North Coast Contesters Club League Tables on Club Log
Thanks to the efforts of Anthony, K8ZT, NCC is now a registered club with Club Log. Here is some information provided by Anthony on what Club Log is and what you can do with it. Anthony is now the official administrator of Club Log for NCC, so contact him with questions/assistance. Thanks Anthony!
What is Club Log?
- Club Log is a FREE online database with a suite of powerful tools supporting active DXers and Contesters.
- Once you have registered on Club Log and uploaded your log, you will be able to:
- Generate personal reports, showing which DXCC countries you have worked and/or confirmed, when you first worked them, which ones you still need, and which are the most likely to QSL (Club Log’s reports are both comprehensive and flexible);
- Analyze your log for possible/likely errors in the DXCC allocations (Club Log’s painstakingly-researched DXCC database is a tremendously useful resource supporting the DX community);
- Predict the bands and times on which you are most likely to work almost any DX station, based on actual QSOs in the logs uploaded to Club Log, and draw great circle maps;
- Set up a personal DX Cluster feed that filters out the DXCCs you have already worked, leaving just the ones you still need …
- … and much more. This is just a taste of things to come!
What are League Tables
- See how you stand relative to your peers in various league tables and challenges (again, the reports are very flexible – for example with a few clicks you can generate a specific league table listing how many DXCC countries or CQ zones have been worked by various African hams on 20m CW in the past year almost as easily as a global league table covering all bands, all modes and all years since 1945);
- See where you stand relative to your peers in clubs and organizations that you belong to. This is where the tie-in to North Coast Contesters comes in
What Do I Need To Do?
- If you are interested in Participating you must add yourself to this club. The opt-in principle is how Club Log is intended to work.
- If you are not already a member you will need to join Clublog
- Go to https://clublog.org/signup.php
- Enter your information and click “Sign Up Now” button
- If you are already a member
- Sign in to your account
- On top menu click “Settings”
- From Settings top menu choose “Clubs”
You will then see this screen
- Use the slider to find NCC – North Coast Contesters and click on it
- If you would like to join other clubs, hold down the Control key and click on addition clubs
- Click “Join Club(s)” button
- After you choose to join clubs you will see a “Pending” membership note.
- Club log will send me an email and K8ZT or ND8L will approve you as a club member.
What Can I Do with Club Log
- Use the DXCC charts menu option under Your Log to find out which DXCC countries you have worked on each band, and which of those have been confirmed with Logbook of the World confirmations or QSL cards.
- There are options to filter the QSOs by mode, by current-only or current-plus-deleted DXCC countries, worked/confirmed/wanted, and by years if you wish to be more specific in your analysis. If you upload logs for different callsigns (e.g. your normal and contest calls), you can also choose which log or logs to analyze.
- OQRS – Online QSL Requests- both incoming and outgoing
- Search other users logs to make sure you are in their log
- Request QSLs
- Setup to receive OQRS for your log (you get to choose if you want Buro and/or Direct request and even collect costs through PayPal
- Check your league position to see how well you are doing in relation to other DXers who use Club Log.
- DXCC Leagues
- Club Specific Leagues
- Analyze your log
- DXCC charts
- Log inspector
- Zone charts
- Log matching
- Work with LOTW (Club Log provides two-way integration with Logbook of the World (LoTW))
What Do I Need to Do on Club Log to Start Using It
- After you have signed up you will want to upload your logs
- From your favorite Logging software, export your log as an .ADIF/.ADI file
- In Club Log click the Upload button (next to the login button) and complete the four steps that Club Log leads you through, one step at a time:
- Step 1 – Select the callsign for which you want to upload QSOs (you may manage logs for more than one call in Club Log, for example, your normal and contest calls)
- Step 2 – Click Choose file, navigate to the directory where you saved the ADIF file, click the ADIF file to select it, then click the Open button. Click Begin upload to start the file transfer process. Wait until you see “OK – got filename” which means the file is now waiting on the Club Log server to be checked and imported into the database
- Step 3 – Choose whether to add the QSOs that you have just transferred into your existing Club Log records, or erase all the existing records for that callsign first before starting over with the uploaded QSOs
- Step 4 – Click the Submit upload button to put the transferred QSOs in the queue to be imported into Club Log’s database
- Be prepared for the reports and league tables to be updated – some are updated almost straight away, others may take a day. Club Log’s personal reports will warn you if you have made a significant upload subsequent to the database snapshot used in the reports: that anomaly should resolve itself in due course.
- Keep an eye on your inbox for an automated email from Club Log telling you if it detected any errors in your upload, such as this:
Most errors are due to Club Log disagreeing with your logging program about which DXCC countries you have actually worked. This is the power of Club Log’s extensive database of DXCC information and a huge amount of research into DXCC. Almost always, you will discover that you or your logging program has made a mistake with the claimed DXCC country. Correct the country, re-export and re-upload your log to have Club Log check it again.
- If you don’t want to receive the upload confirmations or errors, you can tell Club Log not to email you its summary after an upload using an option on the Settings page.
- There are several options in the upload process:
- You don’t need to upload your entire log every time – just export and upload the QSOs you have logged since previous Club Log upload.
- If your logging program has the option to export just your latest QSOs to an ADIF file for signing and uploading to LoTW (Logbook of The World), you can upload that same ADIF file (not the signed .tq8 file!) to Club Log as well as LoTW.
- Some logging programs have the facility to upload each QSO automatically to Club Log as you log it – check the logging program’s help for details.
- Don’t worry if you accidentally upload QSOs more than once – Club Log simply identifies and skips the duplicates unless the QSO details have changed.
- If you have made lots of changes to your log (e.g. you have received a batch of QSL cards from the bureau and updated the QSL details in your logging program), or if you think your log in Club Log might be incomplete or corrupted, it is a good idea to output your entire log to an ADIF file, upload it to Club Log, and then in Step 3, choose “Clear my existing log first, then upload”. This option deletes your previously uploaded QSOs for that callsign, then imports the newly uploaded ADIF file. It doesn’t hurt to do this every so often – maybe once a year – to be sure that Club Log is working with your complete and accurate log.
- If you manage the logs for several callsigns (e.g. personal and club calls), you can export and upload the logs one call at a time, in the same way, selecting the relevant call in Step 1, assuming you have configured your Club Log profile for all your calls. You should be careful always to match your uploads to the right callsign, though.