The QSO Log Window is the window where QSO’s, once entered, can be viewed and/or edited. The window sits at the top of the WriteLog container and, with QSO’s entered, looks like this:
The QSO Log area is where additional information about the ham radio contact (such as recording the QSO as a multiplier, showing a QSO as a dupe, etc.) is stored. In addition, mistakes from the storing of the QSO from the QSO Entry area (you hit Enter way too early…) can be fixed using the QSO Log screen.
Editing in the QSO Log Window
Let’s assume that the ham radio call in the QSO Entry window is incorrect in that K9JY is really in the Midwest United States contesting from home and not in Jordan as shown in the window. Before realizing the mistake in the heat of battle, the operator presses the Enter key and stores the ham radio QSO in the Log window as shown below:
It would be great to have Jordan as a multiplier, but, unfortunately, K9JY is just another one of those ‘W’ contacts that count for points in the CQ WW SSB contest and won’t really count for a new multiplier to that many people. Well, to modify the contact in WriteLog is really very simple and follows normal Windows conventions.
First, double clicking on the QSO and the field to be corrected (in our example, JY/K9JY) opens a Log Edit area automatically as shown below:
You will notice that the Log Edit area automatically pops to the top of the QSO Log container. As a result, there is no need to position it on your screen; it pops up, takes the correction, and then politely goes away until needed again.
You will note that the field that needed modification is what is available to you. If you noticed that you had the wrong frequency in the log (when I had no RS-232 radio control this happened a LOT!), then you would double click on the QSO and the Frequency of the ham radio contact to make the frequency available to change.
Once you correct the ham radio call, press the Enter key. Your screen will now look like this:
Note two items: first, the Log Edit window politely went away. Second, note that WriteLog also corrected the country and country prefix with the change so that the ‘new country’ multiplier is no longer in the log and the score has been corrected.
However, note that the Zone for the contact is still zone 20 and not zone 4 so WriteLog is still showing a zone multiplier for the ham radio contact and your contact will still be incorrect. Follow your modification process again and double click on the zone number for the K9JY QSO to bring up the Log Edit area, change the zone to 4, and press the Enter key to update the contact. Doing so will fully correct the information.
Editing the time, date, or frequency of a QSO will produce a little dialog box that will allow you to either type or mouse click in the correct information.
The ‘Right Click’ Menu
In addition, once you have selected a QSO with a single left click of the mouse, you have the opportunity to do additional functions with the right clicking the mouse. The options are shown below:
- Delete this QSO (this is the only way I have found to delete a QSO in the log)
- Mark this QSO as Unclaimed (as in working a DX station during Sweepstakes)
- Mark this QSO is Claimed (Oh..it was really VY1JY we worked!)
- Mark this QSO to have a QSL Printed (this is a really nice feature)
- Play Audio from this QSO (yes, you can record your entire contest and play it back…)
Other QSO Log Characters
There are also other designations that can show up in your ham radio contesting information. These characters are:
- D These are ‘Duplicate’ QSO’s. I accept dupes and I keep them logged since I have twice the opportunity to have worked the other station at least one time and who apparently couldn’t get my ham radio call right the first time…
- B These are QSO’s that are ‘Out of Band’ and are most often found where you are working a Single Band in the contest and you work other ham radio stations on other bands than your entry.
- X These are QSO’s that you have manually marked as being unclaimed. To mark them, highlight the QSO by single left clicking the mouse on the QSO and then right clicking the mouse. This provides a shortcut menu as shown above and you would select the ‘Mark the QSO as Unclaimed.’
There are two windows that control what information is shown in the QSO Log window. The first is the QSO Display Format found by selecting ‘Setup|Display format’ from the main WriteLog toolbar. The second is the ‘QSO Exchange Fields’ found by selecting the ‘Contest|Exchange Format Setup’ from the main WriteLog toolbar. Their functions are similar – but, of course – different.
The main difference between the two is that the QSO Display Format controls minimum fields used for all QSO’s in all ham radio contests. It is a ‘universal’ dialog box. The Exchange Format Setup, on the other hand, controls what information is shown in your QSO Entry Window and your QSO Log window for the particular ham radio contest you have opened on your screen.
Setup Display Format gives you the ability to control the display of the QSO data that WriteLog maintains for all QSO’s. The data is collected and stored for all QSO’s and you may use this menu entry to turn its display on or off at any time. This is the default out of WriteLog; I have not changed it.
The toggle buttons:
Sequence number controls the display of both the sequence number of the QSO’s and its dupe field. The dupe field is normally blank, but is a D for dupes, an X for QSO’s you have explicitly disallowed, and B for out of band QSO’s.
QSL Info controls the display of the QSL sent/received columns. The Received column is normally blank, but will have an R if you have indicated. Similarly, the Sent column is either blank or has an S. See QSL Records.
Time controls the display of the time of the QSO’s.
Date controls the display of the date of the QSO. Note that WriteLog only displays the date of the top QSO in the Log unless the date changes down the page.
Mode controls the display of the mode of the QSO’s.
Frequency controls the display of the frequency of the QSO’s.
Transmit Frequency controls the display of the transmit frequency. This is interesting only if you are working split and are logging the frequencies directly from your ham radio.
Changing the QSO Log Window font
The font is controlled via a menu selection from the WriteLog toolbar. From the tool bar, select ‘Setup|Log Window Font’ as shown on the following screen:
This selection will then take you to a standard Windows dialog box where you can select the font of your choice.