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Reviews Summary for WriteLog by W5XD
WriteLog by W5XD Reviews: 42 Average rating: 4.3/5 MSRP: $30.00 USD
Description: Contest logging software for CW, SSB, RTTY, and PSK31.
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K2OWR Rating: 2/5 Nov 4, 2015 06:46 Send this review to a friend
Had enough grief  Time owned: more than 12 months
After years and years of contesting with this, and every time I fire it up there's some new oddity. So many problems with the qso party module I couldn't take it anymore. When you need support you are warned that they have other lives and you may have to wait awhile for a response....seriously? Then when you reach them you need to be sure your version is not more than a year old or you have to pay $3o all over again. Thru the years I have paid for it several times and just got tired of the whole ordeal. I finally got pushed into using the same FREE software most of the contest community uses and found it to be incredible!
K6UFO Rating: 5/5 Jan 12, 2012 11:04 Send this review to a friend
Excellent!  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have been using Writelog for ten years, installing, updating and configuring Single Op, Multi Op, SO2R, CW, SSB and RTTY contest stations at three different locations. Writelog allows me to compete limited only by my own abilities, not limited by the software. It can appear complex - due to all the capabilities it needs to provide.
It can sometimes be confusing to get things set right - but this is the case with all Top Level contesting software. I appreciate that the authors limit releases to prevent the software from changing too wildly. Most questions can be answered by a careful review of the help files and email reflector. The authors provide support when they can, but it would cost a lot more to have instantaneous 24x7 support. The yearly upgrade cost is very reasonable. I have used other contesting software, and keep returning to Writelog with a sigh of relief.
WQ7X Rating: 0/5 Feb 19, 2010 15:50 Send this review to a friend
No support  Time owned: more than 12 months
No support at all. I have tried to install10.53 on my new computer and the program doesn't
recognize registration code any more. I'm being forced to purchase the new version of this software. I don't need new version. I paid for this 10.53 and that is what I need.
Of course W5XD can't provide registration code for 10.53. Why would I need new code??
I would have to assume that there is timing in the code. I have paid for the product that didn't specify any time limit. Bad business!!!!
K6RIM Rating: 5/5 Sep 5, 2009 07:54 Send this review to a friend
Powerful & Reliable  Time owned: more than 12 months
Have been using Writelog for at least ten years, and I'm an extremely satisfied user. As with any powerful software, there is a learning curve.

Have read a few complaints that serial port generated CW can be choppy, but I have always generated CW in this manner without any problems whatsoever.

Periodic upgrades are available, and my experience is that the upgrade code is received promptly after e-mailing payment information to Ron, usually in less than 30 minutes!

Highly recommended!

WA6L Rating: 5/5 Mar 5, 2009 14:27 Send this review to a friend
Solid, Dependable, and Bulletproof  Time owned: more than 12 months

Contesting is a complicated business. You have to deal with different exchanges, duplicate detection, different logging format requirements, cabrillo file preparation, macros, scoring, QSO rates, and many other factors. Therefore it stands to reason that any software you buy to help you with these tasks will be complicated as well.

Writelog is no exception. You are not going to install it and start operating your first contest in an hour. It takes time to read through all the help files and get everything configured. I always find it amusing when Hams write a negative review of a product because it is "too complicated." What they mean to say is that they are too lazy or too dense to figure things out on their own.

In the almost three years that I have been using Writelog, I have found answers to every question I had (and there have been many) in the help files. If for some reason you can't find it or can't figure it out via the help files, there is an active and friendly forum available that will help you find the answer.

I have tried several different contesting loggers, and I keep coming back to Writelog. Yes, it has an incredible feature set. But so do many competing products. Yes, it is reliable, but ditto for the other loggers out there. In my mind, there are two things that separate Writelog from the others.

