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4.2 FAQ - Program Features


1. When I tune close to a station in the bandmap, the call appears in the frame above the callsign field. Do I have to retype the call to enter it?

No. If you press F4, or press Enter (in ESM mode), the call in the call-frame will be entered in the call-sign field and your call will be sent.

2. Is there any way I can avoid having the tab key jump to fields (like RST) that don't normally need to be changed?

Yes. Use the Space bar to jump from field to field, and it will skip the fields that normally do not need to be changed. Use the Tab key to stop at each field.

3. Why Doesn't CQ repeat work on VFO B? I already set it on VFO A.

CQ Repeat must be set on each VFO or radio independently. With the Entry focus on each VFO or radio, press Alt+R to toggle repeat mode on and off, and Ctrl+R to set the repeat interval. When repeat mode is set on a VFO, the letter "R" in white appears in the center of the red Transmit Focus LED.

4. In ESM mode, the cursor jumps to the report field after the first time you press Enter, but what if the station doesn't come back to you, and now the program is in the wrong state to call him again? How can I change this behavior?

If you don't usually get a station on the first call, go to the Config > Configure Ports, etc.> Function Keys tab, and un-check the so-called "Big Gun switch", titled "ESM only sends your call once in S&P, then ready to copy received exchange". .The cursor will then remain in the Callsign field, ready to send your call again the next time you press Enter. To go to the Exchange field, hit the Space bar.

5. Can I customize the bands listed in the Available Mults and Qs ("Available") window?

Appropriate band buttons will appear in the Available depending on which contest you select. WARC bands are only shown in the DX and DXSerial "contests", and VHF bands are shown when you select a VHF contest.

6. How can I modify the bands that are used for general logging? Normally I am QRV from 160m up to 3 cm (10 GHz).

If the program is connected to your radio, the program will track the radio's frequency. Alternatively, type the frequency in KHz in the call-sign field of the Entry window and press Enter.

7. The program just skipped a serial number (or sent a number out of order). Is this a problem?

In SO2V, SO2R and multi-op modes,serial numbers are reserved during the QSO sequence, before the number is actually transmitted. Because of this, it is possible for serial numbers to be skipped or sent out of order, if a number is reserved and not used immediately, or never used at all.
Major contest sponsors (all sponsors of serial number contests, so far as we know) do not object. The important thing to them (and to you) is that the program will never send a serial number that differs from that which is logged.

8. I started operating a serial number contest sending serial numbers by hand because the program wasn't incrementing. A little later I discovered that I hadn't entered "001" in the Sent Exchange. Now I'd like to re-start with my correct serial number and have it increment. How can I do that?

In the Log window, select your last previous QSO. On the right-click menu, select Edit QSO and change the sent serial number to what it should be. Click Update, and when you enter the next QSO in the Entry window, you'll see the Sent Nr field increment properly.


9. When I change a callsign in mid-contact, the pre-filled exchange (if there is any) does not change. Is there a way to change this behavior?

Yes. Go to Config > Configure Ports, etc. and open the Other tab. At lower left, check the box labeled "Clear populated exchange on callsign change".

10. What will the program send when the exchange is a number? Sometimes, I don't get what I'm expecting.

There are two possibilities. Let's assume the last QSO you logged had QSO number 133. If the Callsign field is filled with a call, the next number will be sent. Example: 599 134. If the Callsign field is empty, the last number will be sent.

The reason it is this way is that in our experience, before you have added a new callsign, you are most likely to be responding to a request for a fill from the last station you worked.

11. While sending CW my keying speed slowed but the display did not change. What is happening?

Check the message you are sending for "<" or ">" characters, which decrease or increase CW speed. If the number of these characters in a message is unbalanced (like <<<5NN>>), then the speed will either increase or decrease each time you send that message. Annoying, at best.

12. I connect to packet, but no spots show up in the bandmaps. What's up?

The first thing to check is the packet filters. There is some useful help for this on the right-click menu of the Bandmap, labeled "Why don't I see spots?
In addition to filters set at the cluster node, N1MM Logger provides two primary tiers of filters. They are selectable from the Packet/Telnet right-click menu. In order to see any spots at all, you must first select at least one of the Allow HF, Allow WARC, or Allow VHF options.

After spots pass through the first filter layer, additional optional filters may be applied to pass only spots from your own continent or country, from selected call areas, or certain contest mode(s).

The use of the Digital mode filter requires that Digital sub-band frequencies be added with the
Config > Change Digital Sub-bands window.

Regardless of the filtering selections, the Bandmap frequency bar displays the three mode frequency ranges in different colors on every band. CW is blue, Digital is magenta, and SSB is black.

This sub-window also displays your current filter settings, as in this sample:

"The current user selections are:
Spots are removed when older than 60 minutes.
Allow VHF is not checked, No VHF spots allowed.
Spots allowed from these call areas: K3 K4
Filtering (removing) blacklisted spots is enabled for:

EW1OP
EW1SJ"

If you do a SH/DX and nothing appears, check your program settings to ensure that the spots are not too old (Packet Spot Timeout, on the Bandmap right-click menu), and that your system clock is properly set, so that the correct GMT time is displayed at the top of the Log window.

