NewLog: A Free Radio Logging Program
2010-02-07 11:53
Howdy, Folks,

I've finished my new Windows freeware radio logging program, NewLog, and have posted it to my web page:

http://www.mindspring.com/~tom2000/NewLog/NewLog.html

Right out of the box, NewLog is a pretty slick little log program that is set up as a ham radio logger, complete with eQSL outgoing QSL card generation. But it's also a very flexible logger that you can use for your other radio operating, SWLing, and other hobby uses. It's even flexible enough to use as a lightweight flat-file database.

From my web page:

"
Features

* Configurable data entry layout to meet the user's precise logging needs

* Up to five layouts may be installed at a time, selected instantly with a mouse click. Each layout includes its own working directory, configuration files, report setups, and log file

* Log file is organized as a tab-delimited text file using free-form, unlimited length fields.

* Quick Find search capability from the log entry screen

* UTC clock display

* HF Propagation Calculator

* Wave file recorder with instant start

* ADIF Import and Export

* Pre-formatted reports for SWLs, Broadcast Band DXers, and Utility Monitors

* Raw export in tab-delimited columnar text format

* Reports and raw exports may be copied to the clipboard, saved to a text file, or printed
"

This program is very easy to learn and very easy to use. I've been operating on Hamsphere while I've been developing it so, either on purpose or subconsciously, the program is very well-suited to Hamsphere and other ham VOIP uses. It lives very nicely on your screen, right under or next to the Hamsphere transceiver window.

Oh, and did I mention that it's free? :)

Give it a try. I'm very happy with the results, and think you will like it, too.

Very 73,

Tom
Re: NewLog: A Free Radio Logging Program
2010-02-07 15:49
Hi Tom,

Very nice log program. Even a caveman can use it.

73's
Jeremy - 2hs415
Michigan, USA


2hs415@gmail.com
Re: NewLog: A Free Radio Logging Program
2010-02-07 15:51
2HS415 Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> Hi Tom,
>
>.. Even a caveman can use it ..

ROTFL !!!
Re: NewLog: A Free Radio Logging Program
2010-02-07 17:14
Hi Tom, I installed the program and the first sight is very good, I have some questions for you:

1 Does This program is constantly evolving (I refer to updates and upgrades)?
2 In future versions, we could implement control statistics and contests and awards?
3 would have a chance to change the language.


A salute Tom, I am an user of your program. I enjoyed (although done in missing information on the country to enter the callsign.

¡¡FANTASTIC WORK TOM!! :)-D
Re: NewLog: A Free Radio Logging Program
2010-02-07 20:55
Hi, Sergio,

Thanks for your comments, and thanks for trying NewLog.

>
> 1 Does This program is constantly evolving (I
> refer to updates and upgrades)?

Yes, depending upon what needs to be changed (and how badly it needs to be changed :) ) I would imagine that I'll start work on a bug fix in about 3 months, if necessary.

If my users or I come up with good ideas for new features that fit within my design concept, I might work up a new design in about a year or so, if my experience with my previous logging program, B-Log, holds true for NewLog.

Much depends upon how many people will be using NewLog in three months, and in one year.


> 2 In future versions, we could implement control
> statistics and contests and awards?

No, I probably won't take the program in that direction. That is an area that is covered very well by the specialized amateur radio logging programs such as Logger32 and DXKeeper. My concept is quite a bit different than those programs. I don't really see how I could get there, and I have no desire to go there.

(If I had wanted a program like those, I would have just downloaded one of them, rather than putting in all the work to write my own.)

> 3 would have a chance to change the language.

Wellllllllll... for that one, I'll give you a reluctant 'maybe.'

I had a very bad experience, a long time ago, with a professional organization localizing a program written in English into French.

The translator we hired was fluent in both English and French, in both the spoken and written forms of the language. The problem was that he wasn't technically oriented, and didn't understand the program's context, nor did he know anything about the industry in which the program would be applied. And we had no one on our staff who spoke French well enough to assess the quality of the translation.

