Best Logging Program for Parks on the Air – N3FJP ACLog for POTA
While traveling I had the opportunity to activate a couple of parks for Parks On The Air (POTA). There are a lot of nice logging programs out there to choose from, but N3FJP ACLog is one of the easiest to use for POTA.
Let’s stat with the radio configuration.
Icom 7300 Settings for N3FJP ACLog
It’s pretty simple. If you’ve been following my website you’ll already have your 7300 setup and ready to go. If you haven’t been following, please subscribe. There’s a subscription form on this page.
The Icom 7300 settings I use are here and they don’t change. I use the same setting with all of my software.
You’ll want to attach your CW paddle or Straight key to the rear of the radio. This is so you can send the callsign of the QSO station over the air manually.
ACLog Configuration – Rig Control and CW Transmit
I normally use two cables. One for rig control and one for keying. The CI-V (rig control) has a maximum speed of 19200 baud, but that’s plenty fast. The USB is strictly used for CW keying in this configuration.
If you don’t have a CI-V cable you can use just the USB and then something like VSPE (Virtual Serial Port Emulator) to split the COM port. That way the same COM port can be used for rig control and CW keying.
Here are my screen captures and I was using VSPE, so the same port could be used for Rig Control and CW Transmit.
See my previous post,Transmitting CW in Ham Radio Software.
ACLog Configuration – POTA
The park number you are activating needs to be added to each log entry, but it will carry over after the first QSO is logged.
Here is my video showing the configuration and the video below that is my operating video, POTA K-0050, Mammoth Cave in KY.
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