Adding Log Entries

To create a new log entry choose Edit/Add Entry and start filling in fields. Use the Tab key or mouse to move between fields. After you've filled in the fields type Enter or use the Add button. After an entry is added you're ready to fill in fields for the next entry.

To get out of add mode select the Stop button. Stop discards any entry in progress.

Select the Clear button to reset all fields and stay in add mode. If you have any default field values defined Clear will reset these fields to their default values.

When you select the Add button the country and zone fields will be automatically filled in based on the call. For more information see Country and Zone Guessing.

For a more detailed description of log entry fields see Log Entry Fields and Editing Fields.

Defining Default Values for Fields

When new log entries are created XMLog can optionally set fields to pre-defined values. To define these default values choose Edit/Edit Defaults for New Entries. Use the displayed form to define the default values and then select the Save button.

These default values are not automatically used after you define them. To enable or disable the default values choose Edit/Use Defaults for New Entries. When the defaults are enabled this menu item is shown with a check mark.

Setting the Date and Time Fields to the Current Date/Time

There are several ways to set date and time fields to the current date and time.

When XMLog generates the QSO date or time it can use local time or UTC. Choose Options/Log Fields, Fonts, Default File... and set or clear the Use UTC for QSO Date/Time option.

Setting the Frequency and Mode Fields from your Rig

When new log entries are created XMLog can optionally get the mode and frequency from your rig. Your rig must support a PC-to-rig interface and be one of the rigs recognized by XMLog. For information on configuring XMLog for rig control see Rig Port Select. Once your rig is set up there are two ways to get the current frequency/mode from your rig for the current log entry:

Setting Fields from a Callbook

When new log entries are created XMLog can optionally get information for the "Name", "Address", "County", "State", and "Grid" fields from a callbook. For information on configuring callbooks see Callbooks. Once the callbook is configured there are several ways to set fields from the callbook database:

Using #him as the Default Call

This is an obscure feature that can be useful for CW or RTTY users. The #him variable can be set from the Packet window and represents the call of the station you are working. #him is set from the Packet Window by single-clicking on a call or choosing Edit/Set #him.

Although #him is normally used to include callsigns in canned messages you can also choose Edit/Set Defaults for New Entries and set the call field to #him . When defaults are enabled new log entries will have the call field set to the current value of #him.