This program converts a plain text file resembling (to a limited extent) a hand-written station log to widely used ADIF (Amateur radio Data Interchange Format). Originally, I named it SmartLog, to emphasize my program's outstanding position among hundreds of other ham radio utilities. Then I realized there were some 30-60 other "smartlogs" hanging around (including a company named "SmartLog Software") and decided to use the name DumbLog instead.
Sometimes less is more...
On top of all that, my program works in Linux, because it was written in Perl. Rejoice, fellow friends of the Penguin, yet another useful program! ...ehm, hope so...
The converter works as a filter. Input data are read using diamond operator (<>).
This means it reads
normally from standard input; but if you enter a valid file name in the command line,
Perl will use that file
as input instead of
So the use is quite easy. If your input file is called 2001-summer.log and you want to generate ok1fou-2001a.adif, you just have to type:
[[email protected]]$ dumblog 2001-summer.log > ok1fou-2001a.adif
Here's a sample input log file.
The file must start with
#TEXTLOG 1.0where 1.0 identifies file format version. The version actually does not have any effect on processing in the current version, but it must match regular expression
Station info consists of data which are usually constant over a series of QSOs. This is typically my own call, QTH, grid locator, etc. This could be also mode and band used, although these data refer to QSO rather than the radio station description.
SmartLog reads station info into static variables, i.e. it keeps their values until the next occurrence of the variable. In other words, they are "remembered" and can be changed when needed. The program reads them on the fly.
There are two kinds of station info variables: QSO variables are detected by SmartLog due to their distinct format and therefore don't need a label. These variables are shown in Table 1:
|Variable||Format or /regex/|
name=valueAnything after equal sign till the end of line is value assigned to the variable.
Namemust be one of the ADIF elements, otherwise you won't obtain valid ADIF file. SmartLog does not verify validity of ADIF elements. Empty assignment (no value) deletes the variable, i.e. the respective ADIF element will not appear in the output from this line on.
Variable QSO data change with every QSO:
RST received, but it is not required for successful
export of ADIF record.
|anything else not matching QSO constant or variable|
Data not used for ADIF conversion are separated
# character or double-slash
Although SmartLog ignores these "comments"
(think of Unix shell comments or comments in C++), they actually have a distinct
format. At least, the first string after the comment character
should be operator's name followed by comma. Next after comma
should be QTH of the other station. Anyway, this part of each
line is intended only for personal notes.
SmartLog attempts to output ADIF record after each line of input.
ADIF record is output, however, only if all substantial QSO data
exist in the respective variables.
After output of ADIF record SmartLog deletes
RST received to prevent output
of non-existent QSOs if the following QSO
data were corrupted or incomplete.
Have a look yourself.
Many thanks to Stipe Predanic, 9A6KSP, who found a bug in the program. DumbLog would not strip off comment past "#" character. OTOH using double-slash as comment separator worked well.