Vern, not sure I fully understand your problem and how you are proceeding. My method would be go to the source Address Book and under File select Export and follow prompts by saving to a spot on another media or hard drive. Then open the destination Address Book and from the file menu select Import and follow the prompts to import the saved file.
I cannot see how the name of the file would affect the procedure.
Cannot import OE addressBook from OE6 to OE6
It goes thru all the steps
but the end result is no change to current addrBook.
The addressBook i am trying to import is
named vmarss.wab .
Does the name have anything have to do with it?