Archives For CQRLOG

In case you aren’t current on this topic, you might want to read Setting Up My Ham Shack and My Thoughts on CQRLOG.

A few weeks ago I mentioned the “powerful logging features” of CQRLOG.  Such features don’t come without a cost.  Or, in this case, a “processing” cost.  And by processing cost, I mean the type usually tied to using a traditional database.  SQL databases aren’t exactly known for their low overhead, which is why CQRLOG was not a good candidate to run on a Raspberry Pi.

My Intel i7 2.7gHz processor with 8 gigabytes of RAM, however, is a different story.

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Read Setting Up My Ham Shack for a bit of background, in case you missed it.

Twice I’ve complained (in some capacity) about CQRLOG on this blog which, to be honest, isn’t fair to this application (or it’s authors).  My complaints (if you want to call them that) around CQRLOG had to do with its limitations.  But getting back to that aforementioned honesty — it isn’t CQRLOG’s fault.  I was simply trying to use the application on platforms or in situations for which it was not designed.

As far as Linux is concerned, it’s actually quite a nice and capable application.  So in defense of CQRLOG (as if it needed it), here are the features which I most enjoy:

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Setting Up My Ham Shack

March 11, 2014 — 2 Comments

I really wanted to be chasing a couple of new states for the ARRL Centennial QSO Party, but I feel like I need to pump a few blogs out — so those contacts will just have to wait until later.  This post is mainly to serve as some background for future topics; certainly not to establish any baseline for how you should outfit your shack OR possibly cover everything on the topic.

I haven’t been a ham radio operator very long (less than 2 years), so I don’t exactly have an established ham shack (what ham radio operators call the room or area where they operate from).  Seasoned ham radio operators put a lot of thought and consideration into their shack setup for a multitude of reasons, mainly to avoid unwanted RFI (radio frequency interference).

While my RFI problems are mainly limited to not being able to tune to certain frequencies (noisy interference) or being able to turn some of the lights in my home on/off using my ham radio, I mostly considered how I was going to fit ham radio gear on my already-established “home office” desk. Between two laptops, a display, large printer and all the other accessories that clutter one’s desk, space was certainly limited!

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As a Ham Radio operator and a Linux enthusiast, my options for programs to log QSOs is somewhat limited.  Unlike the Windows environment, there are only a handful of Linux logging programs to chose from.

I had initially taken a liking to CQRLOG for it’s powerful logging features but quickly became disappointed with it’s system requirements.  Namely, it won’t run on a Raspberry Pi — especially when operating side-by-side with FLDIGI.  While I don’t use a Raspberry Pi as the primary computer in my shack, I’d like to have that low-power option should I need it. (Such as, for a Field Day.)

Ultimately, I decided upon Xlog not only for it’s ability to run on systems with less horsepower but also in part because of it’s speed and simplicity of use.  I also liked that it uses a flat file for the log instead of a database on the backend.  (However, check back with me when I have several thousand contacts and we’ll see how that flat file holds up.)

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