Before we get to instructions for using Netlogger, let's ask, “Why are we using NetLogger — an internet-based piece of software — for a simplex network designed for communications outages?” Very good question. The answer is, “We’re using it only during our practice nets.” It's a tool, a temporary crutch, to give everyone a bird's eye view of what's happening on the simplex net during our twice-a-month nets.
The nature of simplex nets is that you will not be able to hear everyone due to line-of-sight issues. During the net, we will be continually taking check-ins. To avoid frustration when you cannot hear other stations, you can keep posted on who’s checking in by using NetLogger.
Obviously, in a true communications emergency, we won't be using NetLogger. Instead, we'll have to listen on the designated simplex frequencies and communicate with people geographically closest to us. Hopefully, the practice nets will give us an understanding of who the key relay stations are so that we can communicate with those farther away.
That's all there is to NetLogger! If you need more assistance, there are several tutorials on the Internet and YouTube.