About Skeduler

SKEDULER is a multiple alarm clock - saving up to 40 alarms per skeds sequence.
It has simple
Count Down and Stop Watch timer functions.
weekly events.
About the
wave files used.

Options and quick HELP are available by using the right-mouse click function on the main screen. A standard WinHlp32 help file is also available. If this file does not open within Skeduler, download WinHlp32 from Microsoft as detailed in the FAQ. An HTML flat help file is also stored in the application`s folder.

You can move the application anywhere you want on the desktop and save the position. Use `upper-right X` to close the main SKEDULER screen and save the options/setup.

Some options are:
  • Turn off/on the wave file alarm.
  • Test the alarm wave file.
  • Turn off/on the pop up message at alarm.
  • Turn off/on the alarm message `Close button`.

    When the `Alarm` goes off and the window pops up, the Close command button is active. When you are typing in the logger and the alarm goes off, the [Close] button can get `pushed` - and the window closes before you read it. The option can be set to disable the [Close] button - which allows the alarm window to remain open. The alarm window is re-sizable and can be placed off to the side of the logger. To save the position of the alarm window, use upper right-X to close it where you want it.

    The date and time of each alarm is entered into the schedule form. When you click the next sked date cell in the table or <Tab> to the next date cell, the previous date is inserted. Edit as needed. If you selected the UTC time format, the UTC hour offset is applied to the alarm function. This allows the PC system clock to remain in the local time mode, as it does with my loggers. At program startup, the UTC offset is verified against the PC`s system clock setup to alert you of DST/STD time changes.

    Skeduler runs the scheduled alarms in the order of the skeds table - the software does not scan for the next date/time alarm sequence! Enter your schedules in the Skeds table. The skeds table is saved to the default skeds file <skeds.dat> when you click [Done].

    If you have sked alarms out of date/time order, use the [Re-order] function to put them in proper date/time sequence. If during the contest you want to change a sked time, use [Re-order] to put the change in sequence. If you want to add a sked at any time, add it at the end of the skeds table and hit [Re-order]. If you work a station before a skedule, you can cancel that sked alarm by selecting the {Skip} check-box.

    If you have more than 40 sked alarms, do Save Sked file and name a new file like <skeds2.dat> for example. Use the [Clear Table] button to start with an empty table and enter more skedules. In the last sked of the previous sked file, put a note to alert you to load the next skeds file. You can make as many sked files as you wish.

    Always make backup copies of your schedule data files either in MyComputer or by using Save Sked file. Using -BU for example in the BU filename will help you keep them separate from the `real` sked files. After using Save Sked file to make a backup, remember to re-load the original file using Load Sked file, otherwise you will be using/editing the back-up file.

    A comment field is displayed when the alarm triggers. 30 characters of the comment are also displayed on the main alarm screen. The comment is entered on the appropriate line while filling in the schedule form. The comment allows you to set the alarm a minute or so in advance if you wish.

    Alarm example: set alarm to "2014", comment to "2015: 10368.100 with K1WHS, me even min". Comments are (60 characters max.)

  • Deleting previous year and unused files before making sked files for a new contest will help avoid file confusion.
  • The loaded sked file and setup options are saved on program exit.
  • Load the first skeds file before exiting Skeduler, so it will be the file used when you start the program at contest time.
  • This application will run in the minimized mode. The alarm time (or status) is displayed in the system tray.
  • The skeds table can be left open, closed (with Done) or minimized.
  • The skeds table and the alarm pop-up window are re-sizable and can be moved anywhere.
  • The size and window position are saved when the windows are closed.
  • Skeds table upper-right-X is disabled because that would unload the table.

    The datafile:
    Your alarms are saved to a space delimited default text file {skeds.dat}. If you need more files, do Save Sked file and re-name the current file to the new filename. Use the [Clear Table] button to start with an empty table. The data is spaced in specific columns. The first character of each line represents whether that line is to be used or not. When you click the {Skip} check-box, an `S` is placed in the first character position. So, if you edit the schedule information in an editor, do not add extra <Spaces> or remove <Spaces> as this will change the columns, and corrupt the data file. As the application runs, each `matured` schedule time turns off that line by checking the {Skip} box.

    After making additional sked files (or saving a back-up file), make sure you re-load the first sked data file before exiting the software - so the correct file is loaded at program re-start.

    Data file date format: MM/DD/YY ex: 01/21/12
    Time format: 24-hour HHMM ex: 0123

    Count Down Timer

    First right-click anywhere on the SKEDULER screen, then select {Count Down Timer}. Enter values in seconds.

    Stop Watch Timer

    First right-click anywhere on the SKEDULER screen, then select {Stop Watch Timer}.

    Weekly events

    Select the {Weekly increment} checkbox to schedule weekly reminder events. Enter the first day and time, then just click the date boxes to auto fill them.

    Wave files

    The alarm is selectable for either a silent alarm or wave file alarm. You can use your own wave file, although it must be named <alarm.wav>. Select an existing wave file from the Windows folder or make your own. The name of the file needs to be <alarm.wav>.

    If you select the continuous alarm function, the alarm wave file will run continuously until you press the [Stop] button. The file <stop.wav> is used to stop the continuous alarm. This file is just a dummy wave file with nothing recorded. It is used as a reset. If you remove the <stop.wav> file or erase it, just make a new wave file named <stop.wav> with nothing recorded.