Callbook Database Support


SWISSLOG supports CD Callbook databases (local databases) and is also able to look up calls in internet databases. The unique feature of SWISSLOG is that it displays the result directly in the SWISSLOG windows and not in an HTML page like most other program do.

SWISSLOG allows you to simultaneously search the local database(s) and the internet. The search is stopped as soon as the call is found in a database.

SWISSLOG also allows you to update existing QSOs with information form the Callbook. Please read how to update QSO from the Callbook DB.

This section explains:

Search for a callsign in the Callbook Databases

The search for a callsign is performed in two ways:

Configure the Callbook Databases

To configure the Callbook database support you have to define the databases to be searched and the fields which should be copied into the QSO.

Callbook Databases

To open the Callbook DB Option Dialog:

In the upper section of this dialog you configure the local Callbook database; and in the lower part you configure the internet Callbook database.

Local Callbook databases

You get the best performance if you copy the files from the CD to your hard disk. The files you should copy in your hard disk are the following:

For RACB:                        ..\Data\thedata.dat
For Buckmaster:                ..\Ham0\HAMCall.DAT

Internet Callbook databases

SWISSLOG supports 4 internet callbook databases: HAMQTH, Hamcall, QRZ and QRZCQ.

To access an internet callbook DB you need to be connected to the internet. To activate the internet access:

When entering a callsign in the Add QSO window, after retrieving callbook data, if the QSO partner has an image in his QRZ/QRZCQ/HAMQTH profile, the Callbook tab will be displayed in bold red, indicating that there is a profile image available: Also the image viewer will automatically pop up showing it. You can disable the automatic view in the options of the Add QSO window. In this case, you can see the image profile manually: in the Callbook tab you will see the button if you use QRZ or the button if you use QRZCQ or the button if you use HAMQTH. Click to display the profile image in the image viewer window.

If you are accessing the Internet via a proxy you can enter the Proxy into the corresponding fields.

When having poor internet connection and working pileups user may experience long delays waiting response from the host to retrieve callsign data, causing a not fluent logging operation. Set in the timeout field the maximum time (in seconds) you want to wait to avoid this behaviour. Swisslog will bypass the query to the internet database after the defined timeout. The default timeout value is 5 seconds.

Field Copy Instructions

You can define which fields of the callbook entry will be copied into the current QSO. Select the Field copy Instruction page and check Automatic Copy and the boxes of the fields which should be copied.

NOTE: The QSL Manager field is extracted from the QSL INFO field available in some databases. Because the QSL INFO field may contain thousands of combinations, Swisslog will extract the first valid callsign found in this field. The Query and Set DXCC from Club Log option, prevail over the DXCC setting here.

SWISSLOG also allows you to search for QSL managers in many local and internet QSL databases.


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Last modified: 17 abr. 2020