While logging online (during your QSO), date, start and end time are
set automatically. Type the call into the dedicated box and move from
this field with Arrow-Down
key or spacebar
(only if you enable it in the Preferences
). The 'Frequency' and 'Mode' fields are skipped if you properly set up the TRX Control
If you omit to set up the TRX Control option or if your radio does not
allow the Computer Aided Control (CAT), the Frequency and Mode fields
are not skipped and must be filled manually, however you can use the
pull-down menu to choose corresponding default frequency in any band
and the mode.
If the cursor leaves the 'Call' field, you will see your previous
contacts with logged station (if any). The number above 'Call' box marked 'QSO nr.' denotes number of contacts you already have with the worked station (here, 130 QSO worked already with G3LIK, the 131th being just logged). The already confirmed contacts are highlighted in red. If the station has a QSL
manager, his call appears in the 'QSL VIA' field and an information
'QSL manager found' is displayed. If the station wants QSL direct only,
the 'QSL VIA' field remains empty but the red 'QSL manager found'
warning is still displayed. Click the button at the right side of the
'QSL VIA' fiels and a separate window with QSL managers appears, the
correct address is highlighted.
Note, please, that if you move the cursor from the 'Call' field to 'His
RST' field, the S in the RST is highlighted, making possibly to simply
overwrite the corresponding number (S). The same applies to 'My RST'
This trick can speed up the QSO entering procedure. You can also move
between fields with TAB key but there is whole RST highlighted, so
reports where more than a single character needs to be overwritten (ie.
449) can be entered easier than with 'tricky' RST. The default report
is predefined in the Preferences
). Anyway, the RST changes to its correct form (RS or RST) with mode.
The 'Start time' begins to run if you move the cursor to 'My RST'
field. This means that you can set your RST without any hurry. Also,
the QSO duration counter starts to run. Find it just behind the time
fields on the logging screen.
If the cursor leaves the 'Call' field, a lot of another details is
displayed. If the location is exactly on an island with IOTA reference
number, it is displayed in the IOTA field. If the call represents more
IOTA refs., the IOTA designator above its field became red. Click the
button on roght side and a pull-down menu with all possible IORA
references is displayed.
CQRLOG displays also the usual data like exact QTH description
(including province, regions, call districts etc.), WAZ and ITU zones,
continent, DXCC reference, geographical coordinates (in decimal form),
distance, azimuth (direction), date and local time of the target point
and the salutation corresponding to the local time (GM, GE etc.).
You can add a general long note to your log with Ctrl-N key (from the logging screen or from the 'File' menu option).
Ctrl-N opens a new dialog window where you can add or edit your note. This note is not
related to any record, it is just a notepad allowing operations with your notes which are stored in your log database.
If a call sign is entered, the grayline map displays a line from your QTH to the target point.
Here is displayed your own WW locator which can be changed using Ctrl-L (important mostly for VHF freaks who forget to change the WW locator in the QTH profile). In the other column is the reference call sign (the core of a slashed call, ie. KH6/OK2CQR). You can change it using Ctrl-R. The purpose is to provide a possibility to change the reference call if a correction of membership needed. The number in the right corner denotes the version.
New QSO (offline logging, ie. from paper log etc.)
To switch to the offline mode, check the 'Offline' box above the date.
To indicate that you are offline, the box with the 'Offline'
description became red framed.
Basically, the offline logging is the same as online logging, however
there are some differences. The 'Frequency' and 'Mode' fields are not
skipped. You can enter the exact frequency or choose a default (for
each band) from the pull-down menu. The same applies to the mode.
You need also to enter the 'Date' and at least the 'Start time'. The
date format is YYYYMMDD and you can enter it without dashes, ex. 26.
May 1994 can be entered just as 19940526. The dashes are added
automatically. The same applies to the time which can be entered
without the colon.
The CAT (radio computer control) is now off. Other fields and log
actions are the same. If you uncheck the 'Offline' box, CQRLOG returns
to the online mode.