"A great program. Keeping it simple is both the hard part and its
greatest virtue." K1CTT, March 2014.
sets the standard for fast, simple logging and editing in the
major international contests and in dozens of others
worldwide. It is intended for single-op unassisted entries, on
both SSB and CW.
Here's how it has helped me in the Overseas section
of RSGB 1.8 MHz
contests since 2005 - and World #1 for SO LP 80m CW in
runs on all versions of Windows, from XP to Windows 10,
with a character-based display.
Here is the logging line for CQ WW, with W3LPL typed
in the callsign field.
- We're logging on 40m, and the time is 15:14z
- This is QSO #646
- If logged, W3LPL will be a country mult (C), and a zone mult (Z)
- This will be our third (3) QSO with W3LPL
- The received report defaults to 599
- The zone previously logged (5) is pre-filled
- Our data entry mode is OVR, and mode is CW
- The band/mult analysis shows that -
- W3LPL has been worked on 10 and 20m
- He is needed on 15m, but will not be a mult on that band
- He is needed on 80 and 160m, and would be a double mult on both bands
is not free. When you register (20 euros) you get a key
file registered to your callsign. The key file activates the
current version of SD and all future versions released within
Unregistered versions run in Demo mode, with a delay of 30 seconds
in logging QSOs after the first 10 QSOs in each contest log.
- HF Contests, more than 250 templates supplied.
- Many VHF Contests
supports rig control, serial and parallel keying - and integrates
with WinKey to
eliminate CW timing issues caused by Windows.
offers instant "full-screen" editing of any QSO in
your log. All SD's files, including the log, are standard ASCII
text files and can be viewed with any text editor.
Following any QSO edit, no matter how complex, SD checks
your complete log for consistency, and instantly updates
all relevant QSOs.
This includes setting and unsetting dupe and multiplier
flags, and updating area codes (zones), and points, in
all QSOs as required. The information shown in the
Summary Score window is correct at all times. Just try
this on any other contest logger - and see the
difference for yourself.
is the only contest logger to offer these
features, in real-time, as you type individual
callsign characters. There's no need to touch another
key or memorise Ctrl-This or Alt-That.
- Dupe checking
- Country/Band analysis
- Check Partial by prefix
- Beam headings
- Advance flagging of potential multipliers
- Band/Mode analysis by callsign
- Linked database display
- Auto data insert (Zones and area codes)
- Countries Worked/Wanted by Continent
supports the IOTA contest directly, and includes
all the custom features that make it so efficient compared
to other loggers.
To do well in IOTA, you must work island stations
because they're worth many times more than other QSOs.
For the first fourteen years of the IOTA contest, from
1993 to 2006 inclusive, SD was the leading logger. Here are
sets the standard for instantly showing your band/mode
status for island stations, for highlighting multiplier slots,
and for ease of data entry of island references.
Other loggers can't do this! IOTA is special,
it needs the special features that only SD offers.
identifies country and call-area, as you type individual
callsign letters, and
give you a real-time analysis of IOTA islands (if any)
worked and wanted for that country or call-area - for the
current band and mode. When the country is an IOTA island
with a single reference, SD auto-fills the reference.
gives you a worked/wanted analysis for all bands and
modes when you type an IOTA reference in the callsign
field - there's no need to touch another key or remember
function keys or multiple keystrokes.
is ready now for the 2017 IOTA Contest
IOTA Contest Results
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