Contest log analysis software

Although it’s been around for a while, I’m just now accumulating the data to make use of SH5 Log Analysis software by Dmitriy UA4WLI.

As a new contester with a single-antenna station, my actual benefit from analyzing my contest performance is admittedly limited – but it is fun to see how the station (and myself) performed on various bands throughout a given contest.

Information is provided both textually and graphically. Particularly interesting is the page showing how many times a given callsign was worked as well as the number of prefixes per country. QSO rates and the “Best 10 Minutes” are also interesting (and depressing in my case!). Perhaps over time, these number will improve…

Possible errors are displayed, based on comparisons to similar callsigns in an extensive database. Even a “Callsign Length” page is created…



  6 comments for “Contest log analysis software

  1. March 15, 2011 at 4:19 am

    Good morning John, I have been using SH5 for some time now and it is a great piece of software for sure. I found it can give you lots of input on the contest you have just finished as well give you pointers for the next contest as well. I did want to mention I have had a hard time finding this software to download. I have a copy of it on an external hard drive for when the software has to go on a new machine. Is there a site now were SH5 can be downloaded?

  2. March 15, 2011 at 5:47 am

    Hello John, I use SH5 now for 2 years and find it very usefull. Actually I plan my strategy with it in the PACC contest. The nice thing that Dmitriy is updating the software now and then. Although the price is increased for the software I think it is still worth the money. 73, Bas

  3. March 18, 2011 at 4:34 am

    Ho John,
    I also use SH5 now for almost 7 months.It’s really a great tool if you are curious about the contest you did join in.There are always things you can do better,or be active at other times or longer.SH5 shows you the actually time you joined in.
    Sometimes i am very suprised about that,as i feel i joined almost 24 hours…it shows just 7 hours,hi.

    I really love the tool.Saw it a my friends page and asked him about it,PE4BAS that was.Did try the trial version and payed almost the day after :)

    73’s Bernard PD7BZ

    • March 18, 2011 at 4:46 am

      Hi Bernard – I feel the same way about the time spent contesting. I see my breaks were 70% of a contest and I think “I was away from the radio THAT long?!” It doesn’t seem (or feel) possible.

      I don’t know what I need to do differently other than drink more coffee and operate more ;-)

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