FRLogger fully supports pulling and pushing data from common spotting networks. To get the most out of spots there are two parts that need to be understood:
- Spot sources
- Spot panel
Spot sources are a configurable way that FRLogger learns about and knows how to connect to a spot network. You are free to add new spot sources to FRLogger but some common spot sources are provided. The spot source editor is accessed by clicking on "Spot sources" on the main menu. The editor looks as follows:
There are two tabs in the editor: "Spot Source Editor" and "Spot Source Tester". First we will look at the Spot Source Editor.
- At the top left is a list of spot sources by file that were found by FRLogger. A spot source resides in a disk file.
- Below the list of spot sources are fields used when editing or adding a new spot source.
To edit an existing spot source, double click on the name in the list. In this example I will double click on ve7cc:
FRLogger has opened the spot source file and will display the name of the file and the values stored in the file.
You can now edit any of the fields. When your changes are complete press the "Save" button. Using "Save as..." will allow you to save this spot source under a new name if you wish.
Here is what the fields mean/do:
- Spot list name - This is the primary name of this spot source
- Spot list address - This is the web name or IP address of this spot source
- Spot list port - This is the port number to use when connecting
- Spot list login prompt - Virtually all spot lists require a login. When you connect they will send you a prompt. FRLogger needs to know what to look when the prompt is sent out. It does not need to be the entire prompt, just an obvious part of it.
- Login timeout (seconds) - At times we will not see the prompt. So this timeout allows login to continue after this period of time if we do not see the prompt
- Login using - Normally not needed. FRLogger will use your operator call. However you can put your a different call in here if you wish to be used instead of your call
- Password - If you are on a private spot server and it requires a password you can add the password prompt and password to send here
- Keep alive - Some spot lists will disconnect you after some period. Some allow you to send a keep alive command. Check with the spot list owner on what to send and how often to send it.
- Auto connect on FRLogger startup - This will cause this spot source to automatically connect when yo start FRLogger
If you make changes to any of these fields you must save back to the spot source for the changes to take effect.
Creating a new spot source is pretty much the same as editing an existing spot source. Hit the new button, fill in the fields, save it and give it a name. You can also double click an existing spot source in edit mode then use "Save as..." to clone it and make it your new spot source with your changes.
Spot Source Tester
When working with a spot source you connect to at times you need to validate your settings. The Spot Source Tester provides a way that you can test out your settings. There is a debug checkbox which will write spot connection information to the log file. I might ask you to enable this if you are having issues.
To use the tester:
- Double click on the spot source to test. Before double clicking if you wish to specify a login call/password enter them to the right otherwise your operator call will be used.
- If your connection is successful the windows will display connection data from the spot source.
- The top window is for DX output
- The bottom window is for messages from the spot source
Please note that you may receive different information than shown. A lot depends up on your settings with the spot source.
Press the disconnect button when you have completed testing.