Display Windows AR-Cluster Sysop Manual

The main menu of AR-Cluster offers several windows allowing the viewing of raw communications data and the resulting processed data. Across the top of the application a standard set of pull-down menus are displayed and are detailed in the Command Menu section of this manual. The Communications Monitor Window is displayed at the top of the application allowing the viewing of raw communications data into and out of the application. The lower display consists of a set of tabbed dialogs allowing the sysop to view the following tab functions: Output, Connections, DX, WWV, Talk, Announcements, WX, and Mail. Clicking on the top of the tab changes the data displayed. Graphical icons are displayed on selected tabs indicating a change in the data displayed beneath the tab. Certain tabs also have multi-media sound alerts when data under the tab changes. A status bar along the bottom of the display shows important operating status for the cluster and cluster network.

 

The date in each of the grid controls for DX, ANN. Talk, WWV, WX, and Mail allow the format of the date to be setup by the operating system regional date preferences. The date and time display format options are set on the Cfg>Station dialog.

 

A text field and an Execute (Exe) button at the bottom of the screen allows the sysop to enter keyboard commands. Commands can also be entered using the main menu bar across the top of the screen. A clear button allows the sysop to clear the current command entry and both display windows. The keyboard up and down arrows can be used to recall previous entered commands.

 

Two programmable buttons are included on the lower right side of the application. These buttons can be used to launch other Windows applications such as the BPQ or AGW monitoring utilities or a logging application. Buttons are sysop configurable by right clicking on the button and setting the button name and application path and name. The buttons default to launch the AGW Monitor and BPQ Terminal program.

 

The control used in the display of the Monitor, Output and Log windows is a custom control developed by AR-Technology for real-time monitoring of data. This control gives the sysop the capability of scrolling back in time and viewing text while actively receiving data. If you have scrolled back and new data is received, the GoTo End button on the control alternates between a black and red graphics. When the control is scrolled to the end, any new received data is restored. The control has a built in timer, which only allows you to scroll back for 45 seconds.

 

If the screen size is larger than 800 X 600, AR-Cluster will save and restore the position and size of the main app screen when launching.

Monitor Window

The communications monitor window is displayed at the top of the application allowing the viewing of the last 500 lines of raw communications data into and out of the application. AR-Cluster user the classic PCxx protocol when dealing with traditional AK1A or clone nodes. Due to limitations on the AK1A command set we use the ARxx prototocol for many of the enhanced features. The display features scroll bars allowing the sysop to scroll and view communications activity, which has scrolled off the screen.

 

You can do a Cfg>Monitor or right click on the monitor window and launch the monitor window configuration. There are three monitor configuration options:

 

Monitor Display Filters: Pass all traffic or filter by callsign the traffic displayed in the monitor window. The filter by callsign requires the input of the selected callsign(s) (separate multiple callsigns with commas no spaces). This filter is set to pass all when the application loads.

 

Monitor Log File: Activate the recording of all monitor window events to the MonitorAll.txt file in the debug folder. When selected all monitor activity is saved to a file named DD-MMM-YY.txt (DD-MMM-YY reflects the current date) in the debug folder.

 

Select Log File: Activate the recording of traffic to and from one or more callsigns. The traffic is saved to the file named Select.Txt in the Debug folder.

 

Output Window

The output tab shows textual data processed by AR-Cluster. The display features scroll bars allowing the sysop to scroll and view activity, which has scrolled off the screen. Color-coding of the displayed text is used to differentiate the different data types processed by the application.

 

Clicking on a call in the output tab display will automatically launch a dialog allowing you to Copy the selected text to the clipboard or send the call to the Buckmaster, Callbook or QRZ callsign databases.

 

The sysop can activate special flags on the end of the spots to indicate All-Time-New-One, ATNO, or Band-Mode, BM needs. This option, Flag ATNO/BM Spots, is activated in the Cfg-Station dialog. The flags are computed based on data stored in the CtyStatus table in the public database.

 

Log Window

The log tab shows node and user logging information. Connection attempts and connection device status are also shown in the log display.

When processing DX spots if the spot time date and the node time date are off by more than 15 minutes, the spot will not be processed and the following message DX spot from NODE-CALL not processed due to spot age" will appear in the log window. If you are getting these messages, one of three things have happened.

