Logging Information Frame

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The logging information frame contains some of the most important data related to the QSO-record which will be logged next, e.g. on pressing the Enter key. This is beneficial for checking whether the frequency was read correctly via the CAT-interface, the mode was correctly assigned while under the Auto Mode regime, to find out immediately whether a notepad exists...and to read its top line, etc.

 

The top two lines contain information which is identical to the content of the log input fields of the same names. Thus, even if these fields have been deselected from the loginput line, here is what will be logged.

 

The logging information frame contains the following data and logging controls:

 

Figure 210:   Logging Information Frame 

Figure 210:   Logging Information Frame

 

The controls and entities are described in greater details below:

 

BAND, FREQUENCY:      

Both entities are in a fixed relation which is defined in the Bands & Modes table. Depending on the selected mode of logging operation the band is derived from the frequency or vice versa. More details are given in the graph below which outlines the logic behind these relations.If the frequency read from the CAT is off the closest band limit of any of the bands...as defined in Bands & Modes....BAND will display: off bands!

 

MODE:

This entity may be entered manually or in case of Auto Mode = checked will be derived automatically from the CAT-frequency. This occurs with respect to the bandplan as defined in Bands & Modes. The automatic mode assignment from this scheme can always be overwritten manually if something odd happens such as wrong modes in wrong band segments, etc.

 

LOGBOOK:

This field displays the user's choice from the list of logbooks which he defined in Log Setup sub item Basic Properties. The next QSO entered will be filed under the name on display. Clicking the arrow will pop up a list box showing all available logs. The user can rapidly change from one log to the other simply by selecting the appropriate log name from the stack.

 

POWER[W]:

This field reminds the user of his selection of power level in Watts which will go along with the next log record. The reminder is of use if the power field was deselected from the loginput line.

 

QSO STARTED AT:

This is another reminder and displays the time a QSO was started, typically when Ctrl+Enter was pressed. The time captured this way will go along with the log record as start time.

 

NEXT QSO:

This is either the next number of contacts for a particular call placed in the call field when the logbook window turned into Log Review Mode and previous QSOs were found or in case of no search results the number of the next QSO which will go to log.

 

Split Control:

This facility assures you by all means the fastest procedure to turn from transceive mode into split operation. Pressing the Split button will turn on the XIT control on your transceiver. This necessarily requires an active CAT connection between your PC and the transceiver. Furthermore, your transceiver's CAT interface needs to be able to deal with the specific commands for XIT control.

If the RIT was active on the transceiver it will automatically be turned off and the offset frequency display be cleared.

Clicking the > button will increment the XIT offset by 1.000 KHz. This is the default increment of the offset. Every further click will increase the XIT frequency by the increment until the maximum range is reached.

Clicking the < button will decrease the XIT offset by the increment. Further clicking will decrease the XIT frequency by the increment until the minimum range is reached.

Please note:

For the experienced user only: The offset increment can be customized by editing the XITUP and/or XITDOWN command lines in your transceiver's CAT driver.

 

OPERATOR:

This entity is identical to the My_name field on the loginput line.

Please note:

The gray background indicates a hotspot/clickable. If you click the shaded area a dialogue frame pops up which allows you to enter new information such as change of operator, new mobile location, etc. This is what pops up:

 

Figure 211:   Popup for Name Entry 

Figure 211:   Popup for Name Entry

Dealing with this box is self-explanatory as it only applies WINDOWS standards.

 

LOGMODE:

This is a reminder of your selection from the choices which were defined in the configuration menu's sub item logging modes . Please note: The shaded area indicates a hotspot/clickable. Clicking the caption will pop up the available log modes allowing the user to switch instantaneously from one logging mode to the other without needing to step through the main menu.

 

BANDLOGGING:

This is a logical variable which controls the input source of the band/frequency information. Its default value is defined in the Configuration menu sub item Basic Properties.

Checked means: The operator is primarily interested in the band information for logging.  The Band information is manually input by the operator in the Band field of the log input line. Frequency is logged as "nominal frequency" for the particular band only. The "nominal frequency" is another quantity defined in Bands & Modes, e.g. 14150.00KHz for 20m.

Unchecked means: The operator is primarily interested in full frequency logging. The exact frequency will be read from the transceiver through the CAT link and logged. The Band name is just derived from it according to the Bands & Modes table.

Please note: 

This variable is logged in the BandLogging field on the log input line in order to state the original source of band/frequency data. If Postevent Logging is selected as Logmode there will be an automatic switching to Bandlogging.

 

AUTO MODE:

This is a logical variable which controls the mode selection. Its default value is defined in the Configuration menu sub item Basic Properties.

Checked means: The mode is selected automatically from the frequency with respect to the bandplan as defined in Bands & Modes.

Unchecked means: The mode is manually entered by the operator.

 

NOTEPAD:

This is where you can activate and access the notepad facility. The gray background of this entity indicates a hotspot/clickable. If you click the shaded area while a complete call is placed in the call field you can create a new notepadfor this call or edit the notepad which already exists for it.

Likewise you can create/open a notepad by pressing Ctrl+N. The notepad is always related to the base call in case a composite call was entered in the call field or highlighted in the logbook frame.

For ease of operation the actual call for which a notepad would be created is indicated in <.......>. The information in <.....> is updated on Cursor+Down from the call field with a new call entered or by Drag & Drop action from the logbook frame. When automatic frequency polling is activated the content of the whole logging information frame will be updated along with the next frequency update. The first line of text of an existing notepad is displayed on the bottom line of the frame alongside the hotspot. In the example above the content of a RTTY-QSO was copied into the notepad as "proof" of a good contact.

 

Finally, the following diagram depicts the logical relations between control variables governing Band, Frequency and Mode as they are implemented in  TurboLog 4 and as they will go to log:

 

Figure 212:   Logic Structure 

Figure 212:   Logic Structure

 

CLICKABLES and HOTSPOTS:

Shaded areas in the frame are hotspots. The result of clicking is as described above.

 

BUTTONS:

Split Control

Split up: >

Split down: <

Select Logbook

 

Check Boxes:

AutoMode on/off

BandLogging / Full Frequency Logging

 

This topic was last edited on  Thursday, 17-Jun-2021,  at  10:49