Fields for the QSO-Entry Window


Callsign Field

Callsign of the partner station with possible extensions like HB9BJS/OE9. If SWISSLOG can't distinguish between the callsign and the extension you can precede the callsign with an asterisk *

Example: KH5K*N9NS or *N9NS\KH5K

SWISSLOG interprets the above callsign as N9NS.

The callsign field is stored in the Logbook-Table. The callsign without the extension is used to create the Station-Record in the Callbook-Table.

By selecting an option from the QSO-Entry option dialog, you can specify that the Callsign is displayed in a different color when it's the first contact with a station.  

In order to speed up the logging process in pile ups or contest, keep in mind that:  

Operator Field

Name of operator who operated the partner station.

Attention: It is important to understand the difference between the name of the operator and the name of the person that owns the callsign.

SWISSLOG maintains two name fields:

  1. Name of the operator. This is the name of the person who was operating the station when the QSO was made. This is not necessarily the owner of the callsign. The operator name is stored in the field L_Operator in the Logbook table.
     

  2. Name of the person who owns the callsign (station). This name is stored in the field C_OP_Name of the Callbook table.

    For each new QSO the Operator field is initialized with the name of the callsign owner (station owner). That means that the value stored in C_OP_Name is copied into L_Operator.

So when you're looking at the name remember to distinguish between the two "names". Usually you want to see the name of the callsign owner. If you are interested in who has operated the station, you should display both name fields (Name in the Callbook and Name of the Operator in your Logbook).

QTH Field

Name of your QSO partner's QTH. This field is stored in the PQTH-Table.

A partner may have multiple QTH's. This field allows you to select one of the existing QTH's. If the Station operates from a new QTH you can enter the name of the new QTH. SWISSLOG will then ask you if you want to create a new Partner QTH entry. See also QTH-Name Field.

Mode Field

Mode for this QSO. Click on the arrow to open the list and select the mode. If your radio is connected to your computer then the mode will be read from the radio and set automatically; but make sure it selects the correct mode. Example: if you're making contacts in RTTY and using AFSK on LSB then you have to select RTTY from the menu, otherwise the QSO will be logged in LSB.

If the particular mode is not on the list then you should add it by selecting Edit Add / Edit Modes from the main menu.

See also Add/Edit Bands and Modes.

Band Field

Band for this QSO. Click the arrow to open the list and select the band.

This field is filled in automatically if you're radio is connected to your PC.

If the particular band is not on the list you can add it by selecting Edit Add / Edit Bands from the main menu.

See also Add/Edit Bands and Modes.

QRG Field

Frequency for this QSO. The QRG is set automatically. If there is no entry it is set to a value corresponding to the selected band. If you're radio is connected to your PC, and you have activated the TX-Interface, and you are operating in the real-time mode, then the QRG is read automatically from the radio.

RSTR Field

The report which was given to you by the partner station. It contains RST and any possible alpha-numeric extension like 597SG for a HB9 station working from the Canton St. Gallen. If you received an RST number, (such as a serial number from the partner station) it should be stored in the RSTR-No. Field which is 'glued' to the RSTR field.

RSTR-Nr. Field

The number of the report given by the partner station. This number and field should not be confused with the actual signal report this is generally a serial number issued by the partner station and used mainly for QSO numbering during contests.

Any alpha-numeric extension that was part of the received report should be entered into the RSTR field and not in the RSTR-Nr. Field.

RSTS Field

The report you gave your partner station. It contains RST and any possible alpha-numeric extension like 597SG for a HB9 station working from the Canton St. Gallen. The sent RST number should be stored in the RSTS-No. Field which is 'glued' to the RSTS field.

RSTS-Nr. Field

The number of the report you gave the partner station. This number and field should not be confused with the actual signal report this is generally a serial number and is used mainly for QSO numbering during contests. You can turn on "Increment the RST-Send number automatically" to automatically increment the number in contests. See Options for the QSO entry window.

Any alpha-numeric extension that is part of the report sent should be entered into the RSTS field and not in the RSTS-Nr. Field.

Seq. Nr Field

This is the sequence number of the QSO in your logbook. It is assigned automatically but can be changed. SWISSLOG has a function to recalculate the sequence number. The QSO's are then re-sequenced in QSO-Date/Time order. Select Tools Re-Sequence QSO's from the main menu.

