Category Archives: Logging

Shortwave reports via Twitter

I use a program named Shortwave Schedules to tell me what’s on the radio at any given time.  It used to just digest a CSV file from Eibi and tell you who was on and when.  Now it’s gotten fancy (propagation maps for one).  A feature I stumbled upon last night while searching for the frequency for Radio Romania International (it’s 9645kc, BTW) is it now allows you to log your reception report, locally, and then share it in a variety of ways (pretty much anyway your phone is designed to share).  You can even record some of the broadcast for later review.  A very nice feature.

So last night I shared part of my reception report:

Now I added the “@RRInternational #shortwave” and edited the text a bit but this is basically what went out last night.  I suspect that whoever monitors the Radio Romania International Twitter feed was probably confused about receiving the report and I’ll also provide this report in a better way but I think it’s a neat idea myself.

As for my little app, the log still needs a little bit of work but I’ll provide that feedback via a different method.

HamQTH.com

Recently the owners of QRZ.com Callsign Database started restricting access to addresses and other data unless you were a registered user. If you used a logging program, such as CQRLOG, you would have to pay a yearly fee to access this mostly public information. I’d much rather give a donation to a group that is trying to do the right thing rather than have my information held hostage for ransom. Because of this I’d like to introduce HamQTH.

HamQTH is a free ham radio callsign database that provides similar information but is completely free.  The owner of the data (you) gets to determine what is visible and what isn’t.

I encourage everyone to visit HamQTH and try it out.  I already use it for my logging program and have received great results so far.  And best of all it’s all free!

Amateur Radio Contest logging software for Linux

I’ve been looking for a good amateur radio contest logging program for Linux.  Little did I know that the solution was right under my nose!

fldigi is a great amateur radio program that will encode and decode almost any digital mode you can find out on the HF bands.  This morning I noticed a new mode: SSB.  Now I can’t confirm this but I’m pretty sure this isn’t a means of transmitting voice from your desktop but rather a placeholder for using fldigi’s awesome contest logger for your next voice contest.

I’ve used fldigi in contests before but they have been RTTY contests.  The log output works perfectly and allows me to immediately submit my log to the contest managers, to GlobalQSL for my bureau cards, and import the contest log to my traditional logging software CQRLOG.

I’ll be trying out this solution this weekend on the CQ WW SSB contest.  I’ll try to document my feelings on Monday.

New CQRLOG installed.

I just installed the new CQRLOG on both my computers. I noted that in the release notes that a change was made to the main logging screen that allows netbook users to more easily use the program. I was very excited about this as I do run a small laptop (is it a netbook?) and I have had problems with this screen. Sure enough it works great! Now I just need to sync up my log from the big computer to the laptop.

CQRLOG

Last week I went looking for better logging software.  I have been using xLog for the last year and it did a good job but I found it lacking in features that I wanted.

I found many solutions that did less than xLog in my search but finally found CQRLOG which is exactly what I was looking for.  This logging software does pretty much everything I wanted.  It’s built on a SQL database so running custom queries is easy.  There are lots of statistics (DXCC and WAS, just to name a couple) that you can pull from the software and it fully supports LoTW!

I’d recommend giving CQRLOG a try if you are looking for a really good contact logging software.