Status Bar

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The Status Bar is a display of an assembly of panels which contain important information for the user. In TurboLog 4 the status bar is arranged at the bottom of the main windows. The Status Bar is extremely important under operating systems like WINDOWS in order to display upcoming information without needing to use popups. The latter would require user interaction. Background processing would be disrupted until the user acknowledges the popup. This is what you most certainly would not want if you are online on Packet clusters and the like...

 

The information display on the panels is updated with the next message arriving and intentionally not cleared automatically after some time.

 

The following is a typical display of this extremely useful source of information:

 

Figure 396:    Status Bar

Figure 396:    Status Bar

 

Please note:

The panel areas reserved for devices ( e.g. CAT, TNC, Rotor ) are hot spots. A double click on the panel area will re-initialize the COMport and link assigned to the particular device. Thus, in case the panel color is yellow a double click will re-establish the link if the hardware is operational. If the panel is gray maintenance work in the Setup or checking the hardware components may be required.  

 

 

 

The 7 panels currently implemented in  TurboLog 4contain the following significant information ( ... from left to right ):

 

Panel 1:

This leftmost panel is exclusively devoted to the display of the system's time used in TurboLog 4. The display consists of date and time. These are the parameters which will be logged with a QSO. You need not to worry for these parameters under normal conditions. You should pay them some attention, however, after you allowed WINDOWS to adjust to daylight saving time back and forth. A general check should occur after the program or a new version of it was installed. Discrepancies to the correct time in UTC should be corrected in the Basic Properties setup.

 

Panel 2:

This panel is aimed at displaying QSO related information. As the screenshots in this paragraph show typical messages are:

No QSO for: [call]....found in the selected logbook.
xy QSOs matching....to the call entered in the call field.
Call Alarm!....A DX spot containing a triggering Call which is matching your active call alarm setting.
Packet Spots: vwxyz....Result of a commanded packet spot counting.
Autobackup running.......If timer based or manual backing up is selected
Autobackup completed....A timer based backup was completed.
Records selected....Number of records selected.
QSO Upload to Clublog....if activated, see topic Realtime Upload to Clublog

 

The following are two sample outputs from the list above:

 

Figure 396:    Status Bar displaying Clublog Upload

Figure 396:    Status Bar displaying Clublog Upload

 

Figure 396: Call Alarm displayed on the Status Bar

Figure 396: Call Alarm displayed on the Status Bar

 

 

 

Panel 3:

The third panel is a multi purpose display. It may contain messages such as:

Country from CALLS.DAT....The country assignment is based on a user forced action.
yxz Records/s... This relates to the speed of imported log records.

 

Panel 4:

This panel is exclusively devoted to monitoring the CAT link. The name of the selected transceiver is displayed as foreground text. The background color indicates the following stati:

Green:... Link is up and CAT operations are enabled. Ctrl+click will turn TRX ON/OFF... if supported by the manufacturer (KENWOOD does).
Yellow:... Link is disrupted for some reason, e.g. TRX is off. CAT operation is still enabled. The panel is clickable in this state. If you turn your rig on and click on the panel the background color will turn into green if the link otherwise is OK.
Gray:... CAT disabled. Enabling required from the Devices menu.

 

Panel 5:

This panel is exclusively devoted to monitoring the TNC link. The name of the selected TNC is displayed as foreground text. The background  color indicates the following status:

Green:.... Link is up and TNC enabled after successful initialization.
Yellow:....Link to TNC is disrupted for some reason, e.g. initialization failed. No Packet Radio connection will be possible under these circumstances. ( See: Troubleshooting )
Red:....TNC is in command mode.

 

Panel 6:

This panel displays information related to the link to your TNC or to the cluster. As can be seen from the examples below positive messages come on a green background while yellow indicates some sort of a problem with the TNC or cluster destination. Typical messages are:

TNC Connection failed:[ cluster call ].
TNC Connected:[ cluster call ].

Disconnect in Progress

IOTA/Keyword status with respect to keyword search

 

Panel 7:

This panel displays the status of the link to the rotor. An example screen shot is:

 

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Figure 397:    Status Bar displaying Rotor Panel

 

The commanded beam direction is displayed as foreground text. The background  color indicates the following status:

Green:....Link is up and rotor control enabled after successful initialization.
Yellow:....Link is disrupted for some reason, e.g. initialization failed.
Gray:... Rotor control disabled. Enabling required from the Devices menu.

 

Panel 8:

The rightmost panel is primarily devoted to the Internet connection. Again: Green background color exhibits a successful connection to an Internet cluster. The background turns into yellow if the connection was disrupted for whatever reason. The IP address of the selected cluster is included in the foreground information string.

 

The following three screen shots are included in order to illustrate the display of information as outlined above:

 

Figure 398:    Status Bar

Figure 398:    Status Bar

 

Figure 399:    Status Bar

Figure 399:    Status Bar

 

Figure 400:    Status Bar

Figure 400:    Status Bar

 

CLICKABLES and HOTSPOTS:

Rotor Panel                          Double click: Re-initializes COMport/link          
CAT Panel                          Double click: Re-initializes COMport/link
CAT Panel                          Ctrl+click:     TRX to turn ON/OFF via CAT Link
TNC Panel                          Double click: Re-initializes COMport/link

 

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