N3FJP Software Help Information
(System Example Shown - MS Windows Win 7)
File Menu Options
This Help page lists the File Menu Options for the N3FJP Contest Logs and Amateur Contact Log.
File > New
Selecting File > New gives two options as seen in the File Menu New graphic below.
Option 1 is to start a NEW contest with the current database file location and specifies the location. If you select this option, a warning appears as shown in the Are You Sure? graphic below. You must type YES in the text box to start a new file, and all previous data in this location will be erased. If you typed YES, you will have a fresh start for the current contest.
Option 2 is to start a NEW contest with a NEW file or location. If a new file name or location is not specified, any previous data will be erased.
Amateur Contact Log supports multiple log files. Selecting File > New in AC Log gives similar options to those above in the contest log file menu. Please use this option to create multiple log files within the program. You may wish to keep separate logs for different call signs, contest data or a separate log for a family member who wishes to use the log at your location.
File > Open
Selecting File > Open allows you to navigate to and open a file for use in the program.
File > Save As
Selecting File > Save As allows you to rename a file and assign a location using the Windows Save As function.
This feature performs the same function as most Windows programs. When selecting File > Save As, you can create a second, identical log but with a different name. You can also move this newly created file to another location by choosing a new path.
File > Print Log
File > Print Log (AC Log's File Menu) provides access to simple printing of your log from within AC Log. After selecting this option the Print Log form below appears. It will provide information to simply print your log "as is" from AC Log. Click Done when you are finished.
File > Print Address
File > Print Address (AC Log's File Menu) provides simple printing of an address label from within AC Log. After selecting this option the Print Address Labels form below appears. It provides information to print an address label(s) from selected records within AC Log. Click Done when you are finished. If you need more information on this method of printing, please see the Printing tutorial under the Tutorials link above.
File > Import ADIF
Selecting File > Import ADIF allows you to import data from any program that exports in ADIF. It's a great way to transfer your contest contacts to AC Log. You will first see a warning appear as in the Import warning graphic below.
If you are using the Network feature, all other clients using the database you are importing to must be closed before import. Clicking OK will produce a Windows File > Open screen, and you can navigate to and select the file to import.
Selecting File > Import ADIF from Amateur Contact Log allows you to import data into your general log. After selecting this option, a Windows Open File form will appear. Use this form to navigate to the file you wish to import into your log. When importing an ADIF file, the imported records are appended to your existing log. Nothing is overwritten.
File > Export ADIF
Selecting File > Export ADIF from a contest log allows you to export your contest data for external use.
Selecting File > Export ADIF from Amateur Contact Log allows you to export your log data for external use in three ways:
- Whole Log
- Selected Records
- From Rec # - To Rec #
For the Selected Records and From - To options, select the records by clicking and highlighting them or making note of the Rec #'s you wish to export.
You will first see a Windows Save form to save the file. Next, the form in the graphic below appears. This form allows you to configure the ADIF output for the program you will be importing to.
Click the Help button for further explanation on configuring your ADIF file or click Continue to finish your export. After clicking Continue you will see a small form appear giving the name and location of the ADIF file that was created.
This short video demonstrates the entire process of transferring your log from a contesting program to Amateur Contact Log:
File > Transfer via API
Transferring your log file via ADIF isn't hard, but with Amateur Contact Log 5.6 (and later) and the versions of my contest software released after June, 2016, now it is even easier to transfer your QSOs after each contest. With Amateur Contact Log's API Server enabled (Settings > Application Program Interface), from the contest program, just click File > Transfer via API!
File > Remove Duplicates
Selecting File > Remove Duplicates allows you to remove duplicate entries from your log. A small warning form appears when this option is selected as seen in the graphic below. Please read the information on this form to make absolutely sure you want to proceed with this function.
Selecting File > Remove Duplicates from Amateur Contact Log allows you to remove Duplicate entries based on certain fields from your log. The Confirm delete form appears when this option is selected as seen in the graphic below. Please read the information on this form to make absolutely sure you want to proceed with this function.
File > Sort Log on Date
Selecting File > Sort Log on Date allows you to sort the log data by date and time. A small warning form appears when this option is selected as seen in the graphic below. Please read the information on this form to make absolutely sure you want to proceed with this function.
