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PZTLog - Amateur Radio Logging Application

PZTLog came about because I wanted an easy-to-use logging application with simple/quick entry of various QSO fields plus some form of export of data so that I can display it on my website as text and GoogleMaps. This project evolved from an earlier attempt at a logging program called MiniLog which was abandoned after I lost interest in the hobby in late 2009. Fast-forward to the start of 2012... When I started operating again, I immediately found that several of the popular logging applications available didn't suit my needs or my operating preferences - My Mother always told me that I was a bit "different"...!

Whether you want a simple QSO logger for the odd bit of HF DX or VHF "square-bashing", or an everyday logger with Stats, PSK/RTTY modes, eQSL uploading and simple Contest dupe/serial-number integration - PZTLog may be just what you're looking for...

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So - What Does It Do?
It serves as a general-purpose logger (whether live or typing-up later) for ragchews as well as helping me keep track of contest QSOs on HF/VHF.  Over the past few months, I have added additional features such as: PSK/RTTY Datamodes, QRZ.com XML lookup, GoogleMaps KML output, ADIF export, eQSL upload, DX Spot database with archive facility, CQ Voice Keyer, Contest "dupe-checking" and more.  The software can run over a network, such as a multiband contest with a shared log and dupe/new-band alerts.

There are 2 "modes" that you can run PZTLog in: Full Mode offers a single-window with all of the log/cluster/datamode functions whilst Simple Mode offers a "windows" feature with a low-profile logger and optional Datamodes, DX Cluster and Log Viewer windows which can be moved/sized accordingly.

What it doesn't do : It doesn't calculate points per QSO/State/Km... It doesn't handle LoTW nor does it control your rotator...

Features:

  • Simple Logging without the fuss
    Small GUI, basic QSO-entry fields and ideal for netbooks/laptops "in the field"

  • Flexi-Input of QSO Data - in almost any order you like!
    Enter Callsign, RST-Sent, RST-Received, QRA Locator, IOTA/WAB, CQ/ITU Zone and Comments/Multiplier in the same textbox and PZTLog will place it in the correct field for you - No more tabbing to find the relevant textbox!  Here's the simple process of logging a QSO using PZTLog.

    In the Flexi-Input textbox, type the following:
    G9ABC <enter>
    57S <enter> (this is the signal report you gave him)
    59 <enter> (he gave you 5 and 9)
    N BOB <enter>
    Q LONDON <enter>
    IO91WM <enter>
    TQ27 <enter>
    FT-450D, G5RV AT 50FT# <enter>
    All of the above fields will be placed in the correct textboxes - You can save the QSO by pressing <enter> (with no text in the box) or by pressing the F5 key.

  • QRZ.com XML Lookup
    With a subscription to QRZ, you can look-up the Name, City, Locator Square, IOTA and State when entering a Callsign in either the Logbook Entry or QSO Edit windows.

  • DX Cluster via Telnet and DX Spot Archive
    Keep an eye on the latest DX spots, and filter via the band/s you are interested in.  A DX Spot archive is now created within the DXSpots.mdb file - this is used to keep a list of previous DX Spots.  A new DX Spot review window allows you to easily edit a DX Spot prior to "spotting".

  • Contest-friendly
    You can tell PZTLog to only commit a QSO to the Logbook once a Locator and/or Serial Number has been entered.  The current Serial Exchange is shown in large text for easy viewing.  A "dupe" alert is also shown if configured.  There is no system in place for calculating points or exporting to Cabrillo at this time.

  • Datamodes : PSK and RTTY
    Using the MMVari engine (which is also used in N1MM), you can operate PSK/RTTY - A waterfall display, TX/RX window plus QSO Macros are available and make PZTLog great for casual (not to mention contest) datamode operating.  With built-in PSK/RTTY, CQ Voice-Keyer and PTT control - you can easily switch between data+phone without having to fiddle with cables, buttons or settings on the radio!  Double-click received text to set Callsign, Locator, RST/Serial, Name/QTH etc - great for a face-pased RTTY contest or PSK QSOs
     

  • CAT Control via OmniRig
    Using the excellent OmniRig software, you can display frequency/band data as well as set the frequency from PZTLog - You can also control the PTT using the F12 key.  Change bands, toggle your internal-ATU, set filtering and IF Shift, change menu items (eg: TX-BW on FT-950).  OmniRig needs to be downloaded and installed from this website

  • Networkable
    Multiple PZTLog workstations can be linked to use a shared logbook file

  • QSO Log Window
    Displays the QSOs in the log database for easy look-up as well as "have we worked before" and "new locator square" etc.  When a callsign is entered in Full Mode, PZTLog will revert the Log display to show all previous QSOs with that station - and, in the case of Contest operating, will alert you to a "dupe".  It also shows you DXCC data so if you hear a callsign and can't remember the Country it belongs to, just type 3 (or more) characters and PZTLog will tell you.

  • Distance and Bearing Calculator
    When using QRA Locators, PZTLog will give you distance (in miles+kilometres) plus bearing for the target locator square - For QSOs that have a QRA Locator Square logged, you can filter via band (or other search result) to find the "Best DX" - here's mine.

  • Audio Voice Keyer and CW Keyer
    Play up to 4 MP3/WAV file CQ messages with PTT keying via COM port - this requires an opto-isolator for PTT switching, eg: a "soundcard" interface as used with AGW/PSK31/WSPR etc.  A new CW Keyer using the CWType API can be used to send CW - great for quick CW QSOs.  Basic Macros for CW are supported.

  • eQSL Upload
    Each QSO, when saved, can be automatically uploaded to eQSL either from PZTLog or via PZTFTP as part of the usual logbook FTP upload process.  You can also manually upload to eQSL with a single click via the Edit QSO window.

