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

Maintenance

ADIF import

The main purpose is to add QSO records from other logging and/or contesting programs. You may need it if you migrate from another logger or if you are adding contacts made in a contest (any modern contesting program has the ADIF export facility, some older programs may need a third party conversion utility).

Go to QSO list (Ctrl+O on the main logging screen or File -> Show QSO list from the menu).



From the menu here choose File -> Import -> ADIF.

Click on 'ADIF' and an 'Open file' dialog appears.



Navigate to the file you want to import and click 'Open'. You will see a new dialog, click the 'Import' button here. You can also add a QTH profile and a note ('Remarks:') which will appear on any imported QSO record. Using this option, a portable, mobile or QRP operation can be clearly marked.



If you import a huge file, you will see a progress bar, however import of a small file is so fast that you never notice the progress indicator.



The previous window now shows the import completion, the number of imported records and the number of errors. If the ADIF file contains incorrect entries, they will be stored separately in the file errors.adi located in the 'log_data' subfolder. You can fix the errors manually and import again.



Duplicate entries (contacts already in the log) are indicated with a separate dialog allowing you to exclude or include these records.

ADIF export

Go to QSO list using Ctrl-O or choose the QSO list from the upper menu - item 'File'.



From the QSO list, choose 'Export' in the menu - item 'File'.



Choose 'ADIF'. An usual a dialog appears (depending on the desktop used). Choose a location and file name.

HTML export

The same as above, only difference is to choose the 'HTML' option.

How to update Country files:
  1. Unpack and copy all the files into the /ctyfiles folder in your CQRLOG main folder. The purpose of this folder is to store these files only, it is not bound to CQRLOG and does not affect its function.
  2. Start CQRLOG and select the 'Show QSO list' from the 'File' item in the main menu. You can also get there using shortcut Ctrl-O.
  3. If you are already in the QSO list, go to menu. Click the 'File' item, then the 'Import' option. Choose the DXCC data option, located at lowest position. A dialog appears, navigate to your /ctyfiles folder. Click the 'Open' button. All files are read and if the import completes, a small window with the message 'Import complete. Please restart program' appears. Click the OK button and quit CQRLOG.
  4. Restart CQRLOG. The update is finished.
Note: While opening your new country files [see 3.], you dont need to open a particular file. The 'Open' button starts a procedure which reads ALL files in the /ctyfiles folder.

WARNING! Don't attempt to create your own country files. This can result in the program crashing or incorrect statistics. If you find an incorrectly resolved station (no matter if current log or an old record), send a note directly to me: martin@ok1rr.com. ALWAYS replace all files in the /ctyfiles folder! If you leave an old file or update only a single file from the new version, the resulting tables will become out-of-sync which leads to incorrect statistics. Also, the logger may not work properly.

WARNING! If you update your country files or upgrade the CQRLOG version, always perform the 'Rebuild DXCC statistics' which is accessible from the QSO list screen.

Some users have reported that their DXCC statistics became 'out of sync' and the actual DXCC scoring does not match the results reported by CQRLOG.

Remember that a regular rebuild of your DXCC statistics is a matter of importance. Rebuild if you upgrade country files, rebuild also if you upgrade the program version!

QSL Manager Database update

Since version 0.8.0 CQRLOG uses its own QSL Manager database in a very simple, plain text format (CSV, semicolon separated). The update is very simple. The automated update checks the availability of a new version, downloads and unpacks the tar.gz file if available. The new version must be imported - go to QSO list (Ctrl+O or from menu File -> Show QSO list) and choose the File -> Import -> Import qsl managers database.

A manual update is also possible if you download a recent version from the CQRLOG site http://www.cqrlog.com.



The QSL Manager database format is as follows:
call;qsl_manager;publishing_date
Example:
3D2BV;JA1PBV;2008-01
You can maintain your own records but we carefully maintain this database with verified records from reliable sources (DX Bulletins). The database is updated monthly and the covered timespan of QSL Managers is limited to 10 years after publishing date. After this time, the expired records will be removed and stored in another file (archive) which will be available on the CQRLOG site http://www.cqrlog.com.

Note: Because the HamQTH.com/QRZ.COM entries very often contain details useful for direct lookup but not suitable to print on QSL labels, choose the option 'Ignore HamQTH.com/QRZ.COM qsl info' in the Preferences -> New QSO dialog.

If a station has more than one QSL Manager, click the small button to the left of the QSL VIA field.



A popup window of selections appears:



Navigate to the appropriate QSL manager, use the publishing date column or verify the QSL manager from another source. This ensures that the QSL label will contain the proper QSL manager.

Statistics rebuilding



The only way to rebuild your statistics is from the QSO list. The 'Statistics' menu item has the 'Rebuild DXCC statistics' option (the similar option on the logging screen does NOT have a 'Rebuild' option).

WARNING! The statistics rebuilding takes a long time if your log contains tens of thousands records!



A warning appears before the rebuilding process. If you answer 'Yes', be prepared for a long wait.

Membership databases

CQRLOG supports online tracking of up to 5 memberships simultaneously. The membership databases can also be used for filter creation, along with a date span (from-to). The tracking and filtering feature is not limited to membership, you can create your own databases using lists of your particular interests (short-term awards, local groups etc.). The databases have a pure text format with data columns separated by a semicolon ';'.

The default installation contains data of some 57 clubs: AFM, AGCW, ARKTIKA, A1-CLUB, A1-OP, CAV, CCT, CFO, CFT, CONVENIAT, CTC, CWJF, CWSP, DIG, DTC, EHSC, EPC, FFR, FIRAC, FISTS, FMC, FOC, GACW, GQRPC, HACWG, HHC, HH, HSC, HTC, JAIG, MARCONISTA, MCL, MFCA, MF, OKDXC, OKDXF, OTC-SARA, PRC, PRL, QCWA, RAFARS, RIA, RNARS, RRDXA, RTC, SHSC, SKCC, SPAR, SPDXC, TEN-TEN, TFC, UDXC, UFT, VHSC, VRK, WAP, 070-CLUB, 9ACWG.
You can go to
/home/~/.config/cqrlog/members
(the tilde ~ represents the name of your personal subdirectory within the 'home' folder).

Any membership file also contains a header consisting of two lines:
HSC
High Speed Club
where the first line represents the short name of the club and the second line is the long club name. Both names must be in the header on separate lines. The first line must be the same as the filename without suffix, ie. the HSC membership list must be
hsc.txt
The mandatory suffix is .txt and the filename must be in lowercase.

You can examine the syntax which is more descriptive than this short example, however there are basically 3 types of membership list files:

1. Simple list of call signs. It does not contain any membership number or date limits. Syntax:

  W5LGY
  W5LJT
  W5LKL
  W5LP

ie. a single call per line.

2. List of call signs with membership numbers. Syntax:

  DL5JAN;4603
  DL5JBM;4746
  DL5JBN;4642
  DL5JBW;5740

ie. a single call and membership number per line. The call and the membership number are separated by a semicolon ';'.

3. List of call signs with membership numbers and date limits.Used for short term awards or time span limited memberships. Syntax:

  6O2NG;533;1957-04;2005-03
  6Y5SR;868;1966-03;1982-07
  6Y5XG;331;1951-05;-
  7J1AEF;1297;1976-06;-

ie. a single call, membership number and datelimits from-to, separated by a semicolon ';', per line. See above the two optins: 6O2NG with membership number 533 was a member of the club from April, 1957 to March, 2005. 6Y5XG with number 331 started his membership May, 1951 and is still a member. The dash instead of a date (separated from the begin date by a semicolon) denotes that the membership is still active. A dash can be used only in the field for 'to'.

WARNING! You must keep lists of your particular interests updated yourself! It is impossible for the authors to keep all these tables up-to-date, however if you update a list and would like to share it with others, you are welcome!

Log backup

Your log is in the
/home/~/.config/cqrlog/
(the tilde ~ represents the name of your personal subdirectory within the 'home' folder).

Backup this directory, however it is big. If you want to save space, export your log into an ADIF file which is about half the size of the database directory. ADIF is also version independent. Zipped or tared ADIF files also have a reasonable size if your log contains several 100 000 records.

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