13. How do I spot stations?

Spotting stations may be done from the Entry window. The station entered in the Callsign field will be spotted. If the Callsign field is empty, the last QSO with its correct frequency will be spotted.

  • Alt+P spots stations
  • Ctrl+P spots them with a comment

If you wish, you can also check "Spot all S&P QSOs" on the Config menu. This will cause every S&P QSO to be spotted as soon as it is logged, provided someone else has not spotted it recently, on the same frequency,

This setting is not "sticky" - that is, it will be unchecked every time you start the program, so that you will not accidentally be spotting all your S&P QSOs when you don't want to

14. My friend wishes to use the same digital/SSB/cw button legends and contents as me. Is there a quick way of copying my buttons into his profile or do I need to re-type them in?

First export your function keys. Select: >File >Export >Export Function keys to file, choose the mode you want, and save the .mc file in your program directory. Then send that file to your friend and have him put it in his program directory.

At this point he can either import it into his current database by using File >Import >Import function keys, or he can change the relevant file on the Associated Files tab of his Contest Setup dialog, and that file will then be loaded into the database whenever that contest is selected.


15. There is a missing section, county, oblast, etc. or a missing abbreviation for a section. Can I add it?

Yes. For QSO parties, you can edit the county list from the Contest Setup dialog, by clicking the Edit Section List button if it appears. Most other national contest have various lists of multipliers. These can be updated by finding the correct list and editing it with any text editor, and then clicking the Import Section List button in the Contest Setup dialog. Finally, the list of ARRL sections and their recognized abbreviations can be edited from the
Config Menu item labeled "Change Exchange Abbreviations."

16. Is the score displayed anywhere?

Yes, the right-most pane in the status line at the bottom of the Entry Window is the score. The middle pane shows QSOs and multipliers. For a more detailed score summary, open the Score Summary window from the Windows menu.

17. Is my Sunrise and Sunset shown anywhere?

No. However, we keep track of sunrise/sunset times of stations you might wish to work. On the Bandmap, a "sun" symbol appears next to the callsigns of stations that are close to local sunrise or sunset. Also, when you enter a callsign or prefix, you have the option of displaying that station's sunrise/sunset times in the Info window. Check its right-click window to enable that and other options

18. I'm sure the score shown by the program is not correct. What can I do?

Don't over-rate the importance of this. Most major contests now require your log in Cabrillo format, and the sponsors will be re-scoring your log anyway. If you want to try to get closer to what you think is correct, you can try "Rescore Current Contest" on the Tools menu after the contest. Before you do so, we urge you to back up the current database and put the backup in a safe place. Problems are unlikely, but you've invested a lot of effort in your contest log, so why take chances. Then run Rescore, which can take some time for a large log. That, plus the advisability of a backup, is why we don't recommend running Rescore during a contest.

19. When I start the program it changes the mode on my transceiver. Sometimes it is correct for the contest, sometimes not. What can I do?

Go to Config > Config Ports, etc and look on the Mode Control tab. Select "Use Radio Mode" - it's the default, and is intended to avoid such confusion. Use the other options only if you must, and only after a thorough reading of the relevant manual portions.

20. How do you delete contests you don't want any more, such as those used for testing purposes?

Each contest created in a database is what we call a contest "instance." There is no reason why you can't have a dozen ARRLDX instances in the same database, and the only reason to delete any test versions is neatness. That said, deleting a contest instance is simple. Go to File > Open Log in Database, and Open the Contest Setup dialog. In the drop-down list of contests in the database, click on one you want to delete. Now press the Delete key, and double-check in the pop-up confirmation box to make sure it is the one you meant to delete, before you click OK or hit Enter.

21. I added notes to some QSOs. How do I find them again?

You can select Notes on the View menu to review any notes you have entered.


22. Why is offtime 31 minutes and not 30?

Let's say you worked the following stations, at the indicated times: N2IC 21:20:59 W5OV 21:50:01
If you leave out the seconds, like Cabrillo does, then it looks like you were off for exactly 30 minutes. However, a closer examination of the actual QSO times shows you have only taken a 29 minute, 2 second time-off. This is an example of "rubber clocking". And, yes, the log checkers have been this picky ! The CW and SSB NAQP log checker and the SS log checker will ding you if your log only shows a 30 minute time-off.

73, Steve, N2IC

23. What does it mean when a callsign is colored yellow in the Log window, or an exchange is green or red?


Yellow simply means that the callsign was not found in the master.scp file. That color is the same as the highlight for ESM in the Function Keys area of the Entry window, and can be changed on the Config Menu by the Manage Skins, Colors and Fonts function. Red means that you worked the station before and he gave you a different exchange the first time. Green is special for CQWW, and means that the zone you logged is different from the one the call should be in, according to wl_cty.dat.


Last Modification: 21 July 2016 09:45:33 EDT by VE3KI.