Logger32 is a 32-bit Amateur Radio logging program written by Bob Furzer, K4CY. Bob is also the author of Zakanaka, and a 16-bit version of Logger. A simple to use logbook for radio amateurs from all around the world. Logger32 has been developed to be a highly user configurable general purpose Amateur Radio logbook with computer control support for many radios and antenna rotators. It is NOT a contesting log, although there is no real reason why it could not be used for such, and does not contain some features that might be found in software specifically designed for this activity.
1. Worked/Confirmed Table can display information in either of two ways
2. Seven user-definable log entry page items
3. Logs more than 1.5M QSOs
4. All Country, County, and IOTA databases are fully editable
5. Displays sunrise/sunset, short path distance, long and short path beam headings, and local time for the distant end
6. Comprehensive statistics tables for Awards and QSLs.
7. Real time satellite tracking using Keps from a local file or collected from a favored web site
8. Grayline display with selectable terminator
9. DX spot tables with input from packet or telnet sources (or both at once)
10. User-definable worked/confirmed color scheme on incoming spots.
11. Support for many radios including a debug window
12. User-selectable frequency display in KHz or MHz down to 1 Hz resolution.
13. User-selectable date and time format
14. CDROM support
15. Support for the use of QRZ.com and GoList via the Internet
16. A facility to synchronize your computers clock to an atomic standard
17. All windows fully re-sizeable and features to retrieve lost windows when screen resolution is modified.
18. Supports multiple .INI files for different set-ups (normal, contest, etc.)
19. Fully configurable fonts, background, and foreground colors
20. Auto log-on scripts for telnet and cluster access
21. Definable telnet and cluster shortcuts and scripts
22. Personalize you own bandplan
23. Prefix statistics available on screen for up to 50 bands and 48 modes
24. Previously worked callsigns automatically appear under the callsign entry window (Callsign preview)
25. The Logbook, Previously Worked, Spots and Stats tables all have variable width columns
26. Support for a parallel port antenna selector that can operate automatically with your bandplan
27. Log page can be sorted on QSO#, Callsign, Prefix, Frequency, Band, Mode, CQZ, DXCC, Grid Square, IOTA, State, Continent, and ITUZ.
28. Logs can be output in either ADIF, UQF, or CSV format.
29. Supports both multiple user (One log for the family or Club station) and multiple logs (one for the main, one for contesting, etc.)
30. User-selectable fields to copy from previous QSO details to a new logbook entry
31. Logbook percentage full indicator
32. Grid Square Calculator
33. Support for eQSL and Logbook of The World (LoTW)
34. Functional information buttons in the Logbook Entry Window
35. Export QSOs flagged for QSLing
36. QSLs waiting to be sent are highlighted in the log.
37. Send DX spots to a VHF cluster or Telnet
BIntegration of MMTTY and MMVAri for PSK31/PSK63 and RTTY which includes:
1. Three independent, simultaneous receive channels in PSK31, Waterfall or spectral signal display.
2. Selectable colors for receive and transmit windows (TX and RX windows).
3. Selectable frequency markers
4. Built-in macros for use with a selectable number of programmable “buttons”
5. Capture his callsign and his name with a click.
6. Add QSO number
7. Programmable default RX (initial receive) frequencies
8. Independent AFC and squelch settings for each RX window.
9. Selectable waterfall and spectrum display characteristics (color, brightness, smoothing).
10. IMD indication
11. Slash-zero option
12. Operate RTTY (including 23 Hz.) using MMTTY module written by Mako Mori.
13. Calibrate the sound card timing
14. Operate split using audio tones or using radio control.
15. Save operating parameters in RTTY mode in a “Profile”
16. SO2R compatibility
17. Built in CW keyer (but NO decoder) with programmable buttons and a limited range of macros
18. Support for automatic control of your antenna rotator
19. Contest serial number counter – up to 999,999 contacts
20. User-selectable highlighting for worked, confirmed, QSL send, QSL awaiting printing and general editing
21. Single button compression and saving of backup log files
22. Built in DVK (Digital Voice Keyer)
23. Built in Data Terminal with programmable buttons and a range of macros
24. Simple conversion utility (Deg. C -> F. etc.)
25. DX Cluster spots can be displayed on a map
26. Selective filtering of DX spots
27. Synchronization of log to download LoTW and/or eQSL records
28. Sending and receiving cluster "Announce" and "Talk" messages made simple by using a separate window
29. Support for HamCap - a propagation prediction tool written by VE3ENA
30. Support for a second CAT controlled radio
31. Support for on-line Hamcall lookup
Evaluating logging programs using a structured software evaluation method
Logger32's features, snags and bugs - the highs and lows of an excellent logging program
Check Call - L32 add-on displays relevant lines from text files when you work someone listed
Frequency Manager and FreqPad - more Logger32 add-ons for rig memory management
LogPrint - user notes on the Logger32 add-on for printing QSL labels
VE7CC local cluster software - run your own private mini-cluster locally on your PC
Using Logger32 with LoTW - uploading your log to LoTW and downloading QSLs
Using Logger32 with the Elecraft K3 - a few hints for Elecrafty users of Logger32
This page is mostly about computer logging with Logger32, plus related topics.
