SWISSLOG allows you to import QSOs from most other logging programs. You can import logs with the following formats:
ADIF (Amateur Data Interchange Format). Many programs support this format for easy data exchange; whenever possible use this format.
SWISSLOG Version 3 (DOS) – see Import from DOS for special considerations
To import QSOs from another log program perform the following steps:
Make a backup copy of your current SWISSLOG database!
IMPORTANT: Before attempting to import any QSOs into SWISSLOG it's very important to create a backup copy of your existing log. In some cases, the import process may not work exactly as intended on the first try. If you have not saved your database and something goes seriously wrong it is nearly impossible to recover!
Use the SWISSLOG Save
function, and/or copy your existing log database into another directory,
or make a copy with a different name in the same directory. It's not a bad
idea to have more than one backup copy.
Determine the format of the log you want to import.
If the other logging program allows exporting the log as an ADIF file then always use the ADIF. If the other log program does not directly allow exporting as an ADIF file you may find an ADIF conversion program on the Internet – this should be considered a secondary option. Below are a few links for log conversion programs:
Link to other conversion programs http://www.bcdxc.org/contest_log_file_conversion.htm
If you can not find a method to create an ADIF file try to determine what database format the original log files were created in. The following database formats can be imported directly into Swisslog:
dBase (file extension *.DBF)
Paradox (file extension *.DB)
Access (file extension *.MDB)
If the source was created in any other format you might try exporting the QSOs as a text file. Some logging programs will directly export the QSOs as a text file; other programs may support exporting to Excel (or another program) which will then allow exporting as a text file. If the above suggestions do not work the only remaining option may be to print the QSOs and redirect the printer output to a file.
If you've exhausted all the possibilities and there is no way to produce a text file contact tech support at www.swisslogforwindows.com
The log you're importing may contain QSOs made from different QTHs and/or
with different callsigns. For each different QTH and each different
callsign you will need to establish a separate My QTH
in SWISSLOG. You can only import QSOs for the same My QTH in one run.
Which means you need to separate the log you're importing into different
files – one for each My QTH. Use your old logging program to make these
selections and create the separate output files.
Start the import process by selecting File ¦ Import QSOs and select the import function corresponding to the file type. This will display the following dialog window:
In the above dialog window enter the name of the file you are importing. You can type the filename or search for it by pressing the button.
After you have specified the import file press the Continue button. The Field Assignment dialog window will appear next:
The dialog window shown above allows you to create or load a Field Assignment Table. This is optional; if you don't do it now and a table is needed at a later stage then SWISSLOG will ask you again at that time. The Field Assignment Table is explained further in this document.
Reasons for creating or loading the Field Assignment Table are:
Load it – if you created a Field Assignment Table in a previous import file and you are dealing with the same format again.
Load it – if you received a Field Assignment Table (.FLD) from another SWISSLOG user and want to make sure that you get exactly what was intended.
Use Create – if you want to explore the existing fields in a dBase, Paradox, or .MDB database. You can directly assign the imported fields to SWISSLOG fields.
Optionally use Create for text files to define the field assignments. You can also do this later if you do not want to do it at this point.
Use Create if you want to apply QSL rules during importation process, even if you don't want to assign fields directly (you can apply QSL rules and/or QSL actions from Membership)
IMPORTANT: when importing from ADIF you will see here the option "Check if file contains SUBMODE field for MFSK/PSK". Check it if your ADIF file contains the SUBMODE field if you have QSOs made in PSK or MFSK mode. This way Swisslog will ignore asking to assign the PSK/MFSK mode (which doesn't exist in Swisslog) and will set the correct mode by reading the SUBMODE field. If you don't check this option and Swisslog find QSOs made in PSK/MFSK mode, you will be asked in a later step to assign manually the right mode.
|MERGING DATA IN EXISTING QSO|
Check the option "Merge Data if QSO exist" if you are importing QSOs from a file having most updated data from existing QSO and you want to replace these data. For instance, this is very useful if you want to update the QSL SENT indicator when using external printing tools which provides a file, Online QSL Requests (OQRS) files, etc. NOTE: If you want to handle OQRS files from Club Log, please read Process Club Log OQRS ADIF file. Swisslog implements a specific function to process this file in an automatic way.
