Uploading your log to Club Log is easy via the website:
- In your normal logging program, save your log as an ADIF file to a convenient directory
For example, in Logger32, there is a function on one of the menus to generate an ADIF file:
- Start Logger32
- In Logger32, click the File menu top-left of the screen
- Hover the mouse over Export logs
- Click ADIF (.ADI) file
- Select one of your callsigns on the Export log to ADIF file panel that appears (since you may be logging QSOs under more than one call in Logger32)
- Select Export full Country name (this can help determine the cause of errors in DXCC country allocations reported back by Club Log after your log has been uploaded)
- Click Start
- Enter a file name and select a directory for the ADIF file - something simple that you will remember when you come to upload the log to Club Log
- Click Open
- Logger32 will tell you if it is about to create a new file or overwrite an existing file. Click Yes to start the file export
- Watch your QSOs being exported to the ADIF file. Eventually it will say Export completed and tell you how many QSO records are now in the ADIF file on your disk
- Start Logger32
- Visit the Club Log website www.Clublog.org in your browser
- Click the Login button (near the top right of the window) and login to Club Log
- Click the Upload button (next to the login button) and complete the four steps that Club Log leads you through, one step at a time:
Step 1 - Select the callsign for which you want to upload QSOs (you may manage logs for more than one call in Club Log, for example your normal and contest calls)
Step 2 - Click Choose file, navigate to the directory where you saved the ADIF file, click the ADIF file to select it, then click the Open button. Click Begin upload to start the file transfer process. Wait until you see "OK - got filename" which means the file is now waiting on the Club Log server to be checked and imported into the database
Step 3 - Choose whether to add the QSOs that you have just transferred in to your existing Club Log records, or erase all the existing records for that callsign first before staring over with the uploaded QSOs
Step 4 - Click the Submit upload button to put the transferred QSOs in the queue to be imported into Club Log's database
- Be prepared for the reports and league tables to be updated - some are updated almost straight away, others may take a day. Club Log's personal reports will warn you if you have made a significant upload subsequent to the database snapshot used in the reports: that anomaly should resolve itself in due course.
- Keep an eye on your inbox for an automated email from Club Log telling you if it detected any errors in your upload, such as this:
Most errors are due to Club Log disagreeing with your logging program about which DXCC countries you have actually worked. This is the power of Club Log's extensive database of DXCC information and a huge amount of research into DXCC. Almost always, you will discover that you or your logging program has made a mistake with the claimed DXCC country. Correct the country, re-export and re-upload your log to have Club Log check it again.
- If you don't want to receive the upload confirmations or errors, you can tell Club Log not to email you its summary after an upload using an option on the Settings page:
There are several options in the upload process:
- You don't need to upload your entire log every time - just export and upload the QSOs you have logged since previous Club Log upload.
- If your logging program has the option to export just your latest QSOs to an ADIF file for signing and uploading to LoTW (Logbook of The World), you can upload that same ADIF file (not the signed .tq8 file!) to Club Log as well as LoTW. Some logging programs have the facility to upload each QSO automatically to Club Log as you log it - check the logging program's help for details.
- Don't worry if you accidentally upload QSOs more than once - Club Log simply identifies and skips the duplicates unless the QSO details have changed.
- If you have made lots of changes to your log (e.g. you have received a batch of QSL cards from the bureau and updated the QSL details in your logging program), or if you think your log in Club Log might be incomplete or corrupted, it is a good idea to output your entire log to an ADIF file, upload it to Club Log, and then in Step 3, choose "Clear my existing log first, then upload". This option deletes your previously uploaded QSOs for that callsign, then imports the newly uploaded ADIF file. It doesn't hurt to do this every so often - maybe once a year - to be sure that Club Log is working with your complete and accurate log.
- If you manage the logs for several callsigns (e.g. personal and club calls), you can export and upload the logs one call at a time in the same way, selecting the relevant call in Step 1, assuming you have configured your Club Log profile for all your calls. You should be careful always to match your uploads to the right callsign, though.