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MASNA Chat Instructions

We have created an IRC Online Meeting Room called #masna. This has been setup due to the problems some of our members had been experiencing with the Java chat rooms. The room is open to all MASNA members and hobbyists for their use at any time that a formal meeting or conference is not in progress.

Accessing #masna

IRC (Internet Relay Chat) is a group of networks that you can connect to, using a special program (client) such as mIRC. Anyone else on the same IRC network as the one you're connected to will be able to communicate.

IRC Programs:

The first thing you need to do is download and install an IRC program. These can be downloaded on this site by clicking on the appropriate button below and can also be found at:

For Microsoft Windows we recommend: 

 

The latest version of mIRC for Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2k/XP/Vista

(1.67MB)

For Apple Mac we recommend:

 

 

The latest build requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or higher. Supplied as a universal binary, allowing it to run on an Intel or PowerPC Mac.
(6.97 MB)

 

Getting Started with mIRC on Windows

The following guide shows you step by step how you can get started with mIRC in only a few minutes.

1
  Before you can start using mIRC, you will first need to download and install it. If you have already done that, you can skip to the next step.

You can download mIRC by clicking here. A download window should appear, similar to the one below. You should click the Run or Open button.

 

Internet Explorer Download Window

Once the download has completed, the mIRC installer will appear. You should follow the steps in the installer and then run mIRC.

 

2
  When you run mIRC you will normally see the window below. This is called the Connect window and allows you to connect to IRC.

You will need to enter something for your Full Name and Email Address. These do not have to be your real full name and email address.

You will then have to choose your Nickname and Alternative nickname. These are the names by which other people will know you on IRC.

You can then click the Connect button and mIRC will connect to your chosen server. In the example below, we are connecting to the DALnet server.

 

mIRC Connect Window

 

3
  Once you have connected to a server, your mIRC Favorites window will pop up. This window stores a list of your favorite channels and allows you to join them quickly and easily.

You can type in the name of a channel, such as #masna, or you can select a channel from the list. You can then click the Join button and mIRC will join your chosen channel.

 

mIRC Favorites Folder

 

4
  In the window below, we have joined channel #mIRC on the EFnet IRC network, and my nickname is Jiminy. There are 79 people on the channel.

You can now type in a message, such as "Hello to all you good people! :-)", press the enter key, and hopefully you'll receive a few greetings in return!

 

mIRC Channel Window

 

5
  That's it! You've connected to IRC, joined a channel, and sent your first message! Congratulations!

The world of mIRC and IRC are now yours to explore. Good luck and have fun!


If your nickname is already used:

If you log on and it pops up with a bunch of beeps and some purple messages on the screen (after you log on), you need to change your nickname. Do that by typing “/nick <new nickname>” This is because two people on the same server cannot have the same nickname. Don’t worry! You're past the hard part!!! 

Connecting to the right channel:

OK, assuming you're now connected to a server, tons of useless information will zip past at high speed. Then, a window called “mIRC Channels Folder” will pop up.  You can choose #masna from the channels list by double-clicking on it or type the name of the room, #masna. Then press “Join!”.  If it's not in that window, just type "#masna" in the blank at the top and click on "add --> ok  --> "join".   You should now be in a room called #masna. If you came during a meeting, there will be some names on the right side of the window. These are the other people in the room. To talk, you just type in the blank line at the bottom and hit "enter". Your message will appear in the window.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to an anti-spamming feature in the software, entering a long message or paragraph of text will cause you to lock up so please keep it to just a few lines at a time and if you have more to say end your statement with 3 dots (...).

Private messages:

The easiest way to send a private message to a person is by double-clicking on their name in the attendees window.

Saving Transcripts/Logs:

After you've installed the program, close the registration window. Now go to to the upper left of your menu bar click on

FILE --> OPTIONS --> IRC--> LOGGING

If you check AUTOMATICALLY  LOG CHANNELS and PRIVATE CHATS, the program will automatically save a log/transcript of all of your online activities including any private messages sent to you. The logs will be stored in c:\mirc\logs by default if this is where you installed the program. In some versions of mIRC,  logging is automatic.

