uLog v1.42 Help and Information
uLog has been written as a simple to use logging solution for either portable operating or just basic "Ham Radio" logging. This help file is deliberately simple because the software is simple - As you'll see, entering QSOs is easy, quick and reliable. Whether you require something for keeping track of DX QSOs on HF, VHF/UHF or just something for local FM contacts, uLog is perfect for either (or both!).
The uLog window is now resizable allowing you to increase the size of not only the window, but the fonts/textboxes as well - Useful if you didn't like the previous "fixed" window format!
Getting Started and Settings
Once you've installed the program, there are only a few configuration options to manage: Callsign, Locator Square, RST59, Log File. If you like to know what Antenna and Radio you used to make a QSO, then you can type those in the settings, too.
If you encounter problems saving to the Logbook, saving the config settings or cannot edit the uLog.ini settings file manually, this may be due to User Account Control which locks-down your "Program Files" folder. A workaround is to install (or move) uLog to C:\uLog where everything should work fine. Other times, Windows may put everything into C:\Users\<yourname>\AppData\Local\VirtualStore (yes, really).
UTC Offset : The UTC Hour+Minute Offsets allows you to work during British Summer Time or anywhere in the World. The values are a positive/negative number in relation to "local" time and UTC. So, during British Summer Time you would enter -1 as UTC is an hour behind BST. During the winter months it would be 0 as both times are the same. If, for example, you're in New York, you might enter -5 and so on. You can also specify positive/negative minutes if you need to.
Default RST 59 / 599 : When Saving (or Clearing) a QSO, uLog can auto-fill the RST fields with a default 59 or 599 which can be useful if you're logging quick QSOs as part of a pile-up or contest.
Entering a QSO
The main QSO Entry tab is for adding QSOs in real-time as each one is time+date-stamped with the current time as they are saved. You can tab through each log field and fill in the boxes as you make the QSO or you can use the Flexi-Input textbox and simply type the information, press <enter> and let uLog place it into the correct field for you! This lets you enter information in any order and allows you to easily make a correction without having to tab or use the mouse.
A Callsign, RST-R, RST-S and Frequency are required to save a QSO - Ensure that you set the Frequency and Mode so that the Logbook Stats are calculated correctly! If you forget, the default band is 2m.
If you are "tabbing-through" the fields, you can type a Callsign and press <enter> to perform a search/lookup - uLog will auto-fill the Locator and Name+QTH (if known) from any existing QSOs. A Callsigns Database is provided which contains Callsigns, Names/QTH/Locator/WAB details which can be useful when you're away from the internet and wish to fill in a few blank details.
To save a QSO, click the "Save QSO" button or press F5. F6 allows you to "Clear a QSO" and start afresh.
To add a QSO from some time ago, eg: after a /P session or to type-up an old paper log - Click the "New QSO" menu and enter the QSO details as needed.
When "live-logging", the Flexi-Input textbox supports the following values:
Any Callsign value, eg: G9ABC, M6ZZZ, 2E0XYZ, K9ZZZ, DL1AAA and so on - If a (usually a special-event) Callsign happens to consist of Letter, Letter, Number, Number, Letter, Letter - It will be treated as a Locator Square. In this instance, enter the Callsign followed by *, eg: RA22ZZ* and this will treat it as a Callsign.
59S : RST-Sent, the signal report you give the other station
59 : RST-Rec'vd, the signal report that the other station gives you - If you are given a Serial Number by a contest station, you can enter 59001 or 599001 here
-nnS or +nnS for a JT65/JT9 signal report that you give
-nn or +nn for a JT65/JT9 signal report that you get
JO01FS (or JO01) for any Locator Square - Distance+bearing is also offered based-up your own Locator
N CHARLIE / NAME CHARLIE : The other station's Name
Q CHELMSFORD / QTH CHELMSFORD : The other station's City, Town, QTH etc
14.200 or any frequency from 1.8MHz (160m to 47GHz)
1W , 10W , 50W, 100W etc : Any RF output power level
CW, AM, D-STAR, FM, LSB,
SSB, USB, PSK31, PSK63, PSK125, QPSK31, QPSK63, QPSK125, RTTY, JT65, JT9, FT8, SSTV, WSPR,
WSJT, MS : Valid operating Modes
These Modes may be entered using Flexi-Input and any other value is interpreted as "Data" in the Log Viewer/Stats" - This is to allow for future modes etc
As you type text into the Flexi-Input box, a label next to it changes to tell you what it thinks the field is - pressing <enter> moves the text to the relevant log field. This method allows for simple entering of QSO data and with the Default RST 59/599 option, if you're operating /P, SOTA or working through a pile-up - you can log with ease.
At any point, you can return the cursor focus to the Flexi-Input box by pressing F11.
The Log Viewer tab allows you to see the last 25 or 50 QSOs plus a filter option for each Band plus CW, Data and Voice modes. You can also search using the textbox which will match Callsign, Comments, Mode, Antenna and Radio fields. If you mark a QSL to send when entering a QSL, the QSL Requested field will show on the QSO Editor - You can filter these QSOs as well, great for a QSL-Card writing session!
A right-click menu is available in the Log Viewer: Add Historic QSO, Edit this QSO, Delete Selected QSO/s, Open QRZ Profile for Callsign. The log columns can be re-sized and re-ordered if you wish - Just drag the main area to move them around. To auto-size them, just double-click the separating line or drag it to the new size you want.
You can refresh the Log Viewer at any time by pressing F9 (this mimics the Clear button).
To edit a QSO, simply find it in the Log Viewer (you can search/filter if needed), double-click to open the Editor - make the changes, then click "Update QSO".
Managing QSLs : The QSL status of a QSO can be set whether you use eQSL, LoTW or Paper QSLs - When you set these, the Statistics are automatically updated.
The "?" button next to the Callsign (or pressing <enter> when typing a callsign) allows you to auto-populate the Name, QTH and Locator fields from an existing logbook QSO.
The Stats tab displays a total of your QSOs per band along with a breakdown of CW, SSB and Data modes plus a DXCC "Worked/Confirmed" count as per the QSL status of each QSO.
Merge Existing PZTLog into uLog
You can now merge/sync an existing PZTLog (or PZTLogLite/Pro) logobook .mdb file into uLog by right-clicking the Log window and selecting the "Merge" option from the Import/Export menu. This routine will add any missing QSOs (by unique database ID) to the current active log file. This feature has been in PZTLog for a while but missing from uLog as the software has been left deliberately "basic". Due to popular request, it has now been added.
Import/Export ADIF and Tabbed Text File
You can import an existing logbook using the ADIF format - Just right-click within the Log Viewer area and select "Import/Export" and browse for the ADIF file - You will then be told how many QSOs are found and then it will attempt to import the QSOs. There is a progress-bar at the bottom of the screen that will update as the import process does its "thing"...
The ADIF export filename will be located in the same folder as the uLog program and named: YourCall Log.adi
The ADIF import routine will also fill in the blanks on missing information (Name, QTH, Locator) from previous QSOs if required.
A Tabbed-Text-File can also be exported - this can then be opened in Excel and processed further.