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fast entry of old logs

Don Carlgren
 

Hi,
 
I'm looking after the logs of a SK friend of mine.  His logs are all hand written and go back to the early 50's and I am in the process of putting them into electronic format so I can upload them to LOTW.
 
Any suggestions on how to quick add QSO's from paper logs?  I am guessing I have about 200 log books to transcribe in total so I know this will be a multi year project but any suggestions on what to use or how to pound them in with the least amount of pain would be great.
 
Thanks
73, Don
VA7ZT

Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below

I'm looking after the logs of a SK friend of mine. His logs are all hand written and go back to the early 50's and I am in the process of putting them into electronic format so I can upload them to LOTW.

Any suggestions on how to quick add QSO's from paper logs? I am guessing I have about 200 log books to transcribe in total so I know this will be a multi year project but any suggestions on what to use or how to pound them in with the least amount of pain would be great.

+ There are two options:


1. As described in

<https://www.dxlabsuite.com/dxkeeper/Help/LogCompletedMain.htm>

use DXKeeper's Main window, with the "Optimize for realtime QSO entry" option disabled. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the available keyboard shortcuts:

<https://www.dxlabsuite.com/dxkeeper/Help/KeyboardShortcuts.htm#Main%20window%20shortcuts>


2. use DF3DB's "Fast Log Entry" application, which is available via

<https://www.df3cb.com/fle/>


+ Ops who have used both say that using DXKeeper (with keyboard shortcuts) is faster. Using DXKeeper also provides immediate error detection and reporting; in contrast, Fast Log Entry produces an ADIF file that you can import into DXKeeper, at which time your data entry errors all become manifest "en masse".


+ I suggest that you use each to enter ~100 QSOs, and then stick with the one you like best.

73,

Dave, AA6YQ

iain macdonnell - N6ML
 

On Wed, Dec 4, 2019 at 5:39 PM Don Carlgren <don.carlgren@...> wrote:
I'm looking after the logs of a SK friend of mine. His logs are all hand written and go back to the early 50's and I am in the process of putting them into electronic format so I can upload them to LOTW.

Any suggestions on how to quick add QSO's from paper logs? I am guessing I have about 200 log books to transcribe in total so I know this will be a multi year project but any suggestions on what to use or how to pound them in with the least amount of pain would be great.
I've seen recommendations for FLE before, but I've never used it
myself. It should produce ADIF files that you could then import into
DXKeeper (hopefully both apps are ADIF compliant! - in-joke for
members of the LotW group).

https://www.df3cb.com/fle/

If you want to do the enter in DXKeeper directly:

https://www.dxlabsuite.com/dxkeeper/Help/LogCompletedMain.htm

73,

~iain / N6ML

Don Carlgren
 

thanks so much for the ideas!  I will give both methods a shot and go with the one that will work best for me.

73, Don
VA7ZT


On Wed, Dec 4, 2019 at 5:52 PM iain macdonnell - N6ML <ar@...> wrote:
On Wed, Dec 4, 2019 at 5:39 PM Don Carlgren <don.carlgren@...> wrote:
> I'm looking after the logs of a SK friend of mine.  His logs are all hand written and go back to the early 50's and I am in the process of putting them into electronic format so I can upload them to LOTW.
>
> Any suggestions on how to quick add QSO's from paper logs?  I am guessing I have about 200 log books to transcribe in total so I know this will be a multi year project but any suggestions on what to use or how to pound them in with the least amount of pain would be great.

I've seen recommendations for FLE before, but I've never used it
myself. It should produce ADIF files that you could then import into
DXKeeper (hopefully both apps are ADIF compliant! - in-joke for
members of the LotW group).

https://www.df3cb.com/fle/

If you want to do the enter in DXKeeper directly:

https://www.dxlabsuite.com/dxkeeper/Help/LogCompletedMain.htm

73,

    ~iain / N6ML



Joe Subich, W4TV
 

Don,

Note that whichever entry method you use, many of the "Countries" will
be incorrect when entering data from the old logs. You may wish to
back-up the log periodically and run the "FIX" scripts to clean up
the differences between "old" and "current" prefix assignments.

Prefixes like E5, VP6, VK9, VK0, FO, 3D2, TO, TM, etc. will probably
be wrong no matter what you do as those prefixes are "ambiguous" and
can be used from multiple "countries".

73,

... Joe, W4TV

On 2019-12-04 8:53 PM, Don Carlgren wrote:
thanks so much for the ideas! I will give both methods a shot and go with
the one that will work best for me.
73, Don
VA7ZT
On Wed, Dec 4, 2019 at 5:52 PM iain macdonnell - N6ML <@N6ML> wrote:

On Wed, Dec 4, 2019 at 5:39 PM Don Carlgren <don.carlgren@...>
wrote:
I'm looking after the logs of a SK friend of mine. His logs are all
hand written and go back to the early 50's and I am in the process of
putting them into electronic format so I can upload them to LOTW.

Any suggestions on how to quick add QSO's from paper logs? I am
guessing I have about 200 log books to transcribe in total so I know this
will be a multi year project but any suggestions on what to use or how to
pound them in with the least amount of pain would be great.

I've seen recommendations for FLE before, but I've never used it
myself. It should produce ADIF files that you could then import into
DXKeeper (hopefully both apps are ADIF compliant! - in-joke for
members of the LotW group).

https://www.df3cb.com/fle/

If you want to do the enter in DXKeeper directly:

https://www.dxlabsuite.com/dxkeeper/Help/LogCompletedMain.htm

73,

~iain / N6ML



Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below

Note that whichever entry method you use, many of the "Countries" will be incorrect when entering data from the old logs. You may wish to back-up the log periodically and run the "FIX" scripts to clean up the differences between "old" and "current" prefix assignments.

Prefixes like E5, VP6, VK9, VK0, FO, 3D2, TO, TM, etc. will probably be wrong no matter what you do as those prefixes are "ambiguous" and can be used from multiple "countries".

+ Excellent point, Joe - and thank you for developing and sharing these scripts!

+ Instructions are here:

<https://www.dxlabsuite.com/dxlabwiki/CorrectDXCCEntity>

73,

Dave, AA6YQ

Don Carlgren
 

Good point.  Yes, he had 372 confirmed so there are certainly a lot of long gone prefixes in there.  He kept really good notes so I may be able to address a lot of them on the fly.

I really appreciate the information.  I figure I have about 200K QSO's to enter so it's going to take a very long time but it's also a walk through radio history so I am really looking forward to it.

Thanks for the tips!  Really apprecitated
73, Don
VA7ZT

Mike - AA1AR
 

I wish I had known about Joe's scripts when I typed in my father's logs...
Instead I created a ClubLog account for him, and uploaded his logs.
ClubLog emailed me a list of discrepancies I could reconcile later, sometimes citing exceptions
to callsign rules that they had on record.  Some of these helped me to find typos in my entries or
in the original logs.

73 & GL, Mike - AA1AR

roamer
 

I empathize my friend.  Tuff road but doable.  

I suggest you parcel out some logs to some high a book kids and let them go to town.  Pay according to ur conscience.

Good luck. Let us know how you make out. 73!