SkookumLogger

SkookumLogger is a contest logging program for OS X 10.7 (Lion) or later, supporting CW and SSB events on the six HF contest bands plus 6m, 4m, 2m, and 70cm. This is a personal project that I am sharing free of charge, as-is. The Xcode project (all source code) is available by contacting me, and I’d be happy to collaborate on extensions.

SkookumLogger uses a K1EL Winkeyer USB to send CW. The contesting-oriented radio interface supports some Elecraft, ICOM, Kenwood, TenTec, and Yaesu models. If you need support for other hardware and you are willing to help develop and/or test it, ask. The feature set is driven by a combination of my personal interests (HF CW contests) and requests from serious users. For example, SkookumLogger doesn't support RTTY contesting because nobody has asked for it, not because I cannot or will not support it. There is no email reflector, blog, whatever, for SkookumLogger. Please contact me directly if you find a bug or want to discuss a feature.

Jonathan, GØDVJ, has prepared a very nice user guide and tutorial: SkookumLogger for Dummies. The Help menu in SkookumLogger has a link that points at the current version of this document.

If the prerequisites above aren’t what you are looking for, take a look at RUMPed for contest logging, MacLoggerDX and Aether for general-purpose logging, and cocoaModem for digital modes.

To use SkookumLogger, download the zip file and move the SkookumLogger application to your Applications folder. You will also need to do a one-time install of the FTDI driver for your Winkeyer USB, and possibly drivers for your other serial hardware if it uses another type of USB-serial adapter.

I update SkookumLogger frequently; the application will let you know when an update is available. Some SkookumLogger updates may require updates to OS X.

SkookumLogger Features

Log Window

The boxes labeled Run and Pounce contains the logging data entry fields. The number of fields depends on the contest type. To complete a QSO, type a call into the Call field, navigate to the remaining fields and fill them, then press the return key. Call signs that are duplicates or multipliers are displayed with user-defined fonts and colors. The pane to the left of the QSO entry boxes shows partial-call completions from the SCP database and the current log.

The log table columns can be resized, reordered, and hidden/shown. The table can be sorted on any column. You can filter the log table on the Band, Call, Mode, Notes, Received, and Sent columns using the search field above the table.

Contests

It takes me about an hour to add a new contest, as long as the rules for determining duplicates and multipliers aren’t overly complex. Every contest supported by SkookumLogger is either one that I operate myself, or one that a user has asked for. The supported events as of version 1.7.0 are: