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2.6.1 The Entry Window


Your entry window will be similar to this one.

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There are two ways to move from field to field.

  • Tab or Shift+Tab will move through the fields one by one in the standard sequence.
  • The Spacebar will jump from field to field in the Entry Window, filling in defaults where appropriate and skipping those fields that are unlikely to change.

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tipTip
Because it generally reduces the number of keystrokes required to log a contact, the Spacebar is the preferred way of navigating the fields of the Entry Window.

1. Button Assignments

(hotkeys in parentheses)

  • Wipe (Alt+W)- Wipe Out Entry Fields. Clear information about the current contact (alternatively, Ctrl+W).
  • Log It (Enter) - Write this contact to the database. Disabled when in Quick Edit mode.
  • Edit - Pops up the full Edit window to edit the last contact. Use Ctrl+Q (Quick Edit) as a convenient alternative.
  • Mark (Alt+M) - Mark the current frequency in the Bandmap as being in use. Used when you don't want to take time to enter the call of the station using the frequency.
  • Store (Alt+O) - Spots the callsign you have entered in the callsign field on the Bandmap, where it will be shown in bold because it is self spotted. The Config menu option "QSYing wipes the call and spots QSO in Bandmap" is an easier way to do this, whether you have worked a station or not.
  • Spot it (Alt+P) - Spot the contact on the current Packet/Telnet connection.
  • Buck - Display information on the current call using the Buckmaster callsign database. Note: hamcal32.dll must be in the start-up and the callsign database must also be set up properly in the Files Tab from the Configurer. If hamcall32.dll is not found it will use www.qrz.com to find the call.
  • F1 through F12 - Send the associated CW/Digital text or .wav file. Right click on the buttons to change labels and actions (or go into the menu). Running mode has 12 function keys and also S&P mode has 12 function keys. When Running the S&P keys can be found under Shift+Function key. See below for more info about the files send and the status of the Running indicator.
  • Shift+F1 through Shift+F12 - Send the associated CW/Digital text or .wav file from the opposite mode. So when the program is in Run mode pressing Shift will show the labels (and send the associated info) from S&P mode and vice versa. Each mode has 12 function keys. When Running the S&P keys can be found under Shift+Functionkey.
  • Esc - Stop sending. Also stops playback of recorded contacts.
  • Running Alt+U - Toggles "Running' box". When running is checked, the behavior of Enter Sends Messages mode changes appropriately. Additionally contacts are logged as being part of a run.
  • CW speed - The CW speed in wpm can be set using the textbox with speed & up/down buttons (only visible when CW mode is selected). Also Page Up and Page Down can be used to change the CW speed.
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tipWinkeyer and Starting CW Speed
When using a Winkeyer, if you do not check "Ignore Winkey Speed Pot" on the Winkey tab in the Configurer, the program's starting CW speed will be set by the Winkeyer speed knob. If you check it, the program will start at the last CW speed used.

2. Callsign/Exchange Editing Features

  • Space Bar - moves cursor to the position the last position the cursor was in prior to leaving the Callsign or Exchange fields.
  • Tab - Move to the next field.
  • Shift+Tab - move to the previous field.
  • Home - moves cursor to beginning of the field it's in.
  • End - moves cursor to end of the field it's in.
  • Question mark (?) - Sends a ?, and will cause the ? to be highlighted when you reenter the field. E.g. N?MM will send what is typed, but automatically highlight the ? so you can replace it. A double ?, as in DL?K?A will highlight all text in between and including the ? marks. The first keystroke entered will replace all three characters.
  • Left/Right Arrow - moves cursor to left or right one position within the field it's in.
  • Backspace - delete character to the left.
  • Delete - delete character to the right.
  • Shift+Home - will highlight from the cursor insertion point to the home (beginning) of the textbox.
  • Shift+End - will highlight from the cursor insertion point to the end of the textbox.
  • Shift+arrow key - will highlight as you press the keys. When you type the first character, it will delete the highlighted character.

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noteNote
Check out the Key Assignments chapter for all available key assignments by the program.

3. Entry Window Text Commands

While N1MM Logger does not make extensive use of text commands (as CT did and Win-Test still does), there are a few that may prove useful.

In each case, the command is typed into the Callsign Field of the Entry Window, and executed when Enter or Ctrl+Enter is pressed

  • Mode Changes - Enter CW, SSB, RTTY or PSK, and the program (together with your radio, if one is connected) will switch to the requested mode. For SSB, the switch will be to the conventional sideband (e.g., USB or LSB). This is particularly useful when you have not connected a radio, but wish to change the mode recorded in your log.

  • Frequency Changes- Enter a full frequency in kHz (e.g., 14025.1 , or 14025,1 if your computer uses comma as the decimal separator) in the Callsign field and the program will move to that frequency. Type a partial frequency relative to the current lower band edge (e.g., 025.1) and the program will go to that frequency relative to the band edge. Type a frequency with a + or - sign (e.g. +2, -3) to QSY by the selected amount (i.e. up 2 kHz or down 3 kHz). If your radio is interfaced for radio control, its frequency will follow the program.
    Type a frequency, but execute with Ctrl+Enter, and the program (and radio, if connected) will go into split mode and use the frequency you entered as the transmit frequency. For full information on split operation, see this chapter.

  • Wipe the Log- The WIPELOG command, when entered into the callsign entry field, will delete all QSOs from a log. This command is intended to clear test QSOs that you may have entered while practicing for a contest.


Multi-op Commands -

  • WIPELOG -This command, introduced in Version 12.05.02, is used to delete any "practice" QSOs from a log before you begin actual operation. In single-computer stations it may be as easy simply to create another instance of the contest from the Contest Setup dialog. In networked computer stations such as multi-ops, this is helpful for ensuring that the logs maintained on each computer will be consistent with one another. In the latter situation, it is important that every computer on the network performs the WIPELOG command before any contacts are made. Any spare computers should be set up for the contest, and the WIPELOG command executed before they are connected to the network.
  • OPON - This command is the equivalent of Ctrl+O, and opens a sub-window for a new operator to "sign on." This is particularly useful because after you have entered the operator call, you can go to Save Window Positions on the entry window's Tools menu and save your window setup. Thereafter, when you sign on again, the window setup will be adjusted to your preference.


Mobile/Rover/VHFCommands -

  • ROVERQTH - for use in QSO parties, opens a pop-up window into which you enter your current or planned county abbreviation, in the form specified by the contest organizer. See the section on Mobile/Rover Support.
  • COUNTYLINE - for use when operating from a county line in QSO parties. Opens a pop-up window into which you enter the county abbreviations, separated by a comma. After you exit this window, check the title bar of the Entry window to ensure the correct counties are listed. See the section on Mobile/Rover Support.

Additional VHF Commands -

  • BEACONS - This command will load a user-prepared file called Beacons.txt from the N1MM Logger program directory unto the database. The file format is:

# Hours to stay in bandmap (mostly > 24 or > 48)
60
# call beacon;frequency;locator;comment
OZ7IGY/B;144471,1;JO55WM;
PI7CIS/B;144416,2;JO22DC;Should always be heard
DL0PR/B;144486,3;JO44JH;Switches power!
GB3VHF/B;144430.4;JO01DH;QRG with a .
ON0VHF/B;144418,5;JO20;4 digit grid


The purpose of this function is to permit users to display beacons on their bandmaps for much longer than the normal packet timeout, as a reminder to listen for those stations periodically. In the sample above, the beacons will continue to be displayed for 60 hours after the command is invoked. Note that unlike the other Entry Window text commands, this one pops up a file selection dialog as soon as the last letter is typed; no Enter is required, other than to exit the dialog and load the file once it has been selected.

4. Other Info

Alt+U - Toggles between Run and S&P modes
If you are in S&P mode, Run mode is selected and the Run mode Function Key Messages are activated:

  • When you click on CQ-frequency in the Bandmap window
  • When you are in tuning range of your CQ-frequency (on that band)
  • When clicking on the green dot when it shows SP (Search & Pounce)

If you place your mouse cursor anywhere on the frame of the Exchange section of the Entry window (the line around the part where you see the sent and received exchange), a floating "tooltip" is displayed which displays the time since your last previous QSO and the time since your last band-change. Useful primarily in multi-op stations in contests with requirements for how long you must stay on a band, and for getting a quick indication of QSO rate without opening the Info window.

5. Status Bar Information

  • Left pane - Information
    • After entering a callsign - Country, Zone, Continent
    • Otherwise - Messages (like error messages, results from commands etc.)
  • Middle pane - QSOs /multipliers (/zone) depending on the selected contest
  • Right pane - Current score

6. Callsign Colors

There are two places where a callsign can be shown in the Entry Window , in the Callsign field and in the Call-frame.

RedSingle Multiplier Example: CQWW - qso is either zone or country multiplier (one multipliers)
GreenDouble or better Multiplier Example: CQWW - qso is a zone and a country multiplier (two multipliers)
BlueNew contact
GrayDupe contact or an unworkable station in a non-workable country. This means that you don't need this station because he is a dupe or you are not even 'allowed' to work him in this contest according the contest rules.

7. The Red and Green dots (LEDs)


On the Entry Window below the left end of the Callsign textbox you will see either a green or a red dot (LED), or both. The LEDs are visual aids that help you keep track of what is happening on each VFO/radio when operating SO2V or SO2R. This is part of N1MM's continuing philosophy of letting the operator easily know what's happening at any given time.

Green dot/LED - This VFO/radio has Entry focus in SO2V or SO2R modes - also known elsewhere in this manual as RX (Receive) focus or Keyboard focus. This means that any information entered by keyboard goes in that window, including function keys. Depending on your SO2R switching setup, it may also denote which radio you are hearing in your headphones.

  • Inside the green dot (or in that location if the green dot is in the other Entry Window) you will see either Ru or SP (Run/S&P). Ru means the Entry Window (and the VFO or radio that it controls) is in Running mode, and SP means it is in Search&Pounce mode.
    • Clicking on the green LED toggles between running mode (Ru) and S&P mode (SP)
  • Entry focus can also be toggled between the VFOs/radios by
    • using a mouse to click on a free space in one of the two Entry Windows
    • pressing the \ key (backslash)
  • To move both Transmit and Entry focus
    • press Ctrl+Left-Arrow / Ctrl+Right-Arrow to move both foci to the left or right VFO/radio
    • press the Pause key - if the green and red LEDs are in different Entry Windows, the first press will bring them together in the window that has the Entry focus. Subsequent presses will toggle both LEDs between the two Entry Windows.


Red dot/LED - This VFO/radio has Transmit (TX) focus

  • Transmit (TX) focus can be changed between the VFOs/radios by pressing the Alt+F10 key or by pressing the Pause key (see above)
  • To move both Transmit and Entry focus, pressing Ctrl+Left-Arrow / Ctrl+Right-Arrow will move both foci to the left or right VFO/radio, or use the Pause key, as explained above.
  • When transmitting the TX focus can not be changed
  • When the VFO/radio has TX focus, the LED is dark red. When that VFO/radio is transmitting, the LED changes to bright red
  • Inside the red dot the R (Repeat) designator is shown when Repeat mode (for CQ-ing) is active
  • Inside the red dot the D (Dueling CQ) designator is shown when Dueling CQ is active

tipImportant note
When using function keys to transmit either CW or stored voice messages, the message will be sent on the radio or VFO that has the Entry focus, not the one that has the Transmit focus. When you press the function key, the red LED denoting Transmit focus first switches to the Entry window that has the Entry (Keyboard) focus, and then the message is transmitted. On the other hand, when using either manual CW or phone, messages will be sent on the radio or VFO that has the red LED, so if you grab the microphone or paddle, that's what you'll get. After a while, it becomes second nature - we promise!

8. The Entry Windows


The program has two Entry windows. When using both bandmaps/both VFOs, both Entry windows are needed to make QSOs on both VFOs!

The standard Entry window, which is always open, is being used to transmit on VFO-A (SO2V) or the left radio (SO2R).
The second Entry window is being used to transmit on VFO-B (SO2V) or the right radio (SO2R). The second Entry window can be opened by entering a backslash \ in the first Entry window.

If two Entry windows take up too much space, position the second Entry window over the first Entry window. "\" will toggle you from one to the other (typing focus) or use Ctrl+right/left to move transmit and typing focus. The Entry window can be resized if the two needed Entry windows take to much screen space.

Most SO2R operators get the most efficiency while CQ-ing on 1 radio, and S&Ping on the other. The Entry Window examples below reflect a typical setup: The left VFO-A is now assigned to running, and the right VFO (B) is assigned to S&P.

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All of the features that are available to the single radio operator also work in SO2R/SO2V. For example, when tuning the band with the S&P VFO, spots that are in the bandmap are automatically inserted into each call frame (above callsign entry window) when you tune across the frequency of the spot. Hitting the space bar will pull the callsign from the call frame into the QSO field. Then if a station calls you on the run radio, toggling back and forth between Entry Windows with the \ key or Ctrl Left/Right arrows will keep the information in each Entry Window until the respective stations are logged, wiped clean via Alt+W or Ctrl+W, or you QSY and the callsign is entered into the bandmap (if "QSYing wipes the call && spots QSO in bandmap" is selected). Most people who are comfortable with Logger tend to use the reduced size Entry Windows in the examples above. All of the vital information an operator needs is displayed in the smaller window.

The second Entry window will be opened when a call is clicked in the second bandmap and it is not open.

More SO2R info can be found in the SO2R chapter.

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In SO2V (one radio - two VFOs = 'normal' operation) QSOs made on VFO-A have to be entered in the standard (first) Entry window. Making a QSO on VFO-B (so transmitting on VFO-B) has to be done by using the second (VFO) Entry window. So when using both bandmaps, both Entry windows are needed to make QSOs on both VFOs. When a call from VFO-B is entered in the first Entry window you will transmit on the wrong VFO. Select the correct Entry window!

9. Other Features

  • When a callsign is entered info about the country (bearing, distance etc.) is shown just above the status bar. Additional information from the call history lookup file may also be displayed (e.g. name, state, section, gird square, etc.). When calculating the bearing, if call history lookup is off the coordinates of the state that is the closest to the middle of the call-area is used. If call history lookup is on, the section or state from the call history is used. For VHF contests (having VHF in the contest name) the Grid Square field in the Station dialog is used as your bearing and not the entered Latitude and Longitude. If a beacons file is used, the grid square from the beacons file will be shown just above the status bar when the beacon call sign is entered.
  • When a callsign is entered and the station is a dupe moving to another frequency will automatically clear the callsign field (and place the station on the bandmap)
  • If in the callsign typed there is a question mark (you didn't get the complete call the first time), the cursor highlights the ?, so that when you type, it will replace it. When in Enter Sends Message (ESM) mode a ? in the callsign field Enter doesn't move focus to the Exchange field but highlights the question mark. A callsign with a question mark in it can not be logged!
  • Clicking on the Exchange pane will have the same effect as pressing Space when the cursor is in the callsign field.
  • When both bandmaps are closed the frequency and mode are shown on the Entry window title bar before the contest name.
  • When tuning the band and a station on the bandmap is within tuning range, this call will be placed on the Entry window callsign frame. When the callsign field is empty, pressing the space bar will copy the callsign from the Entry window callsign frame to the callsign field. Also clicking on the callsign in the callsign frame will place the this callsign into the callsign field, replacing anything that was previously there. The tuning range can be set in the configurer (Other tab).
  • Set Frequency in callsign field - The frequency from the first VFO (A) can be set by entering a frequency or offset into the callsign field. Decimal points and comma's are allowed in (split) frequencies in the callsign pane. Placing a / in front of the frequency or offset will set the second VFO (B). Also Split frequencies can be set here; see the section on Entry Window Text Commands earlier in this chapter for frequency change and split frequency examples.
  • Set Mode in callsign field - The mode can be set by typing CW, USB, LSB, SSB, RTTY, AM, FM, PSK or SSTV into the callsign field. If the contest mode is mixed or a digital mode, typing RTTY or PSK in the entry field will open the Digital Interface window and open the serial ports for which the Digital check box has been checked in the Configurer. If the contest mode is not mixed or digital, typing RTTY or PSK will result in an error message; if you really want to open the DI window in this situation, for example to use Fldigi as a CW decoder, use the Windows > Digital Interface menu item. When the DI window is open and a non-digital mode is entered in the callsign field, the Digital port(s) is/are closed so it/they can be used for CW, PTT, etc.
  • Ctrl+P - Spot the station entered in the callsign field as a spot to the active cluster connection, either packet or telnet. You will be prompted for a comment. If no station is entered in the callsign field, the last logged station this session will be spotted. Macros are accepted in the comment sent.
  • Ctrl+O - Change the callsign of the operator. If you are multi-user, you will be prompted for the operator at the first call logged. The default is the callsign in the station information dialog. Entering "OPON" in the callsign field will also prompt for an operator callsign.
  • Auto-call completion - As you are typing a callsign in the callsign field, if a unique match to your log or to the check window call occurs, the remaining characters in the call are added to what you have already typed. They will be highlighted, so that if you continue to type, you will replace the characters automatically added.
  • Auto-CQ - Alt+R toggles the CQ button to send CQ once or repeat. The on/off on the status bar signals whether the next CQ will go into repeat mode. The only way to stop the repeat (mid stream), and to get completely out of it, is to hit Escape.
    • Ctrl+R sets the period of repeat in seconds or milliseconds.
    • Alt+R turns repeat mode on or off.
      • If repeat mode is on, CQ will always repeat
        • CQ needs to be the first two letters of the text sent by the function key for CW or anywhere in the name of the wav file name for SSB or text for all Digital modes.
        • CQ needs to be the first two letters of the caption of the function key for CW and SSB or anywhere in the caption of the function key for Digital modes.
      • If repeat mode is off, CQ will not repeat.
      • A 'R' will be shown in the red status 'led' when repeat mode is on.
    • The repeat timer for CW and SSB is for the interval from when you stop sending CQ until CQ resumes.
      • When using an External DVK there is no stop sending indication and CQ will not repeat.
    • When using a radio with internal voice message memories, the repeat timer can be used together with a CAT macro in the relevant function key. Note: The repeat timer in this case starts when the radio command is sent to the radio. Users that use this function to trigger radio voice keyers must assign the radio command to abort the message to a separate function key.
  • Ctrl+Shift+Fx - Record SSB message for the assigned function key. Pressing Ctrl+Shift+Fx again stops the recording. Fx can be F1 to F12.
  • Ctrl+Alt+Fx - Record external DVK memory 1 to 4. Fx can be F1 to F4. An external DVK has to be connected and configured on a LPT port.
    • When using an external DVK, all of the Run and S&P SSB function keys should be set to empty.wav and not left blank.
  • Enter sends messages - the so called 'Enter mode' or 'ESM' mode. An entire normal contact (CQ & S&P) can be handled with the Enter key. More information is given in the Using Stored Messages chapter under ESM (Enter Sends Messages)
  • Automatically Spot all S&P QSOs - Spot the contact automatically when you log it (only when in S&P mode).
  • "Quick Edit" (Ctrl+Q/Ctrl+A). - Quickly edit the QSOs worked before in the log.
    • Ctrl+Q - moves back one QSO
    • Ctrl+A - moves forward one QSO.
    • Enter - logs the changes made and brings you back in normal logging mode.
    • Escape - discards the changes made and brings you back in normal logging mode.
    • If the text boxes in the Entry window are colored blue, you are in Quick Edit mode, also "QuickEdit" will be shown in as the callframe caption when re-editing QSOs. Quick Edit starts editing with the highlighted contact and you can move forward or back from there.
    • There is no check if the entered contents is valid as is done when the QSO is entered normally. So check thoroughly what you type.
  • The program will display a warning if it suspects that the computer time is wrong (by checking local time & time zone).
  • Using both VFOs when 'Running' - When using the main VFO to transmit and the other to receive (split mode) after each logged QSO the RX frequency will be made equal to the TX (main VFO) frequency. It's there to let you use the main frequency control as an RIT. It resets after every RUNNING QSO.
  • Automatic antenna selection can be used. Antennas have to be set on the Antenna tab from the Configurer dialog and can be controlled using an external box on the parallel port. When you press Alt+F9, you will toggle through all the antennas FOR THAT BAND. If there is only one, then no toggling will occur. When you change bands, the antenna switch will be changed to the antenna with the lowest code for that band. The selected antenna will show in the status pane.
  • Alt+' (Alt+single quote) toggle between the wide and narrow filter for the selected mode (SSB, CW and Digital modes). This hot key will work whether you have changed your filter codes or not. Filter codes can be set in the the bandmap right click menu.
  • Pause - swap radios and match keyboard to radio.
  • Update timestamp qso - Updating the timestamp from a qso can be done from within the Entry window using the callsign field. Entries starting with "T" and four numeric digits will update the current row time in the log.
  • A warning message will be shown if user tunes away before logging a qso in the Entry window with a correct entered exchange.
  • Exchange field validation:
CQ Zone only allow numbers, tab, space, backspace
Section only allow letters/numbers
Exchange only allow letters/numbers
Grid only allow letters/numbers
Power only allow letters/numbers

  • K1TTT's call checking function has been implemented. When a callsign is entered it is checked against a pattern file to see if the callsign entered is a possible callsign. A warning will be given in the Check window when this is not true. The checking in done using a set of rules in the file CALLSIGN.PAT. Note that the call checking function only works for HF (no WARC) and only for CW and SSB. More information in the chapter Call Checking.
  • When a SH/DX command is entered in the callsign field it is passed to the packet window for processing.
  • Show windows when radio frequency changed - This function will bring the program on top when the radio frequency is changed.
    • This only happens when there is another program on top of N1MM logger like your Internet browser, e-mail client etc.
    • A radio is attached (to get the frequency change from).
    • When N1MM logger is minimized nothing will happen.
    • This function is standard behavior and is always enabled.

  • TOUR command. A very few contests allow for multiple sessions in which you can work the same station in every session for QSO credit. You can enter TOUR into the Entry window in place of a call sign to reset dupe checking at any time before or during the contest. This command has 2 parameters that are entered into the Sent RST field, separated by a forward slash "/". The first parameter is the time when the current session begins (GMT) and the second parameter is the duration of the session. The format for both parameters is hhmm. For example, 1200/30 means the session starts at 1200Z and has a duration of 30 minutes. The minimum value for the duration parameter is 10 (10 minutes). If the TOUR command is entered without any parameters, the current values of the start time and duration will be displayed. The default values are 0000/00.
    • At the beginning of each session the start time and duration will be displayed in the status field at the bottom of the Entry Window. After the first QSO has been logged during the new session you should see the Multiplier window reset and dupes will be reset for this new session as well.
    • Most of the contests supported by the Logger do not need this command but some (mostly Russian and Ukrainian) have it built into the contest module and do not require it entered manually.
    • If you are planning on using TOUR command with other contests, keep in mind that settings for it will be lost when the logger is restarted. If the Snt (sent RST) field is not displayed in the Entry window, you will not be able to use this command.

10. Function Keys

10.1. General


The program has 24 possible programmed messages assigned to the function keys. There are two sets of messages, Run messages and Search and Pounce messages. The first twelve messages you enter are presumed to be Run messages F1 to F12, the second twelve, Search and Pounce messages F1 to F12.

The function keys can be redefined by right-clicking on the function key/message button array in the Entry window

The function keys can be stacked. This means you can press several function keys behind each other which will all be sent in full in the selected order. For example, you could press F4 to re-send your call (if you think the other station did not get it right) and immediately press F2 to send the exchange. The program will send the two messages seamlessly.

When hovering with the mouse over a function key button the text to sent is shown.

10.2. Running mode and S&P mode


If "Running" is checked, you will see the Run messages, if not, you'll see the Search and Pounce messages on the function keys. SHIFT REVERSES THE MEANING OF THE ABOVE RULE.
When you press Shift, the labels will change (if you made them different) and the text from the "Running" keys become the text from the "Search & Pounce" keys and vice versa.

Running mode is determined by whether you are on a CQ-Frequency or when the 'Running' indicator is marked. There is one CQ-Frequency per band. Swapping VFOs may possible swap between Running mode and Search & Pounce mode. Running mode is based on the TX frequency.

Moving away from the frequency on which you were in Running mode will place you automatically in Search and Pounce mode. Going back to the Running frequency will put you back in Running mode (the 'Running' indicator is marked again), clicking on the 'CQ-frequency' in the bandmap also will place the program in Running mode again. An exception is when you are working split i.e. transmit on one VFO and receive on the other. Moving around will not change Running mode into Search and Pounce mode.

Default Function keys
F1
CQ Key
F5His Call KeyF9---
F2
Exchange key
F6QSO B4 Key F10---
F3
End of QSO Key
F7- F11-
F4
My Call Key
F8
Again Key
F12---


The above mentioned function key assignments are the defaults. The function keys can be remapped in the 'Configurer' dialog.

Just put 24 messages (for CW/Digital) or 24 wave files for SSB in order. They will map to F1-F12 (first 12 are for Run mode) and Shift+F1-F12 (second 12 are for S&P mode). Keys not programmed in S&P mode take the value of that key from Running mode (if programmed). This means that when the F5 key in S&P mode isn't programmed, the F5 key from Running mode will be shown (and used) by that function key in S&P mode. If you want you can come close to CT compatibility.

Therefore the text sent by and shown on the function keys depend on the Running mode indicator!

Note that when in Search and Pounce mode, to call CQ, the CQ-key as configured is used i.e mostly F1. No need to press Shift+F1. That will place the program in Run mode and will press F1; from that point on F1 will call CQ (in Running mode). If you sent CQ, don't you want to be in Run mode? If not use the {S&P} macro to stay in S&P mode.

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There may not be any 'holes' in the function key lines with skipped function keys. ALL preceding function keys must at least have a line in the table Example: You'd like to have a different S&P F3 key than the Run F3 key. First you have to add the 12 Run lines in the table, after that the S&P lines for F1 + F2 +F3 which you liked to change for S&P. So at least 15 lines in total have to be in the function key table (12 run + 3 S&P).

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The text F1 (etc.) in the left column is only text and has no intelligence/meaning for the program. You could remove it and change it to any text you like, which will show on the Function key in the Entry window. The order of lines determines what the key will do. Examples: line 5 is Run F5 , line 11 is Run F11, line 17 is S&P F5 (17-12=5) etc.

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Alt + F11 - Run box behavior: The behavior of the running indicator (run box) can be manipulated using the Alt+F11 toggle. Normally when you are on your CQ-frequency you will be in Run mode. Changing frequency will toggle the run box into S&P mode. With Alt+F11 this behavior can be changed and the program will stay in the Run mode or S&P mode regardless to which frequency the VFO is tuned. A message is given in the Entry window status bar what the new value is. When on a DXpedition this behavior can be very useful.

11. Other Keys

Key Send function key(s) Action(s)
InsertHis Call and Exchange KeysSend His Call followed by the Exchange
;His Call and Exchange KeysSend His Call Followed by the Exchange
Alt+EnterN/ASends the End of QSO message and logs the contact
.End of QSO KeySends the End of QSO message and logs the contact
Ctrl+Alt+EnterN/ALogs a normally invalid QSO (invalid exchange, etc.). Prompts for a comment. When no comment is entered Forced QSO is added to the comment field. The receive frequency is reset to the transmit frequency. Use View>Notes to correct later



Background: The ; and ' keys were added to make touch typing much easier for those who use the Insert and + keys for working and logging QSOs. It is impossible to touch type and easily hit these very often used keys. If you have ever operated at a multi-multi event with many different keyboard layouts (QWERTZ, QWERTY, German, Dutch etc.) you will have noticed that each keyboard layout has these keys in different places. Using keys like ; and ' helps standardize often used keystrokes. the keys to use can be set in the Configurer under the Function keys tab.

12. File Menu Selections

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The databases used by N1MM Logger are in Microsoft Access 2000 format, with the file extension.mdb. The N1MM Logger databases contain much more than simply contest logs; for example, function key definitions (messages) for each mode, packet cluster addresses, and many other items of necessary data are stored there.

Users can also apply a variety of approaches to their database(s). Some use a single database for all contests over a period of years, while others prefer to set up a new database for every contest. For an excellent short video on this subject by Larry, K8UT, go here.

Always use a separate database for testing new versions of the program and make regular backups of the N1MM logger directory, or at least the database files ( *.mdb) that contain 'real' contest QSOs.

  • New log in database - Create a new contest log within the current database. More info here.
  • Open log in database - Open an existing log within the current database. More info here.
  • New Database - Create a new log database. Change the proposed name (new.mdb) into a meaningful name for the use or contents of this new database. From now on this database will be opened by default at startup of the program.
  • Open Database - Open an existing log database. A selection can be made from databases already created. Many contests can be stored within one database.
  • Copy (and Compact) Database - Copy the database to a new database file, and compress the data at the same time. Change the proposed name (new.mdb) into a meaningful name. This function can be used to reduce the size of the database after importing a new CTY.DAT file or after deleting contests. The original database is not changed, nor does the program start using the new database unless Open Database is subsequently used to open the new database.

Note: Copying a database also compresses it. If you have deleted contests from your database, you may want to copy it to reduce the space it takes up. Deleted contests and contacts are definitely gone after this action!

  • Copy This Contest to Another Database - Copy the current contest log to another database. If the target database does not exist, you should create it first, using the New Database command. The original database is not changed, nor does the program start using the new database unless Open Database is subsequently used to open the new database.
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tipWhy Copy A Contest to Another Database?
There are many reasons why you might want to copy contests from one database to another. Many users have created databases organized by year, by contest type, and so on. This option makes that easy.

Some users, particularly those whose CPU or PC memory capacity is limited, have found that they get improved program performance by using a database that has only one contest (or relatively few QSOs) in it. If you start off using a database with many contests already in it, you can always create a new database and then copy the QSOs you have already made to it.
  • Repairing a corrupted database (Internet) - This is a link to the Microsoft Web site on how to fix a corrupted Access databases. A program to fix can be downloaded there (Jetcomp.exe). This file can also be download from the N1MM website under the menu item 'Other files'.
  • Generate Cabrillo File - New with Version 10.12.3, replacing Export - Cabrillo File. One fewer step to producing the Cabrillo format text file that most contests now require of entrants submitting electronic logs.


Once created, the Cabrillo file can be edited using Notepad or any text editor. Make sure that the Station information 'Config > Change Your Station Data') and overall contest information (File > Open Log in Database ) is correct before creating this file. Be sure to enter the correct Sent Exchange, or else your Cabrillo file will be wrong. For Multi-op stations select the correct Operator Category in the contest setup window. This generates the correct numbers for each station; in Multi-single, the station number field (the last digit in each line) identifies the Mult and Run station.

It is a good idea to rescore the contest before submitting and check to be sure that the header of the Cabrillo file is correct before submitting the log. Some contest organizers use non-standard operator categories (i.e. not in the official Cabrillo specification); in these contests you will have to edit the category by hand to make it agree with the organizer's requirements.

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tipDigital Mode Designators
Note: The Cabrillo standard only supports one mode designator for digital modes: RY. In some digital or mixed-mode contests, PSK and RTTY may be considered separate modes, and the contest organizers may specify additional non-standard designators such as PK. The Logger's Cabrillo mode export string for PSK is "PK" unless the contest considers RTTY and PSK to be a single digital mode. When this occurs the mode export string is "RY". Because the use of these mode designators is non-standard, you should always check with the organizer's file specification and if necessary, edit the Cabrillo file to meet the organizer's requirements.

  • Exit Alt+F4 - Quit the program. If unlogged contacts are in the Entry window you will be prompted with the dialog below.

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12.1. Import

    • Import ADIF from file... - Load the data from an ADIF file into the current database. It is not possible to import a contest into the current database if the Contest Name doesn't match the current contest. Also, the N1MM Logger database can not contain QSO's with identical time stamps (time & date). If the contacts already exist in the current database, it will be necessary to open a new database and contest before importing the ADIF file. If the ADIF file contains tags that are not used by the N1MM Logger program, they are ignored. This is often the case when the ADIF file is generated by a different program. To view the N1MM Logger ADIF tags open a contest of the same type, log one or more dummy QSO(s), then export the ADIF file. Compare the Contest Name and QSO tags for the important QSO elements. See the FAQ section - Other section for additional information.
    • Import Call History... - Some contests use exchanges which are very often the same the next contest you work a station. This table in the log database can be used by some of the contests to show information in one of the exchange fields or fill a macro when a callsign is entered. This information can be Name (RTTY friends file), Grid square, age, etc. For more information see the Before the Contest chapter and for vhf the VHF and Up Contesting chapter (VHFREG1 is a VHF contest which uses this table to fill the grid square). When importing a new file with information the contents of the CallHist table will be deleted first. So export first if you want to keep the content!
    • Import Packet/Telnet Buttons from file... - Import the contents of the Packet/Telnet buttons file (*.mc). This way a separate set of Packet/Telnet Buttons can be created for different Packet/Telnet nodes which may have different commands.
    • Import Telnet Clusters... - Import the contents of a telnet cluster list file (*.txt) into the program. This way you can import a file with telnet clusters suited for your location/situation. The 2 items in the file (name and Telnet cluster address) are separated by a comma. A port number may be added using a" :" after the telnet cluster address where needed (the default is 7300). Example: GB7UJS,gb7ujs.shacknet.nu:7373 or K1TTT.NET,K1TTT.NET
    • Import Blacklisted Calls from file... - Used to import a list of Blacklisted calls (calls known to be false, particularly those spotted erroneously due to RFI or other interference). By default, the file is named Blacklist.txt, but you can assign another, specific name if you wish.
    • Import State and Province Abbreviations... - Import the state and province abbreviations used in many contest modules. This is done automatically when changing databases, but may be a good bet if you have trouble in a contest (particularly a QSO Party) with the program not recognizing certain county, state or province abbreviations. Do a rescore after executing this menu item when QSOs have already been logged.
    • Import Function Keys - Import the contents of a saved function keys file (*.mc). This file can be edited with a text editor like Notepad before importing. Note that for each mode, only one set of function key definitions can be loaded in a database at one time. However, the Associated Files tab of the Contest Setup dialog provides the ability to associate a definition file with each contest, so that it will be loaded automatically when that contest is started.
      • SSB Function Keys...- import SSB function keys.
      • CW Function Keys... - import CW function keys.
      • Digital Function Keys... - import the Digital Interface function keys (not the extra keys from the Digital Interface).
    • Recover QSOs from a Transaction Log (also known as a transaction file)... - Import the created transaction log file. This file is created when on the 'Other' tab in the Configurer the option 'Keep log of all QSOs to facilitate recovery of log' has been selected. More info in the Other Tab section of the Configurer chapter.