  • Export to ADIF/eQSL, CSV, GoogleMaps KML, Text
    You can export your Logbook Database to a ADIF/eQSL, CSV or simple Tabbed Text File.  You can also export to GoogleMaps KML for plotting of worked stations on a map (uploaded to your webspace via PZTFTP).  There is also a basic ADIF import routine so you can easily upload the exported ADIF file to ClubLog/eQSL etc.

  • JT65-HF Traffic Window
    You can display the CSV file from the JT65-HF software and easily add QSOs to PZTLog but double-clicking the exchanges.  The HB9HQX build of JT65-HF is also supported but not the most recent versions as he's changed the log-file format - I need to fix that (or keep using the old JT65 build!).

Despite the variety of features, PZTLog is easy-to-use and great for Club-events as an alternative to paper logging.  The Flexi-Input allows for rapid-entry of QSO details so great for single-op working or even the non-computer-literate!  You are given Logbook Entry, LogView, DX Cluster and Datamodes in a single window.  A separate Log Viewer window is also available.  This caters for most requirements, screen resolutions as well as operating preferences.

As I operate /P a fair bit during the warmer months and dislike using a paper logbook - I wrote a very simple logging application for the Android OS called tabLog.  It outputs an ADIF file so can easily import into PZTLog, Ham Radio Deluxe etc.

PZTLog Downloads
This software is free to use and offered here on the basis that you may find it useful.  It was designed as a logging program purely for my own needs and operating methods.  Please note that this is a Windows application and I work exclusively in Microsoft Windows - If you're running Linux or a Mac, I can't help you.

Windows 8+8.1 : I've been told that PZTLog seems to run OK on Windows 8 but on 8.1 the datamodes is a bit "shaky", I am not sure yet if this is something that I can fix or is a problem with the MMVari PSK/RTTY engine - If you do have success (or problems) with Windows 8.x please let me know.  Comma vs Full-Stop : If you are using a comma to separate numbers (eg: Continental Europe), the Frequency+Bands may not appear correct.  Change your Regional Settings under Control Panel to use a full-stop rather than a comma.

If upgrading from an existing install of PZTLog, you are advised to keep a spare copy of your PZTLog.exe , PZTLog.ini (settings) and Log.mdb (logbook)

Download PZTLog v1.21.150 Setup.exe   [updated 24th November 2014]
This is the full-installer for first-time users - Simply run the installer (as Administrator) and enjoy.  Existing users can just use the Update Zip (below) and put the latest files into their program folder.  You can also run this installer over the top of an existing install without loss of any data/settings.

CAT Control : Requires OmniRig - download from here...  OmniRig test client (if you can't get any CAT functions from PZTLog, try this software before blaming mine!)
CW Keyer
: Requires CWType - download from here...

The main changes are shown here, but please refer to the Help File for a detailed list of changes/fixes :

  • Updated : DXCC Database

  • Added : Digimodes demo window - features waterfall and text display - see the PSK and RTTY section of the Help file for details.

  • Changed : State field next to QTH

  • Changed : HB9HQX JT-65HF logfile format changed

  • Added : Datamode Macros to F1-F4 - Press to Send for quick-fire use

  • Added : Last 250 QSOs to Log Viewer filter

  • Updated : QRZ ZML lookup routine

  • Improved : ADIF Import now looks for existing QSO details if info is missing from file

  • Improved : Locator Square LED now shows blue (new square), orange (worked) or green (confirmed)

  • Improved : Callsign lookups now take into account Country Prefixes and "Area" Suffixes, like EA8/M0PZT + M0PZT and W1AW/2 + W1AW/4 being treated as different "Band/Mode Slot" opportunities.

  • Added : SSTV to supported "Data" modes

  • Improved : F12 (TX/RX) now interrupts Voice Keyer

  • Added : Escape also functions as Receive when using F12 to TX

  • Added : n name and q qth to Flexi-Input

  • Added : <flexi> to CW Macros, sends whatever is in the Flexi-Input box

  • Added : Voice Message "Picker" - Right-click Voice button to quick-select a new MP3/WAV file

  • Added : JT65-HF HB9HQX tab-log file support

  • Added : 12 CW Macros (F1-F4 and CTRL-F1-F4 via main window)

Download PZTLog v1.21.150 Update ZIP   [updated 24th November 2014]
This contains the latest EXE, Help File and DXCC Prefix Database for existing users - You MUST have an existing installation to use these files.  Simply unzip and replace your existing files with those in this archive.

Download PZTLog Help File   [updated 3rd November 2014]  -  Or you can view the Help File online here
This is the CHM Help File included with PZTLog but is offered here for reading without having to install the main program.


Donations
Traditionally, my "Ham" programs have been free and available to all - But I've been asked a few times whether I would accept a donation for my time/efforts etc.  So, to ease your conscious you are welcome to send me 10 (that's about 12 Euro or $16US) which will go towards the M0PZT 7-acre QTH, FTdx-9000 and 60ft Tower Fund...

You're under no obligation to donate, but this link can be used to send me a small donation via Nochex who accept most credit/debit cards.

10 Pound / 12 Euro / $16US Donation via NoChex


PZTLog Simple Mode - Logbook Entry

Datamodes Skimmer - 5 additional channels of PSK/RTTY decoding
Supports "click and log" so ideal for simple split operating

Log Viewer Window

Edit QSO Window also shows Band/Mode Statistics

CAT Control - Adjust Radio Settings   ...   and Best DX Stats
  

GoogleMap KML Export

DXCC Stats - allowing easy display of Mode vs Band and Squares-worked Stats