Ham Log Mapping software
WorkedFields is a Windows
application that displays a map showing the amateur radio field squares
contacted and logged in using a third-party logging program.
WorkedFields uses colors to display information on a per-band basis. Up
to four bands can be displayed concurrently.
This project was initiated following a
request from a WorkedGrids
user who thought a field square mapping software similar to WorkedGrids
would be useful. Examination of the programming code convinced me that
it would be possible to create a field mapping software based on
WorkedGrids with relatively few changes.
The software is directed towards the HF
operators who collect field squares for contesting or award
purpose. For that purpose, WorkedFields also
the number of field square worked for each band. It is designed to
supplement a logging program and it
replaces the pen and paper drawing technique.
For its input, the program
reads the plain-text (ASCII) log files generated by most logging
programs. The file is read at a set interval and the worked field
squares on the map are updated in a dynamic way as the contest
progresses and the log file is periodically saved.
A world map is implemented
so any area of the world or the entire world can be displayed. A zoom-in feature provides
a closer look at
at a specific area. Support for printing and copying to
clipboard is also provided. Note: The picture to the right shows an example of a 420 x 440 pixels
window with just a few QSO's.
Examination of the log file with a plain text
editor may be necessary depending on the log file format selected. This
allows to identify the type of log file format used by
your logging software. WorkedFields supports 4 types of plain text
log book file:
fields text file: This file presents the amateur radio
band and grid square information in a constant position (column-like)
for each log entry. For example, the band (14, 20m, 160) strings could
be position starting in position (column) 1 and the grid squares
starting in position 58. One line represents one log entry. Another
VE2ZAZ FN36 .....
VE0MAT FO44bk .....
W3CA EN32 .....
text file: This log file has all of its log entry fields separated
by a single character, for example a comma (,) sign. The band and grid
square fields for each log entry will always show up in the same spot.
For example, the band string may be located in the third field and the
grid square in the sixth field. One line represents one log entry. An
import/export format: This is a text file format generated by most
logging programs to import/export the log data. This is usually not the
native file format of the logging program, but a standard format so
that the data can be easily transferred from one program to another. A
log entry can be spread over more than one line. An example is:
<TIME_ON:4>1906 <CALL:6>VE3CVG <BAND:3>20M
<RST_SENT:1>0 <GRIDSQUARE:4>fn25 <EOR>
format (VHF contests template): This is a text file format
generated by several logging programs to import/export the log data
into the ARRL Logbook Of The World. This is usually not the native file
format of the logging program. One line represents one log entry. An
example is (some space characters were removed to fit in this help page
20M PH 2007-08-04 1803 VE2ZAZ
FN25 WA3PTV FM08
14 PH 2007-08-04 1804 VE2ZAZ
FN25 W3SZ FN20
1.8 PH 2007-08-04 1806 VE2ZAZ
FN25 VE3ZX FN20
All settings (text file,
path, type of log file, colors, fields, window map window position,
etc) are saved to the hard drive directory upon program exit.
These settings are restored at program launch.
This program uses a non-invasive installation; it does not
install DLLs. All files
are installed within the same directory.
Any 32-bit version of Windows from Windows 95 to Windows Vista. Most
likely 64-bit versions of XP and Vista as well, but untested so far.
Minimum CPU Hardware:
Pentium-Class CPU, preferably Pentium-II or faster for quicker map
Display: 640x480 or
higher resolution, 256 colors or more.
Disk usage: 1MB
Typical RAM usage:
< 10MB, varies as a function of Map window size.
ATTENTION: AVG Antivirus may detect
a Trojan issue with the WorkedFields
install file. This has got to be a false alarm. Referring to the web,
it appears that the latest virus definition of AVG is causing pain on
more than just my program... See this link for more details. Just
to be on the safe side, I also installed it on my work PC that runs
Symmantec Antivirus (Corporate) and nothing is reported. My Avira
Antivir here does not complain either... I am a former AVG user but got
rid of it a long time ago because of too many false alarms. Enjoy
this clean program :-)
v1 (October 2009):
||This software is freeware. But if you would like to
support me for past or future development,
your contribution is welcome! Just click on the PayPal logo. Thanks!