12.2. Export

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When the "Save File" window prompts for a filename the default is callsign.txt (the callsign comes from the Station Information dialog). If your contest call sign was N1MM/P, put something like "N1MM_P.txt" The / and many other characters are a no go in the Windows OS.
    • Export ADIF to file
      • Export ADIF to file... - Create an ADIF file. This file can be used to export the current contest for import into a logging program or contest program (like this one). Deleted QSOs are not exported; select the 'DELETEDQS' contest to export these.
      • Export ADIF to file by date... - Create an ADIF file from the selected contest starting from the date set. The first time the default date starting from which QSOs will be exported is 1900-01-01 (yyyy-mm-dd). The second time the default date and time will be shown by the program and will be the moment you last exported with this option. The date/time can be changed if necessary, i.e. when opening another (older) database. This function is especially useful when you want to export the generated ADIF file into a (general) logging program to do award tracking etc. Deleted QSOs are not exported; select the 'DELETEDQS' contest to export these.

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      • Export ADIF to file by date from ALL contests... - Create an ADIF file from all QSOs in all contests starting from the date set. The first time the default date starting from which QSOs will be exported is 1900-01-01 (yyyy-mm-dd). The second time the default date and time will be shown by the program and will be the moment you last exported with this option. The date/time can be changed if necessary, i.e. when opening another (older) database. This function is especially useful when you want to export the generated ADIF file into a (general) logging program to do award tracking etc. Deleted QSOs are not exported; select the 'DELETEDQS' contest to export these.

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      • Export ADIF to file by Multi-User Station Number - Create an ADIF file from all QSOs from one station in a Multi User environment when you are currently logging DX. Otherwise, it exports only from the contest you are logging in. A station number has to be given after which a filename can be given for the ADIF file to generate.


Note: When using ADIF export and the contest name contains "RTTY" or "JARTS" the export mode is set to "RTTY" even when the log file shows otherwise (i.e. LSB).

    • Export to File (Generic)
      • Export to File (Generic), order by QSO Time (normal)... - Creates a generic file named callsign.txt from the contest log ordered by time (and not by band). In some cases this is the file needed by the contest manager. This file can also be used to import into a spreadsheet or database program or your logging program if it can't import ADIF format. The exported file can be edited with a text editor like Notepad.
      • Export to File (Generic), order by Band... - Creates a generic file named callsign.txt from the contest log ordered by band, per band ordered by time. In some cases this is the file needed by the contest manager (like in VHF and up contests).
    • Export EDI to file by band... - Create an EDI (REG1TEST) file which is a regular file format used for VHF contests in Europe. A separate file will be created for each band with QSOs made on it.
    • Print Score Summary to File... - Print a summary sheet to a file with the default name callsign.SUM Example: N1MM.SUM The number of contacts printed on the Summary sheet is without dupe contacts. The exported file can be edited with a text editor like Notepad.
    • Export Call History... - Exports the information in the Call History database table. This table can only be filled or revised by using Import Call History. Do your editing on the Call History text file before import.
    • Export Packet/Telnet Buttons to file... - Export the contents of the Packet/Telnet buttons to file (*.mc). Exported Packet/Telnet buttons can be imported using the menu item 'File | Import Packet/Telnet Buttons from file...'. The exported file can be edited with a text editor like Notepad.
    • Export Telnet Clusters... - Export the telnet clusters (*.txt) in the program. This way you can export the current entries and update the list for your own location/situation. Exported Telnet clusters can be imported using the menu item 'File | Import Telnet Clusters...'. The default name for the exported file will be 'Clusters.txt'.
    • Export Blacklisted Calls... - Used to export a list of Blacklisted calls (calls known to be false, particularly those spotted erroneously due to RFI or other interference). The export is from a table in the current database, which is built by blacklisting from the right-click menu in the Bandmap window. By default, the file is named Blacklist.txt, but you can assign another, specific name if you wish.
    • Export Function Keys to file - Export the contents of the function keys to file (*.mc). Exported function key settings can be imported using the menu item 'File | Import Function Keys to file...'. This way for every contest a separate set of function keys could be created. The exported file can be edited with a text editor like Notepad.
      • SSB Function Keys... - Export the SSB function keys.
      • CW Function Keys... - Export the CW function keys.
      • Digital Function Keys... - Export the Digital function keys (the Entry window keys, not the extra keys from the Digital Interface).

12.3. Contest List

At the bottom of the File Menu is a list of the last 9 contests you have had open, along with the databases they are contained in. This provides a very convenient way to switch between contests when you want to participate in more than one simultaneously. You can open the File menu and use your mouse to select the contest you want to work next, or you can hit Alt+F, which opens the File menu, and then hit the number (1-9) corresponding with the contest you want.

The contest you currently have open will always be numbered "1", and the previously-open contest will be numbered "2", so if you want to toggle between just two contests, all you need to do is set them up and then Hit Alt+F, then 2, to jump back and forth.

13. Edit Menu Selections

  • Wipe Out Entry Fields Ctrl+W - Clear information from the current contact (equal to Alt+W).

  • Edit Last Contact Ctrl+Y - Open a dialog to allow all fields for the last contact to be modified.
  • Add a Note to Last/Current Contact Ctrl+N - Add a note to your the current contact in the Entry window or the last QSO logged when no callsign is shown in the Entry window.
  • Edit Current Contact - Open a dialog to allow all fields for the current contact to be modified. Double clicking in the Log window on a contact will open the same dialog.
  • Quick Edit Previous Contacts (Back) Ctrl+Q - Quickly edit the QSOs worked before in the log. Ctrl+Q moves back one QSO, Ctrl+A moves forward one QSO. If the text boxes in the Entry window are colored blue, you are in Quick Edit mode. To exit, press enter to save changes or Escape to abandon changes.
  • Quick Edit Previous Contacts (Forward) Ctrl+A- Quickly edit the QSOs worked before in the log. Ctrl+Q moves back one QSO, Ctrl+A moves forward one QSO. If the text boxes in the Entry window are colored blue, you are in Quick Edit mode. To exit, press enter to save changes or Escape to abandon changes.
  • Increase Received NR by 1 Ctrl+U - Increase the number in the exchange field by 1. You will find this useful during serial number contests when you are in a pileup and you need to keep incrementing the DX station's serial number because you can't get him in the log...

  • Find/Find Again Ctrl+F - Find the callsign entered in the callsign field in the log. Pressing Ctrl+F again will find the next instance.

14. View Menu Selections

  • Max Rates - View 1 minute, 10 minutes and 60 minutes highest rates for the contest. The content shown can be saved as a text file by clicking on the Save button or by right clicking to the clipboard using the menu item: Copy text to Clipboard.

  • Off Times - Show off times. Shown is the start and end of the period and the minutes off time, if the operator is known it will be shown. Also the total off time is given in minutes and days/hours/minutes. If a contest does not have an off period it is set at 30 minutes. The content shown can be saved as a text file by clicking the Save button or by right clicking to the clipboard using the menu item: Copy text to Clipboard. Off times uses time of first (last) logged QSO as the start (end) of on time. Any time between start (end) of contest and first (last) logged QSO is counted as off time. A warning will be displayed for pre-contest QSOs that cause the report to be incorrect.

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  • Runs - Shows all runs. These are the periods between band changes and includes off times. The content shown can be saved as a text file by clicking the Save button or by right clicking to the clipboard using the menu item: Copy text to Clipboard.

  • Suspect Calls - Show suspect calls using the K1TTT's call checking function. A window will open with the results. The content shown can be saved as a text file by clicking the Save button or by right clicking to the clipboard using the menu item: Copy text to Clipboard.

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  • Suspect Zones - Show suspect zones. Zones in the USA and Canada are omitted. The first zone is the zone from this contest, the second zone is the zone from the cty.dat file loaded. A window will open with the results. The content shown can be saved as a text file by clicking the Save button or by right clicking to the clipboard using the menu item: Copy text to Clipboard.

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  • Varying Zones - Show varying zones. The first zone is the zone from this contest, the second zone is the zone from any other contest in this database or this contest. A window will open with the results. The content shown can be saved as a text file by clicking the Save button.

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  • Passed QSOs -The number of passed qsos per operator. Showing band, number of passed qsos and multipliers.
  • Cross Check Exchanges - Will create a report of inconsistent exchanges, Grid Squares not in the call history and distances >= 700 km in VHF contests. Great to find typos after the contest.
  • Unique calls not in Master.dta - Will create a report of unique calls which are not found in the master.dta file in the N1MM logger program directory.

