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
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'
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.
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.