[CQ-Contest] Setting up a QSO Database

George Fremin III geoiii at kkn.net
Sun May 21 18:18:08 EDT 2023


Sounds like you are looking for suggestions on what general logging program to use. 
Perhaps someone will chime in on what works for them.

I use a contest logging program as by general log.

I use TR-Log and now Trlinux (a version of TR-Log running on linux as my logging program during contests and outside of contests.  I keep logs by year - I add all of contest logs to this yearly log after each contest.

I likely could make them into one big log and I have put them in some general ham radio logging programs a few times but most are written for windows and may have issues dealing with a lot of contacts - ie more than 100k.  But I have not tried them all.  I try not to run windows unless I have - see below. 

Every so often I upload these logs to the ARRL LOTW - and I use the LOTW to search if I have worked someone.  I have logs in there for K5TR, WB5VZL and HR6A. I have over 550,000 contacts in LOTW.  Recently I have started entering some hand written logs - mainly old general logs from when I started out in ham radio. And I have entered some HR6A logs - so far only the contacts I made outside of the ARRL DX SSB contest that I operated from HR6A but I might enter more if I ever get all my other radio related projects done.  As if.

To enter hand written logs I have most recently been using: 

FLE written by DF3CB - it works very well.  It is a windows program. 

https://df3cb.com/fle/ <https://df3cb.com/fle/>

As far as scanning logs and hoping to get that converted to a log - I think you will not get very good results with that method.  



> On May 20, 2023, at 4:47 PM, kq2m at kq2m.com wrote:
> Hi,
> I am looking to create some sort of easily accessible and searchable database that will hold basic info
> of the approximately 1,000,000 qsos's that I have made since getting licensed 50 years ago  (August 1973).
> Ideally, if possible, I should be able to search the database by callsign, DX country, band, mode, prefix, etc.
> Even better would be if I am able to scan written pages with qso's and have the software encode that info and add it
> to the database.  (I have thousands of pages of hand-written logs).  If that is not possible, then it should be a database
> that allows me to easily manually enter data for each qso and would also allow me to upload cabrillo files or .bin files or something similar.
> I have no idea what options/functionality are available or what it would look like or what such a database/software would cost.
> I also do not know whether or not such a database would allow me to add qso's made under other callsigns (where I guest operated or operated as DX) and then separate out the qso's based on the callsign used?
> I would ask that responses please be limited to those who have actually attempted to do something similar and can answer based on actual experience.
> Thanks and 73
> Bob, KQ2M
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