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Review Summary For : MacLoggerDX
Reviews: 175MSRP: 95.
General-purpose logging software with interfaces to many radios, internet DXClusters, TNCs, and QRZ CD ROM database. Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X.
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KB2EOQ Rating: 2023-08-29
Creative logging features and DX alerting. Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
After almost 30 years of Windows use on various computers I switched to Mac OS a couple of weeks ago. After a bit of research I decided to try MacLogger DX as my new logbook. I have been a serious user of DXBase, Logger 16 beta tester, HRD Log beta tester, Log4OM and my favorite DX Keeper (part of DX Lab Suite).

I am astounded by what MacLogger can do easily , and how it is presented visually. The software does not contain all the SQL database capabilities that DX Keeper does , nor does it contain the in-depth alerting capabilities of DX Lab's Spotcollector, but it does what 90% of hams are likely to seriously need. I like how I can easily see what needed items are presented in the cluster page , no need for cluttered Gridtracker or "New Country" voice alerts. It does voice alerts but you can keep the announcements to a minimum and , at a glance, see more details on the screen. The ability to simply .. click, drag, capture, a few QSOs for upload to LoTW, QRZ, eQSL, Clublog, is especially slick . The best I have seen for that type of procedure. The Log panel is also very visually appealing. So appealing that I have now dedicated a new monitor to enjoy the look-up features and three pictures of the last three logged or looked up. The map feature appeared ho-hum initially . However after reading a bit more about it in the manual I now really like it. It visually shows spots and grids I have worked . The QSL creator and email/print QSL cards is very well implemented .

The help manual is a bit limited and the Google-group used for user support/discussion is not very active, not as good as DX Lab's users group.
Andy K3UK/ ex KB2EOQ
M0VOX Rating: 2023-05-12
Excellent and very comprehensive logging software Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I've been using MacLoggerDX for many years now. I find the integration with other products to be excellent, and it has a wealth of tools to make log management a seamless task. I am a Mac user anyway, but even if I wasn't, I'd run a Mac just for MacLoggerDX (and MacDoppler which is also excellent). I highly recommend it!
K1LH Rating: 2023-04-23
Just works, great features Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I've been using MacLoggerDX since late 2022, it's been a great application - especially the auto log uploads to LoTW, QRZ, Club Log etc. And JT-Bridge which syncs with the log to filter for new entities/states/grids etc when using WSTJ-X. QSL card printing is another feature I make use of.

One thing I got stuck on until recently is I like to use Flrig which is a great rig control app, especially if remoting into the shack mac. All the digi apps I use support Flrig as an option, but MacLoggerDX does not.

The solution I came up with uses rigctld as a bridge.

Flrig owns the CAT control, rigctld supports connecting to Flrig, MacLoggerDX supports connecting to rigctld using the Hamlib NET rigctl option. Hamlib is easily installed via homebrew, start rigctld from Terminal with Flrig as the rig type, and Flrig's xmlrpc port (e.g. 5003) "/usr/local/bin/rigctld -m 4 -r".

Seems to work perfect. Removes the Apple script PTT workaround for Fldigi, I was unable to get the included Apple logging script to work properly, I found a python script that works great. I've documented my setup in detail, there's a link to it on my QRZ page.

The support from Don has been great, quick responses and often adds new features and fixes based on feedback.
VE3CGD Rating: 2023-01-31
Impressive Software, Support & Setup Time Owned: 3 to 6 months.
Software designed for the Mac is just better. MacloggerDX is impressive with drop down menus that make set up easy. If it is not intuitive enough, they have links that include youtube setup and use videos. The 3D map is beautiful and the DX Clusters are extensive and open up Ham possibilities. Even something as simple as having a list of scheduled stations made it easy for SWL.

Now I am not the kind of person to run for support without attempting to fix things on my own - and the documentation and resources are there to do it but sometimes, I get stuck.

