FLLOG Users Manual  1.1
FLLog Users Manual - Version 1.1

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Logbook Server

The logbook server maintains a large set of QSO logbook fields that will probably be sufficient for casual operating, contesting and some certificate logging. All of the fields that are captured in the logbook are maintained in an ADIF database that can be read by any logbook program that can read the ADIF text format. The server can open any logbook adif file, including those created by fldigi. You should NOT open an adif logbook file by more than one program at a time. The database uses "flat files" and simultaneous use by more than a single program may corrupt the file.

The complete set of logbook fields are:

ADIF FIELD USE
BAND QSO band (computed from frequency)
CALL contacted stations call sign
CNTY county
COMMENT comment field for QSO
COUNTRY contacted stations DXCC entity name
CQZ CQ zone
DXCC contacted stations DXCC country code
FREQ QSO frequency in MHz
GRIDSQUARE contacted stations Maidenhead Grid Square (Loc)
IOTA Islands On The Air
IOTA Islands-On-The-Air designator
ITUZ ITU zone
MODE QSO mode
MYXCHG sent contest exchange
NAME contacted operators name
QSLRDATE QSL received date
QSLSDATE QSL sent date
QSLSDATE QSL sent date
QSO_DATE QSO data at start of contact
QTH contacted stations city
RST_RCVD received signal report
RST_SENT sent signal report
SRX QSO received serial number
STATE contacted stations state
STX QSO transmitted serial number
TIME_OFF end time of QSO in HHMM format
TIME_ON start time of QSO in HHMM format
TX_PWR power transmitted by this station
VE_PROV 2 letter abbreviation for Canadian Province
XCHG1 received contest exchange


These fields (BOLD) are sent to fllog by the client program, which may be fldigi.

The data in the fllog logbook can be exported to external text files; ADIF, text, and CSV (comma separated value). The ADIF can be read by any ADIF compatible logbook program. The text output is suitable for use in a wordprocessor and for printing. The CSV can be read into many spreadsheet programs such as Excel, Open Office or Gnumeric.

Fllog will respond to a both duplicate and last contact queries from the client program

If you have previously worked a station the logbook will be searched for the most recent qso and fill the Name, Qth and other fields from the logbook. This data is then passed back to the client program.

You open the logbook by selecting from the View menu; View/Logbook. The logbook title bar will show you which logbook you currently have open. FLlogi can maintain an unlimited (except for disk space) number of logbooks.

The full pathname of the open log file will appear in the File: control. The file name will be on the title bar.

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Logbook Server

You can resize the dialog to suit your screen size and operating needs. FLlog will remember the placement and size for subsequent use.

You can create new entries, update existing entries, and delete entries using this dialog. You can also search for an entry by callsign. The browser can be sorted by Date, Callsign, Frequency or Mode. The sort can be forward or backward with the most recent being the default selected entry after each sort. You execute the sort by clicking on the column button at the top of the column to be sorted. Each click causes the sort to reverse. I like to view my log with the most recent at the top. You might want to view it with the most recent on the bottom.

There are no frills such as keeping track of DXCC worked, fancy printouts etc. FLlog's logbook is primarily a capture function. You can export your data for use with an external database or for uploading to LOTW or eQSL. Data from those sources can also be used for importing into the logbook.

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Exporting Logbook Data

The user may export all or selected records consisting of all or selected fields. Access to this export function of available from the menu "File/Log/Export ADIF", "File/Log/Export Text", and "File/Log/Export CSV".

Export ADIF

Selecting the Export ADIF menu item opens the following dialog:

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Export Setup


If you want to export every record press the "Check All" in the left panel. You can also select and deselect individual records. Choose which fields you want to export with the right panel controls. Press the OK button to continue or Cancel to abort the operation. A file chooser dialog will open which allows you to specify the name and location of the exported file. Use the extension ".adi" on Windows and ".adif" on the other OS'.

Export Text / CSV

The same Export Setup dialog is used for Text and CSV exports.

The Text export produces a simple space delimited file with columns set at locations dictated by the field size for each field that is exported. It is suitable for use with a word processing program or for printing a hardcopy of your activities.

The CSV is a "Character Separated Value" file with the TAB character used as the field separator. This type of file can be imported into nearly all spreadsheet programs such as Gnumeric, Open Office or MS Excel.

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Creating a Cabrillo Report

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Cabrillo Setup


If you want to export every record press the "Check All" in the left panel.

