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CQRLOG for LINUX by OK2CQR & OK1RR
All QSL operation must be done from the QSO list (Ctrl-O from the logging screen). The QSO list has a dedicated QSL menu item in the upper menu bar.
If you want to send a QSL card, it is better to mark the QSO record with similar mark which begins with 'S' (Send). This can be done with Ctrl-W shortcut. The QSO record will be marked with default option 'SB' (Send via the Buro). For other options, go to the menu QSL->QSL send->Will send-> and choose an appropriate option. Once a QSL is filled (made ready to go), press Ctrl-S. The 'S' letter disappears making clearly visible that the QSL is filled and sent.
- Send QSL - the already sent QSL card has following options:
- Buro (B) (a 'B' appears in the log, column 'QSL sent')
- Direct (D)
- Manager (M)
- Do not send (N)
- Manager direct (MD)
- Manager buro (MB)
- Confirmad by email (CE)
QSL manager search
- Receive QSL - navigate to the record for the QSL is received. Press Ctrl-R and in the 'QSL_R' (QSL Received) field appears an 'X'.
Choose this option. A QSL manager window appears, in the lower left corner is a box with Find button.
For LoTW operations look here.
QSL labels printing
QSL label printing is accomplished with the gLabels software which is very powerful, comfortable and allows to print QSL labels of any size, any number, also a whole QSL card can be designed and printed in professional quality (printer depending). The gLabels software can be downloaded from http://glabels.sourceforge.net/. It contains numerous predefined templates of label sheets from many manufacturers. Most Linux distrubutions have gLabels in their repositories, the Slackware package can be downloaded from the OK1RR personal repository at www.ok1rr.com
gLabels is designed for Gnome and can be installed directly into distributions using Gnome desktop manager. For KDE and other desktop managers, you need to install:
to be more specific, gLabels needs following Gnome components which should be additionally installed into KDE:
The main task of CQRLOG is data preparation in a format (CSV) which can be processed by gLabels. More bands/modes on a single label is a mandatory and gLabels provides all what we need.
QSL label template
A template with data to be printed, its order, typeface, position etc. is needed to print your QSL labels. gLabels uses its own format for label design. The result is a binary file. The syntax can be derived from the label designer picture, you own label design can be derived from the example qsl.glabels included in the CQRLOG installation.
Printing of individual QSL labels (default)
The QSO records should be properly marked. Exported are records previously marked SB (Send Bureau), SM (Send Manager), SMB (Send Manager - Bureau), SD (Send Direct) or SMD (Send Manager- Direct) in any combination.
Batch QSL label printing
This method can be used if no QSO records are previously marked. A filter can be set up, labels are printed for the filtered output and all such records are marked as 'QSL sent'. To make this option effective, check the box 'Export all QSOs' and 'Mark QSLs sent after export'. If you omit to check the 'Export all QSOs' box, no output will be generated unless there are previously marked QSO record (see above). If the 'Mark QSLs sent after export' remains unchecked, no QSO records will be marked as 'QSL sent'.
In both methods, the filtering potential can be evaluated. For example, you can filter out all QSO with DJ3 stations and print QSL labels for them. You will get such output:
There is no need to print QSL labels online on your printer. Very good and proven trick is to print the labels into a PDF file, check for the correctness and proper alignment against real label sheet and then print out.
Auto mark QSL
This useful option allows to mark QSL for first QSO with a particular station on a band, mode, band/mode and for first band, mode, band/mode contact with a particular DXCC country regardless of the station.
It works with cooperation with the filters, however the fact of the 'first QSO' is taken from the whole log. You can limit your selection to the 2008 but if you worked this station in 1998 for first time, it will be NOT marked. This prevents you from sending multiple QSL for an already confirmed contact on that band, mode or band+mode.