ALE^Stat is an add-on to the PC/MARS-ALE software. The
tool is designed to communicate with PC/MARS-ALE, filter and collect LQA data,
send periodic SITREP reports, and archive the reports for MARS stations.
Amateur users reports will be sent to the HFLink
Web page for logging. The following sections describe the features and
operation of the ALE^Stat software.
ALE^Stat requires MS
.Net Framework 4.0, Windows XP or later, 256 Mbytes RAM, and 5 Mbytes of hard
drive space. A dual core processor is recommended if you need
"Echo" support as it runs in a separate thread.
Hyperlinks in the
Table of Content will take you to the appropriate section of this document.
conventions are followed by the ALE^Stat
software. If you are running the Windows XP or later operating system,
holding the "ALT" key will cause menu shortcuts (underlined letters
in the menu title) to appear. Pressing one of the letter on the
keyboard that corresponds to a underlined letter will open that menu, i.e.,
"ALT-S" will open the Setup menu.
The following sections
will explain the various features and functions of ALE^Stat.
Main Menu Bar
Save Setup Data - Causes a the setup parameters, LQA Builder window
size and position, and latitude/longitude data to be saved. With the
exception of the encrypted lat/lon
data, all the data is stored in the Windows Registry.
Send from Archive
option allows you to select an archived SITREP to be re-sent. The
SITREP will be in the form that it was originally saved in.
the current log and starts a new log. This will NOT effect
the next scheduled log unless there is no new data collected before the
scheduled send. If the log is "empty", no SITREP will be
- Closes the
LQA Builder program, saves all setup parameters, and if a log exists,
you will be asked if you want to send it, delete it, or save it for the next
time the LQA Builder is run.
All setup parameters of ALE^Stat are accessed via the "Setup" menu.
- Select MARS-ALE or PC-ALE as appropriate. Other options are for hardware
ALE radios and are not implemented at this time.
Reporting - Checked enables the HFLink
column in the Frequencies Tab.
Enable MARS Reporting
- Checked enables the MARS column in the Frequencies Tab.
Telnet IP Setup
- Port address and number used to communicate with MARS/PC-ALE. These
values must match the values used in MARS-ALE.
NOTE: The "localhost" setting of
127.0.0.1 may not function under some circumstances due to IPv6
mapping. Using the PC's IPv4 address is best practice.
Enable Echo -
Check to enable Echo functions. ONLY
enable if you are using a third party application that requires this
support. It can cause resource problems on low end PCs.
Echo IP Setup
- Port address and number used to communicate with a third party application
like BBSLink. These values must match the
values used in the third party application.
Read QRG File - This button will allow you to read your operation
PC/MARS-ALE QRG file to build the channel list.
You need to
"dump" a fresh copy of your QRG file before the tool reads the
list. You may rebuild the list manually or use this feature at any
time. You will have to select/re-select the appropriate service to
receive your LQA.
Leaving a channel unchecked or checking both will cause ALE^Stat to ignore the
Obscure Frequency Display - When checked, frequencies will be truncated to a
single decimal place.
HFLink Info Tab
Ham Call - Your amateur call sign as assigned by your licensing
authority that your LQA will be posted under. Do not use tactical calls
or calls with ID numbers unless authorized by HFLink.
HFLink URL - The root
"Universal Resource Locator" or address for the HFLink
Do not use "/" or
"http:", etc. as part of the address. ALE^Stat
will format the address.
HFLink Email - Your
address that you use to submit LQA reports.
address will be used if you have errors in your LQA posts. Please make sure
this is a good address!
Test Post Button -
Used to send a test post to HFLink.
Log File Path - Folder to store log files of submitted LQA reports.
MARS Info Tab
MARS Call - Your MARS call sign. Typically, do not use
Email Address -
Address the MARS-ALE-SITREP group is setup to accept.
Username - The username assigned to your SMTP compatible email
account. Typically this is the same as the first part of your email
address, i.e., "username" in "username@myISP.net."
Password/Confirm Password - Your SMTP compatible email password. If the
two fields are not the same because of a "typo", you will receive
an error message and will need to re-enter the password.
Display Name - The "friendly" name you want displayed as
SMTP Server - Your outgoing email host name. This is the
name or your ISP's SMTP server. If you use a Web based email service,
you will need to see if the ISP has a SMTP server. Email services that
are solely Web based WILL NOT work with ALE^Stat.
SMTP Port - The port required by your ISP. This is usually
25, 465, or 587 depending on your ISP and if SSL encryption is selected.
Use Authentication? - Check this is your ISP requires you to authenticate.
Use SSL Encryption? - Check this is your ISP requires you to use
encryption. Selecting this will automatically enter 587 as your SMTP
port. If your ISP uses a special port, you may change it after SSL is
Send Copy? - Select
to send a copy of the SITREP to the "Copy to..." address.
Copy to Email Address - Address that SITREP copies will be sent to if you
have "Send Copy?" checked.
Test Email Button - Use this to send a test email to the group and to
the "Copy to..." address (if selected).
NOTE: You have to have all fields filled out and
saved before the button will function.
- Interval between MARS LQA reports in hours. This value does not
affect HFLink postings which are in near real
time. A value of "0" is manual posting and will not send
Station Info Tab
Maidenhead Grid Locator - Enter your stations 4 or 6 character grid
position. If you do not know your grid, you may click on the underlined
hyperlink which will navigate your browser to the ARRL Web site and to links
for locator assistance.
Other Location - This is a free text area for additional location
information, i.e., state, metro area, etc. You may include any
information you feel would be useful to the SITREP group.
ALE Radio and Interface - This is a free text area to compose a description of
your station, equipment, modes supported, operating schedules, etc. You
may include any information you feel would be useful to the SITREP group.
Antenna Description - This is a free text area to compose a description of
your antennas. You may include any information you feel would be useful
to the SITREP group.
Save Icon - Used to save your setup information.
Exit Icon - Exits Setup without saving.
Flag Icon - Dropdown
menu with Backup and Restore options used to export/import your configuration
Map Page - Displays the Map page in a "mini"
browser (shown above).
Log Page - Displays the Log page.
Chat Page - Displays the chat page.
- Opens this help file.
- Lists general information
about the ALE^Stat and Registration information.
Also, you will find convenient links to the MARS-ALE-SITREP forum and
to the HFLink site.
- Countdown timer to the next scheduled report. If
no data has been collected during the report interval, no report is sent.
Time to SITREP
- Shows the MARS
Zulu format time the next SITREP will be sent.
- Shows the status of the HFLink
Web site (Red background = unavailable).
"World" Dropdown Menu Button
Use to manually connect or disconnect to PC/MARS-ALE and to refresh the HFLink status. Also used to check basic network
All items above are only displayed if both MARS and HFLink
options are selected. Selection of one or the other will display
- Shows the
current Telnet/TCP socket status, i.e., connected or disconnected
(Red background = disconnected).
The latest version is listed below. If a
click doesn't automatically start the download, right-click and select the
"Save Target As..." option.
ZIP file - Version 1.505 Full
1. Backup current ALE^Stat
configuration file (select "Setup" and click the form's
2. Un-install your current version of ALE^Stat.
3. Install the new version.
(When the new ALE^Stat runs the first time, the
Setup form should open.)
4. Restore the configuration backup by using the Setup form's "flag"