Contest Logging vs Logging Software
I didn't realize some of this (logging software forums) was here. After reading a few posts, I have a question that may have been examined in other threads but is not so obvious. What makes contest logging software different from general logging software? I can see that having some features embbeded in the software that are peculiar to the particular event would speed logging. However, other that having some features such as dup checking and some auto-fill fields (based on callsign databases) there is not much difference. I could see in something such as an ARRL Field Day program, extra fields for recording visits and special points activities.
Point to some other threads, other websites, or explain in this thread.
Not sure my answer is 100% correct but I will give it a whirl. I use AC Log for my daily logging. It works well for what I am after in terms of a logging program. It is simple, clear and well supported.
As for contesting I run Win-Test, which has it's own logging program, but the software itself is tailored to contest specifically. One thing that AC Log does not have is support for a wide array of contests.
I have yet to try AC Log for a contest I know it supports because I have been very pleased with Win-Test offers on a contest by contest basis. I guess it really depends on what you are after in terms of a logging program. I believe N1MM could work in both capacities very well.
Probably the best way to answer this question is for you to try a contest logger and see!!
Originally Posted by WD5HHH
N1MM logger for contests is FREE!! Obviously, various contests have different exchanges. You can configure N1MM for the contest you are running, and it will then provide all the correct info/exhange, etc. Also, if you are using CW, the program adjusts the various keys you need to hit in order to send the appropriate exchange AUTOMATICALLY!
Now, you say, "but I can set up my general logger to do the same." Well, maybe, maybe not. I had almost the same question as you until I TRIED N1MM. I was amazed at how much easier it made contest logging AND exchanges!!
It's very much one of those things you might scratch your head before using thinking, "why do I need this?" - then when you use it abit, you can't figure out how you got along without it.
Try one and see!
I have to agree with the previous poster, N1MM is great, and it played a large part in getting my interest in contesting going when I first started, it made contesting fun, also a lot easier. In contests where the cluster is allowed, you just clean the calls off the bandmaps, point and click 'em away. It would be hard to imagine contesting with paper logs and dupe sheets. BTW it is a must to connect your rig to the PC to get the most out of any contesting software!!
Plus as he said, it's FREE and covers more contests than some of the paid programs.
Have fun and see you in the contests.