tipped me off to FLE and FLEcli. Cool! Especially as I still prefer logging SOTA by hand.
I do write GUIs, but I’m a fan of CLI when the GUI doesn’t offer much value. FLE clearly straddles that boundary. This was an excuse to try to remember what I could from the dragon book and to try out that pyparsing library I’ve known about for a long time but hadn’t had a use case for, yet.
The result is here: slepy. Direct link to description and examples including a handwritten (or should I say handscribbled? log) here: slepy documentation.
The biggest difference from the FLE format is that I followed the way I hand log time. (If someone can point me to a video where I can watch someone logging on paper with the FLE style time notes, it’d help me to understand that style.)
Some fun potential modifications:
Hardcode your callsign.
Use current date if not given.
Simplify the syntax. No need for ‘my_reference’ or ‘s2s’ for example.
Check values for validity including summit references.
Regarding time entry in FLE, I found it pretty straightforward. When I log on paper I have columns of time, call, RST sent, RST received (the latter two not always completed in the heat of the moment). Here is an example from the FLE text file from a portion of my most recent SOTA activation:
Yup, Roy showed it perfectly. I only write the full UTC time on the first QSO in my log, then I only record the minutes. When I have a pileup going I can work 2 or 3 per min, so I don’t write down anything for time if the minute is the same. When the hour changes I will record it for one QSO, then back to only writing the minute.
Just the FLE idea is great. Thought it would be fun to do something custom for the way I happen to hand log. Saving it as a programming exercise for this student to modify it for the FLE timestamp style.
Bonus: this runs on anything and don’t even have to compile it to run it. Hackable, too.
I use FLE. I log on paper and write down in the FLE order so that’s time (usually just the minutes) before the callsign and then the reports (usually just the S assuming R=5 T=9). But I usually write down the callsign first and then fill in the time later. I just leave a gap to the left of the callsign in my notebook. So on paper it exactly matches the FLE format but I can actually put pen to paper in any order.
More than one activation in the input file seems doable. my_reference and/or new date to indicate a new one. (I ran an activation a while ago that went over the UTC rollover. Not on New Year’s and not really on purpose. But that turns out to be two activations.) Carry over the last freq/mode or reset them at this point?
I don’t know what your backend is, but if you can use python and could use some code, let me know. FLE import on the web site would be awesome! Well, even better if the format I like. I’ll suffer and translate.
If folks could send me some example FLE files, I can do some testing of my parsing code. Easiest option is via PM (click on my Callsign, hit the “Message” button), and copy/paste the file into the message (use the “preformatted text” option so Discourse doesn’t interpret things weirdly).