October 16, 2023 at 8:19 pm #40286KJ5ABGParticipant
Setup Steps (most of these Setup Steps are a one-time thing for each Club Profile):
1. Launch NetLogger
2. Click “Setup” near the top left corner of the NetLogger screen.
3. Click “Club Profile …” from the top of the list that displays.
4. UnClick the checkbox next to Auto Profile Change.
5. Click “Create”.
6. In the Profile Name text box, type the name of the Club Profile you want to create (keep it meaningful but no more than 20 characters like “Parker County – W5PC”).
7. In the Profile URL (optional) text box, type http://www.example.com/EXAMPLE.prf (this isn’t optional if you want to update Check-In Names, Remarks, Addresses, etc. and keep that data for the next time you use NetLogger to run a Net).
8. Click the drop-down arrow in the Club Profile Setup window. Find the Club Profile you just created and click it (you may have to scroll down the list of profiles to find yours).
9. Then click Select (this will put the Club Profile Name into the Profile text box at the top of the NetLogger screen.
10. Click the blue Create Net button.
a. Note – Steps 11-16 below are a one-time setup routine and once a Net is named and created you will only have to find the Net on the drop-down Net Name list after clicking Create Net. The data initially entered on the steps below will then automatically fill in. After your Net is setup and named, you are ready to run the Net after first selecting its Profile and then, simply click Create Net and then click the Net from the Net Name drop down list to select it and then skip to step 17 to click OK.
11. When the Create Net box appears, click inside the Net Name text box (remove anything already there at this point) and type the Name of the Net you want to create (again keep it relevant but short).
12. Leave the Server as “NETLOGGER” but apply a Net Password and Verify Password (I usually apply the call sign of the Club as the password).
13. Enter the call sign of the typical Net Control person in the Net Control text box. 14.Enter the frequency of the repeater in the Frequency text box if applicable or the frequency applicable to the Net if not using a repeater.
15.From the drop-down list, select the mode in the Mode text box. 16.From the drop-down list, select the band in the Band text box. 17.Click OK.
18. This is important! – Click the blue Close Net button (when asked if you want to terminate this Net, click Yes).
19. You have now created a Club Profile, created and Named your Net, Started that Net and Closed that Net.
20. You can modify which fields are displayed on the NetLogger screen by clicking the Setup option at the top of the screen and then click Club Profile Update Fields … and un-check the Fields you don’t need to display (you can also click the column titles and drag and drop them into the location you prefer them to show). Be sure to click Function and then click Add/Update Current Net so your changes will be saved to the Net Profile.
21. You must have an active QRZ account to allow NetLogger to use your QRZ password and access your QRZ account to automatically populate the name, address, grid square, etc. for each call sign as it is entered in the Call Sign column of NetLogger.
22. To set up the automatic QRZ call sign lookup capability, click Setup near the top of the NetLogger screen.
a. Then look down the list of Setup options and click Accounts.
b. Click the box next to “Enable Online QRZ Callbook Lookups”.
c. Then put your call sign in the Account text box and your QRZ password in the Password text box.
d. Then click Done at the bottom of the Account Setup window.
1. Launch NetLogger.
2. Click Setup then click Club Profile …
3. Click the drop-down arrow to list the available Club Profiles.
4. Scroll down the list of Club Profiles and find and click the Club Profile you want to use.
5. Click the Select box in the bottom left corner of the Club Profile Setup window.
6. Click the blue Create Net button; the Create Net window will display.
7. Click the drop-down arrow at the right of the Net Name text box.
8. Find and click the Net you want to start Logging.
9. Click OK at the bottom of the Create Net window.
10. NetLogger should start the Net and the Net Name will be listed for Hams to select from when they click their blue Select Net button on their NetLogger screens.
11. Click the blue AIM Window and View Monitors buttons to display the Almost Instant Messaging (AIM) window and the window that displays the list of other Hams that are monitoring the NetLogger Net. Click and hold each of those two windows near the top of each one and drag and drop them around your screen to your liking (size the AIM and View Monitors window boxes to your liking).
12. You are now ready to begin entering call signs into the Call Sign column at the left of the NetLogger screen.
13. Setup Steps 21 and 22 above should enable NetLogger to automatically fill in the QRZ details of each call sign shortly after you enter each one in the Call Sign column (you can change the data selection priority by clicking Setup then click Club Profile and CallBook Order… then click the drop-down on each option and select your preference for each).
14. As Check-Ins are added in the Call Sign column, NetLogger will automatically access your QRZ account, look up the details of that call sign and then load that data into the row for that call sign. You can then double click their name and reduce it to just their preferred first and last name and/or replace the (no club info) default in the Remarks text box with relevant information like “Club President”, “Secretary”, “Treasurer”, etc.
15. Note – You can correct a Call Sign in the Check In list but after editing it be sure you use the Tab key instead of the Enter key to finish. This will force NetLogger to again re-visit QRZ to capture the edited Call Sign’s information. If you just hit the Enter key after editing a Call Sign, NetLogger will display the new Call Sign but it will leave whatever information it captured from QRZ from the first Call Sign you entered.
16. To save your Check-In data updates, click Function near the top of the NetLogger screen, then click Sync Checkin Tables Changes To Profile at the bottom of the Function list. The next time you run that Net, the call sign data updates you saved will automatically display again instead of the default data from QRZ (this assumes that the Setup èClub Profile and Callbook Order…. options are configured to read “Club Profile, then Callbook” (there are three options that will read “Club Profile only”). I don’t remember the default settings so check yours to ensure it is setup that way.
17. As the Net progresses you can also add short Remarks regarding what Check-Ins mentioned during their Traffic input.
18. NOTE!!! – It is critically important to remember to click the blue Close Net button once you are finished logging a Net. If you do not do that, the NetLogger folks will send you an email message informing you how important it is to close your Net after it is finished. If you repeatedly fail to do that, they can remove your NetLogger privileges!
Clicking the blue Stop Logging button will not work to do that.
Club Profile Notes –
1. For each Club Profile, there MUST be a Profile URL Address (it does not have to be a legitimate URL path but a URL Address MUST be there). Suggestion – Use the fake example one as described above in the first Step 7 above (i.e., on Setup è “Club Profile…” è “Create”. The Example URL Address is http://www.example.com/EXAMPLE.prf).
2. Make sure the “Auto Profile Change” box is NOT CHECKED.
3. Make sure the Club Profile .prf file is located in the following folder-
C:\Users\your User Name\AppData\Roaming\NetLogger\MiscProfiles
4. Select individual Check In rows and double-click individual cells to edit what was downloaded from QRZ like Names and Remarks.
a. Replace the default “no club info” Remarks data with “Club Secretary”, or “Club President” for those Club members after they Check In to the Net.
b. Input brief (very limited character count) comments regarding the Traffic each participant talked about in the Remarks area.
5. You can open the .prf files with Notepad to view the information that includes all the edits you last applied and saved regarding Check-In Names, Remarks, etc. (just make sure that you save the file with the .prf suffix and not Notepad’s default .txt suffix).
6. Before you Close the Net, click the Function option at the top of the NetLogger screen and go to the bottom item on the list; Sync Checkin Table Changes to Profile to save the edited data into the Club Profile file.
Hopefully I got all of this correct but if not, please let me know so I can address anything I left out or anything that needs correcting.
Bob – KG5SQJ
Posted by Bill Townsend KJ5ABG
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