Evaluating logging programs
Having moved to ZL in 2005 and re-started my DXCC hunt with the new callsign, I decided this was the ideal opportunity to start computerised logging. My pile of hardcopy G4iFB logbooks and boxes of G4iFB QSLs are now collecting dust on a shelf.
So, how to choose a logging program? I'm used to evaluating software for work so decided to apply the same basic principles:
First, I determined my requirements and listed them out, taking suggestions from fellow DXers in CDXC. These are the evaluation criteria. *
Next, since some requirements are clearly more important than others, I prioritised and ranked them to generate "weightings" for each one. *
I put the criteria into rows of a spreadsheet, adding columns for every logging program I could find and a column for the weightings.
Obtain evaluation copies of the logging programs and complete the scores for each one against each of the criteria, adding notes to explain why they scored as they do.
The spreadsheet calculates a percentage rating for each program by multiplying each of the scores by the corresponding weighting.
* Please note that both the criteria and weightings are personal. They reflect my priorities, what's important to me in how I intended to use logging software. I'm confident the spreadsheet is of general interest but your requirements may differ from mine, in which case you are very welcome to download the spreadsheet and adapt the requirements and/or weightings to suit your purposes.
The evaluation spreadsheet is still QRV. If you use or evaluate any of the logging programs listed, or indeed others, and are willing to share your scores and comments, please let me know. All inputs are welcome, and I'm especially keen to hear about logging programs that you feel score better than Logger32, preferably using my criteria and weightings!
So far, I have chosen to use K4CY's Logger32 for my everyday station log and (although I haven't yet gone through a similar structured evaluation for contest loggers) N1MM for contest logging. Both programs are free and support the ADIF XML log standard, meaning that after a contest I can integrate my contest logs from N1MM easily into Logger32. ADIF also means I can export logs to other programs if Logger32 doesn't work out (which, reading the next section, is entirely possible) although I have noticed differences in the way some program interpret the ADIF standard so it can be a risky process. Whatever else you do, take reliable log backups first!
ADIF output is important too if you use ARRL's Logbook of The World, which I would definitely recommend (it's one of the heavily-weighted criteria in the evaluation spreadsheet). The interface to LoTW is somewhat clumsy and the initial registration process laborious but it's worth it in the end to have electronic confirmation of QSOs with thousands of other LoTW users, in a secure manner, and an easier way to claim the ARRL's DXCC and WAS awards.
Back to quick links
Logger32 is an excellent logging program with loads of useful features such as:
1. It's free, as in free beer if not free speech. The author and support team put a huge amount of work into writing and maintaining the program and ask for nothing in return. Kudos to them for their true amateur spirit and for responding positively to bug reports and improvement requests from users.
2. It follows the ADIF XML standard closely, allowing me to exchange logs easily with other ADIF-compliant programs such as N1MM and LoTW.
3. It competently handles the basics - things such as entering and storing QSO information, displaying country info, beam headings, times, previous QSOs etc.
4. The screen layout can be customized to show windows such as the logbook, DXcluster, greyline map, log entry screen, notes and more, all on the one screen (the screenshot above shows how mine looks today). The layout, sequence and colouring of most windows and the highlighting to show DXCC and QSL status can be customized, albeit the process to do so is a little awkward.
5. It's extensible with several useful third party add-ons released by other generous hams.
6. It has additional features such as the Digital Voice Keyer function. From an icon on the main screen, I can trigger replay of the voice messages stored in the K3's optional DVR hardware - handy for calling DX in an SSB pileup without constantly reaching for the rig or shouting into the mike like a demented parrot.
7. Another useful additional function gives integrated access to MMTTY combining QSO logging in Logger32 with waterfall/Lissajous display, decoding, memory replays etc. from MMTTY. The "Sound card data" function also lets me set up and send key macros (custom command strings) to the K3 without having to drop out of Logger32 or at least close the control port in order to run K3 Utility.
Please Note: Logger32 is Free for personal use.
The license of this software is Freeware, you can free download and free use this internet radio software.