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  • Notes - Open a window and display all contacts with notes. Great feature to check operator notes when checking the log after the contest. The content shown can be saved as a text file by clicking the Save button or by right clicking to the clipboard using the menu item: Copy text to Clipboard.
  • Statistics - Show statistics for the selected contest. Many choices available. See chapter 'Statistics' for more detail. When, possibly during a contest, you check the statistics and a station comes back, just start typing. The statisctics window will go to the background and every typed characters will go to the Entry Window. A Print to File output can be import in the Import Goals in the Info Window.

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All 'Show' items below can only be used when valid callsign information is entered in the callsign field or the callsign frame.
  • Show Last 10 Spots - Show the last 10 spots for the call in the callsign field. If the callsign field is empty the callsign on the callsign field frame will be used, if any. A Packet or Telnet session with a DX cluster should be present because a query will be send to that cluster.
  • Show Buck/Packet - Show the Buckmaster information for the call in the callsign field. If the callsign field is empty the callsign on the callsign field frame will be used, if any. A Packet or Telnet session with a DX cluster should be present because a query will be send to that cluster.
  • Show Station - Show the station information for the call in the callsign field. If the callsign field is empty the callsign on the callsign field frame will be used, if any. A Packet or Telnet session with a DX cluster should be present because a query will be send to that cluster.
  • Show QSL/Packet - Show the QSL information for the call in the callsign field. If the callsign field is empty the callsign on the callsign field frame will be used, if any. A Packet or Telnet session with a DX cluster should be present because a query will be send to that cluster.
  • Show Sunrise/Sunset - Show the Sunrise/Sunset information for the call in the callsign field. If the callsign field is empty the callsign on the callsign field frame will be used, if any. The information shown is also available in the Info Window. A Packet or Telnet session with a DX cluster should be present because a query will be send to that cluster.
  • SH/DX Current Call or Spot - Shows DX information from the current call in the callsign field or spot. If the callsign field is empty the callsign on the callsign field frame will be used, if any. A Packet or Telnet session with a DX cluster should be present because a query will be send to that cluster.

  • Show QRZ (Internet) - Show the information that QRZ.com has for this call using your browser. An Internet connection should be present.
  • Show Google (Internet) - Show the information that Google.com has for this call using your browser. An Internet connection should be present.
  • Show Buck (Local) - Show the Buckmaster database information for this call. This requires installation of Buckmaster database software and Buckmaster database on the local computer.

  • Set Font - Change the font of the Entry window text boxes and callframe text. The callframe text is the same type but not size as the textboxes. If Arial is the choosen font,the callframe remains however MS Sans Serif. A nice slashed font is Monaco.

15. Tools Menu Selections


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  • Rescore Current Contest - Rescore the current contest. This is required before submitting a log if CTY.DAT has been changed (if applicable) or if contacts have been modified or deleted during the contest. It may be run at any time but is rather slow.
  • Rescore last N Hours - Rescore the last N hours for the current contest. It may be run at any time but is rather slow.
  • Download Latest Check Partial file (Master.DTA)(Internet) - This item will open your web browser to the web page where to download the latest version of the check partial file. Select the file to download and copy the file in the program directory(NB. N1MM logger supports the CT format master.dta file). Select the file to use in the tab 'Associated Files' under 'File | Open Log in Database' dialog. The calls in these database master files appear in the Check window after entering at least two letters of the callsign field.
  • Tune (CW mode) Ctrl+T - Switches the radio into CW mode and using the CW keying interface, key the transmitter. The PTT line will also activate and the radio has to be in semi- or full-break-in mode (vox) to transmit. To stop the tuning signal, press the Esc key or Ctrl+T again. After the tuning signal ends and PTT is released, the radio will return to the original mode.
  • Download latest N1MM Logger .pdf manual (Internet) - Links to the web site to download the latest manual from the website. Be sure to place it in the N1MM program directory so that you can open it from the Help menu.
  • Download latest country file (wl_cty.dat)(Internet) - This item will open your web browser to the web page where to download the latest wl_cty.dat file. After downloading the new country file it has to be imported in the program by selecting 'Tools>Import country list from downloaded file' which is the next menu item.
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As of June 2013, the layout of the country files web site has changed. To find the wl_cty.dat file, select the Contest > N1MM menu item on the web page. On the new page, under N1MM 8.6.2 and later, there is a sentence of instructions in which the word WL_CTY.DAT is a link. To download the file, right-click on the link and select "Save link as" or "Save target as", navigate to your N1MM Logger program folder and click on the Save button. Remember to import the file into your database using the next menu item.
  • Import country list from downloaded file- Load a new copy of the country file into the log database. Mostly this file is called wl_cty.dat but may have any name. Just select the right file when importing and select Open". To check which file you are using go into 'Help - About N1MM logger Vx.x.xx and look at the bottom line which tells you the current country file (mostly cty.dat or wl_cty.dat), check the date and time if it matches the file. Duplicate entries are ignored during the import so the first instance will be added.
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Always load the most current WL_CTY.DAT file from the Internet before entering a contest.
  • Add call to country - Specify a country for the callsign in the callsign field in the Entry Window. If no callsign entered this menu item will be grayed out. This is a quick way during the heat of a contest to add a country. Added callsigns to countries are valid until you do a new 'Import country list from downloaded file'. Making changes permanent means changing the imported country file (wl_cty.dat) and importing the changed country file. This feature is for getting stations accepted by the program from countries when otherwise rejected by the program due to a faulty country file. When using the right country the program will accept the station and calculate the right (well at least a more accurate) score (points and multipliers).
  • Tune to beacon for this band - This will change mode to CW/CW-R and tune to the NCDXF beacons on bands 10, 15 and 20 meters and displays the station transmitting and the power steps in the status bar of the focus window. Also the Short Path and Long Path bearings are shown. See: http://www.ncdxf.org/Beacon/BeaconSchedule.html
  • Update Call History with Current Log - Update the call history file selected with the qsos from the current log file. Contacts will be added when new or updated when already in the call history file. For the 2 grid fields the behavior is a bit different. When both grid fields are filled and a new third grid has been logged, the second grid (oldest) will be removed, and replaced by the contents of the first field. The new grid will be added to the first position. The same change in position will happen when only the first grid is filled and a new grid has to be added from the log. A 4 digit grid will be overwritten by a 6 digit grid when the first 4 characters are the same
  • Clear Call History then Update with Current Log - As above, except clears the call history table before adding contacts from the current log. Can be used to start a new call history file
  • Turn Rotor Alt+J - Turn rotor to bearing for the callsign in the Entry window or to the callsign in the callframe (when callsign field is empty).
    • The statusbar will show the bearing it will turn to. Example: Turning Rotor to 123°
    • Alt+L will turn the beam to the proper bearing for long path
  • Stop Rotor Ctrl+Alt+J - Stop turning the rotator.
  • Packet Window Tools - Opens the menu for the Packet Window, from the Entry window, so you don't need to look at the Packet Window
  • Program Execution Logging (debugging only)
    • Trace facility. Exports to a selectable file (*.trc). Tracing has been added to all program areas. If you experience problems (like a serious delay) please turn on tracing for the window/dialog giving (performance) problems. Send the recorded trace file to the programmers so they can figure out the problem/delay is in the program.
      • Disable
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      • .... one entry per program window/dialog (Available window, Bandmap window etc.)
  • Save Window Positions - Save the current window positions to the .ini file.
  • Window positions are automatically saved when the program is closed.
    • Window positions are saved per operator. Use Ctrl+O to enter the call of the operator, and click ''Save Window Positions'. The next time that operator signs on (using Ctrl+O), the window setup will be adjusted to the saved layout.
  • Restore Window Positions - Restore from the .ini file the most recent saved window positions. The screen will update immediately
    • Window positions are restored per operator (when saved first by the operator). Use Ctrl+O to select Operator and press 'Restore Window Positions'. The windows will change to their new positions immediately. This enables easy reconfiguration of the screen when changing operators at a multi-op.

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More info about rotator control can be found in the Supported Hardware chapter under Rotator control

16. Config Menu Selections

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16.1. Configure Ports, Telnet Address, Other - Also called Configurer.

This a very important dialog which can change the program's behavior. This menu opens the configuration dialog to modify setup options. Go here for detailed documentation of this dialog.

16.2. Change Your Station Data

Modify overall Station information - name, call, address, state, latitude, longitude, etc. The callsign entered here is very important for most contests, It determines what country you are in, which may in turn affect the required exchange, scoring, which stations may be worked for contest credit, etc.

16.3. Change Band Plan

When you click on this choice, you will be shown a sub-menu of the CW, SSB and Digital band plans. Pick one of these and you will see a table of frequency ranges like this:

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The first thing to do is use the scroll bar to get back to the HF and low-VHF bands.

