the following carefully! The wording of the link names is correct, but an awful lot of users seem to assume that I have made a mistake, and so download the wrong files.
Prefix - "z_" - NWSI Libraries: Zone Forecast Areas, and then Public Forecast Zones
(CONUS/OCONUS), Download Compressed shapefile.
Prefix - "mz" - NWSI Libraries: Coastal And Offshore Marine Zones, and then Coastal
Marine Zones including the Great Lakes, Download Compressed shapefile.
Prefix - "c_" - County Libraries: AWIPS Counties, and then US Counties (CONUS/OCONUS),
Download Compressed shapefile.
NOTE - To get to this link, you have to scroll down the page! It is NOT the 'County Warning Areas' link near the top of the page!
When you have got the files, they need to be unzipped into a folder that will
be created the first time UI-View32 V1.5 or later is run. The folder is \NWS\Shapefiles in the UI-View32 program folder. Make sure you put them in the correct folder, or UI-View32 will not find them! You can tell if you are putting them in the correct folder, because it will contain a file called "Put the NWS shapefiles in here.TXT".
Are you copying the three files that were downloaded for each element
Rob <rdrake288@...> wrote:
I am new to the APRS mode. Thanks for any suggestions! I have been
using UIview32 Ver. 2.03 for a few weeks now.
I decided to download the shape files from the NWS in order to
launch UI NWS.
I thought I followed Roger's instructions to the letter. However
when I attempt to launch the UI NWS... I rx this reply.."this is
FATAL error!" CANNOT find counties file.
I have downloaded, deleted, re deleted, re downloaded. Read the
help files, printed the help files, extracted to the shapefiles dir.
over and over again.
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