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Net Logger

What is Net Logger

NetLogger is a logging program that can use the internet to transmit check-in information to other users of NetLogger.  Net participants that are 'monitoring' the net with NetLogger receive updated information every twenty seconds.

NetLogger also has features designed to make logging check-ins easier.  For instance, if you use a callbook program like QRZ!, HamCall, Sam Database, or Radio Amateur Callbook, information like name, city, and state can be filled in for you automatically.

There is also a "Club Profile" feature that enables you to store and automatically display station information not found in a callbook database, like WSSBN Membership Number.

Other features of NetLogger include support for importing/exporting data in ADIF and CSV format, a built-in contact database that supports complex searching, automatic entry of UTC, date and time when logging contacts, viewing of upcoming net schedules on-line, ability to post your own net schedule, ability to send a list of check-ins to an email reflector, ability to print QSL labels, mailing labels and contacts, plus many other features.
 

Who uses Net Logger?

NetLogger can be used by anyone.  Our net control operators use the program to track all check-ins to the net.  With the built-in "almost instant messaging" window, they can send messages between other net control operators or other members using the app to monitor the net.

Within our group, members can use the program to just monitor who has checked-in, as well as communicate using the built-in "Almost Instant Messaging" window. 

How do I get Net Logger?

you can download Net Logger by going to this page:

http://netlogger.org/download.php.  
 
  1. Select your version based on your computer and version of windows or mac. 
  2. Enter your Callsign and e-mail address
  3. Click "Download"
  4. Once Net Logger has been downloaded, run it to install the program.
  5. Open Net Logger

How do I use Net Logger?

For most of our group, all you have to do is start the program, click on the "Select Net" button, and then click on our net "WolverineSingleSideBandNet" and then click on "Monitor Net". If you want to, you can then click on the button "AIM Window" to open the Almost Instant Messenger window.

For our Net Control users, before you start the program, you need to download the WolverineSingleSideBandNet.prf file listed below. You will need to save that to one of these locations based on the operating system:
  • Windows XP - C:\ProgramFiles\N1HWQ\Netlogger or C:\Program Files (x86)\NetLogger
  • Windows 7 and Above - C:\Users\user name\AppData\Roaming\NetLogger\MiscProfiles
  • Mac OS X - ...\user profile\.current\netlogger\miscprofiles
(These directions assume you are using the latest version of NetLogger 3.1.5)

After you download the file and placed it in the proper location, start NetLogger.  From the menu bar, select "Setup" and then "Club Profile".  Use the dropdown box, and select "WolverineSingleSidebandNet" and then click "Select".

At this point, you should be able to test.  In the Check-Ins window, click on line 1 and enter K8TAS and press enter.  This should automatically resolve by filling in most of the fields with information, such as the state, member ID number etc.  

If this test works, then you should be good to go with logging.  To start the net, click on the "Create Net" button.  The first time, you may need to populate some information.
  • Net Name: WolverineSingleSidebandNet
  • Server: Netlogger
  • Net Password: 0
  • Verify Password: 0
  • Net Control: Your Callsign
  • Frequency: 3.935
  • Mode: SSB
  • Band: 80M
With these settings up to date, click ok and you have just started the Wolverine Single-Sideband Net!

To end the net, Click on the "Close Net" button, and when the next screen pop's up, select "Yes"

 

Some notes

If you should mis-type a callsign resulting in no info there is a fix. Left click on the mistyped call and correct it. After the correction instead of hitting enter hit the tab key and that will correct the missing info. If you forget and hit enter then left click on the corrected call and hit tab and it will also correct and add any missing info for the call sign.

If you run into issues (and all else fails trying to install the file), please know we have members who can help.  Our new Webmaster, Dane - K8DPB has his General, is available to help.  Feel free to e-mail him at ke8aeq@arrl.net  He does work full-time, so please expect to hear back from him in the evenings.  If he can't get back to you right away, he will at least drop an e-mail with an estimate on when he can get to you.

 

Saving and submitting your net logs via email.

For Net Control Operators:

Please feel free to download the attached file for directions on how to Save and submit your net logs via email.

Thanks to Dan, AD8I, for these detailed directions