QTH-Locator Field

QTH-Locator of the partner station. If you have already entered longitude and latitude double click on the field to calculate the QTH-Locator. If the latitude and longitude fields are still empty then they will be calculated after entering the QTH Locator. You can enter 2 characters (example: JO), 4 characters (example: JO20) or 6 characters (example: JO20KX). You can even enter the old QRA locator format (example: AB12C) and longitude and latitude will be calculated properly. Afterwards double click on this field again and Locator will be converted to the current Maidenhead Locator system.

Start Field

Start time for the QSO. This field depends on the setting of the Real-time QSO-Entry in the QSO-Entry option dialog.

If the option Real-time QSO-Entry is ON:

If the option Real-time QSO-Entry is OFF:

End Field

End time of the QSO. This field depends on the setting of the Real-time QSO-Entry in the QSO-Entry option dialog.

If the option Real-time QSO-Entry is ON:

If the option Real-time QSO-Entry is OFF:

Date Field

Date of the QSO. This field depends on setting of the Real-time QSO-Entry in the QSO-Entry option dialog. Hint: double click on this field to switch realtime entry ON/OFF.

If the option Real-time QSO-Entry is ON, the Date is initialized automatically based on the computer date. Be sure the AM/PM setting is correct for the computer, otherwise the date may change at noon rather than midnight. Background colour will be set to yellow.

If the option Real-time QSO-Entry is OFF, you can set the Date manually. Press the small calendar Icon to the right of the Date field to display a calendar. Background colour will be set to white.

Spec-Mode Field (Propagation _Mode)

This field is only visible if Show special - modes and satellite fields is set in the QSO-Entry option dialog.

This field was initially called Satellite-Mode. However, it can be used to store any special mode or propagation notation. Therefore, it has been renamed as Special-Mode. It should be noted that this field is still named Sat-Mode in the database.

Select the Special-Mode from the list or insert a new Special-Mode. The Modes are stored in the file SatModes.TXT. 

Satellite-Name Field

This field is only visible if Show special - modes and satellite fields is set in the QSO-Entry option dialog.

Select the Satellite-Name from the List or insert a new Satellite-Name. The Names are stored in the file SatNames.TXT.

QTH-Name Field

A QSO partner may work from multiple QTH's. For every QSO, a Partner-QTH-Entry is created (see Description of the SWISSLOG Database). 

The QTH-Name field is a short name assigned to the Partner-QTH-Entry and the name must be unique. SWISSLOG assigns QTH-Name names automatically when it detects that a new QTH entry must be created. You will be asked if you accept the proposed name and at that point you can change it to make it more meaningful if you desire. For example, if you work HB9BJS at home the entry will be HomeQTH (the default name for a first QSO). If you work him as HB0/HB9BJS then SWISSLOG suggests HB0 as the name.

Your log can contain many QSO's with a station at the same QTH. In that case, only one Partner-QTH-Entry will exist for all of these QSO's. If you change a value of this Partner-QTH-Entry, the value is changed for all QSO's made from this QTH. For example, when you change the DOK, the DOK is changed for all QSO's. So, if you want to change the DOK for just the current QSO, then you have to add a new Partner-QTH-Entry. You can do this by entering a new name in the QTH-Name field.

Country Field

The name of the DXCC-Country where the partner station is operating from.

This is an information-only field (it can not be edited). The value comes from the country table and is not stored with the QSO.

DXCC  Field

DXCC of the partner station. For new QTH's this information comes from the country table. In some cases, it is possible that the DXCC cannot be determined from an ambiguous callsign. In such cases, a list of DXCC's will be presented from which you should select the correct one. For example, if you try entering the call 3D2AS, you will notice that the contents of the Country Field will also change when you change the contents of the DXCC Field.

You may also overtype the DXCC. Use Ctrl-I to get a list of DXCC's (for this function the DXCC Info-Table must be linked to this field).

This field can be associated with an Information Table. Double-click or press Ctrl-I to display the table.

Region Field

This field displays the Region. For instance the field may contain; a U.S. State or a Japanese Prefecture, of the partner station. If you have a statistic active that's based on this field, then the name of the field will change to the name defined in the statistic definition. For example, if you log "K5WW" then the label "Region" in front of the Region Field will change to "State" so you can select the U.S. State.

This field can be associated with an Information Table. Double-click or press Ctrl-I to display the table and select the correct information .

Continent Field

Continent of the partner station. The contents of this field are determined from the information in the DXCC Information Table. This field is automatically populated after entering the callsign. However, if for some reason this information is not correct then the Continent can be changed by using the drop-down menu.

