ClubLog vs. HamLog

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!

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  5 comments for “ClubLog vs. HamLog

  1. November 23, 2012 at 9:25 am

    John,
    Good morning, thank you for your concise posting about the benefit of uploading my log at ClubLog, also, I like the website’s propagation tool as well. Good luck this weekend!
    73, DRR

    • November 23, 2012 at 9:39 am

      Tnx Scot and good luck to you too – have fun!

  2. November 23, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Hello John
    I also have the QRZCQ logbook but that logbook has no call search
    option .
    QRZCQ site is loking very good and still under construction

    otherwise a logbook that only can be viewed is very restricted in use

    Hamlog does have a call search it seems we never worked
    I have 49000 QSO in my online log
    missing a lot of the pre PC era

    low bands are pretty poor just before start of CQWWCW..
    hope for some good DX high bands Saturday morning as we had this week in WSPR to ZL several mornings.. But hmm the CME’s are already our way.

    • November 23, 2012 at 5:18 pm

      Hi Jaap – the bands have been great the past few days and now a possible flare ;-(
      Good luck to you and maybe we’ll have a QSO this weekend – I’ll be there from 10-80m.
      73 – John

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