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Review Summary For : CQRLOG for Linux
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CQRLOG is an advanced ham radio logger based on MySQL database. Provides radio control based on hamlib libraries (currently support of 140+ radio types and models), DX cluster connection, online callbook, a grayliner, internal QSL manager database support and a most accurate country resolution algorithm based on country tables developed by OK1RR. CQRLOG is intended for daily general logging of HF, CW & SSB contacts and strongly focused on easy operation and maintenance.
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WY1P Rating: 2022-09-07
Best logging software for Linux Time Owned: more than 12 months.
Many features! Interfaces with radio. I have had no issues with it.
NU0C Rating: 2021-03-27
No OPERATOR field? Time Owned: 3 to 6 months.
I really wanted to like this software. It seems to do a lot. But it does not support the ADIF OPERATOR field. This is a non-starter for activities such as multi-op, special event calls, and club stations. Judging from the forum posts the authors seem to have no interest in supporting it either. Which puts it behind most other top tier loggers. KLog wins for our club station on this single point despite the fact that CQRLOG has a cleaner UI and looks easier for newbies to use.

Update: In doing further research I see that the OPERATOR field has recently been added to CQRLog. So it deserves another look as my initial research indicated that it could be a good fit for our small club except for this one point. The OPERATOR field is becoming increasingly important to modern hams. It is not just for contesting. If you run a special event call, with a group or solo, you need the OPERATOR field. If you have a guest op run your station under your call you need the OPERATOR field. While logging is not legally required anymore in the USA it helps you to keep complete records and in some awards programs QSO credit is given to both the OPERATOR and STATION calls.
WA7AXT Rating: 2021-01-03
Excellent program - if your rig is supported Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I've used Linux/Unix since FreeBSD was available for download to about 10 3.5 inch floppies, back in the 386 days. Now use mostly Ubuntu. Excellent program and cqrlog runs on it nearly flawlessly. Remember to use the mariadb database, Mysql does not work well, in my experience. There's a lot of info on the net describing exactly how to set up Cqrlog. I've even got cqrlog running on my Raspberry pi with Ubuntu Mate. I'm giving Cqrlog a 5 because I think its a great program and has nice logging features. It works for me as a log, but will not control my rig, which is an icom 7410 listed as untested. Actually that's hamlib that has the 7410 listed as "untested". I've not been able to get it control my rig. Dang. If that rig would work on cqrlog, i'd use Linux exclusively.
N8NK Rating: 2020-10-12
Exceedingly full featured, EASY to install, and free Time Owned: more than 12 months.
Update as of 10/12/2020:
I felt the need to update my original posting because of a recent review which I feel is not fair to CQRlog. Before denigrating or nit-picking a product or service- people need to do their research on said product or service. The CQRlog documentaion is extensive.
CQRlog for Linux is not just acceptable for most people- it is SPECTACULAR in it feature-set for the typical ham radio operator to use. It's abilities are almost endless, it's integration is seamless, it's stability beyond anything Windoze has to offer. In use at my home since every implemtation of Mint Linux 12- I've never, not once, had CQRlog crash or fail to do what I use it for: my station logging.
Will it support your club or DXPedition operation? No. Of course not. It was never meant to. Do your research people. It's log database search capabilities are FANTASTIC, as is the wonderful way it supports multiple 'profiles'. I have many.. 'CW QRO', 'CW QRP', 'SSB QRO', 'SSB QRP', 'QRO Mobile', 'QRP Mobile', etc. It's wonderful when wanting to list your contacts by various operating modes. And very, very simple to set up and use.
Nice, clean looking interface.
If I could I'd give it 7 stars to negate those by folks who did something wrong or failed to do their research. It drives me nuts when people give poor reviews based on something a product was never meant to do, or the reverse- people giving 5 stars because a product arrived undamanged. Neither help the community.
Thanks CQRlog... you are AMAZING

