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My Thoughts on CQRLOG

March 13, 2014 — 1 Comment

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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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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