VERY IMPORTANT: An exact QSO must be found in order to merge data. This means: same call, same band, same mode, same date and same time (including seconds!). If you have an existing QSO at 14:45:25 and the import file has the same QSO with time at 14:45:00, Swisslog will ADD a new QSO, no data will be updated! Check this carefully in the import file before enabling this option!
Swisslog will replace the contents of the following fields (only if content is not blank and is different in the source file):
L_OPERATOR, L_RSTS, LRSTSNR, L_RSTR, L_RSTRNR, L_QSL_ACTION, L_QSLMGR, L_QSL_RECEIVED, L_QSL RECEIVED DATE, L_QSL_SEND, L_QSL SEND DATE, L_LOTW_RECEIVED, L_LOTW RECEIVED DATE, L_LOTW_SENT, L_LOTW SEND DATE, L_EQSL_RECEIVED, L_EQSL RECEIVED DATE, L_EQSL_SENT, L_EQSL SEND DATE, L_CLUBLOG_UPLOAD_STATUS, L_CLUBLOG_UPLOAD_DATE, L_HRDLOG_UPLOAD_STATUS, L_HRDLOG_UPLOAD_DATE, L_QRZCOM_UPLOAD_STATUS, L_QRZCOM_UPLOAD_DATE, L_SFI, L_INCOMPLETE, L_CREDIT_GRANTED, L_CREDIT_SUBMITTED
P_QTH, P_QTHLOCATOR, P_REGION, P_SUB_REGION, P_IOTA, P_DIPL1...P_DIPL20.
Later, during the QSO import process, the "Merged Data Details" tab will be highlighted indicating user that some data have been merged in at least one QSO. Swisslog will provide a very detailed report for every QSO, including data that has been replaced and data existing before. A button is available to Save the report to a file in Rich Text format for future reference:
When you are finished press the Continue button. The summary dialog window will appear next:
The dialog window shown above allows you to verify the data entered previously. It displays the following:
The database that you are importing into – the target file
The file that you are importing from – the source file
The Field Assignment Table you have loaded (if any)
If you notice an error you can press the Back button and correct it.
Note: this dialog window looks different if you are importing from the DOS Version of SWISSLOG (see details here).
If everything is OK press the Continue button.
Now select the My QTH for the QSOs you are going to import.
IMPORTANT: Remember you can only import QSO for one My QTH!.
If the log you're importing contains QSOs from more than one QTH, you will have to split the log files into separate files, each containing QSOs for only one QTH. (See Plan your import above).
Select the appropriate QTH in the Own QTHs list by clicking on it and then press OK. This starts the actual QSO import process.
If you have not selected a Field Assignment Table and SWISSLOG encounters some data in your source file that it's unsure what to do with then you will be presented with the Field Assignment dialog.
SWISSLOG needs to copy the field values from the import file to the corresponding SWISSLOG fields. It has to convert Band, Mode, QSL indicators, and more. The instructions defining how this must be done are contained in Field Assignment Table.
If SWISSLOG does not know what to do with an input value it will ask you for information by popping up the Field Assignment Dialog window, which is the input window for the Field Assignment Table. You must enter the assignment information or tell SWISSLOG to ignore the field. Depending on the missing information another page of the dialog is opened. Use the links below to navigate to the corresponding description.
For import files from the DOS version of SWISSLOG and ADIF files SWISSLOG knows how to map the standard fields. Note that some programs do not use "standard" ADIF files and SWISSLOG will still have to ask you what to do with the non-standard information.
If SWISSLOG needs information from you the Field Assignment Dialog window is displayed with the page opened where the information must be entered.
In the above dialog window you can assign the various fields from the import file to SWISSLOG fields.