1.    Your node clock is wrong (Check you CPU clock and the GMT Offset in the Windows configuration).

2.    The node posting the spot has a clock thats off.

3.      The spot has bounced around the system on slow data links for more that 15 minutes and has somehow looped back into the network.

Connects Window

The connects tab is used to display, delete and establish connections to other nodes or users. AR-Cluster supports connections via TCPIP, Telnet and RF/TNC devices. Further information on connections can be found in the Connections section of the manual. A red cross appearing on the tab indicates the connection alert is indicating that all designated stations are not connected.

DX Window

The DX tab shows DX spots processed by the node. DX spots are normally shown sorted by date and time with the most recent spot at the top of the display. The sysop can choose other sort options of: call (DX), country (CTY), frequency, comment, spotter and spotting node by clicking on the top of the grid. Scroll bars allow the sysop to view the data.

 

Double clicking on a call in the DX grid will display the Country Information Dialog. Information for the country including name, prefix, continent, latitude, longitude, MUF, ADIF number, CQ zone, ITU zone, heading distance and sunrise and sunset. Also shown is a series of check boxes the sysop can use to track his DXCC band and mode needs for that country. Clicking on the Delete button will delete the selected DX spot.

Further information on DX Spots can be found in the DX Spot section of the manual.

WWV Window

The WWV tab shows WWV spots processed by the node. WWV spots are shown sorted by date and time with the most recent spot at the top of the display. Scroll bars allow the sysop to view the data. Double clicking on entry in the WWV grid will launch a dialog allowing the sysop to delete the selected WWV spot. Further information on WWV Spots can be found in the WWV section of the manual. A sun icon showing on the tab indicates a new WWV spot was recently posted.

Talk Window

The Talk Tab Display is used to display the Talk spots. Talk spots are normally shown sorted by date and time with the most recent spot at the top of the display. The sysop can choose other sort options of: to, from, message, and date time. Scroll bars allow the sysop to view the data. Double clicking on the left side of a talk message will launch the talk dialog so a reply can be make to the selected talk. The call sign in the talk dialog will automatically be populated from the selected talk. Clicking on the Delete button will delete the selected Talk message. Further information on talk functionality can be found in the Talk section of the manual. The phone icon on the tab indicates a new talk message was recently posted.

Announcement Window

The Announcement Tab Display is used to display the node announcements. Announcements are normally shown sorted by date and time with the most recent spot at the top of the display. The sysop can choose other sort options of: from, announcement, from node and date time. Scroll bars allow the sysop to view the data. Double clicking on entry in the Announcements grid will launch a dialog allowing the sysop to delete the selected Announcements spot. Further information on announcement functionality can be found in the Announcement section of the manual. The speaker icon on the tab indicates a new announcement message was recently posted.

WX Window

The Weather Tab Display is used to display the node weather. Weather announcements are normally shown sorted by date and time with the most recent spot at the top of the display. The sysop can choose other sort options of: from, weather, node and date time. Scroll bars allow the sysop to view the data. Double clicking on entry in the Weather grid will launch a dialog allowing the sysop to delete the selected Weather spot. Further information on weather features can be found in the Weather section of the manual. The lightning icon on the tab indicates a new weather message was recently posted.

Mail Window

The Mail Tab Display is used to display the mail messages. Mail messages are normally shown sorted by date and time with the most recent spot at the top of the display. By clicking on the labels at the top of the mail grid control, the sysop can choose other sort options of: number, to, from, subject and date time. Scroll bars allow the sysop to view the data.

 

The mail data can be filtered by selecting one of the options in the mail filter drop box. Mail filtering options are available for viewing all messages, messages to your node, messages from your node, bulletin messages, deleted messages and messages cued for forwarding. Bulletin mail messages are those addressed to ALL, FORSALE, HELP and WANTED.

 

Double clicking on a call in the mail grid will display the Mail Dialog. Mail details will be displayed showing: number, to, from, date, time, subject, and body. Button options are included to allow the sysop to forward the mail, reply to the mail, delete the mail, and exit.

Sysop Window

The sysop window is for future expansion.

 

Status Bar

A status bar across the lower part of the screen shows: