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I already use AC Log, VHF and Field Day software from N3FJP and am very satisfied with them. Since I plan to do more contesting this winter I am looking for a good bundle of software to use. N3FJP offers a package of all of their logging software so my question to those who already have it is
1) Do you like the software ?
2) Any problems running the software ?
3) Are the other logging software as easy to use as the FD and VHF tests ?
Thanks for your help
09-10-2009, 07:28 PM
I bought the bundle in 2005 and have like it all. I do contesting and my only complaint is the programs do not show "partial" call signs. Have not tried the VHF or FD. But I like what I have used.
I use AC Log for my main logging program and have used several contest logging programs from N3FJP, including CQ WPX, 10-10 QSO Party, and the NAQP logging programs. I always import my contest logs into my AC Log.
So far, I haven't had any issues whatsoever. The contest logs are user friendly, and are easy to learn if you use AC Log. Actually, it is so simple, even I can do it.
I haven't had any experience with any other logging programs, so I cannot compare the N3FJP package to any others on the market. Even so, I actually like this software, and have no need to use anything else.
09-11-2009, 02:47 PM
its ALL I use and havent ever had a problem with it! Well do no since cash was tight and cant get a subscription to do live call sign checking thru QRZ but it will do it with the CD's.
I have used a lot of the N3FJP contest logs and never had a problem running them. For some contests, the spots are highlighted if you need that state or section. That is very useful! Only problem is that hardly anyone ever lists the state or section in the spots! And if not done correctly, they won't highlight anyway. So as neat a feature as it is, it is not always very useful.
I have been working on using N1MM for (mostly casual these days) contest logging. There is a lot more to learn there. N3FJP is easier to use and everything you need while logging is on one screen.
09-12-2009, 11:31 AM
12 years ago, I saw a stray in QST about a new Sweepstakes logger. I downloaded it. And I was delighted to become a subscriber to N3FJP, when he offered it.
If you're a member of an operating specialty club--ARLHS, SKCC, FISTS, etc--
You can configure fields on AClog to note member numbers, lighthouse numbers, etc. You can then keep those logs in separate files to open and load as you need them.
And I like how his state QSO Party and Sweepstakes loggers highlight multipliers worked--it's like visual reinforcement as you progress. The goal is to color the whole map page.
One humorous aspect of his contest loggers is dupe detection. There are little tufts of hair in the ceiling of my shack. I am a CW contest enthusiast, more participant than competitor. And Scott's wife, Kim, is the voice you'll hear if you try to log a duplicate. Sometimes deep in the small hours of contest mornings, when I'm using headphones lest I wake my wife, and I'm in the CW contest zone. For hours, I have not heard a voice, only the glorious sound and fury of the crowded band. In that early morning fog, I might then input a callsign I've already worked. And suddenly, I hear Kim's voice emit from the computer speaker: "DUPLICATE!" That's how that hair got there.
:D I know--I've told that story a few times here.
When you buy the bundle, you'll get a long list of passwords to use as you open each update version of a particular logger. You only have to input it the first time you open the logger. And there's a software feature that isn't listed anywhere in his documentation--follow through. Three years ago, I had a motherboard commit suicide, taking the harddrive with her. All my FJP passwords were on the departed drive, and I had no backup--yeah, yeah, I know. I sent an email to Scott lamenting the loss of my passwords, expecting a response that I would have to repay the fee. No. Scott re-sent my passwords with no additional fee.
So my brand loyalty is experiential. I think you'll be happy if you buy the bundle.
09-17-2009, 09:11 PM
I've been using the N3FJP bundle for a few years now and am very happy with my choice. For the odd contest here or there that it doesn't handle I use Genlog or MixW.
Thanks guy's for your comments, looks like I will buy the bundle and get ready for the contests.
10-31-2009, 02:47 AM
I just upgraded from ACLog alone to the complete package. Money well spent in my book.