Back when I had an FT-857D installed in my Silverado, there were times when I heard a DX station on the air and wondered if it would be a new band-country for me. Soon after buying a smart phone I realized that with an online copy of my log, I could easily check and see if the fuss of a pile-up would be worth it.
I know there are some DXers who have their log memorized – I ain’t one of them…
HamLog was popular at the time (and still is) so I registered and started uploading my log on a regular basis. It was helpful and did exactly what I wanted it to do.
The fact that many DXpeditions use ClubLog for both log search and online QSL requests made me take a closer look at it and compare it to HamLog.
Whereas HamLog enables log searching, it does very little else. ClubLog, on the other hand, is a whole different animal. In addition to the log search feature, ClubLog makes corrections to an uploaded log’s adif file.
It’s simple enough to update your own log with exceptions that come about periodically as new countries come into being (South Sudan, etc) or prefixes don’ t agree with normal (Kingman Reef, etc). I keep my log (DX4WIN) on two computers for backup purposes.
The two computers have seldom agreed on how many countries I’ve worked even though they both contain the exact same contacts. This is usually the result of “I’ll update the other computer’s exception file later” type of procrastination.
ClubLog’s database contains each and every exception and is updated as they occur – which is required much more frequently than you may expect.
After each upload, I receive an automated email of any corrections that were necessary:
In addition to accurate log corrections, charts and graphs provide intersting insight into countries/zones worked over time, quick at-a-glance info of which countries have been worked on which bands, “First-worked” dates and much more.
But what I find most interesting is the DX entities timeline – the ability to see what major changes took place in life to account for sudden or gradual increases (or decreases!) in activity or station effectiveness:
Regardless of which is chosen, ClubLog or HamLog each provide a cloud-type back-up for one’s logs.
And now on to CQWW preps. Good luck in the contest!