tabLog

tabLog in use by M0PZT/PtabLog has been written to offer basic logging when /P and allows for easy import into your Shack-based log via ADIF. Best performance is with a tablet in landscape mode and using a small Bluetooth/micro-USB QWERTY keyboard – QSO entry via this method is simple, and efficient.

The price of tablets has decreased considerably over the past few years (tabLog was initially released in the summer of 2014) what used to be a £150 investment is now a £50 “suck it and see” purchase. The addition of a simple leather case with built-in keyboard for an additional £5 makes the whole concept an attractive one – more so if you wish to travel light or don’t want to lug your Windoze laptop around.

tabLog is designed to be simple to use – nothing fancy, just the basic QSO fields and saving to ADIF.  If you type a callsign (in lowercase), and then tab out of the field (or press elsewhere on the screen) the text automatically converts to uppercase – this is the same for the Locator and WAB fields.

tabLog’s QSO Entry and Log View screens

Features

  • Simple logging for Android-based tablets (and smartphones)
  • Basic QSO fields: Callsign, RST, Name, QTH, Locator, WAB plus Frequency and Mode
  • Auto-fills the Name and QTH fields when entering a Callsign
  • Default 59(9) option for new QSOs
  • Basic Contest Serial Number function – increments with each QSO
  • Voice Keyer (long press on button to set the file) – MP3/WAV – using headphone output and radio with “DigiVox”
  • Operator fields for Callsign, Aerial, Radio, Location
  • UTC Offset – Just enter -1 , +3 or whatever your difference is (eg: UK stations enter -1 during BST)
  • Last QSO remembered between sessions
  • Log View showing today’s QSOs
  • ADIF and CSV files updated as you save a QSO
  • Here’s a single entry from the ADIF file that is exported each time you save a QSO:
    <QSO_DATE:8>20140701 <TIME_ON:4>1541 <TIME_OFF:4>1541 <CALL:5>G9ABC <OPERATOR:5>M0PZT <RST_SENT:2>57 <STX:3>001 <RST_RCVD:2>58 <MODE:3>SSB <FREQ:5>7.125 <GRIDSQUARE:6>JO01AA <WAB:4>TL00 <NAME:3>Bob <QTH:6>A Town <MY_ANT:6>Dipole <MY_RIG:7>FT-857D <MY_CITY:6>London <TX_PWR:3>100 <EOR>

Using It
Just enter the Frequency, then tab through (or touch) the fields to enter the information. When you move away from the Callsign field, it will attempt to find the Name+QTH of that station from an existing QSO. The Callsign, Locator and WAB fields automatically convert to uppercase when you move away from them. The CQ audio player supports MP3/WAV files and is simply tap to start/stop – a long press will allow you to select a file from your memory/SD card. The Settings screen is self-explanatory – the CSV/ADIF filenames are date-stamped and are saved to your main storage area (probably the internal memory, depending upon how you have it mounted). Remember to set the UTC Offset (UK stations will need to enter -1 during the summer).

If you make a mistake when saving a QSO, there’s no “edit” function – you’ll have to enter the QSO details again and sort out the ADIF/CSV files later!  Don’t worry, it’s happened to me plenty of times.

Download and Installation
This software is FREE to use and available “as is” with no guarantee of support. It’s a project for my /P activities and if you find it useful, then that’s great. The emphasis here is on simple logging – a quick and easy way of getting an ADIF log compiled when operating /P or where a laptop is not convenient. The program works fairly well on a smartphone but I strongly suggest a keyboard/case with a tablet.


Download tabLogX v1.0b Android APK
Latest release – The latest feature adds <STX> (serial sent) ADIF field, Serial on “today’s QSOs” view plus an update to the Callsign Name+QTHs.

Download tabLogX v1.0b ZIP
This contains the Android APK in a ZIP file along with a full list of over 10,000 Callsigns, Names+QTH called CallNames.txt  Place in the root of your main storage and press+hold the “Import Names” button on the Settings screen. This will import a list of Callsigns/Names/QTHs into the database and give you around 10,000 Names/QTHs that will appear when you enter a Callsign.  This process takes a few minutes to import, so wait for the message box to say that it’s complete.  Alternatively, you may just want to import UK/EI information so CallNames G and EI.txt is also included offering around 1600 UK/EI station details – this will need to be renamed to CallNames.txt in order to import. Any QSOs you save after this will be added to the existing database.  “Callnames.txt” can easily be created from PZTLog.