Logging Software


Dave KD2SGM
 

I’ve noticed that some stations can reference, rather quickly, when they have worked a station before. Typically they’re able to do this as soon as the other station gives their call sign during the QSO. I use Ham Radio Deluxe as a conduit to log QSO’s to LOTW, QRZ, eQSL, and ClubLog. Does anyone know what software may be used to quickly ascertain when a station was worked before while on the air?

Thanks,
KD2SGM Dave


 

Good morning, Dave:

There are several good logging software systems that allow you to immediately determine if, when, where and how many times you have worked a station before, as well as if the QSOs have been confirmed. You also have the ability to see any notes you may have made about each QSO. My personal favorite--for a bunch of reasons--is Scott's N3FJP Amateur Contact Log. See: https://www.n3fjp.com/    And, of course, you can also upload with a few mouse clicks to those other sites you mention. 

There is a minimal cost, but it also includes free use of all of Scott's contest-specific software programs, too.

73,

Don N4KC
www.n4kc.com
www.donkeith.com


 

I use DxLabSuite for Dailey logging

N1MM+ Logger for contest logging

They are both wildly used, gave great support and are FREE

Steve
KG5VK 

On Thu, Jul 30, 2020 at 8:56 AM Don N4KC <don@...> wrote:
Good morning, Dave:

There are several good logging software systems that allow you to immediately determine if, when, where and how many times you have worked a station before, as well as if the QSOs have been confirmed. You also have the ability to see any notes you may have made about each QSO. My personal favorite--for a bunch of reasons--is Scott's N3FJP Amateur Contact Log. See: https://www.n3fjp.com/    And, of course, you can also upload with a few mouse clicks to those other sites you mention. 

There is a minimal cost, but it also includes free use of all of Scott's contest-specific software programs, too.

73,

Don N4KC
www.n4kc.com
www.donkeith.com

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Anthony Luscre <k8zt73@...>
 

Here is a page with links to number of logging programs-  http://www.k8zt.com/logging

I have personally been using LOGic by PDA since the 90's and DOS days, now up to version 9 with Windows.
It meets my needs well, but I would suggest trying a number of programs most have demo versions or are free.

On Thu, Jul 30, 2020 at 9:22 AM Dave KD2SGM <dfreeswick@...> wrote:
I’ve noticed that some stations can reference, rather quickly, when they have worked a station before. Typically they’re able to do this as soon as the other station gives their call sign during the QSO. I use Ham Radio Deluxe as a conduit to log QSO’s to LOTW, QRZ, eQSL, and ClubLog. Does anyone know what software may be used to quickly ascertain when a station was worked before while on the air?

Thanks,
KD2SGM Dave





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Something to look for with any logging program is how the data is being stored.  Some save your data in a proprietary format with maybe some export utility for contest submission (cabrillo, et al), but some data fields may not be readily exported.  So if at some point in the future either due to obsolescence or desiring to move to another logging program some of your data may be lost in the log transfer.  Ideally all log data in a given program should be able to be exported via some basic level, such as text or CSV.  Many do this, but not all.

Mark K5LXP
Albuquerque, NM


Dave KD2SGM
 

Thanks everyone for all the suggestions. I think I found a solution. In HRD LogBook there is a filter button above the log. When you click it, it gives you the ability to sort the log by call sign. This will give everything I was looking for. I didn't see this in the docs but I could have missed it. A little poking around and I found it.

I didn't mention that I do also run N1MM during contests and WSJT-X for digital modes. These two programs automatically send the QSO to HRD for later uploading into the other data bases mentioned. Thanks again.

73 Dave KD2SGM

On July 25, 2020 at 9:17 AM Dave KD2SGM <dfreeswick@...> wrote:


I’ve noticed that some stations can reference, rather quickly, when they have worked a station before. Typically they’re able to do this as soon as the other station gives their call sign during the QSO. I use Ham Radio Deluxe as a conduit to log QSO’s to LOTW, QRZ, eQSL, and ClubLog. Does anyone know what software may be used to quickly ascertain when a station was worked before while on the air?

Thanks,
KD2SGM Dave



Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below

On Thu, Jul 30, 2020 at 06:22 AM, Dave KD2SGM wrote:

I’ve noticed that some stations can reference, rather quickly, when they have worked a station before. Typically they’re able to do this as soon as the other station gives their call sign during the QSO. I use Ham Radio Deluxe as a conduit to log QSO’s to LOTW, QRZ, eQSL, and ClubLog. Does anyone know what software may be used to quickly ascertain when a station was worked before while on the air?

DXKeeper is the logging component of the free-ware DXLab Suite. You can figure DXKeeper to react to your entering a new callsign in its Capture window (where new QSOs are typically logged) by filtering its Log Page Display to show only previous QSOs with that station in chronological order, and direct Pathfinder (another DXLab component) to display that callsign's web page in QRZ.com or HamCall Online or HamQTH.

For more information about DXLab, see

<https://www.dxlabsuite.com/dxlabwiki/GettingStarted>

     73,

           Dave, AA6YQ


Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below

On Thu, Jul 30, 2020 at 10:16 AM, <k5lxp@...> wrote:

Something to look for with any logging program is how the data is being stored.  Some save your data in a proprietary format with maybe some export utility for contest submission (cabrillo, et al), but some data fields may not be readily exported.  So if at some point in the future either due to obsolescence or desiring to move to another logging program some of your data may be lost in the log transfer.  Ideally all log data in a given program should be able to be exported via some basic level, such as text or CSV.  Many do this, but not all.

