[WriteLog] RE: Writelog & Network
Sat, 17 Jun 2000 22:16:44 -0400
I received several "what was it?" questions to my post that I figured out
what I did wrong. So here's a step-by-step account of how I set up the
network, including the error (see step 9) to the reflector.
Here's how I set up the two field day computers:
1. Clean install of Windows (format the harddisk, boot from disk, etc.).
This is because I have the luxury of redundant PC's and it will hopefully
prevent the usual problems with a well-used (and consequently messed-up)
PC. This may not be necessary, but it's part of what I did.
2. As part of the Windows setup, install the network cards. Name one
computer "Anna" and the other "Mary" (pick other names as you see fit, but
make sure they're different). As network protocol I installed NetBEUI on
both PC's and deleted the other protocols Windoze installed (tcp/ip and
IPX/SPX I think). Why NetBEUI? Don't know, just because. It's the sample in
the WriteLog help file and it works. It'll probably work with any protocol
you can use for normal networking.
3. Set both PC's up to be clients and to share files and printers. On each
computer, make the C drive shareable. Then check "Network Neighborhood" to
make sure each computer can see the other. Now you know the network per se
4. Install WriteLog on both PC's. Start with full version 10.11 and then
update both to 10.17.
5. Create a new log. Set up all the fields you need. For field day you may
want the "operator" field, which you create by selecting the change
operator menu. Get it all set up right the way you like it. Make sure that
all the fields you want are there because they have to be the same on both
6. In setup, select "register to accept network connections". It will ask
you for a letter. Enter "A". You have 26 choices, I picked A.
7. Save the file and quit Writelog.
8. Copy the file to the other PC and open it in Writelog. Save it under a
different name or directory.Leave WL open.
9. Open WL on the first PC again. On both PC's select "register to accept
network...". On the first computer, choose A and on the second, choose B.
Or whatever you want, just different. Then, on one of the two PC's go to
setup, link to network. Enter the other computer's name. Say, if you're on
the PC named Anna, choose Mary and vice versa. You only need to do this on
one PC to link the two. This is where I messed up. I entered A or B, which
it couldn't recognize. Once I entered the PC's "name", all was well.
We just got done setting up the field day station to make sure we have
everything. The main computer has four serial ports on two parallel ports,
plus the network and sound cards. The second only has one serial and one
parallel port. The second station will be used as a redundant station
that's not intended to transmit, although it has antennas connected. We'll
be running two IC-756's, so we'll be able to "hot-swap" (almost) every
component in the setup with 30 seconds downtime. Having the second PC also
makes it possible for the non-operating people to check the log without
breathing down the operator's neck and to create a completely independent
backup of the files.
Please listen for us on all bands. We'll be operating under the call K1EO,
1A - EMA. We'll be qrv the full 24 hours in CW, phone and RTTY, plus ATV.
From: Marty Tippin [SMTP:email@example.com]
Sent: Saturday, June 17, 2000 12:00 PM
Subject: Writelog & Network
I'm having the same problem you had with Writelog immediately dropping the
connection between the two computers - your reply to the list said it was
operator error but didn't say what the problem was -- so what did you do to
Thanks & 73,
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