logging software

Discussion in 'Logbooks & Logging Programs' started by KA9DVS, Mar 29, 2003.

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  1. KA9DVS

    KA9DVS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Do not mind paying for quality software. Free is good.
  2. N0IBY

    N0IBY Ham Member QRZ Page

    Good luck, om... I think everyone here is still using paper [​IMG] I've looked at about 12,000 different logger pkgs (well, it seems like it, anyway) and have found VERY few that are even worth wasting your time with. Here's a few you can start with:

    - AALog - My #1 so far- http://www.dxsoft.com/en/products/aalog/  - Not free but well written, does what i need without clutter. http://www.dxbase.com/
    - ACLog - This wud be #2 choice, very reasonable $. http://www.n3fjp.com/
    - DXBase - This may be the "premier" logger pkg out there at $99. They don't have a demo yet but are supposed to soon. - http://www.dxbase.com/

    There's a boatload of other choices here: http://www.qrz.com/download/logging/index.html and at the eHam.net links section. Good luck.
  3. G1JZY

    G1JZY XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Hi a free download called logger is worth a look the web address is<a href="http:://www.qsl.net/kc4elo/" target='_blank'>http:://www.qsl.net/kc4elo/</a>
    Trevor G1JZY
  4. W5NIG

    W5NIG Ham Member QRZ Page

    I use XMLog, written by Mike McAmis, W1ECT. XMLog

    It's free. ...and I might add that for free it does quite a bit of stuff! I keep a paper log but like to use this to keep track and do quick searches and such.

    I don't contest or have a rig with a data port or an antenna to rotate so can't speak for some of the 'extra' features but it's pretty good.

    The only thing I don't like about it is that sometimes I would like to leave really long 'comments' in that section and it is limited. Of course I haven't checked for the latest versions to see if there have been changes and I haven't asked the author to put a toggle switch in there for extended typing (would probably be necessary for log reporting to keep it short, etc). Anyway check it out!

    Here's a quick rundown that I copied from his front page:


    XMLog is an amateur radio logbook system for Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000 and XP.

    There is no charge for using XMLog and no limitation on its distribution. Permission to distribute XMLog for profit is prohibited.

    There's now an XMLog news group. For more information see the note near the end of this page.

    XMLog Features

    Flexible log searching - Any log fields can be used to select a subset of your log. For example you could select entries for a single country for which you have sent QSLs but haven't received responses. Or you could select all RTTY QSOs on 40 meters during October, 1995.

    Awards tracking - Tracks DXCC, WAZ and WAS. The QSL sent/received status is tracked as well as the submission status to the award sponsor.

    Reporting - For each award XMLog can produce a report showing:
    QSL sent/received status summary by band and mode.
    QSL sent/received status details by band, mode and country/state/zone.
    QSL award submission status summary or details.
    Countries/states/zones needed by band and mode.
    Critical QSO summary. This report lists QSOs that if confirmed would boost your totals.
    There is also limited support for county hunting, IOTA, and grid square awards.

    Callbook lookups - XMLog supports the Buckmaster, QRZ!, and Radio Amateur Callbook callbooks.

    Label printing - QSL and mailing labels can be created based on info from log entries or from online callbooks. Labels can be created using standard layouts or from custom layouts you design.

    Log importing/exporting - XMLog can import and export ADIF files or import .RES files from K1EA's CT contesting system. Log entries can also be exported as an Excel spreadsheet.


    Packet Window

    XMLog can display a separate window that interfaces to your packet TNC or to Internet PacketCluster nodes. This packet window features:

    Scrollback - The packet window provides a large scrollback area which is saved between sessions.

    Scripts - Scripts allow pre-programmed logins to PacketClusters or bulletin boards.

    PacketCluster Spots - XMLog can scan PacketCluster spots and give vocal or CW alerts for needed QSOs based on the status from your log. Additonal windows can be opened that display spots graphically as band maps or in 'spreadsheet' style.

    Callbook lookups - Callbook lookups can be made via a dialog or by double-clicking on calls displayed anywhere in the packet or spot windows.

    CW keyboard - The packet window provides a CW keyboard that uses a CT-style interface to your transmitter.

    CW messages - Pre-programmed CW messages can be sent using function keys.


    Rig Support

    When creating log entries XMLog can get the frequency and mode from your rig. You can also set the frequency and mode from PacketCluster spots displayed in the packet and spot windows. Here's a list of currently supported rigs:

    Kenwood: All models

    Icom: IC-706, 706MkII, 706MkIIG, 707, 718, 725, 726, 728, 729, 731, 735, 736, 737, 738, 746, 746Pro, 751A, 756, 756Pro, 756ProII, 761, 765, 775, 781, 821, 7400

    Yaesu: FT-100, 747, 767, 817, 840, 847, 890, 900, 920, 980, 990, 1000, 1000D, 1000MP

    TenTec: 563 Omni-VI, 535 Argonaut-II, 536 Delta-II, 586 Paragon-II

    JRC: JST-135, 145, 245

    Heath: SB-1400

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