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Author Topic: Logging program suggestions  (Read 1534 times)
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« on: February 06, 2011, 03:56:49 PM »

I'm looking for a new logging program that does the following, along with the usual loging stuff

On CW, allows me to enter the station's call letters in the log, hit Tab bringing me to the report box where I can enter the report and then hit an Fkey to have the call sign and report sent.

TKS for your time
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« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2011, 09:05:12 PM »

I'm looking for a new logging program that does the following, along with the usual loging stuff

On CW, allows me to enter the station's call letters in the log, hit Tab bringing me to the report box where I can enter the report and then hit an Fkey to have the call sign and report sent.


DXLab can do that; you'll need to setup this macro

<start><callsign> <rstsent> <stop>

Macros are invoked by striking an Fkey (function key) or clicking a button.

DXLab is completely free, and available via www.dxlabsuite.com. Besides "the usual logging stuff", DXLab

- controls up to 4 transceivers, with optional transceiver selection by frequency

- supports transverters for 6m, 4m, 2m, and 70cm operation

- can direct a secondary transceiver or receiver to follow the primary transceiver's frequency and mode

- interoperates with SDR Consoles used as panadaptors (e.g. SpectraVue) or skimmers (e.g. CW Skimmer)

- provides 10 banks of 10 memories, with the ability to continuously scan a bank's frequencies

- as you QSY, displays frequency-dependent settings for devices like tuners, amplifiers, and antenna switches, with optional control via parallel port signals

- provides user-defined transceiver control sequences initiated by up to 16 buttons and up to 8 sliders; for example, see http://www.dxlabsuite.com/commander/screenshot1.jpg

- provides both map-driven and callsign-driven operation of all commercial PC-controllable rotators

- can display a translation for up to 50 "QSO phrases" in the languages likely used by your QSO partner based on his or her DXCC entity; more than 60 languages are supported

- tracks confirmation and verification of QSOs for DXCC, TopList, and WAZ awards, highlighting needed DX spots, automatically generating outgoing QSLs that request confirmation of needed QSLs, identifying confirmed QSOs for submission to the ARRL DXCC desk, and generating DXCC submission paperwork

- highlights DX spots needed for the CQ DX Marathon award, and generates the required Marathon submission spreadsheet

- reports progress towards DXCC, TopList, Challenge, VUCC, Marathon, WAS, WAC, IOTA, WAZ, WPX, USA-CA, Canadaward, Holyland, DOK, WAE, WAB, DFM, SRR, RDA, WAHUC, WAIP, WAJA, JCC, JCG, and AJA awards

- synchronizes with LotW and eQSL.cc, initiating upload and download operations with a single mouse click without requiring the user to manually invoke TQSL, deal with ADIF files, or use a separate application

- extracts address information from all 3 CDROM callbooks and QRZ.com (free with advertising, or no advertising with "Data Access" subscription)

- provides one-click access to more than 80 web-accessible sources of QSL information

- directly prints QSL labels and 4-to-a-page QSL cards

- directly prints addresses on envelopes or labels

- provides operations that can alter many logged QSOs simultaneously without requiring the user to modify ADIF files -- e.g. performing callbook lookups on already-logged QSOs, or adjusting the start times of QSOs logged during a specific time range, or extracting QTH information from COMMENT fields, or...

- captures DX spots from up to 6 sources (telnet clusters, packetclusters, DX Summit), creating and maintaining a local database with one entry for each active DX station that is color coded by "need" and LotW/eQSL participation, and whose entries can be independently filtered and displayed in a table, on its world map, and on a zoomable bandspread

- optionally announces needed DX spots, and includes a web server that makes all spots browser-accessible from anywhere on your home network

- extracts QSX frequencies from DX spot notes, enabling accurate transceiver setup for split frequency operation with one user action

- captures solar and geomagnetic data from WWV spots and uses this data to display easy-to-understand QST-style graphical propagation forecasts, and to depict the auroral oval on its world map (choice of VOACAP, ICEPAC, or IONCAP propagation forecasting engines, all of which are included)

- monitors user-specified NCDXF/IARU HF beacon schedules to rapidly calibrate propagation forecasts with actual propagation

- decodes all PSK31 or PSK63 or PSK125 QSOs within your transceiver's bandpass and extract callsigns to create and maintain a "stations heard" window

- simultaneously runs soundcard RTTY (using the MMTTY engine) and an optional external modem (e.g. a KAM or PK232) to provide diversity decoding or the ability to simultaneously decode a DX station and callers

- supports PSK, RTTY, CW (generation only), and Phone (voice keying) with a single user interface and macro facility

- interoperates with MultiPSK, MMSSTV, MMVARI, MMTTY, MixW, Fldigi, DM780, HRD, DX Atlas, and CW Skimmer

- is updated with user-suggested features frequently, and downloads/installs upgrades with a single mouse click

- is driven by an active and friendly user community open to everyone

User-reported defects are generally corrected within 24 hours. At this moment, the number of reported but uncorrected defects across all members of the DXLab Suite is 0.

- reference documentation is available in both html and pdf format via http://www.dxlabsuite.com/download.htm#Documentation

- task-oriented documentation is available via http://www.dxlabsuite.com/dxlabwiki/GettingStarted

    73,

         Dave, AA6YQ

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« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2011, 03:14:40 PM »

Many thanks for your time and the suggestion.

My first reaction is that it will be difficult to make it simple to use?

Best from Tucson
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« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2011, 09:25:15 PM »

Many thanks for your time and the suggestion.

My first reaction is that it will be difficult to make it simple to use?

If you define the macro as suggested above - a one-time action - you will be able to type in a callsign, strike the Tab or Enter key, type in a signal report, and strike a function key that sends the appropriate "message" to your QSO partner, e.g.

AA6YQ 599 bk

This is very easy to do, but if you need help, I'd be glad to assist you.

      73,

           Dave, AA6YQ
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