A quick email to Don, was met with a fast and accurate response. In a day when chatbots pass as 'support', having a real, intelligent human being at the other end is refreshing and worth every penny.
G0TPH Rating: 2023-01-09
Excellent logging software for Mac Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I've been using MacLoggerDX for many years and I've found it has always been stable (never crashed), reliable and easy to use. The support is very good and Don is quick to respond to queries. Updates for new functionality is free.
The user interface is intuitive and easy to use.
Integration with LOTW and Club Log is straightforward.
Rig control is easy to set up and rock solid (I use a KX3).
There are lots of options on layout and sub windows which allows customisation.
A great piece of software!
K4HNT Rating: 2022-12-31
MAcLoggerDX is the best logging program... Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I have been using MacLoggerDX for over a year. It installed and setup very easily, especially for a new Mac user. I use it almost everyday. Issues are few and far between and an simple email to Don and it is fixed very quickly.

This is a quality logging application that rivals the features of Windows Ham Radio Deluxe. Don spend a lot of time making sure everything is top notch and it shows.

My setup: I use FLRig for rig control, and connect MacLogger to it (MacLogger has built in rig control but I have always used FLRig). I also have easily connected MacLogger to wsjtx, js8call, and fldigi...everything just works.

Do I sound like a happy customer? That's because I am!!

You simply can not go wrong with this program for ham radio logging on a Mac.
K2ACX Rating: 2022-12-19
Fantastic Product and Support Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I'm a satisfied user of 2+ years. There are so few choices for ham radio software on Mac. Fortunately, MLDX is a standout that sets a high bar for a general-purpose logging program on any platform.

Highlights include:
- The interface and integration with LoTW make it simple and intuitive to track your history, awards, and confirmations
- Easy to customize views according to your activities
- Rig control is easy to set up, even if (like me) you're not into computers
- Comprehensive online documentation to illustrate its various capabilities
- Tech support is superb: Don VE3VRW stands behind his program and is very responsive, friendly, and helpful. I don't think you can say that about many ham radio products.
NH6PK Rating: 2022-11-13
Excellent Software, Superb Support Time Owned: 3 to 6 months.
I've owned and used MacLoggerDX just over three months. It was recommended by a friend, whom I trust. My friend had mentioned the great support by Don, VE3VRM. Over the last three months I've reached out to Don a couple times with questions, and he responded almost immediately, to my satisfaction. Recently I've been having an I/O error writing logs to my MLDX log file. Again, Don responded promptly and assisted me with troubleshooting. After numerous emails, Don mentioned it was a problem with my hard drive and not the software. He continued to provide me great advice to allow me to rectify the situation. You cannot beat his support. Don is a man who stands behind his software and I would recommend MacLoggerDX to all Hams using a Mac. I love the software and all the great features. I doubt I will ever use anything else. Buy it now!!
K7KO Rating: 2022-08-29
Wow. The gold standard for Logging Software Time Owned: 3 to 6 months.
I am continually amazed at the features in MacLoggerDX. I am an automation controls engineer and use software of all types for my job. The User Interface, breadth of options, and SQL database on MacLoggerDX put it in a class by itself among excellent competition. I use Mac products and Windows PCs extensively, and for a multitude of reasons, I prefer to primarily use the MacOS and run Windows Virtual Machines using VMWare or Windows PCs as needed. It is super helpful to me to be able to use MacLoggerDX on a MAC because all my main computers are Mac. Plus I have two iPads. I really appreciate using the MacLoggerDX on an iPad while operating portable from my car. I do not want to be forced to run a Windows PC or Windows VM just to do Ham Radio logging, and it is a huge help to me that I can use MacLoggerDX natively on the MacOS. And to top it all off, Don Agro's response time to my few technical email questions has been shockingly fast and on target every time. Super happy with MacLoggerDX.
G0UUT Rating: 2022-06-29
discover the different 10/10 gold Time Owned: 6 to 12 months.
the best of the best program work perfect with iOS
support is just fantastic very very quick
top notch