[SCCC] Software for the Rookie; RECAP!

Dino Darling k6rix at earthlink.net
Fri Sep 2 14:33:01 EDT 2005

WOW!  Great response from the club!  Thanks you for everyone's input.

I'd say the majority pointed to Write Log, but to be honest, John's (K6AM) 
19 page report on Write Log is a bit scary.  Here is how they ranked...

   Write Log
   N1MM (VERY popular!)

General Logging/Award Tracking:
   Logic (only mentioned)

BUT, I received a very enthusiastic report for one software package that 
appears to do both.  I went to eHam and read the 65 reviews.  Out of 65 
reviews, the chance of it remaining a 5 out of 5 is not expected, but it DID!

Its called ACLog by N3FJP.

Only LoTW had more reviews!

I have the advantage of not being familiar with other products (other than 
CT for Field Day).  I'm going to give ACLog a look as it is inexpensive, 
supported very well, and seems to have a huge following.  I gave much 
thought to the fact that its much easier to walk into a multi station if 
you already know how to run the software being used.  Then I thought, who 
would ever invite me over to operate a multi?!  And, if I was that good, I 
would be able to pick up any software package.  Besides, according to 
John's report, every configuration of Write Log can be different to suit 
the operator.

So thanks for all the initial help, I'm going to spend about $50.00 for 
both packages rather than close to $200.00 for Write Log and DX4WIN. A 
Rookie needs to start somewhere!  :-)


Dino - K6RIX

>I am quickly moving forward with my station set up.  I understand that
>"Write Log" is the current contest software package of choice and will be
>purchasing that in the near future.
>I'd also like to track awards (WAS, WAZ, etc).  What do you
>recommend?  Unless I missed it, I didn't see where Write Log provides that

Dino...k6rix at earthlink.net 

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