Table of Contents
Net Roll Call Spreadsheet
The Google Spreadsheet can only be edited by the owners. Everyone else needs to download the Excel or LibreOffice version for offline use.
LibreOffice or Excel
If you don't have LibreOffice or Excel on your computer, you'll want to install LibreOffice first, which is a free and open source office suite.
Downloading The File
Currently, the file is not public, contact Patrick, VA7FI if you'd like access.
Once you have the link, you can download it as a Microsoft Excel file or OpenDocument File. Download the latter format if you use LibreOffice.
The date in the title of the file represents the last time the spreadsheet was updated. You'll want to download a fresh copy from time to time to take advantage of new entries that are added periodically.
The spreadsheet has a few tabs that can be selected at the bottom of the page:
|Local Data||contains the actual information about a few hundred hams in the Vancouver Island area.|
|LogSheet (Local + ISED)||is the “search / log” page used during the net.|
|LogSheet (Local)||is a lighter version of the previous tab (for slower machines) that doesn't use ISED database.|
|LogSheet (ISED)||is a version that only searches the ISED database. This could be useful for cross Canada nets.|
|Instructions||links to this page.|
|What's New||lists the recent updates to the spreadsheet (excluding edits to the “Local Data” sheet).|
|ISED Data||is a hidden tab that contains over 80,000 entries from the ISED website. The last update uses data from Dec 20, 2020.|
The most important thing to know is that you can type in and delete cells in green, but you should not edit or delete cells in orange.
The Local Data Tab
Local Data tab contains information about each ham operator and a few formulas to flag important dates. This sheet is NOT the sheet you'll be using during the net, it's a sort of “database”:
|Column A||✘||Is hidden and contains formulas that the other tab needs.|
|Columns B ‒ M||✔||Contains information about ham operators.|
|Columns E, G, I, K||✔||Are dates that should be entered as so
|Columns N ‒ P||✘||Contains formulas and should NOT be edited.|
To add a new entry, see the Adding Names section below.
Birthdays and Anniversaries
To see who is having a birthday or anniversary, filter column N or O (but not both at the same time):
- Click on the upside-down triangle on the right of
Today?in Column N or
This Week?in Column O.
- Remove the check mark on the left of
Under Microsoft Excel, it's called
This will show only the lines of people that have a birthday or anniversary on the day or week. Note the names and callsign of these people to acknowledge them during the preamble.
Once you've got that information, you can re-check the
(empty) lines to unhide them.
The LogSheet Tabs
LogSheet (x) tabs are different ways of searching / logging checkins. The main differences between them are:
Logsheet (Local + ISED):
- This is the tab that most people will use for nets in the Vancouver Island area.
- It searches both the
Local Dataand the
- It requires only the suffix of the callsign if the entry in the
Local Datatab is unique.
- It's very similar to the previous tab except it only searches the
Local Dataso it's faster for slower computers or mobile devices.
- Searches only the
- Useful for trans Canada wide nets.
- The full callsign must be used.
Logsheet (Local + ISED) as an example, during the net, all you need to do is type the suffix in Column A (not case sensitive).
- In the first example
aawas entered twice successfully. The second entry was flagged as a duplicate and was not counted in the total checkins at the top in cell E1.
jhwas entered in the suffix, the callsign asked for a
Prefix?because two callsigns have the same suffix. Once the prefix is entered, the spreadsheet is able to fill in the rest of the information from the
aaais entered, it's not found in the
Local Dataso it asks for the
Prefixto look it up in the
wekis entered, it's not found in either databases so it returns
Here are a few more details:
- The cells in orange should NOT be edited or deleted.
- Information from the
ISEDtab will have “(ISED)” written in the cells (ex. VE7AAA)
- Cell E1 shows the total number of unique checkins.
- The top shows the number of Birthdays and Anniversaries, which are also flagged in column O.
When the net is done, simply delete what you typed in column A and B (NOT what appeared in the other columns).
A useful trick in LibreOffice is to freeze the first two rows so that as you go down the list, the header is always visible. To do this: Select Cell A3 →
Freeze Rows and Columns:
** Note that I made up Richard's (VA7AA) birthday for the sake of illustration.
The spreadsheet was made to be used offline on computers, but some people might still want to use it on their tablets. Here as some instructions on how to do that for Android devices.
The first steps are to open the spreadsheet and make a copy of it to your “Sheets” app. You will need a Google Account to do this:
- Open the link in the mobile browser.
- Click on
USE THE APP(you need “Sheets” installed).
- Click on the three dots on the top right corner.
- Click on
Make a copy.
- Add the word “Copy” to the end of the name to distinguish it from the original.
- You are now using your copy, which you can edit.
- At the bottom, select
LogSheet (Local), which doesn't query the
ISEDtab and is quicker for mobile devices.
- In your Sheets app, you should now see two versions:
- The one on the left with the little shared symbol is the original which you can't edit.
- The one on the right is your own personal copy.
- Every so often, you should delete your personal copy (or make a backup) and download a fresh copy so that you can have the latest database.
- Please do NOT edit the database in your personal copy since no-one else will benefit from your edits. Instead, email Patrick, VA7FI the information that needs to be added / edited in the online version.
To submit an update to the main online spreadsheet, use the Net Roll Call New Entry Submission Form, which has a link in the spreadsheet:
Notes for Admins
To add a new name to the
Local Data sheet:
- Edit the Google spreadsheet directly in the browser (not your downloaded copy). That way everyone will benefit from your updates next time they download a fresh copy.
- Scroll down and use one of the empty lines below the current list. It doesn't have to be the very next line. For example, as of this writing, the last entry is in line 462, but you could use line 479. It really doesn't matter. All these empty lines at the bottom of the list have the formulas in Column A and N already pre-fielded.
Do not Insert a line somewhere in the middle of the sheet to keep names sorted by callsigns. The problem with doing this is that Column A (which is hidden) and Column N contain important formulas and inserting a line leaves those cells blank for the new line.
Now to sort, click on the upside-down triangle sign on the right of
Suffix to see the filter menu for that column, and select
Sort A → Z:
All the entries are now sorted by callsign suffix:
To delete a name, do not Delete Row. Instead delete the green cells containing the information. Careful not to delete anything in the red cells in columns A and N which contain the formulas. Then resort the list to send the empty line back to the bottom.
Updating the "ISED Data" Tab
- In Google Sheets, unhide and select the
- Go to
Replace Current Sheet