The table on the left displays the name of the field from the import file (Import Field) and the corresponding SWISSLOG field which the import field is mapped to (--> SWL-Field).
The list on the right side of the dialog window (Available DB Fields) displays all of the SWISSLOG fields.
You must enter the name of the SWISSLOG field that corresponds to the import field by inserting it next to the name of the Import Field.
You can do this by using one of the following methods:
Mark the import field and select the corresponding SWISSLOG field from the list of Available DB fields and press the Insert button. (Mark the fields by placing the mouse cursor over the field name and click).
Drag and Drop the SWISSLOG field from the list of Available DB fields to the SWL-Field list next to the corresponding import field.
Field assignment for text files
Fields in text files do not have names. Therefore field position numbers are used to identify the fields in the input file. Text files have either a format with fixed columns, or are delimited (see Format Definitions). The numbering of the fields is different for either format.
For text files with a fixed column layout the column where the field starts is used as field name
For delimited text files the field number is used as field name
Below is an example of field assignments for a file with a fixed column layout:
Use the Add Field button to add new fields
If you often need to import data from text files with non-standard formatting then it is a good idea to save the Field Assignments so the next time you won't have to do all this again; but instead you can simply load those saved Field Assignments!
In the above dialog window you define the format of the Time and Date fields that are used in the input file. If the input file is a text file you also need to define the format of the text file.
Time Format: enter the time format using the characters shown below
H = Hours
M = Minutes
S = Seconds
Date Format: enter the date format using the characters shown below
D = Day
M = Month
Y = Year
Text format: if the input file is a text file, select the appropriate format
Delimited for a delimited text file
Fixed format for a text file with a fix column layout
If the input file is a delimited text file define the delimiter and quote character
Delimiter Character: Character used to delimit (separate) the fields
Quote Character: Character used to frame a field (placed at the beginning and end of a field). Framing is necessary for fields containing blanks.
In the above dialog window you can define how the bands in the input file are converted to bands in SWISSLOG. Older log programs did not enforce a consistent naming of the bands. Therefore you may have to make several entries in this list. During the import process SWISSLOG stops at every unknown band entry in the input file and asks you how it should be converted.
The table on the left displays a list of the bands in the import file (Import Band) and the corresponding SWISSLOG band that it will be converted to (--> SWL-Band).
The list on the right side of the dialog window (Available Bands) displays the SWISSLOG bands.
You must enter the SWISSLOG band that corresponds to the import band by inserting one of SWISSLOG's available bands next to the name of the import band.
You can do this by using one of the following methods:
Mark the Import Band and select the corresponding SWISSLOG band from the list of Available Bands and press the Insert button. (Mark the fields by placing the mouse cursor over the field name and click).
Drag and drop the SWISSLOG band from the list of Available Bands to the SWL-Band list next to the corresponding import band.
In the above dialog window you can define how the modes of the input file are converted to modes in SWISSLOG. Older log programs did not enforce a consistent naming of the modes. Therefore you may have to make several entries in this list. During the import process SWISSLOG stops at every unknown mode entry in the input file and asks you how it should be converted.
The table on the left displays a list of the modes in the import file (Import Mode) and the corresponding SWISSLOG mode that it will be converted to (--> SWL-Mode).
The list on the right side of the dialog window (Available Modes) displays the SWISSLOG modes.
You must enter the SWISSLOG mode that corresponds to the import mode by inserting one of SWISSLOG's available modes next to the name of the import mode.
You can do this by using one of the following methods:
Mark the Import Mode and select the corresponding SWISSLOG mode from the list of Available Modes and press the Insert button. (Mark the fields by placing the mouse cursor over the field name and click).
Drag and drop the SWISSLOG mode from the list of Available Modes to the SWL-Mode list next to the corresponding import mode.
In the above dialog window you can define how the QSL information should be converted. This definition may become very complex if you used a sophisticated QSL control system in the log program you're importing from. The example above shows such a case.
