Hints and tips for using the Logger32 logging program.

Logger32 Help File

Logger32 has extensive Help! This help is your friend. When you are looking for a particular subject, use the Contents, Index, or Search windows to find a section of Help that looks relevant and then use the standard Windows Ctrl-F (Find) tool to search within that section. Don't find what you are looking for, just try another section and repeat the Find process.
For example, you want to update the LoTW user flag information in the Logbook Entry window. Looking under Contents, we see Logbook Window, which has a sub-heading of Logbook Entry Window. Seems a likely place to start. Click on that sub-heading to open that section. Now press Ctrl-F to bring up the Find window and type in LoTW. Clicking on Next takes us to the Logbook of the World user indicator section. In that section we find a link to the DX Spot Window, where the information on creating/updating the LoTW user database resides. Once in the DX Spot Window section, we can use Ctrl-F again to search for LoTW. Since LoTW is mentioned frequently in this section, it takes a few clicks on the Next button to get to the part on updating the LoTW user file. Voila, step-by-step instructions.

Logger32 Help is available in 3 different formats: the normal Windows Help (.chm), Acrobat Reader (.pdf), and Word (.docx). The latest version of Help can be found by clicking on the "Latest English Online Help" icon at Support Files page of the Logger32 web site.
1. Before downloading the new Logger32.chm file, you need to delete the existing Logger32.chm and Logger32.chi files in the Logger32 folder.
2. A menu item can be added to the Utilities Menu to open the pdf or docx version of the Help file.That menu item has to start with the appropriate .exe file for the program you use to read pdf or docx files and then the help file.
Example for Adobe Acrobat under Windows 7 (64 bit):
C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Reader 11.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe "C:\Ham Programs\Logger32\Logger32.pdf

Gerry VE6LB is a beta tester for Logger32. He has extensive knowledge of the program and its many features. If you need help with a paticular part of Logger32, Gerry can be contacted at ve6lb@telus.net.

Useful links for Logger32 Users

  • Gary ZM4G's Logger32 page. Gary has many useful tips for installing and using Logger32.
  • Gary's Unoffical FAQ page with answers to many common "how to" questions.
  • Features you many not know about. This page was last updated in December of 2009 but it still highlights some useful tips on getting more out of Logger32.
  • N2AMG - Rick Ellison's site has some great add ins for Logger32, including LoTW_eQSL upload/download utility, QRZ lookup, and Frequency Manager.
  • N2AMG Wiki Rick has started a Wiki with instructions on how to setup his add in programs.

Useful Tips

Integrating Logger32 and WSJT-X: Logger32 and WSJT-X can be configured so that when the WSJT-X user logs a contact, it also gets added to Logger32 in real time. A special Band Map window in Logger32 is also made available to the user which shows the status of the stations heard by WSJT-X (new country, new band, already worked, etcetera).
In WSJT-X, under Settings, Reporting, configure the UDP section as shown below and enable "Prompt me to log QSO" in the Logging section:

In Logger32, right click on UDP on the lower menu bar, then click on "Open WSJT-X/JTDX UDP Band Map". If you just want to do the logging and not display the Band Map, then click on "Click to Open WSJT-X/JTDX UDP port" only. The colours in the Band Map are the ones defined by the user in Logger32.

Version 3.50.15 has simplified the customization of the Logbook and Previous QSO's windows. Hiding/unhiding, moving, naming, and formating columns is now done using a more readable window. To access this window, right click on the column header of the column you want to tweak.

To access the original customization window, right click on any of the data fields and select Setup, Grid Layout.

Right click is your friend! Many windows/fields in Logger32 have options hidden in them that can be accessed with a mouse right click. Give it a try and see what opens up for you.

For DX chasers, check out the Country database exceptions from ClubLog settings under Settings, Updates. It will allow Logger32 to recognize the "oddball" calls that sometimes get used for Dxpeditions and other "events".

Now that you have Logger32 looking and fuctioning the way you want, make a backup of the Logger32 folder! Copy it to the cloud or an external hard drive or a thumb drive. Refresh that backup periodically, especailly after making any major changes. VE6PLC uses Carbonite to automatically back up his files, including Logger32.

How to resend a log entry to LoTW and/or eQSL. You discover that the Operating mode for a contact that you uploaded to LoTW and eQSL was incorrect. After making corrections to the log entry in Logger32, you need to upload it to LoTW. In order to do have the LoTW_eQSL Utility upload the corrected record again, 2 settings need to be updated: "LoTW sent" needs to be unchecked and "LoTW flagged" needs to be checked. In the Logbook page window, click on the record that needs to be resent then right-click on the record in the Previous QSO's window.
Before changing the settings:

After changing the settings:

Click on "Update QSL status to match settings above" to save the changes. The LoTW_eQSL Utility will recognize that this record needs to be uploaded.

The Utilities Menu includes some new items: DX Activty shows DX stations and whether you have confirmed, worked, or need the DX entity; IOTA Activty shows IOTA stations; DX-World Timeline shows the schedule of upcoming DX opportunites.

Another item you might want to add to the Utility Menu is Band Conditions. Here is the command that can be added to the Utility Menu for People with FireFox under Windows 7 or 8: C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe http://www.bandconditions.com

NOTE: this page will be updated as members submit hints and tips!