Hello this is IW0HQE, Alessandro. I recently bought a Macintosh (Mac Mini) and I am using it as my main computer.
I am looking for a software that allows me to manage my station log, as well as my awards. I'd need to follow the DXCCs awards, and also it is very important for me to have a tool to check my DXCC Challenge situation for each band slot (worked/conformed/awarded).
On my small netbook I still use my old software (BBlogger), but I couldn't find a good option that allows me to follow the awards on my Mac.
I'd be grateful for any suggestions you might have.
Thanks in advance.
Welcome to ham radio on the Mac! There are a lot of great software packages out there, and here are details of a few of them. I also run a Mac Mini for my ham radio needs...it is a great computer for this kind of work and I think you'll be very happy.
For logging software packages, there are a wide variety of choices, but the main three are MacLoggerDX, Aether and RUMlog.
MLDX is a beautiful program that provides rig control and logging in a gorgeous package. It does some award tracking (DXCC, WAS, IOTA, WAZ, and VUCC), supports import/export of ADIF files for LoTW support, and MUCH MUCH more. It supports connection with CocoaModem for digital modes usage. My biggest complaint about MLDX is the way it handles QSLs. It lumps eQSL, LoTW and paper QSLs all together, instead of tracking each separately for awards tracking...as you likely know, some awards accept eQSL while some don't, same goes for LoTW; however, MLDX tracks them all the same. It costs $99.
Aether is another option. It is available via the Mac App Store as well as direct from the developer. In addition to logging and rig control, it provides support for direct upload/download from eQSL and LoTW (no need to export an ADIF file and run it through TQSL and then upload) and tracks QSLs separately by type. I can't recall exactly which awards it tracks, but it does have support for several different ones. It supports AppleScript and can interface with CocoaModem or can run a macro to import logs from Fldigi for the fans of digital modes. Aether costs $39
Finally there is RUMlog. RUMlog also provides rig control and logging. It supports direct upload/downlod to and from eQSL, LoTW, and ClubLog and tracks eQSL/LoTW/paper all separately. The award tracking includes DXCC, IOTA, WAS, WAZ, German DOK, and Grid Squares (VUCC). For fans of digital modes, it also fully supports automatic log import from Fldigi and can connect to CocoaModem as well. Tom (DL2RUM) is a very responsive developer (as are all of the developers of these programs) and a DXer. The cost is the best part; free!
If you're interested in Contest logging software, then there is also RUMped and Skookum Logger. RUMped is written by the developer of RUMlog while Skookum Logger is developed by K1GQ. Both support rig control and are designed for a WIDE variety of contests. Additionally, MLDX and Aether both support some basic contest capabilities.
I've used all three of these packages, and for my preferences of chasing DX and digital modes I use RUMlog. I do a lot of digital modes, and the interfacing with Fldigi is top notch. I think that you'd be happy with either RUMlog or Aether, but I don't know if MLDX would meet your needs because of the way it handles QSLs. I would strongly
encourage you to try them all (Aether and MLDX have demo versions...RUMlog is free) and find the one that works best for you.
I hope this is useful. Feel free to contact me directly at k3dcw (at) arrl dot net if you have any questions or need any advice.