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.
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…
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: PSK31 (and 63/125) + RTTY Datamodes, QRZ.com XML lookup, GoogleMaps KML output (eg: display QSOs in Google Earth), 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…
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.
Note: This software is no longer actively developed as it’s reached it’s limit in terms of features vs size vs layout – I’ve put about as much into the software as practically possible and have since moved onto other projects.
A Windows 10 issue : I am aware that a recent update on a Windows 10 machine may “break” the Date/Time picker in the QSO Editor. It seems that this control won’t function after installing the update. I may have to roll-back to the standard picker control to fix this! [13th June 2017]
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 – updated 6th May 2017
This software is free to use and offered here on the basis that you may find it useful – I don’t provide any support for it. 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. The software works best when installed to C:\PZTLog. Some of my programs have their main EXE file compressed which can cause some enthusiastic virus scanners to complain.
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 v1.26 Setup.exe
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…
Download PZTLog v1.26 Update ZIP
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. Please refer to the Help File for a detailed list of changes/fixes…
You can view the Help File online here
This is the CHM Help File included with PZTLog but is offered here in HTML for reading in your browser.
Datamodes Skimmer – 5 additional channels of PSK/RTTY decoding
Supports “click and log” so ideal for simple split operating
Edit QSO Window also shows Band/Mode Statistics
CAT Control – Adjust Radio Settings