N3FJP ACLog, WSJT-X, JTAlert A Powerful Combination

N3FJP’s Amateur Contact Log (N3FJP ACLog) combined with WSJT-X and JTAlert are a powerful combination for the digital mode operator. I admittedly have favored Ham Radio Deluxe Logbook in the past, but this combination of software works very well together. Also, I don’t like the way JTAlert and HRD quit supporting each other. This version of JTAlert (v2.10.1) supports HRD 6 logging and the next version won’t.

n3fjp aclogACLog

N3FJP’s ACLog has some nice features and I especially like the callbook lookup function with photo.  I have used and liked ACLog in the past, but was completely surprised this time around. It is easy to setup, easy to operate and works as advertised. You can try it out for free and if purchasing, I find it vey reasonable. N3FJP has other software equally as good. The creator, Scott, is knowledgable and responsive on the support side also. Here is his YouTube video list.

Unlink From Remote – Two Cables As Usual

For my operation I am using two cables as usual. The CI-V cable for rig control and the USB cable for digital modes. The CI-V is used with ACLog and the USB is used with WSJT-X. Important: Unlink from [REMOTE] in the Icom 7300 menu. As explained in the manual:

Unlink from [REMOTE]:

The [USB] and [REMOTE] CI-V ports are not internally connected.
Each port functions independently.
(duplex communication can be made.)

With the connections unlinked both software programs (WSJT-X and ACLog) have control over the radio. So while operating and watching for a JT65 station if I see a DX spot in ACLog, I can click on it and ACLog will take me to that frequency and mode. After that, I can use WSJT-X and select the band and digital mode I was operating on.

Note: There are other uses for “Unlink From [REMOTE]” also. I leave that set in my Icom 7300, because it doesn’t affect my other software programs and operating.

N3FJP ACLog Video

The basics are covered:

  1. Icom 7300 menu and settings
  2. WSJT-X rig setup
  3. N3FJP ACLog rig setup
  4. Enabling TCP API in ACLog
  5. JTAlert settings to use ACLog
  6. Net-Time, time sync application
  7. Making an FT8 contact

CallBook

One thing worth noting is ACLogs Callbook function. Similar to MacloggerDX and RUMLogNG (for the Mac) AClog will bring up callbook data of the station in the “Call” field and a photo. I really like that. When using QRZ.com for the callbook, ACLog will bring up a photo from QRZ.com. You also see the operators name and location among other things. It’s just a good way to see the operator you’re talking with (See near the end of the video above).

To enable it, in ACLog go to the menu and look for “CallBook”. Select it and from the drop down menu you’ll have a selection (5 to choose from) of callbooks to use. Pick you’re favorite!

I hope you find this useful and informative. If you’re looking to try a log, N3FJP ACLog is a fine choice. Thanks for stopping by and if you have comments or questions, please make them below. 73 and good DX – Rich, K0PIR

Download links:

Amateur Contact Log

WSJT-X

JTAlert

NetTime

The cables I use:

CI-V cable

Alternative CI-V cable with FTDI chip (A better, yet more expensive, all around cable)

USB cable

USB Device/Hub (If you want to split your USB cable between two computers)

Comments

  1. Rich —- great blog post and video as always. It’s like you read my mind. I was working on this exact combo last evening. As in the past this info will greatly reduce my effort and increase my QSO time! Thanks. 73 Jim KE4GVO

    1. Author

      Nice to hear from you Jim and thank you!

      Yes, it works really good. I’m testing JTAlert, ACLog and JT65-HF HB9HQX right now. I think I like WSJT-X better though. More testing needed 🙂

      73’s Rich

      P.S. I have added your link to my links page.

  2. Great option. I have had his log for a long time but just did not care for
    It. Great options though!
    73
    NQ4A.
    Jon

    1. Author

      Hi Jon,

      Nice to hear from you and this is one that has worked with JTAlert for a long time and will continue.

      73’s Rich, K0PIR

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