W3KM - PRNet - Initial Use Instructions
              W3KM PRNet - Initial Use

Step-by-step to learn the software ** DO NOT edit NETCONT.ROL or other files without first making a back-up copy ** 1. After installing PRNet, run it from the Start | Programs menu. Note: Testing/learning the software populates the NETCONT.ROL uniques file. When finished testing, before running a real net, delete the NETCONT.ROL file (and log files you created). ° Note: Do not drag PRNet.exe to the desktop to make a shortcut. Right-mouse the .exe and select `Create shortcut`, then drag it to the desktop. Or make one by right-mouse clicking an empty spot on the desktop. Select New, Shortcut. Browse to the PRNetW folder and find the executable file. Click it, then click OK. Re-name the shortcut if you wish. Making shortcuts as described above will prevent the `Start In folder` from being set to the desktop - which will not work ! 2. First time, enter your personal information at the prompts. Your 6-digit is used to calculate the heading to another 4/6-digit found in the {vhf4k.adi} look-up file. Modify this file for your local area or create your own. The format is specific. 3. Other look-up comes from a CLUB file {RATSNEST.dat}. Create your own for your club. The last lookup file is {ck2list.dat} which is a local operator name list. Again, modify mine or make your own - and the formats are specific. 4. Basically the program sequence follows a standard net flow. There are 3 modes in the software: check-ins, acknowledgments and comments. ° Check-ins: You log them and make edits as needed. If you enter the wrong callsign, it is easier to delete it (DL) and re-enter - otherwise that check-in line would require editing of the pre-filled data. Ask stations for name, QTH etc and edit before the end of the net. To edit a check-in line, single click it, then do right-mouse and select the edit type. For example, Insert grid and heading. Information on stations that previously checked-in to this net include the initial check-in date and the last check-in date. Enter `DL` to delete the last entry. Or - enter `D#` to delete that check-in line number. Editing is done by selecting a check-in line, then do right-mouse click and select an edit option. ° Acknowledge: You go down the list of check-ins and mark the log with <Ack> by hitting the <Space bar> (if that option is selected). The other way to mark <Ack> is to enter the check-in line number. While hardly ever used - but available - is the clear function. Enter `C#` to clear <Ack> on that check-in line. The <Ack> mode is automatically selected when you enter a callsign. ° Comments: After net announcements and more check-ins, you switch from the <Ack> mode to the <Comments> mode by either entering `C` or by clicking the radio button. Then you go down the list amd mark the log with <Com> by hitting the <Space bar> (if that option is selected). The other way to mark <Com> is to enter the check-in line number. The clear function is the same as above, enter `C#` to clear <Com> on that check-in line. 5. The check-in information you enter/edit goes into the NETCONT.ROL file for next time. The current date is also updated, so you can see when that station checked-in last. 6. Running multiple nets requires a setup for each net. Read the help file for more. 7. Use the {Write text file} menu to output the net summary file for copy/paste into an e-mail.