WriteLog Functions

WriteLog gives you the information you need to handle the contest with ease. Each WriteLog window offers just the right information you need for the contest. Don’t need to know the automated CW translation for the SSB contest? No problem, just don’t select that window for that contest.

Here are your options:

QSO Entry

  • This is the only required window to operate WriteLog
  • Shows the log and the entry area for new contacts
  • Shows the call, RST and exchange fields customized for the rules of each contest supported
  • User can also customize the Entry fields if needed to match your operating style
  • Allows for editing of the log after the QSO is entered (to fix an exchange, for example)

Super Check Partial window

  • Provides a list of calls from known contesters when you start typing the call in the entry box
  • Uses contest standard Master and Country files, selectable for each contest (W and VE calls only, for example)
  • Entering a partial call will give you call signs you have already worked in the contest
  • Haven’t worked them yet? Also gives you known contesters who could be in the contest
  • One click updates of the database as they are released

Check Call window

  • This window shows if you have worked a particular station and on what bands
  • Shows if the call is a needed multiplier on a different band
  • Shows if the QSO is needed on a different band

Color Coded Band Map

  • Shows the calls on the frequencies of the band you are on for the contest
  • Accepts inputs to the band map from the log and packet spots
  • Separate band map for each radio
  • Shows calls in and out of your allowed band (e.g., for General licenses)
  • Pick how long you want the call to be on the band map

Rate Window

  • Shows you how fast you are working stations during the contest
  • Helps you decide to stay or leave a band with a higher rate potential
  • Gives you rates by the last hour OR the last 100 calls
  • Shows you rates by band or by all bands
  • Shows automatic on and off times for the contest

Packet Spot Window

  • This window shows you available calls from the packet spotting network
  • Point and click to move the call and your radio to the frequency in the packet spot
  • The packet window allows you to select only multipliers (for early in the contest) or all available calls (for late in the contest)
  • You can sort the packet spots by azimuth so your antenna can turn the least amount for the packet spots
  • You can set the amount of time the packet spot stays on the display
  • You can select a single band for multi-ops or all bands
  • Single key to make a DX announcement

Packet Window

  • This window is your direct access to the packet spotting network
  • No filtering is done against the calls worked in the contest; it is the raw feed
  • Allows for full packet interaction with DX spots, Talk messages and WWV input

Beam Heading Window

  • Enter a prefix into the logging area and the Beam Heading window will provide the beam heading for your location
  • Also shows the long path heading
  • Also shows the local sunrise/sunset time for the prefix in the log entry window

Search and Pounce Memory Window

  • Ever get a packet spot, move to it and hear a thundering pileup? Use this window to store the call and frequency
  • Stores the call sign and frequency on the radio from the log entry window
  • Stores up to four calls
  • Single click to recall the station and frequency on the radio using radio control

Call Schedule Window

  • Never forget a schedule with a station again.
  • Enter the time and frequency along with the call sign
  • Alarm goes off 30-seconds before the scheduled time
  • Clicking on the schedule moves your frequency and inserts the call sign into the log entry window automatically

Show Multiplier window

  • Shows the multipliers customized for the rules of the contests
  • Shows what bands you have worked what multipliers on for the contest
  • Where appropriate, divided by geography. For example, see what multipliers you have worked in Europe, by band

CW Decoder

  • This tiny window will decode six channels of CW using your sound card

Rttyrite Window

  • This window provides your interface for RTTY and PSK-31 signals
  • Automatically identifies call signs in the contest
  • Click on a call to move the call to the QSO Entry field automatically
  • Click on the exchange to move the exchange to the QSO Entry field exchange area
  • Color coded call signs to show new multipliers, new QSO’s and duplicates to click the highest valued contest QSO

Band Summary Window

  • And, of course, a window to show your score for the contest
  • Includes QSO’s, QSO points, multipliers and totals by band
  • Customized to match the rules of the contest
  • Updated with every QSO you make

One more thing

If you have ever done a contest before, you know that you tweak what you do the entire contest. Finally, at the end of the contest you have it pretty much just right. Then the contest comes along again the next year and you have no clue how you set it up. But WriteLog will remember. Just select last year’s contest as the one you want to model it after and WriteLog will go get all the windows you used in the position you put them. And all the exchange messages you so painstakingly set up as well.

Nice, isn’t it?