Call History (Pre-Fill) Files
General Instructions For Using With N1MM and WriteLog
Here are the general steps to get the pre-fill files working properly for N1MM and WriteLog:
1. Upgrade N1MM to the latest version (Version 10.4.0 as of 12-Apr-2010) from here: http://www.n1mm.com (Click on "Files", then "Latest Updates")
2. After installing the latest update, open N1MM and go to File --> Import --> Import Call History
3. Select your previously downloaded pre-fill file (almost always a comma-delimited text file) and click "Open". The callsigns will be imported. Note: If you look at the bottom of the main Entry Window after the importing process is complete, you'll see how many callsigns have been imported. ("XXX callsigns imported").
4. To activate the Call History function go to the Config Menu and highlight "Call History Lookup". A checkmark will appear next to Call History Lookup.
5. Restart N1MM Logger
6. Now when you type in a callsign in the Entry Window and hit the Space Bar, the CWops member Name and ID# fields should fill in automatically -- assuming that the pre-fill information is available for that callsign. Note: It's important to use the Space Bar and NOT the Tab key to get this working properly with N1MM.
1. Upgrade WriteLog to the latest version (10.74 as of as of 31-Dec-2009) from here: http://www.writelog.com/downloads.htm
2. Open WriteLog and go to "Tools" --> "Preset Exchange From ADI File..."
3. Select your previously downloaded pre-fill file (almost always a .adi file) and click "Open".
4. You'll now see a popup screen: "Select Columns To Preset". Highlight the columns you want and click "OK".
5. The callsigns will be loaded and you should see a popup window saying: "XXX calls loaded". Click "OK".
6. Now when you type in a callsign in the Entry Window and hit the Space Bar, the CWops member Name and ID# fields should fill in automatically -- assuming that the pre-fill information is available for that callsign. Note: Either the Space Bar or the Tab Key seem to work equally well in WriteLog.
Philosophy: Use these Pre-Fill files wisely. They can be an effective supplement to help you during the any contest, but they are not a substitute for copying an accurate exchange. Your ears and brain do that job very well. Listen carefully to what the other operator is sending, and quickly check it against the pre-fill information for consistency. Make changes if necessary -- but always rely on what you're hearing and not what you're reading, and your error rates will be low.