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.

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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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Sources:

Here is how they do it on the N3FJP site.

POTA Website

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I'm an Amateur Radio enthusiast. I love the hobby and experimenting with radios, antennas and software. On my YouTube channel I upload videos on the Icom 7300 and Icom 7610 along with Ham radio software programs. I hope to inspire people to try new things in Amateur Radio.

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John B
1 month ago

Hi Rich, I’ve been a long time lurker on your website. 🙂 Your advice re setting up the IC7300 for digital has been a lifesaver. Over the years you’ve mentioned numerous logging programs all of which you’ve used at various times. I’m curious about how you manage all of these various logs and whether you have one log database for all of your contacts? I have HRD and have used it since 2010. The latest versions have gotten “buggy,” at least on my pc laptop. It takes longer to load and the lookup panel is non-responsive at times. I like the convenience of the HRD suite and the seamless integration with WSJT-X/JT-ALERT for digital work, but the lookup panel issue really hampers it for voice entry. Still, it’s nice having my entire log in one place. Maybe you’d consider doing a blog/article about logging programs and log management?

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