Initial Setup

As with every ham radio software program, there is an initial setup a user does to enable base features and personalize the ham radio program for the user. WriteLog for amateur radio is no different. What we’ll do in this section is show you what needs to be addressed to start WriteLog working for you by showing screen shots for your personalization options.

This section assumes you can navigate in your version of Windows. If you are not familiar with navigating in Windows, most of this web site (and most other ham radio programs) will be very intimidating for you.

This section also assumes that you have already followed the instructions for installing WriteLog and you have placed WriteLog in the default \Ham sub-directory on your computer.

There are five areas to address:

Files

  • How to open WriteLog
  • How to save your contest files

Radio Settings

  • Telling WriteLog how many radios you are using

Setup

  • Port Setup — radio type, Comm port, PTT, CW port, DVK type
  • SSB WAV file location
  • CW Speed
  • PTT
  • Great Circle — identifying your ham radio location to WriteLog

Window Function

  • QSO Entry
  • Band Summary
  • Check Call
  • Super Check Partial
  • Search and Pounce Memories
  • Rates
  • Beam heading
  • Packet Window
  • Packet Spot window
  • CW Display
  • Skeds (Schedules)
  • RTTY window
  • Band Map

NOTE: the Window Function section shows what the window looks like and what it is used for in a ham radio contest to aid in determining a configuration for a contest. However, everything about the window — setup, how to use the window, etc. — is found in the WriteLog Windows category.

Saving Your Configuration

  • How to save your default configurations settings