FAQs From Folks Operating as W1AW/X

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Hi All,

With all the Amateur Contact Log users volunteering to put W1AW on the air during ARRL's Centennial celebration this year, I'm constantly receiving these questions, so I thought I would provide the answers here:

How do I start a new log for the contacts I log as W1AW?

- From AC Log 4.6's menu options click File > New > Start a New Log with a New Database File.

- Don't use the same name as your current log file. Enter a new, valid file name such as W1AW.mdb. Do not attempt to include a / or other invalid file name characters.

You should now be all set with your new log file to use for your W1AW contacts. After you have finished operating as W1AW, to open your regular log file, click File > Open, navigate to your file and select it. The default file name is LogData.mdb.

I will be making lots of contacts. How do I configure AC Log to minimize keystrokes and log lots of stations quickly?

From AC Log 4.6's menu options click Settings > Fill Fields When Tabbing from Call, so that there is a check mark beside it. As long as your band and mode remain the same, all you have to do is type the station's call, press space bar to tab to the next field and then press the enter key. All the pertinent fields will fill from values of the previous contact when you tab, so if the values haven't changed, all you have to do is press enter. In short, the sequence is type the call, press space bar, press enter.

When operating CW, can I set up an automatic string associated with an F key that references what I type in the Call field?

Yes, just use the $ character anywhere in the string such as "$ 599". If you have KA3SEQ typed in the Call field, when you press the associated F key, KA3SEQ 599 will be sent.

How do I create an ADIF file of the log for submittal to ARRL?

From AC Log 4.6's menu options click File > Export ADIF > Whole Log and then follow the prompts.

That's all there is to it.

Enjoy your time operating as W1AW!

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