Sub-Region Field

This field could contain one of the following; Province, U.S. County, DOK, WAB square, JCC, etc. If you have a statistic active that's based on this field, the field name will change to the name defined in the statistic definition. For example, if you log "K5WW" then the label "Sub-Reg" in front of the Sub-Region Field will change to "County" so you can select the appropriate U.S. County.

This field can be associated with an Information Table. Double-click or press Ctrl-I to display the table, and select the correct information.

Tip: there are more than 3,000 counties in the U.S.A. If you log a U.S. station and select the state, then you may also select the county in the Sub-Region field, which then gets the "County" name. However, browsing through 3,000+ counties takes a long time!

To make the county selection easier, all you have to do is type the abbreviation for the state in the Sub-Region field, then double-click on the field or press Ctrl+I. Swisslog will then open the list of counties, but this time it jumps directly to the first county in the state you wanted.

Example: If you work K5WW, you can go to the Region field (State for U.S. stations) and enter or select the state "TX". Then go to the Sub-Region field (County for U.S. stations) and type "TX" and then double-click on the Sub-Region field, you will see Swisslog goes directly to the counties for Texas. This will save a lot of time instead of scrolling through a very long list!

Tip: You can also double-click (or press Ctrl+I) and then type the two letter U.S. State abbreviation in the search field of the Information Table. The Info tables view now implement column sorting (by clicking on column title) and incremental filtering! Just type anything below the column title and the view will show the matching records (case sensitive!!)

Distance Field

Distance from your QTH to the partner QTH over the short path (Distance) and the long path (LP). The distance is based on either the coordinates obtained from the country table, from the Callbook-CD, or the ones you enter yourself.

Azimuth Field

Azimuth for short path and long path to the partner station. The azimuth calculation is based on the available coordinates of both QTH's.

Time diff.  Field

Time difference to UTC at your QSO partner's QTH. This value is obtained from the country table, or from the Callbook-CD.

IOTA Field

IOTA number of the partner station, if stationed on an island. If you have installed the IOTA-Statistics, then an Information-Table is available for selection of the IOTA number. Press Ctrl-I or double-click on the field to display the information table, then select the IOTA number that's appropriate.

ITU Field

ITU zone of your QSO partner's QTH. This field is usually initialized from the country table.

For some countries, it is not always possible to determine the ITU zone correctly (U.S.A. for example). Therefore, you may have to check the validity of this value and if necessary correct it.

WAE Field

Worked-All-Europe for European countries. Where possible this field is initialized from the country table. Press Ctrl-I or double-click on the field to display the information table, then select the correct WAE designator if necessary.

WAZ Field

WAZ field for the Worked-All-Zones statistic. Where possible this field is initialized from the country table.

WPX Field

WPX for World-Wide-Prefix statistic. This is an information-only field (it can not be edited).

Longitude Field

Longitude of the QSO partner's station, in decimal annotation.

Latitude Field

Latitude of the QSO partner's station, in decimal annotation. Negative numbers are south of the equator.

Special Field

The special field may contain any value of your choice. It is stored with the QSO in the logbook table. You can use it for statistics where every QSO counts differently (even with the same station) or any other purpose of your choice.

It's very important to use it consistently! Otherwise you won't be able to make meaningful statistics.

Diploma 1-20  Fields

These 20 fields, numbered 1 thru 20, can be used for any information you want. The idea is to use them for special contests, diplomas/awards and events. Before you start to use these fields decide on a concept. These fields must contain consistent information in order to create meaningful reports and statistics. See also How to Manage QSO's for an Award.

If you have a Statistic active which is based on one of these fields, the Name of the Field changes to the name defined in the statistic definition. See Define Statistics.

These fields can be associated with an Information Table. Double-click or press Ctrl-I to display the table and select the correct information.

QSL-Manager Field

This is the QSL manager for the current QSO. It can be different for each QSO.

Search Button. When you press this button, the QSL-Manager Search window is opened and the QSL-Manager for the current call will be searched (in the Callbook CD or in one of the internet databases). If there is more than one QSL managers for the current station (for example covering different time periods) then the correct one should be selected in the QSL-Manager Search window.

QSO Incomplete Field

This field marks the QSO incomplete by clicking in the check box. If the QSO is marked incomplete, it will not count for statistics. You can also use the QSO Incomplete field to exclude QSO's from reports by only filtering or selecting QSO's which have the incomplete field set to 0.


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Last modified: 21 abr. 2020