W3KM VHF LOG - Initial Use Instructions
             W3KM VHFLOG - Initial Use

Step-by-step hints to evaluate VHFLOG       ROVER category ? Use KM Rover logger. 1. Run VHFLOG from the desktop shortcut or via the Start | Programs menu. ° Do not drag VHFLOG32.exe to the desktop to make a shortcut. Right-mouse the .exe and select `Create shortcut`, then drag it to the desktop. Or - use Ctrl+Shift and drag the .exe. 2. Enter your Call Sign in the setup screen. If operating portable, use W3KM-5 (or W3KM_5) for example, in the setup screen. After writing the Cabrillo, verify the log. VHFLOG changes the Operator: field and changes the dash (or underscore) to a slash in the rest of the log. ° Note: Enter your 6-digit into the setup screen. VHFLOG will calculate distance and heading from your 6-digit to another 4/6-digit. Enter the 4/6-digit in the logger`s grid field. Showing the recip heading is selectable, using the {View} menu. If using the new history file option, the 6-digit data is taken from the {VHF-History.txt} file, otherwise the 4 or 6-digit data comes from the ADIF lookup file {vhf4k.adi}. 3. Load an existing file from the files box by double-clicking the filename. Or click the filename once to display the contest name, then click `Continue`. 4. Add a QSO - <Enter> a call sign. <Enter> means you either hit <Enter> or <Space> to accept the data typed in. <Tab> is only used to move between fields. The logging results are unknown if you do not use <Enter> or <Space> to input the data ! The lookup file {cklist.dat} is a club member file used to display the worked/needed bands. Use the shortcut `CL` or the View menu to display the worked/needed members list. The window re-sizeable for font-size and moveable. Read the Help file for more. ° Note: After entering a callsign, if that call appears in one of the data files, the station`s information is displayed - operator`s name, bands, grid, heading, distance. Change the prefilled exchange data to what the station transmits and what you QSL ! New in v4.5 and newer: Read the {Master callsign search} topic of the Help file. You select the optional history file use in the File menu. When entering a call that appears in the look-up file, the Op`s name, bands and 6-digit are displayed. A `real` partial call search is activated after typing 2 or more characters, when the {Partial} check-box mid screen is checked. When looking for new grids, use the `GA` shortcut or View Grid Activity menu to input a 4-digit grid. The look-up file is the history file. Stations in that grid are displayed. Bands worked already are blank. The beam heading displayed is from your 6-digit to the 4-digit target, which gets you close. The window is re-sizeable for font-size and can be moved off to the side. Upper-right X saves the window settings. Select the menu View Use your Bands needed and write the {StationBands.txt} lookup file. See `Bands to be worked` in the Help file. Older: To use partial search, check the {Partial} check-box mid screen and <Enter> 3 or more characters of a callsign - the results of that search are displayed. 2 characters are reserved for keyboard shortcuts - since the 1987 DOS version. ° Note: if the [Partial] checkbox is left un-checked - the valid callsign checking function will flag callsigns entered without numerals. Ex: W(oh)RSJ vs W0RSJ. 5. After you enter a call, duping is done and the cursor goes to the grid input. If the station sends the grid that is inserted from datafile, just hit <Enter> to accept it. Otherwise enter the correct grid. Hitting <Enter> or <Space> again will accept the QSO into the log. That new grid will be used on other bands. ° Note: You can select QSO `Auto Accept` in the [QSO OK] combo box. This skips the extra keystroke by accepting the QSO into the log after entering the grid. 6. Change bands by entering 50, 14, 22, 43, 90, 12 etc into the callsign input. See the HELP file `band change` topic since there are more ways available. If my WinHelp file does not open, get the WinHlp32.exe file from Microsoft`s WinHlp32 page. Or select the HTML help format from the {Help} menu. The WinHelp file is much nicer and easier to navigate. ° Read about the transverter band switching function. 7. Enter another QSO. After entering this one, <Enter> DL into the call input to delete the last QSO. This is a command you want to remember since you will use it often, especially when you enter a QSO on the wrong band. It is much easier to delete the last QSO if you accepted it by mistake, rather than editing it in the edit form. First make a mental note of the grid. Delete the QSO, then after changing to the correct band, <Enter> `L` for last call, and continue. ° Note: As in the logging screen, in the edit form, only <Enter> and <Space> can be used to input data. 8. Moving a station up the bands: <Enter> S for `same` instead of typing the whole call. Or use the PageUp/PageDown functions to increment/decrement. See the HELP file and #12 below to use the L, L2, L3 and L4 commands to work tailgating stations while moving the first station up the bands. 9. Logging is done without using the mouse. See the `Keystrokes` section of the HELP file. <Esc> clears all QSO inputs, stops CW/DVK and closes windows. 10. Use the `Log` pull down menu and write each of the files available. Cabrillo, ADIF, summary etc. For ARRL contests, you must write and submit the Cabrillo file as your log submission - no paper logs from computer generated logs. ° Note: With NOTEPAD.exe in the c:\VHFLOG32 folder, the files you write will open in NOTEPAD automatically. This is useful since you need to read/edit your files before submision. 