File > Write Cabrillo (Contest Submittal) File
Selecting File > Write Cabrillo (Contest Submittal) allows you to input your information for the contest submission file. There may be different submission files required for each contest. Please be sure to consult the rules for submission.
For those contests using Cabrillo submission, you will see the form below appear. Fill out the form with your contest information and then click the Write Cabrillo Summary File command button. A Windows Save As form will appear to save the file. Please note the file name and location. Click Save when you are finished.
Next, a "File Written Successfully" form will appear. This form gives the name of the file and location where it was saved. This form also gives information on copying and printing your contest summary sheet. If you click Yes, the program will display the contest Summary form and give you the option to Copy to Clipboard so you may paste the information in a spreadsheet or text editor of your choice for printing. Click Done when you are finished.
File > Write Cabrillo (Contest Submittal) File - Field Day Log ONLY
You will only see the form below for the Field Day Contest. This is the Field Day Summary Sheet Submittal Information form shown in the graphic below. Fill out the pertinent information for submission. There are four command buttons at the bottom of the form.
- Write/View Summary File:
After filling out the Summary Sheet submittal form, click the Write/View Summary File command button. This will write a summary file and save it. After clicking Save, you will see a small form as shown in the graphic below showing the location of your Summary file and giving information on how to submit your file. The blocked out file location will contain your file information.
Clicking Yes on this form will display the Field Day Summary form as show in the graphic below. From this form, you can choose to "Copy to Clipboard" or click on the Internet link for information on submitting the file electronically. Copy to Cliboard allows you to paste the Summary information in a text editor so you can save and print the Summary. Click Done when you have finished with this form.
- Write Dupe File:
After filling out the Summary Sheet submittal form, click the Write Dupe File command button. This will write a Dupe file and save it. After clicking Save, you will see a small form as shown in the graphic below showing the location of your Dupe file and giving information on how to submit your file.
- Write Cabrillo Log File:
At this time, Cabrillo is not used as a submission file for the Field Day Contest. We have included this command button on the form to meet any future needs.
If you click this button from the Field Day Log Summary Sheet, you will see a small form appear as shown in the graphic below, explaining that this option is not used for this contest and information for the rules.
If you click OK on the information form, a Cabrillo Summary Form will appear as shown in the graphic below. You do not need to fill out this form for the Field Day contest. Just click Done to exit this form.
To exit the Field Day Summary Sheet Submittal Information form, click the Done command button.
File > Reset Counter
Selecting File > Reset Counter will reset your record numbers in the log in consecutive order and remove any record numbers higher than the value you specify. You will see the Reset Counter form appear when you select this option as seen in the graphic below. In the blocked out portion, you will see your file path information. Please read the information on this form to make absolutely sure you want to proceed with this function and enter the correct number to proceed and click OK.
File > Copy Listed Items to Clipboard (Contest Logs)
Selecting File > Copy Listed Items to Clipboard will copy all the contacts currently displayed in the List box of the main form. You will see a small form indicating that the copy function was successful. If you wish to copy all the data in your log, please be sure to enable the check box "All" and make sure "Current Band Only" is disabled in the Recent Contacts header before selecting this option. You will then see a small form indicating Copy Successful, and you can then paste the information into a spreadsheet program for processing as you wish.
File > Backup Options
Selecting File > Backup Options allows you to assign backup configurations for your data. Upon selecting this option from the menu, the form below will appear. Please select one or more of the options to best suit your needs.
The AC Log Backup Options form is slightly different in that it allows different time frames for backup (per month or week). The form below is for the contest logs.
You may also elect to Browse for your own location to store the backup if you wish by clicking the Browse button or typing a location in the text box on the form. Click Done when you are finished.
File > Show File Locations
Selecting File > Show File Locations produces a form that shows the locations of the files for the program. This is an information form only. Click Done to exit this form.
File > Download Country Files from AD1C
Selecting File > Download Country Files from AD1C allows you to update the country files for the program to use. You must have an Internet connection for this function. After download, you will see the small form below.
File > Watch List
Selecting File > Watch List allows you to compile a list of calls to notify you of when you make the contact, or that are spotted with DX Spotting. The Watch List form will appear as shown below.
To enter information on this form, simply type in the text boxes below the List form and press Enter as shown in Step 1.
To delete an item, click to highlight the item and then click the Delete command button that appears as shown in Step 2. When you are finished with this List, click Done.
File > Exit
Selecting File > Exit will close the program.
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