Select the Contest type from the pull down menu in the right panel. FLlog knows how to format the various fields for each contest. When satisfied with the setup press OK. You will then have the opportunity to specify the location and name of the cabrillo output file.

You should be careful not to duplicate the data in the Cabrillo report.

For example:

You captured outgoing exchange data in fldigi as

<XBEG><RST> <CNTR><XEND>

Do not enable the "RST sent" and "Serial # out" check boxes as this info is already contained in the "Exchange in" field.

You captured incoming exchange data into the Exch field as RST SER# TIME. Do not enable the "RST rcvd" or the "Serial # in" check boxes.

You must then open the file with a plain text editor and modify the appropriate entries. Check with each contest sponsor to see what their requirements are.

Here is an example of a generated Cabrillo report format before being edited:

START-OF-LOG: 3.0
CREATED-BY: fldigi 3.11

# The callsign used during the contest.
CALLSIGN: W1HKJ

# ASSISTED or NON-ASSISTED
CATEGORY-ASSISTED:

# Band: ALL, 160M, 80M, 40M, 20M, 15M, 10M, 6M, 2M, 222, 432, 902, 1.2G
CATEGORY-BAND:

# Mode: SSB, CW, RTTY, MIXED
CATEGORY-MODE:

# Operator: SINGLE-OP, MULTI-OP, CHECKLOG
CATEGORY-OPERATOR:

# Power: HIGH, LOW, QRP
CATEGORY-POWER:

# Station: FIXED, MOBILE, PORTABLE, ROVER, EXPEDITION, HQ, SCHOOL
CATEGORY-STATION:

# Time: 6-HOURS, 12-HOURS, 24-HOURS
CATEGORY-TIME:

# Transmitter: ONE, TWO, LIMITED, UNLIMITED, SWL
CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER:

# Overlay: ROOKIE, TB-WIRES, NOVICE-TECH, OVER-50
CATEGORY-OVERLAY:

# Integer number
CLAIMED-SCORE:

# Name of the radio club with which the score should be aggregated.
CLUB:

# Contest: AP-SPRINT, ARRL-10, ARRL-160, ARRL-DX-CW, ARRL-DX-SSB, ARRL-SS-CW,
# ARRL-SS-SSB, ARRL-UHF-AUG, ARRL-VHF-JAN, ARRL-VHF-JUN, ARRL-VHF-SEP,
# ARRL-RTTY, BARTG-RTTY, CQ-160-CW, CQ-160-SSB, CQ-WPX-CW, CQ-WPX-RTTY,
# CQ-WPX-SSB, CQ-VHF, CQ-WW-CW, CQ-WW-RTTY, CQ-WW-SSB, DARC-WAEDC-CW,
# DARC-WAEDC-RTTY, DARC-WAEDC-SSB, FCG-FQP, IARU-HF, JIDX-CW, JIDX-SSB,
# NAQP-CW, NAQP-RTTY, NAQP-SSB, NA-SPRINT-CW, NA-SPRINT-SSB, NCCC-CQP,
# NEQP, OCEANIA-DX-CW, OCEANIA-DX-SSB, RDXC, RSGB-IOTA, SAC-CW, SAC-SSB,
# STEW-PERRY, TARA-RTTY
CONTEST: ARRL-RTTY

# Optional email address
EMAIL:

LOCATION:

# Operator name
NAME:

# Maximum 4 address lines.
ADDRESS:
ADDRESS:
ADDRESS:
ADDRESS:

# A space-delimited list of operator callsign(s).
OPERATORS:

# Offtime yyyy-mm-dd nnnn yyyy-mm-dd nnnn
# OFFTIME:

# Soapbox comments.
SOAPBOX:
SOAPBOX:
SOAPBOX:

QSO: 14095 RY 2009-01-04 1952 W1HKJ         599 GA 12345   ND2T          599 CA 67890
QSO: 14098 RY 2009-01-04 1949 W1HKJ         599 GA         W0SD          599 SD
QSO: 14099 RY 2009-01-04 1948 W1HKJ         599 1234567890 KB7Q          599 1234567890
QSO: 14100 RY 2009-01-04 1948 W1HKJ         599 GA         N6WS          599 CA
QSO: 14103 RY 2009-01-04 1946 W1HKJ         599 GA         VE6AO         599 AB
END-OF-LOG:

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