The result was that we received a perfect translation of the manual, the program's interface, and the error messages. The problem was that the context and idioms were all wrong and, as I found out, the result of his perfect translation, in the context of the program, was just nonsense. Sort of like an American reading an English translation of a Japanese motorcycle service manual.

I don't know the end result of that mess. I moved to another company before the situation was resolved. Because of that experience, I'm reluctant to get into a similar situation in the future.

So, to attempt localization of NewLog into another language, I'd have to find a translator familiar with NewLog's context and environment, and the program's users. Then I'd want a couple of independent reviewers, not associated with each other or the translator, to assess the translation.

Not a simple task to find the right people to do the job, particularly to do the job for free. An even harder job to manage the personalities of the people involved.



>... (although done in missing information on
> the country to enter the callsign..

I'm sorry, Sergio. I don't understand what you mean.


Again, Sergio, thank you!

Very 73,

Tom
Re: NewLog: A Free Radio Logging Program
2010-05-15 22:30
Nice going Tom. I use Ubuntu and your program works flawlessly under Wine. For me this log program is a keeper. Well done!


43HS287/VK8FNCY
whats up everyone hows it going
Re: NewLog: A Free Radio Logging Program
2013-04-20 10:42
AB9B Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> Howdy, Folks,
>
> I've finished my new Windows freeware radio
> logging program, NewLog, and have posted it to my
> web page:
>
> http://www.mindspring.com/~tom2000/NewLog/NewLog.h
> tml
>
> Right out of the box, NewLog is a pretty slick
> little log program that is set up as a ham radio
> logger, complete with eQSL outgoing QSL card
> generation. But it's also a very flexible logger
> that you can use for your other radio operating,
> SWLing, and other hobby uses. It's even flexible
> enough to use as a lightweight flat-file
> database.
>
> From my web page:
>
> "
> Features
>
> * Configurable data entry layout to meet the
> user's precise logging needs
>
> * Up to five layouts may be installed at a
> time, selected instantly with a mouse click. Each
> layout includes its own working directory,
> configuration files, report setups, and log file
>
> * Log file is organized as a tab-delimited
> text file using free-form, unlimited length
> fields.
>
> * Quick Find search capability from the log
> entry screen
>
> * UTC clock display
>
> * HF Propagation Calculator
>
> * Wave file recorder with instant start
>
> * ADIF Import and Export
>
> * Pre-formatted reports for SWLs, Broadcast
> Band DXers, and Utility Monitors
>
> * Raw export in tab-delimited columnar text
> format
>
> * Reports and raw exports may be copied to the
> clipboard, saved to a text file, or printed
> "
>
> This program is very easy to learn and very easy
> to use. I've been operating on Hamsphere while
> I've been developing it so, either on purpose or
> subconsciously, the program is very well-suited to
> Hamsphere and other ham VOIP uses. It lives very
> nicely on your screen, right under or next to the
> Hamsphere transceiver window.
>
> Oh, and did I mention that it's free? :)
>
> Give it a try. I'm very happy with the results,
> and think you will like it, too.
>
> Very 73,
>
> Tom
will this program work with linux mint 14
Re: NewLog: A Free Radio Logging Program
2013-10-16 09:06
Hi,

i'm logging with a quite simple Excel-Sheet. :) I've create first all important columns and can copy/paste the entries from this website into the sheet. So it's easier to search for a callsign or QTH or special date and so on.

73, Jörg (13HS1807)

Greetings and 73 from Jörg :)
Bochum / Germany JO31OK
Re: NewLog: A Free Radio Logging Program
2014-07-21 08:54
Hello,

Nice program I guess. I run a Mac. Any chance this works on Mac directly?
Nice to do something so useful for the community.
I raised quite a bit of logging issues yesterday. this would have been
cool to have.

Very 73
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