+ The standard interchange mechanism for amateur radio QSOs is ADIF, which is specified here:

<http://adif.org.uk/310/ADIF_310.htm>

+ ADIF enables you to reliably move QSOs from one logging application to another -- independently of how each application persistently stores its data -- and from a logging application to a service like ClubLog, eQSL.cc, or LoTW. I don't know of any popular logging application that can't export and import ADIF files.

+ Cabrillo is also a interchange specification, but was designed to convey contest QSOs to contest scoring applications; its format varies from contest to contest, making it a poor choice as a general purpose interchange mechanism.

      73,

            Dave, AA6YQ

 

 

 


Gwen Patton
 

I use the N3FJP logging bundle, and can't complain about it. It meshes nicely with my radio control software, detects if I've worked someone before, and so far I haven't worked a contest they didn't support with a dedicated logging module so it can make the submission file they want. Yeah, I had to pay for it, but it was worth the $60 or something thereabouts that I paid. 

I tried N1MM+, Swisslog, and HRD, but they were just a confusing jumble to me. HRD doesn't take advantage of all of the features of my radio, so I'm really disappointed with it. I do store my log on QRZ, and I think I have a ClubLog account, but I haven't used it in so long I don't recall. I have LOTW, but I don't care for it.

So my suggestion would be to try N3FJP's Amateur Log. Worth what little they charge for it.

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
73,
Gwen, NG3P


On Thu, Jul 30, 2020 at 10:33 PM Dave AA6YQ <aa6yq@...> wrote:

+ AA6YQ comments below

On Thu, Jul 30, 2020 at 10:16 AM, <k5lxp@...> wrote:

Something to look for with any logging program is how the data is being stored.  Some save your data in a proprietary format with maybe some export utility for contest submission (cabrillo, et al), but some data fields may not be readily exported.  So if at some point in the future either due to obsolescence or desiring to move to another logging program some of your data may be lost in the log transfer.  Ideally all log data in a given program should be able to be exported via some basic level, such as text or CSV.  Many do this, but not all.

+ The standard interchange mechanism for amateur radio QSOs is ADIF, which is specified here:

<http://adif.org.uk/310/ADIF_310.htm>

+ ADIF enables you to reliably move QSOs from one logging application to another -- independently of how each application persistently stores its data -- and from a logging application to a service like ClubLog, eQSL.cc, or LoTW. I don't know of any popular logging application that can't export and import ADIF files.

+ Cabrillo is also a interchange specification, but was designed to convey contest QSOs to contest scoring applications; its format varies from contest to contest, making it a poor choice as a general purpose interchange mechanism.

      73,

            Dave, AA6YQ

 

 

 


K8TS
 

N3FJP is also free lifetime support.  You only pay once. In addition to the 100+ programs, there is an email support group, plus all upgrades and new programs are no charge.  I’ve looked at other programs, but keep coming back to N3FJP.  And it’s not complicated.  I bought a copy for our club FD one year, most members had never seen it before, and were logging within 15 minutes.  (old geezers too)

Dale K8TS

 

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From: Gwen Patton
Sent: Friday, July 31, 2020 12:11 PM
To: ARRL-New-Hams@...
Subject: Re: [New-Hams] Logging Software

 

I use the N3FJP logging bundle, and can't complain about it. It meshes nicely with my radio control software, detects if I've worked someone before, and so far I haven't worked a contest they didn't support with a dedicated logging module so it can make the submission file they want. Yeah, I had to pay for it, but it was worth the $60 or something thereabouts that I paid. 

 

I tried N1MM+, Swisslog, and HRD, but they were just a confusing jumble to me. HRD doesn't take advantage of all of the features of my radio, so I'm really disappointed with it. I do store my log on QRZ, and I think I have a ClubLog account, but I haven't used it in so long I don't recall. I have LOTW, but I don't care for it.

 

So my suggestion would be to try N3FJP's Amateur Log. Worth what little they charge for it.

 

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

73,

Gwen, NG3P

 

 

On Thu, Jul 30, 2020 at 10:33 PM Dave AA6YQ <aa6yq@...> wrote:

+ AA6YQ comments below

On Thu, Jul 30, 2020 at 10:16 AM, <k5lxp@...> wrote:

Something to look for with any logging program is how the data is being stored.  Some save your data in a proprietary format with maybe some export utility for contest submission (cabrillo, et al), but some data fields may not be readily exported.  So if at some point in the future either due to obsolescence or desiring to move to another logging program some of your data may be lost in the log transfer.  Ideally all log data in a given program should be able to be exported via some basic level, such as text or CSV.  Many do this, but not all.

+ The standard interchange mechanism for amateur radio QSOs is ADIF, which is specified here:

<http://adif.org.uk/310/ADIF_310.htm>

+ ADIF enables you to reliably move QSOs from one logging application to another -- independently of how each application persistently stores its data -- and from a logging application to a service like ClubLog, eQSL.cc, or LoTW. I don't know of any popular logging application that can't export and import ADIF files.

+ Cabrillo is also a interchange specification, but was designed to convey contest QSOs to contest scoring applications; its format varies from contest to contest, making it a poor choice as a general purpose interchange mechanism.

      73,

            Dave, AA6YQ