Note that a default set of sub-band edges is loaded, which may or may not accord with the ones you use in your area. Also note that the SSB sub-bands are narrower than the CW sub-bands, and that the digital sub-bands are the narrowest of all. This is essential to proper operation of the program, so be sure to observe these requirements if you change the sub-bands. The program also assumes that the sub-bands do not overlap - if they do, bandmap coloring will reflect digital subbands first, then CW, and SSB last - this can lead to some confusion.

When "Use Radio Mode" is checked on the Configurer dialog's Mode Control tab (this is the default setting), the only effect of these sub-band settings is to color the frequency scales in the Bandmap - blue for CW, black for SSB, magenta for digital modes, and red for outside the band. In this case, your radio mode and the set of function keys selected is controlled only by the radio's mode setting.

When you invoke Follow Band Plan on the Mode Control tab, the program's behavior changes. If you click on the Bandmap within a sub-band designated for a given mode, or click on a call in the Available Mults and Qs window which is on a frequency in a sub-band whose mode is different from that the radio is on now, then the radio and function key definitions will change to match the new frequency.

You can edit each sub-band table to add or change these sub-bands. Use the same editing technique used in editing the Function Key definition tables and other tables throughout the program. The editing techniques are a little quirky, but they are required by the database engine, and you will quickly get the hang of them. Again, make sure your SSB sub-band (on any given band) is narrower than the CW sub-band, and that your digital sub-band on that band is narrower yet.

A final caution - if you tune your radio manually across a sub-band boundary, or use an Up/Down button on the radio to jump across one, you will see that the Function key buttons change to the appropriate mode, but the radio's own mode does not change - you will have to do that manually. If you are operating in a mixed-mode contest, you will probably want to get in the habit of doing both - frequency jump and mode change - manually at the radio, or else grab a spot in the new mode sub-band to keep everything on the same page.

16.4. Clear INI file settings

Option to clear out the 'N1MM logger.ini' file. Could be used when having Configurer troubles. Radio, port etc. settings will be lost when using this item.

16.5. Find all windows (move to within 800 *600)

Option to force all windows onto primary 800 x 600 screen. Great when coming from a higher resolution screen or a two monitor setup and windows are 'missing on the screen'.

16.6. Enter Sends Messages (ESM mode)

Ctrl+M - A mode of operation frst introduced by N6TR in TRLog, and much improved in N1MM Logger. The program anticipates the needed sequence of messages to complete a QSO in either Run or Search & Pounce mode, and sends each one in turn by simply hitting Enter. See ESM for further details.

16.7. Set CW AutoSend Threshold - Ctrl+Shift+M

Start sending the callsign after a certain number of characters typed AFTER the last number in the callsign. The minimum threshold is 1. 0 will turn off the feature. Only when in RUN mode, not in S&P. More info in the chapter on Key Assignments (Keyboard Shortcuts) in the Logging Key Assignments section.

16.8. Spot all S&P QSOs

Spot the contact when you log it.

If this option is checked, a contact is automatically spotted when:

  • You complete the QSO in S&P mode and
  • the spot is not already on your Bandmap at the same frequency (+/- the tuning tolerance)

The Packet and Telnet window has a right click menu option that allows the user to specify a comment for spots, which may include logged QSO field(s).

16.9. QSYing wipes the call & spots QSO in bandmap

Very useful for S&P. If you enter a station's call in the entry window, and then tune off for any reason (he doesn't answer your call, or...) the call is shown bold in the bandmap. The setting of this feature remains as it was across program restarts.

If you set >Config >QSYing Wipes the Call & Spots QSO in Bandmap, it will spot stations in the bandmap which you haven't worked yet or don't want to work all. These stations are not spotted on packet/telnet but only locally. Any call greater or equal to 3 characters that you don't work but have entered in the callsign field will be automatically spotted in the bandmaps when you turn the VFO to another frequency. This way you can place stations on the bandmap which you can't work direct (big pileup?) so want to store them somewhere. Also useful when you want to add stations to the bandmap who you don't want to (or may not) work but like to have the callsign in the bandmap so when searching for stations you know who is on that frequency so you can tune past it without stopping to check who it is.

All bandmap features work on these 'spotted' stations so they are easy accessible if needed. Self spotted stations are easily recognized because they are shown in bold. This feature is also very useful in a M/S or M/M environment. Often there is a MULT station that is tuning the bands, but may not want to post the spot until the QSO has been worked by their own RUNNING station. (I do not wish to get into an ethics discussion, but this is done quite often) This feature allows the MULT station to build a band map full of calls for the RUNNING station to work when it gets a chance.

That means you can do the following:

  • Tune to 21200.
  • Enter VU2PTT.
  • Tune off.
  • VU2PTT is "spotted" at 21200, and the Entry Window is cleared.
  • Tune to 21208.
  • Enter G4UJS.
  • Tune off.
  • G4UJS is "spotted" at 21208, and the Entry Window is cleared.
  • Repeat as long as desired.
  • Go back and work all of them using Ctrl+Up and Ctrl+Dn to navigate.
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There is also a >Config >Spot all S&P QSOs option. It has a number of rules, but will spot everything you WORK on packet, if it has not already been spotted on the same frequency.

16.10. Do not automatically switch to run on CQ-frequency

When selected and you QSY back to an old Run frequency, the mode stays in S&P. F1 and Alt+Q continue to switch to Run mode. This is most useful in Sprint-like contests, where you QSY frequently and want to avoid unexpected switches to Run mode

16.11. Show non-workable spots in bandmap

This allows non-workable spots and logged contacts to be hidden. . If you hide spots, you will likely never utilize the program to its full advantage, especially S&P. If you don't know why I am saying this, then don't hide spots.

16.12. Reset Rx freq to TX when QSO is logged (RUN and split)

When using the main VFO to transmit and the other to receive (split mode) after each logged QSO the RX frequency will be made equal to the TX (main VFO) frequency. It resets after every RUNNING QSO. Using a radio with VFOs A and B, this feature is ithere to let you use the main frequency control as an RIT. With Main/Sub radios like the Icom 756/7800 series you can not RX on SUB without receiving on both VFOs. In this case put RX on Main and TX on SUB for Alt+S to work.

16.13. Dual Rx always on

Yaesu FT-1000 series, Icom IC-756 series, IC-781 ,IC-775 and IC-7800, Elecraft K3 with subRX only: Selects the mode for Dual Receive toggle (Alt+F12).

  • When selected -
    • Yaesu FT-1000 series: The sub receiver will be left on (blinking green RX led)
    • Icom IC-756 series, IC-781 ,IC-775 and IC-7800 only: Dual watch is not turned off when you switch from SUB to Main with Ctrl+Left Arrow or PAUSE
    • Elecraft K3: The sub receiver will be left on
    • Not selected - The sub receiver will switched off (RX led off)

16.14. CQ Repeat - Alt+R

Toggle for repeat CQing.go into repeat mode. With Winkeyer, beginning to enter a call-sign in the Entry Window terminates the CQ, but the program remains in CQ repeat mode. The function is automatically turned off when no longer on the CQ-frequency and the mode changed to S&P mode.

16.15. Set CQ repeat time - Ctrl+R

Specify the repeat interval (CW or SSB with sound card) in seconds. The default value is 1.8 seconds.

16.16. Call History Lookup

When enabled, Call History Lookup can be used to pre-fill the exchange during a contest to save typing, or to display user comments or notes for specific call-signs. Reverse Call History Lookup uses the same Call History file to find stations whose exchanges fit what you have entered in the Exchange field. It is enabled by the same Config menu entry. Follow the links above for the full story.

16.17. Filter Blacklisted Packet Spot Calls

When checked, spots of blacklisted calls will not be displayed on the Bandmap or in the Available window. Adding calls to the Blacklist can be done from the right-click menu in either Bandmap, or by importing a file. See the entry Window's File menu.

16.18. Change Packet/CW/SSB/Digital Message Buttons - Alt+K

Change the contents of the Packet/CW/SSB/Digital message buttons (Elsewhere called Function Key definitions). The maximum length of text in each Packet, CW, SSB and RTTY button is 255 characters. Alt+K will access the relevant list of definitions, depending on the mode you are in, or you can right-click in the button area to get there . The first 12 rows are for Run mode definitions (F1-F12), and the second 12 are for S&P mode. (also F1-F12). The row-to-key association is fixed — that is, the third row in the table is Run F3, and the 14th is S&P F2. Empty rows must have something in them - it can be a single space, for example.

If you wish, you can supply a single set of definitions (12 rows), and the program will use it for both Run and S&P mode. Alternatively, you can supply S&P F1 and F2, for example, and leave the remainder empty - the program will substitute only the first two S&P definitions when in S&P mode

Also note that if you use a "&" character in a button caption, such as "S&P Exchange", you need to double it (S&&P) to avoid problems with a reserved Windows function.