First is the networking capabilities. The networking was upgraded a year or two ago and it is now bulletproof. When running multi-multi, you have all the standard networking features including chat, instant log updates on all computers, and band listing for all rigs. It also has a lock-out feature, which you can set up to ensure that only one rig is transmitting at a time. That is very handy to ensure you are complying with all the rules in some contests.

Second, and perhaps more importantly, is the redundancy of the logging system. It is almost impossible to lose log entries.

When operating single-op, Writelog keeps QSO records in a temporary cache as well as in the log. So if there is a computer crash, you won't lose records since the last save. As you bring the computer back on line, it will recover the unsaved records and prompt you to put them back in the log.

The networking capability gives you even greater redundancy. If you are running multi-multi, there is a copy of the entire log on each computer. So you can literally take one computer, throw it in a lake, and you haven't lost a single QSO. Further, if you own two computers, you can have both of them running Writelog even if you are just a single op. That way your log is duplicated to the other computer automatically.

Writelog is serious software for serious contesters. I don't think you will find a better product out there at any cost.

Thanks and 73,

John, WA6L
VE2DC Rating: 4/5 Feb 1, 2009 12:39 Send this review to a friend
Works well but not so cheap.  Time owned: more than 12 months
As somebody pointed out it is now only $30. But keep in mind, $30 only buys support for one year. I'm also a little miffed that those who paid $75 weren't given an extra years support!
Nonetheless, it works well. I particularly like the CW decoder as it provides back-up if you get distracted or if you are not quite sure you copied a call. Its the best CW decoder I've tried. The only negative is the bizarre, poorly documented, non-intuitive setup. The setup for serial ports is just plain wierd and harks back to days when only 4 COM ports were supported by Windows. Once you figure it out, however, the program is very reliable.
OLDFART13 Rating: 5/5 Dec 12, 2008 12:22 Send this review to a friend
The Best.  Time owned: more than 12 months
OK, I'll keep it simple:

If you are a serious contester the WRITELOG is the best choice.

If you are a casual contester, or very cheap, then N1MM should suit your needs.
VE7GIF Rating: 5/5 Oct 19, 2008 20:21 Send this review to a friend
Great contest logger  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I highly recommend it I just got it set up in time to do some S&P in the JARTS contest. It was one of the most fun easiest contest to work. A few simple clicks and the exchanges were sent,logged and noted in the bandscope. I cant wait for the next contest
K4EC Rating: 5/5 Sep 11, 2008 07:43 Send this review to a friend
Works great with new network upgrades for multi stations  Time owned: more than 12 months
We had used WriteLog for years at the NR4M multi station. However, we had network connectivity issues. We switched to Win-Test which had solid network connectivity between the stations.

Steve received word that WriteLog had upgraded the network portion of the application, so about a year ago we switched back. It has worked great since then. The network connectivity between stations is rock solid and we got back all of the Writelog features and contests.
AB8XG Rating: 5/5 Mar 4, 2008 07:32 Send this review to a friend
AWSOME CONTEST SOWTWARE  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
First just let me say that this is CONTEST software, and very specalized,and like most competition grade products requires that you spend the time to learn all tricks that make it work.That being said it works great and is capable of doing whatever you need from a contest software. It is very reliable and I havn't lost any Qsos even with a power outage and 20 unsaved contacts during an contest, when the power came back on and i rebooted the computer it asked me if I wanted to save my unsaved qsos. Another thing that I really like about it is that you do not have to have a fully automated setup to use this program, you can change bands or whatever you need to do manually with no problems (unlike some of the other contest logging programs). Any questions that I have had have been quickly answered by others on the e-mail reflector.In conclusion if you are looking for a greaat contest logging program,and are willing to put in the time to learn how it works (DO NOT BUY THIS THE DAY OF THE CONTEST YOU WANT TO WORK YOU WON'T BE HAPPY) it works great and supports a bunch of contests, makes great cabrillo logs etc. If you are a little pistol (like me) or a big gun station i think you will like thes software. Kenny AB8XG
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