SkookumLogger v3.2.7 now available
Bill Myers, K1GQ has released version 3.2.7 of the contest logging software SkookumLogger for macOS.
SkookumLogger is a full-featured contest logging program suitable for the most demanding contester. It runs on MacOS, supporting single-mode and and mixed-mode events on 13 bands between 160m and 23cm. SkookumLogger requires a K1EL WinKeyer or a YCCC SO2R Box to send CW.
Apple changed something, since 3.2.5, that sometimes breaks getting SkookumLogger updates from the App Store. The update fails with an Alert about “unable to install, try again later”. One user found that trashing the version in the Application folder, and any other versions found with a Finder search, then restarting the before trying the App Store update again, resolved the problem. Alternatively, you can download this latest release here.
Some SkookumLogger Features
- Any number of QSOs per log
- Two QSO entry boxes supporting interleaved SO1R, SO2V, SO2R/2BSIQ with one keyboard
- Duplicate checking as callsigns are entered
- Exchange Archive (personal call history file) for exchange pre-fill
- Partial callsign matching against log, Exchange Archive, and Super Check Partials (SCP) database
- Integrated download of the SCP and cty.dat databases
- Separate activity table windows (like band maps) for each contest band
- Multiplier checksheets for countries, regions, prefixes, zones, grids, other
- Time Tracker and Rate Tracker panels
- Score window with band breakdown and scoring for most contests
- Bidirectional DX Cluster packet spotting interface, with skimmer and QSX support
- CW call type-ahead and CW keyboard mode
- Context-sensitive, queued message sending for CW, SSB (using radio DVR), FSK/PSK (using radio encoder)
- Great circle maps with terminator and antenna pattern overlays
- SkookumNet networking for multi-operator/multi-transmitter configurations
- Amplifier standby/operate and drive power controls
- Rotator direction display and control
- Elecraft P3SVGA panadapter display with graphical known-activity overlays
- YCCC SO2R Box+ and YCCC SO2R Mini interfaces including their WinKeyer emulations
- YCCC MOAS antenna switch interface
- XK-24 Keypad interface with red/blue backlights
- Cabrillo export for submitting log entries
- ADIF and CSV export for moving contest QSOs to a general-purpose logger
- Automated log submission via Apple Mail and via web browser
- Statistics report for post-contest analysis of your contest log
- CW Practice mode for developing your running skills off the air
- The support page now contains a work-around for when downloading updates from the App Store doesn’t work with the unhelpful “try again later” outcome.
- K4 TCP fixes a mode tracking bug and now supports bumping filter width up and down, toggling spot, and the SkookumLogger Panadapter.
- The Steal Frequency command, previously available only via the XK-24 Keypad, is now available in the Log menu.
- The YCCC SO2R window now displays the device name and firmware date when you enable the connection to a Mini. This requires new firmware; see the “About the YCCC SO2R Mini” item on the Hints page of the web site for details.
- In Practice mode, all callers that have the same number of matched characters now call again when the sent callsign isn’t exactly matched. Thanks JH5GHM.
- Added the File > Export Calendar… command, which creates a .csv file listing the start dates in the current year for the 338 events supported by SkookumLogger. Use Numbers to open the file and make a pretty table.
- Added support for the RGO One radio to the Other group in the Radio Types lists. Thanks DF9TS.
- Several internal changes to Morse keyer code to improve behavior in stressful scenarios, including aborts, use of PTT, and interleaving paddle sending with messages. These changes require updating the firmware if you are using the YCCC SO2R Mini. Thanks JH5GHM and W2RU.
- In 1T*R, messages that automatically log a QSO now delay performing the log until the entire message has been sent.
- Updated many RSGB and UKEI contest rules for 2022 changes. Thanks GØDVJ.
- Updated Ontario QSO Party for 2022 changes. Thanks VE3CX (the very first time any contest sponsor has proactively notified me about a change).
- The explanation for a suspect QSO containing an invalid callsign was unhelpful.
The latest version of SkookumLogger is available free of charge for download here or visit the App Store.