Do any of you use Ham Radio Deluxe? I do a lot. But I have to swap programs to properly log and use the cluster.
I reached out to HRD, and they are interested in incorporating SOTA into HRD. I have been providing info to move the project along.
Here is where we (they) are so far:
I didn’t know HRD was still a thing. I thought everyone dropped it when you had to pay and then the owner started blacklisting paying customers for negative reviews. I’m surprised it’s still going.
I recommend one of the free station management programmes (they aren’t just loggers!) which are excellent and very well supported, such as Logger 32. I have adopted my own manual method of logging SOTA refs and summit names, height and points in Logger32 for both activator and chaser QSOs so I don’t use the official ADIF coding. Other programs are also available at no cost, such as Log4OM and others. Recent log example, for activating and chasing shown below:
I think Kent is looking for an HRD development here rather than changing programs.
Can you get them to reach out to the SOTA IT team. Using summitslist.csv might be a bit heavy depending on how they intend to use summits data and the API might be a better option for them.
Good idea. Who is all on that team?
BTW there are a lot of users for HRD. I have no financial interest in the program, other than I use it for may other ham radio activities such as satellite and general logging. I have had nothing but a great time using it. If you dont like it so be it.
Me for starters Josh @WU7H and Andy @MM0FMF
The free DXLab Suite already has support for SOTA. There is a specific field for entering your QSO partner’s SOTA reference, and the ability to track your progress.
I use DXLab’s DXKeeper as my logbook of record. It is very easy to import my SOTA logs into it, and from there click a couple of buttons to upload the QSOs to LoTW as well (vs. going into TQSL, signing an upload, etc.).
The program’s various modules (e.g., spot cluster, RTTY/digital, propagation predictor) are regularly updated and maintained by the creator Dave AA6YQ. Online support is fantastic, and there is a reflector on groups.io.
Did I mention DXLab is free?
73 Paula k9ir
I use and like log4om - again free and supports recording sota data.