This GREAT logger is so easy to install - I cannot imagine how one would have a problem if running Ubuntu, Mint, etc. You open your package manager, type 'cqrl' and by then it's found. Click 'install'. Right people? I've been using Mint since v. 15.x and have been running CQRlog on every system since, with every incremental upgrade.. now running Mint 19.3 'Tricia' on 4 systems, CQRlog on each system, some dual-boot with Winblows, and never have I had a problem.. well, except once when I decided to manually add it and MySQL via PPA in a terminal session. And to fix? all I had to do was remove them via the same terminal and let the pkg mgr install them. Let the package manager install CQRlog, it will automatically get the correct ver of SQL. This is the greatest logger I've ever seen, and I'll never, ever use anything else for the rest of my life. When one reads these reviews and see's a 'one star' rating and you wonder what the problem is... just scroll down, page after page, and note the '5 star' reviews. That says it all. 73
OY1R Rating: 2020-04-24
Great logger for linux Time Owned: more than 12 months.
CQRlog is the only usable logger for linux.
It is being maintained/developed, support on the cqrlog forum, is super.
It is not with out problems tho, it crashes once in a while, and i get errors when page scrolling the the qso listin, i think it has something to do with sql database or something.
I have been using it for almost 10 years.
CQRlog, The best linux logger periode.
N9TA Rating: 2020-02-19
Good luck Time Owned: more than 12 months.
Over the last several years I have tried CQRLOG on several different linux installs on at least 3 different computers with ZERO success. MySQL problems, rig communication problems....I've NEVER even got to the point where I could import my log. Most of the time I don't even get CQRLOG to start!!! The lack of a good ham radio logging program is the only thing that keeps me from ditching windows for good and going with linux. I have in the past installed windows in a virtual machine running under linux and ran my windows ham radio apps but that seems to defeat the whole purpose of going linux.
N7KFD Rating: 2020-02-19
Great Logger for Linux Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I started using CQRLOG around the same time I started using Linux Mint which was about five years ago. I don't understand how the folks that gave this program a negative review had such a difficult time with the installation. I installed it through the software manager and it worked like a champ. I can import ADIF files from LoTW, eQSL or from the hard drive with no issues. It has more features than I need, it's an easy to use and an all around great program. Highly recommended for Linux users.
N8MUS Rating: 2020-02-18
Amazing features interfaces with WSJTX/GridTracker, FLDIGI! Time Owned: 6 to 12 months.
Past log book was Ham Radio Deluxe, Paid Version. Due to Windows 7 abandonment, Windows 10 forced on me I decided to give Linux a go again. 6 months later I still have to use Windows at work and cannot figure out why anyone or any business would want to run such a bad operating system.
Making the change I wanted something to give me what the HRD suite did. I run a Ten Tec Orion and have no desire for the computer to control all the features of the radio but Logging was essential and something for digital modes was also high on my list to replace DM780.

CQRLOG fills both needs wonderfully. I feel it works much better than HRD Logbook. Even with support I could never get it to Log to LoTW so had to use ADIF and manual uploads. Very Tedious.

CQRLOG simple setup, click and upload to LoTW and EQSL works the same. Oh and I did not need phone support to set it up and it works!

It also auto loads at end of each contact to Clublog HRDLog etc.
It also interfaces with Wsjtx and fldigi perfectly. Contacts there go into CQRLOG and then out to the net. Live updates on my QRZ Page! Nice. FLDIGI replaced DM780 and WSJTX works great on LINUX!

I use a K1EL keyer and that interfaces with the CW Send program as well. Keyboard CW! Nice! Better than in DM780 or at least equal with easier setup.
This week I added GridTracker to the setup. I turned off the auto upload in CQRLog set up GridTracker. It AUTO uploads ALL my WSJTX contacts to all logs including LoTW and EQSL, Club Log HRDLOG etc live instant. WOW!
I am just so impressed and pleased. My Linux station is much smoother and more stable than any Windows based system I have ever used.
Big thank you to Petr for this great software, and also shout outs to FLDIGI as well as wsjtx and GridTracker developers for supporting LINUX!

K0DZX Rating: 2019-07-25
Very Fine Business! Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
No problems installing or setting up - of course you have to know how to install software on linux. Pretty intuitive interface IMHO. I'm relatively newly licensed ham, had as much or more work getting connected to eQSL/Lotw and everything set up. Seems to be working very well, thanks for such a great application!
M5RFD Rating: 2018-09-26
Good, comprehensive logging program Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
I have only just started using CQRLOG, so I haven't come across any 'niggles' yet. And I only use it for listening logs. Installation on my (laptop) system which uses Ubuntu 18.04 was a breeze, just by following the instructions on the website.
Adding my first QSO details was easy. What is a little quirky is remembering that the various windows dont automatically lock, so the QSO list does not automatically lock to the top of the QSO entry window. CQRLOG would be ideal on a separate dedicated monitor, so the various windows as above plus dxcluster, grey line map etc, could all be displayed together.
All-in-all, this is a great addition to the limited number of Linux usable ham programs. As a long-term Linux user (15+ years), Linux is the only system I use on my laptop and its nice to have a fully-formed program like this.