11. If your new transceiver has the transverter frequency readout, you can skip #11. Old radios: With each band change, the I.F. frequency can be displayed in the green label at the bottom. The data comes from the LO.exe application that comes with VHFLOG. Your transverter local oscillator offsets are stored and displayed instead of using paper notes. For microwave transverters using PLLs, the reference frequency and multiplication factors are stored so the exact I.F. can be calculated just before each QSO. Only an accurate VHF counter and verification of your I.F. radio calibration is required. ° When someone says `go to 185`.... You <Enter> F185 into the callsign field. The frequency for 185KHz is displayed for that band. ° Note: You need to run LO.exe and setup the data file before using #11 features. <Enter> B into the callsign field to have the beacon dial frequency displayed for that band. This is also setup in the LO.exe application. 12. Log a station (and tailgaters) up thru the bands: Change bands, <Enter> S for same call. Log it. Now, log the tailgating station(s) using the L, L2, L3, L4 commands to recall previous callsigns from the log - last, 2nd from last, 3rd from the last and 4th from the last respectively. See the `Keystrokes/Shortcuts` item of the Help file. 13. Exit the software and re-run it - start a new contest. At this time you would normally verify that the UTC offset is correct (Daylight Saving time, etc). The logger has an auto UTC offset function - verify it. Verify the PC`s clock as well. In the system time setup, you can setup the auto-synchronization with a web based clock. ° Note: The QSO hour in your log (hour only) can be changed post contest using the UTC_Time application supplied with the logger. See the HELP file to read how. This requires manual edit of dates around UTC midnight. Hit the `[Click] Enter Filename` label and enter a filename. The extension .lgg is assumed and you don`t need to enter it. Long filenames are OK to use, but keep them simple so they fit in the display windows. It is helpful to use a filename that tells you which contest it is. i.e. 2010janss 2010sept_qso. Select a contest then click the [Continue] button. 14. Enter QSOs and try the menu functions. Be familiar with entering Rover callsigns. They must be entered as call/R to conform to sponsors` rules. In the sponsor`s cross checking, call/FN20 for example will not match call/R in the other station`s log. When you enter a Rover on a band a second time - a dupe box appears. Select OK and enter the correct grid square to accept it into the log. You can turn off the extended dialog box text if you wish, in the {Log} menu. If you enter the same grid it will be accepted as a zero value QSO - same as with normal dupe QSOs. Always leave dupe QSOs in the log, because you do not know which QSO will be in the other person`s log. Also, dupes are OK in the log without penalty. When starting in a new contest, you can enter dummy QSOs to see if everything is working prior to actual contest operation. You can delete these QSOs [DL] and continue when ready. 15. You may select the option that displays the last grid you worked a Rover in. In the {Log} menu, select the desired option. Hopefully the rover Op gives his grid when he is calling, so not to waste your time. 16. Try the DVK. Click the DVK check-box to turn it ON and select the DVK setup screen from the pull-down menu. Try playing a sample wave file. Double-click an F-key line on the right. To set a wave file into an F-key message, click an F-key line on the right side, then select the desired wave file from the files at the left. If you have the `RIGblaster` interface, you can try the DVK on the air. 17. The DVK has an over-ride function - select `RIGblaster` mode in the DVK setup screen (even if not using a RIGblaster unit). Use <Esc>, <Space> or <Enter> to cancel the wave file being played. Hitting the same or different F-key will also cancel the current wave file when it plays the new selection. The original non-over-ride wave file player is still available, but you need a PTT over-ride switch in your setup. 18. Select the CW ON check-box and open the CW setup form using the {CW} menu. Set up the COM port. Hit `Calibrate` to calibrate the program`s speed to your pc`s processor speed. After calibrating once, you can do `Save As` setup to create a different config file for using CW a different contest - the speed calibration is passed on to the new config files. No side-tone or TX tune is provided since all radios have these functions. ° USB to serial converters are supported for CW/PTT. Interfaces with the FTDI chips like the VScom USB to serial adapters work fine. Others can be a problem ! 19. Auto log back-up can be selected in the setup form or from the {File} menu of the logging screen. You can select using the back-up function after you start logging (all QSOs in the log are saved to back-up). Back-up to USB flash drives works too. 20. The logger writes a Cabrillo file for log submission - {Log} menu. Read your log and verify/edit the header as required before submission. If the sponsor`s robot server sends back an error message, make the necessary changes and re-submit it. Applications supplied with VHFLOG: DXGRIDS Grids and Bands worked in contests. EQLIST Station equipment list. LO Transverter offset and LO/PLL utility and favorite beacons. LOGSORT Merge your log files to a `good calls` file. Members Worked Club member QSOs worked in contests. SKEDULER Multiple schedule alarm clock. SQUARES Grid Square calculator. TOTAL GRIDS Total grids worked in many contests. UTC TIME Change the UTC hour of your log post contest.