To get a timestamp of all events, go to IRC TIMESTAMP

We have created an IRC Online Meeting Room called #masna. This has been setup due to the problems some of our members had been experiencing with the Java chat rooms. The room is open to all MASNA members and hobbyists for their use at any time that a formal meeting or conference is not in progress.

Accessing #masna

IRC (Internet Relay Chat) is a group of networks that you can connect to, using a special program (client) such as mIRC. Anyone else on the same IRC network as the one you're connected to will be able to communicate.

IRC Programs:

The first thing you need to do is download and install an IRC program. These can be downloaded on this site by clicking on the appropriate button below and can also be found at:

For Microsoft Windows we recommend: 

 

The latest version of mIRC for Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2k/XP/Vista

(1.67MB)

For Apple Mac we recommend:

 

 

The latest build requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or higher. Supplied as a universal binary, allowing it to run on an Intel or PowerPC Mac.
(6.97 MB)

 

Getting Started with mIRC on Windows

The following guide shows you step by step how you can get started with mIRC in only a few minutes.

1
  Before you can start using mIRC, you will first need to download and install it. If you have already done that, you can skip to the next step.

You can download mIRC by clicking here. A download window should appear, similar to the one below. You should click the Run or Open button.

 

Internet Explorer Download Window

Once the download has completed, the mIRC installer will appear. You should follow the steps in the installer and then run mIRC.

 

2
  When you run mIRC you will normally see the window below. This is called the Connect window and allows you to connect to IRC.

You will need to enter something for your Full Name and Email Address. These do not have to be your real full name and email address.

You will then have to choose your Nickname and Alternative nickname. These are the names by which other people will know you on IRC.

You can then click the Connect button and mIRC will connect to your chosen server. In the example below, we are connecting to the DALnet server.

 

mIRC Connect Window

 

3
  Once you have connected to a server, your mIRC Favorites window will pop up. This window stores a list of your favorite channels and allows you to join them quickly and easily.

You can type in the name of a channel, such as #masna, or you can select a channel from the list. You can then click the Join button and mIRC will join your chosen channel.

 

mIRC Favorites Folder

 

4
  In the window below, we have joined channel #mIRC on the EFnet IRC network, and my nickname is Jiminy. There are 79 people on the channel.

You can now type in a message, such as "Hello to all you good people! :-)", press the enter key, and hopefully you'll receive a few greetings in return!

 

mIRC Channel Window

 

5
  That's it! You've connected to IRC, joined a channel, and sent your first message! Congratulations!

The world of mIRC and IRC are now yours to explore. Good luck and have fun!


If your nickname is already used:

If you log on and it pops up with a bunch of beeps and some purple messages on the screen (after you log on), you need to change your nickname. Do that by typing “/nick <new nickname>” This is because two people on the same server cannot have the same nickname. Don’t worry! You're past the hard part!!! 

Connecting to the right channel:

OK, assuming you're now connected to a server, tons of useless information will zip past at high speed. Then, a window called “mIRC Channels Folder” will pop up.  You can choose #masna from the channels list by double-clicking on it or type the name of the room, #masna. Then press “Join!”.  If it's not in that window, just type "#masna" in the blank at the top and click on "add --> ok  --> "join".   You should now be in a room called #masna. If you came during a meeting, there will be some names on the right side of the window. These are the other people in the room. To talk, you just type in the blank line at the bottom and hit "enter". Your message will appear in the window.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to an anti-spamming feature in the software, entering a long message or paragraph of text will cause you to lock up so please keep it to just a few lines at a time and if you have more to say end your statement with 3 dots (...).

Private messages:

The easiest way to send a private message to a person is by double-clicking on their name in the attendees window.

Saving Transcripts/Logs:

After you've installed the program, close the registration window. Now go to to the upper left of your menu bar click on

FILE --> OPTIONS --> IRC--> LOGGING

If you check AUTOMATICALLY  LOG CHANNELS and PRIVATE CHATS, the program will automatically save a log/transcript of all of your online activities including any private messages sent to you. The logs will be stored in c:\mirc\logs by default if this is where you installed the program. In some versions of mIRC,  logging is automatic.

To get a timestamp of all events, go to IRC TIMESTAMP

 
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