One way of handling logs from several different WSJTX instances

Andy KU7T had asked in reference to my write up on background FT8 QSOs:

“How do you combine your QSOs with your master log? Or do you just import the ADIF later? Then how do you know what is an ATNO?”

Breaking his questions down:

Master Log – many hams face an issue of what log is their “Master Log” where they capture all their QSOs in a durable way. Some make printouts and stack those up, some put an electronic copy of every log in the same folder someplace.  Some declare one particular log as their personal Master Log and import every other log into that log.

My log keeping is made complicated by having several permanent radio station QTHs in different grid squares.  At one time I tried harder to keep these stations in separate logs, but that I might alternate at will with remote operations has made this really difficult.

So my master log is actual three master logs, one a folder where I put a copy of everything which backs up to the cloud (so in theory I should have a local copy, a cloud copy, and a disk backup copy), then everything gets uploaded to eQSL and QRZ.  an on again/off again LoTW user, and periodically dump my logs there.

Use of ADIFs – absolutely.  ADIFs are my preferred storage and import/export file format.  In WSJX I use the File>Open Log Directory> and right click to copy to make a copy of the ADIF (suffix is .adi) which I paste to my desktop, rename & edit down to just the period I want the log to cover.  Then that file is uploaded and stored.

ATNO flagging – I’ve not found a great way to handle this.  I’ve been experimenting with adding in the QSOs that matter into my working WSJTX file to push it to recognize what countries I’ve worked before.  Still experimenting with this technique.

I am sure their are other ways.



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