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Mar 27, 2004 19:41
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I find this logging software to be easy to use as well as rich in features. I enjoy it very
much. I also want to make this review a little more oriented to the features of the
software than most of the reviews I have read here. I will apologize in advance for this
review being long, but there are many features that I want to cover. I will not cover
everything, but you can see the complete, illustrated features list on the web at
The number of logs that can be kept in EasyLog 5.0 is limited only by the amount of
disk space available. You can have as many as five logs open at the same time. Switching
the active log between them is done by clicking on one of the five tabs at the right of the
log window of the main window. Adding a QSO to the active log is done by clicking on the
ADD button at the bottom of the log display. A window opens with the usual QSO information;
Date, Time, Call, Frequency, Mode, Name, QTH, etc. It also includes a place to add a QSL
manager call, Power and if the QSO was via satellite. The band plans for Regions 1, 2, and
3 are available to this window so that when you enter the frequency, it can automatically
fill in the band and mode. You can also directly access the log properties from the Add QSO
window. Rules may be set up to add the QSO to the QSL Buffer from which the contact
information may be printed on cards or labels by using the innovative QSL Wizard. You can
scan received QSL cards and attach an image of the card to the QSO in the log. The log
window color codes each log entry with white background for unconfirmed and green for
confirmed. A small window above the log automatically searches the QSL manager database and
shows the call if it is in the database. Updates for this database can be downloaded free
from the user-reserved area of www.easylog.com.
Above the log window on the left side is the Awards Window. This window shows the
award information for DXCC, WAC, WAZ, WPX and ITU Zone. Adjacent to this to the left is a
QRB window showing the distance to the station in Km and the beam azimuth angle for long and
short path to the station. Immediately to the right of this is the time and date window
that shows time and date for you, UTC, and the Station in the highlighted log entry. If
you have a call book CD, you can look up the highlighted call on it. You can look up the
history of QSOs for the highlighted log entry. You can also see prior data for the call as
you are entering the log entry during the contact. There is a memo dialog box for each QSO
so you can enter longer comments than the Notes field allows.
Award support is another excellent feature of EasyLog 5.0. Status for DXCC, WPX,
WAZ and WAC is updated when the contact is entered into the log and when received QSL cards
are recorded. EasyLog 5.0 has a highly accurate entity recognition scheme for determining
the DXCC entity from the call sign. In the rare case that it either can not identify or
misidentifies the DXCC entity, you have the ability to manually set the entity. Included is
tracking software for more than 100 additional custom awards as well as provisions for
tracking IOTA awards. Thirty of these custom awards can be installed to any given log. You
can also create your own custom award, if you wish. By clicking on the Awards button at the
bottom of the log window, a dialog box will open and you can review the status of any of the
installed awards. The window shows what has been worked, confirmed and credited. You can
print reports for each of these awards for showing the complete status, qualifying entities
that have not been worked, those worked but not confirmed, and those confirmed but not
The DX Cluster support allows simultaneous connection to two internet DX Clusters
and two packet radio clusters. Simultaneous or near simultaneous spots on multiple clusters
can be suppressed. Voice announcement of DX spots is available through the computer
speakers. The voice recorded for these spots are those of a native speaker of the language
installed for EasyLog 5.0. There is a new dockable DX alert window that receives the DX
spot information from the active open DX cluster.
Windows from which you may operate PSK31 and PSK63 are included as well as a
“Running” window. You will need to have the appropriate cabling for the PSK windows. The
Running window is for use in DXing or Contesting and is a streamlined method of logging a
rapid run of QSOs.
There is radio support for major manufacturers of Amateur Radio equipment. Cables
and interfaces are not supplied. There are two interfaces that can support a different
manufacturer’s radio on each interface.
There is a converter utility to allow importing of EasyLog 4 logs. It also allows
copying QSOs between EasyLog 5 files. There is also a bidirectional ADIF converter.
The new QSL Wizard is a utility that facilitates printing QSO information on labels
or directly on QSL cards. It includes also a visual designer for designing the output to
labels or cards customized to whatever label or cards you wish to use. A limited number of
these support files are included in the software.
Print Awards Utility – This utility will print the official forms for applications for DXCC,
WPX, WAZ, and WAC.
World maps – These maps have DXCC, IOTA, and worldwide locator grid presentations with the
award status shown on the maps along with sunrise, sunset and gray line.
Programmable Voice and CW keyers are included.
There is a Palm OS copy of EasyLog 5 included with the ability to electronically move the
QSO data from the Palm to EasyLog 5.
For the DXer who simply has to be up to date on the DX cluster spots, an interface to a GMS
cell phone is included.
A backup utility that supports hard drive, floppy, and CD ROM is included. For the hard
drive, a circular automated backup can be scheduled.
EasyLog is advanced logging software for Radio Amateurs. It is written by Microware
Software, s.n.c., a software company based in Italy. They have been writing logging
software since 1989 and have produced continuous and substantial improvements in each new
release. It is available in English, Italian, German, Swedish and Spanish. The manuals are
available in all these languages in .PDF format and can be printed. Technical support is
available in all five of these languages. Other languages are being worked on at this time.
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