  • Change CW Buttons - Change the contents of the CW buttons.
  • Change SSB Buttons - Change the contents of the SSB buttons (.wav files). Please use the file chooser buttons to the right of each row.
  • Change Digital Buttons - Change the contents of the Digital buttons.

16.19. Multi-User Mode

Start the networked mode of N1MM logger (Multiple computers connected to each other).

  • Multi-User Tools - Menu with Multi User stations tools. For more detailed info see the chapter on Multi-User Support?.
  • Edit Station Computer Names - Associate the computer numbers (starting with 0 for the master station) with their IP-addresses for use in Multi-User mode..
  • Change Operator - Ctrl+O - Change the callsign of the operator. If you are multi-user, you will be prompted for the operator at startup. The default is the callsign in the station information dialog. Entering "OPON" in the callsign field will also prompt for an operator callsign.


16.20. Change Exchange Abbreviations

N1MM Logger recognizes a number of alternative forms for the standard abbreviations used in Cabrillo logs to denote multipliers. The tables accessed from these relate the alternative and standard forms. Here is an example:

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This table is edited the same way as the function key definitions tables, but since it is unlikely that you would ever need more than one table, any changes are saved in the database and cannot be exported. If you use multiple databases, you will need to make the same changes in each. Note that the right column is the official abbreviations. normally, you should not edit this column unless the contest sponsor changes its official abbreviations. The left column, on the other hand, can be changed at will, so long as each left column entry is associated with a right-column official abbreviation. You'll note that for the official abbreviation to be recognized, it must appear in one row as both the Abbreviation and the Section. In the example above, for example NT is equated to NT, and so is YT.

  • Change ARRL Section Abbreviations - Change table of ARRL Section abbreviations.
  • Change QSO Party Abbreviations - Change the table of county abbreviations for a given QSO Party. you must have previously selected a particular QSO Party in the contest Setup dialog. Again, be extremely cautious in changing the right-hand column unless you are sure that the QSO party sponsor has made a change.

16.21. SO2R

More info about Single Operator Two Radio operation of the program can be found in the SO2R chapter.

  • Dueling CQ's - Ctrl+B - SO2R feature that alternates sending CQ on each radio in turn, listening on one while transmitting on the other. Supported for both CW and SSB.
    • Changing either radio in frequency more than 200 Hz will terminate Dueling CQ.
  • Set Dueling CQ Repeat Time - Adjusts time after CQ ends on one radio before it starts on the other. In seconds.
  • Advanced SO2R - Ctrl+Shift+I - toggle 'Advanced SO2R' mode. See Advanced SO2R
  • Advanced SO2R Delay Time - Ctrl+Shift+N - Adjustable delay for Advanced SO2R.
  • Focus on Other Radio - Ctrl+Shift+K - FocusOther, See FocusOther
  • FocusOther Always Swap - Focus always switches to the other radio when one radio is transmitting, and always switches back to the original radio when transmission is completed.
  • Toggle CTRLFx Macro - Ctrl+Shift+L - When enabled and present in one of the function key definitions, the {CTRLFx} macro executes Fx (Function key definition x) on the opposite radio. An example is TU{CTRLF1} in Radio 2's F3 slot, which sends TU and then sends the other radio's F1, used to get quickly back to the Run radio and call CQ after finishing an S&P QSO on Radio 2.
  • TX Lockout (Digital) - Select a lockout option. Also MIXED mode category is supported i.e. blocks second TRX on the same band and mode. This doesn't prevent RX overload. For digital modes only.
    • Multi-TX - This is the default setting. Start CQ on radio A, next a CQ on radio B, both are active. (no lockout)
    • First one wins - Start CQ on radio A, pause, Start CQ on radio B. The radio B CQ is ignored since radio A is already active, so if you press a F-key for the second radio while radio1 is transmitting, the radio B F-key is ignored.
    • Last one wins - Start CQ on radio A (CQ starts), pause, Start CQ on radio B. The CQ on radio A will aborted and the CQ on radio B will start so if you press a F-key for the second radio while radio A is transmitting, the radio A transmission is interrupted and radio B transmits.
  • Toggle SO2R Mode (Soundcard) - Ctrl+I - Used only with soundcard-based SO2R, also called "$5 SO2R"

16.22. WAE - Special commands for the WAE DX contest only

  • Toggle WAE QTC mode - Ctrl+Z - Toggle the WAE QTC mode between QSO and sending/receiving QTCs. See WAE contest setup instructions.
  • WAE Received QTC Confirmation - Enter the WAE confirmation string or .WAV file (CW/SSB only - RTTY messages are configured in the Digital Setup window)
  • Max QTC Number for callsign colors in Band Map - opens a dialog box to allow you to set the number of QTCs to be used for displaying the special colors in the bandmap for stations with QTCs remaining
  • Ctrl-Z sends QTC? automatically (EU stations, Run mode only) - When this option is checked, pressing Ctrl+Z while in Run mode automatically sends QTC? and puts the program into QTC mode (CW only, EU stations only)

17. Window Menu Selections

  • Available Mult's and Q's - Display the Available Mult's and Q's window. More info in the Available Mults and Qs Window chapter
  • Bandmap - Display the Bandmap window. In SO2R/SO2V each Entry window has its own Bandmap window. More info in the Bandmap Window chapter
  • Check - Display the Check window. More info in the Check Partial Window chapter
  • CW Key Ctrl+K - Display the CW Key window. Pressing Ctrl+K again or Enter will close the window but will continue sending the message. Pressing Escape will stop sending the message. The windows is multiline (for pasting in text) and can be resized. The font type and size is the same as used in the Entry Window


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  • Digital Interface - Displays the Digital (RTTY/MMTTY/PSK) Interface window. In SO2R/SO2V each Entry window has its own Digital Interface window (DI1 and DI2 respectively). More info in the Digital modes chapters
  • Entry Window - Display the Entry Window
  • Gray Line - Open the optional to install Gray line program (only for Windows NT, 2000, XP or newer). More info in the Grayline Program chapter
  • Info - Display the Info window. More info in the Info Window chapter
  • Log Ctrl+L - Display the Log window (toggles between open and minimized). More info in the Log Window chapter
  • Multipliers by Band - Display the multipliers by band window. More info in the Multipliers by Band Window chapter
  • Packet - Display the Packet/Telnet window. More info in the Packet Window chapter
  • Score Reporting - Start the realtime score reporting application. More info in the Contest Reporting Application section in the Third Party Software chapter
  • Score Summary - Display the score summary window. More info in the Score Summary Window chapter
  • Visible Dupesheet - Display the Visible Dupesheet window. More info in the Visual Dupesheet Window chapter


Ctrl+Tab toggles between the Entry window and Packet windows. If other windows are added that have text boxes, then they will be accessed in a round-robin basis via Ctrl+Tab.

18. Help Menu Selections

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  • EntryWindow Specific Help (Internet) - Shows the Entry Window sub-section of the Windows chapter of the Digging Deeper section of the on-line manual. All Help menu choices with (Internet) require an active Internet connection to work.
  • Manual Index (Internet) - Shows the full index of the on-line manual.
  • Supported Contests & Setup (Internet) - Shows the Supported Contests chapter of the on-line manual.
  • Key Assignments (Internet) - Shows the Key Assignments list from the Digging Deeper section of the on-line manual.
  • Revision History & Latest Update Download (Internet) - Shows the Latest Update section of the Files Menu on the web site.
  • N1MM Logger Manual - Read the manual off-line. There is a link on the Tools menu that will download this file - be sure you download it into the N1MM Logger program directory. Requires Adobe Reader or another .pdf reader.
  • Contest rules for this contest (Internet) - Go to the web site from the contest sponsor on the Internet where the rules can be found.
  • WA7BNM Contest Calendar(Internet) - Go to WA7BNM's contest calendar site on the Internet.
  • User Questions & Discussion Group(Internet) - Go to the Yahoo Discussion Group page on the Internet.
  • Bug Report Form (Internet)) - Go to the form on the N1MM Logger web site. Please note, this is not the place to report difficulties such as installation or setup problems - far better to use the Yahoo group for that
  • Feature Request Form (Internet) - Go to the form on the N1MM Logger web site
  • View Error Log - View the latest 'Errorlog.txt' file generated by the program. The program creates and updates the contents of this file when the program generates an error. This could be used to help pinpointing a problem in the program.
  • Report Score to 3830 (Internet) - Go to the 3830 score reporting site on the Internet.
  • About N1MM logger Vx.x.xxx - Show the About Dialog.


Last Modification: 04 June 2014 06:20:15 EDT by K8UT.