SWISSLOG uses three QSL Indicators to implement a QSL control system: QSL-Sent, QSL-Received and a field named QSL-Action. The QSL control system is very comprehensive; for complete details please read the following sections: QSL-Rules and QSL-Actions.
IMPORTANT: SWISSLOG assumes that the values used in QSL-Sent and QSL-Received mean the same thing for both fields.
The table on left side contains the current QSL conversion settings for the input values.
Import-QSL is the value in the input field.
SW-QSL defines how the QSL indicators in SWISSLOG will be set for this input value.
1 = the target QSL indicator will be set to YES
2 = both the QSL-Received and QSL-Sent indicators will be set to YES. This is for programs which used only one indicator.
3 = the target QSL indicator will be set to NO
QSL-Action: the value that should be set in the QSL-Action field. This is very important: as you can see in the example above, this information was coded in the QSL indicators with various characters. The QSL indicators in SWISSLOG can only be on or off (YES or NO). Therefore the meaning of the characters used in the import log must be put into the QSL-Action field.
Target-Field: this is an information only field. When SWISSLOG does not know how to convert a value it opens this dialog. The Target-Field tells you that SWISSLOG was about to convert the input field to the QSL-Received or QSL-Sent indicator.
With the radio buttons on the right side you can define how the input values should be converted.
QSL-Action is based on: This specifies which QSL indicator must be used to set the QSL-Action.
Remember: SWISSLOG assumes that you use the same values in both the QSL-Received and the QSL-Sent indicator.
Let's go through an example: you use Y for YES and N for NO. Next you want to set the QSL-Action to 'Send' if a QSL card was not sent, or set the QSL-Action to 'Sent' if a QSL card was sent. In this case the QSL-Action field should be based on the value of the QSL-Sent indicator. For a N value you specify 'Send'; for a Y value 'Sent'.
Import-Value: the value in the input field for which this settings is valid.
QSL-received / sent: select how the QSL indicator should be set. Yes for both means that QSL-Received and the QSL-Sent indicator will be set to True (Yes).
QSL-Action: Select the action which should be enabled. Note: If the "Apply QSL Rules" checkbox is marked this setting is overwritten.
Apply QSL Rules: if this checkbox is marked QSL-Action is set according to the QSL-Rules.
IMPORTANT: Enabling this option may slow down the importation process considerably. Internet connection is needed to apply this QSL action.
To simplify importing a log file from SWISSLOG DOS there are additional 'wizard' steps which are explained below:
IMPORTANT: If the log you're importing contains QSOs from more than one QTH you will have to split the log files into separate files, each log containing QSOs for only one QTH. (See Plan your import above). Use SWISSLOG Version 3 DOS for creating the separate input files.
When asked for the SWISSPEZ file look for it in the directory where you installed the DOS version of SWISSLOG. The directory is typically named: \SWISPROG. Select the file SWISSPEZ.DXD. This file contains the manually assigned DXCCs – some of the DXCC's need special conversion. These conversions are stored in the file named: SWISSLOG\Info\DXDOSWIN.txt.
You can add your special conversions to this file if necessary.
When asked for the Notes directory, enter the directory where the notes are
stored. The directory is usually named: \SWISPROG\NOTES
The following items can be specified in the above dialog window:
Format of Name_QTH Field: specify how
you entered the Name/QTH in SWISSLOG Version 3 DOS. If you select
"Name and QTH" the contents of the field will be split into a
Name and QTH and moved into the corresponding fields.
Delimiter Name / QTH: specify the characters you used to separate
the name from the QTH.
Copy Spec-Field into Region-Field for US-Stations: if you entered the name of the US state into the
Spec-Field mark this checkbox. The Spec-Field for US stations will then be
moved into the Region-Field.
Copy Spec-Field into Sub-Region-Field: if
you entered regional information like DOK, DFM, etc. into the Spec-Field
mark this checkbox and the Spec-Field will be moved into the Sub-Region
If you have used variable fields then the Field Assignment Dialog window will
be displayed whenever SWISSLOG encounters a variable field without defined
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