WARNING! Backup your data often! BACKUP your log directory at the end of EVERY session! All that you need to backup and store in a safe place is the log database directory located in the ~/.config/cqrlog/database folder, or you can enable the autobackup function in Preferences. This autobackup function creates an ADIF file with a backup of your log.
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CQRLOG for LINUX by OK2CQR & OK1RR

Keys and shortcuts

Logging screen

2x ESC Empty all fields and prepare program for a new QSO
PgUp CW Speed +2 WPM (QRQ)
PgDn CW Speed -2 WPM (QRS)
` (back single quote) or CTRL-W Send a spot to the DX Cluster
F11 QRZ/HamQTH Callbook (call in the field)
Ctrl-A Add the logged call sign and the actual frequency to the bandmap
Ctrl-D DXCC statistics - Confirmed only
Ctrl-I Detailed info
Ctrl-L Change your QRA locator
Ctrl-M Remote mode for fldigi
Ctrl-N Show/edit long note
Ctrl-O QSO list (see below)
Ctrl-P Preferences
Ctrl-Q Quit (Close)
Ctrl-R Change ref. call
ALT-B Memory down
ALT-V Memory up

QSO list

The QSO list is the main screen for maintenance!


F1 Help (this file)
F2 New QSO
F3 View QSO
F4 Edit QSO *
F6 QRZ/HamQTH Callbook search
F7 Sort (setup sort order)
F8 Delete QSO *
F10 Go to menu
F12 Create filter
Ctrl-D DXCC statistics **
Ctrl-F Search
Ctrl-P Preferences
Ctrl-Q Close the QSO list window
Ctrl-R QSL received

WARNING! Use the Edit (F4) and Delete (F8) (marked with a red star) options only if you are sure, what you are doing! There is NO UNDO, so the operation cannot be undone!

Your DXCC statistics can only be rebuilt from the QSO list!

New QSO (online logging)

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 have properly set up the TRX Control. If you omit settting up the TRX Control option or if your radio does not allow 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 a corresponding default frequency in any band and the mode.

When the cursor leaves the 'Call' field, you will see your previous contacts with the logged station (if any). The number above 'Call' box marked 'QSO nr.' denotes the number of contacts you already have with the worked station (here, 130 QSO worked already with G3LIK, the 131st just being logged). The previously confirmed contacts are highlighted in red. If the station has a QSL manager, his call appears in the 'QSL VIA' field and an indication '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 of the 'QSL VIA' field and a separate window with QSL managers appears, the correct address is highlighted.



Note, that if you move the cursor from the 'Call' field to the 'RST sent' field, the S in the RST is highlighted, making it possible to simply overwrite the corresponding number (S). The same applies to the 'RST rcvd' field.

This trick can speed up the QSO entering procedure. You can also move between fields with the TAB key but then the whole RST field is highlighted, so reports where more than a single character need to be overwritten (ie. 449) can be entered more easily. The default report is predefined in Preferences). Note, the RST field changes to its correct form (RS or RST) with mode.

The 'Start time' begins to run if you move the cursor to the 'RST rcvd' field. This means that you can set your RST without any hurry. Also, the QSO duration counter starts to run. It is just behind the time fields on the logging screen.

If the cursor leaves the 'Call' field, a lot of another details are 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 the right side and a pull-down menu with all possible IOTA references is displayed.



CQRLOG also displays 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 the 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.



Note: The yellow line on the grayline map has nothing to do with actual beam heading nor the actual path! The purpose of this line is to indicate if the path goes from/to day or night areas.

Status line



Here your own QRA locator is displayed which can be changed using Ctrl-L (important mostly for VHF freaks who forget to change the QRA locator in the QTH profile). In the next 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 the possibility of changeing the reference call if a correction of membership needed. The number in the right corner denotes the CQRLOG 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, 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 also need 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 as just 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 turned off. Other fields and log actions are the same. If you uncheck the 'Offline' box, CQRLOG returns to the online mode.

Digital modes (including RTTY)

CQRLOG employs fldigi by Dave Freese, W1HKJ. We believe that this is the best digimode software available. To use fldigi, CQRLOG must be switched to Remote mode using Ctrl+M (or from the menu File -> Remote mode for fldigi).



The logging screen changes to indicate that CQRLOG is now working in remote mode and can be controlled either from fldigi or can "dictate" the mode and frequency and fldigi now serves as the remote input device.



Now, use fldigi in its normal way and your contacts will go directly to CQRLOG. The most important thing is a proper setup of the remote mode (frequency and mode). See fldigi help and the Beginners Guide on the W1HKJ site strong>http://www.w1hkj.com/beginners.html.

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