In my last post I commented on RUMped, a Mac-based contest logging sofware developed by DL2RUM. In this post I’m going to take up RUMLog, a Mac-based general logging program also developed by DL2RUM.
For years I’ve used MacLoggerDX and I really like the program and the support that is provided by Don Agro, VE3VRW. However, as serious contest operating became the norm for me I began to look for a better option for that segment of my operating, which MacLoggerDX does not support. I’ve worked with Mac-based Skookum Logger and I note that it is growing into a very nice contest package. However, I found recently that RUMped had undergone major upgrades and as noted in my last post, really suits my current contest requirements. As a result, I also decided to try our RUMLog in order to better integrate the two. One further reason behind this is that I’m somewhat of a “brand” guy. All my golf clubs are made by PING. My ham shack is all Elecraft. All our family’s computers are Apple, as are our phones. Nuff said.
I’m still getting used to RUMLog, but so far I really like it. I’ve included a couple of full screen shots of many of the RUMLog windows I use routinely. Just click on the image to see it full size with more detail visible. The first really nice connection is the interface with the Elecraft K3. That alone would probably sell me on the program. It also has a great interface with WinKeyer. The interface with the DX cluster programs works well, although perhaps not as graphically pleasing as MacLoggerDX. The CW window works very nicely. I really like the window with the world map and the greyline indication (between night and day around the world). While MacLoggerDX offers this, you need to move into a different window to see it, then bounce back to your regular operating window. RUMLog allows you to see it all the time in a window you can size for your desktop.
RUMLog also has a very nice interface with Logbook of the World — automatically downloading updates from your account. It also has a nice connection with QRZ, although MacLoggerDX does this in a more graphically pleasing manner. You’ll also note that the windows shown in these screen shots have a blue palette versus the green pallette with RUMped. This is one of the preferences options, you can choose your preferred palette! I’d tell you about more of the feature set, but I’m still discovering them and putting them to use. You can find out more at DL2RUM’s webpage including downloading the software and documentation for free!
Overall, I’m discovering more and more features of the program that I not only like but that are becoming invaluable to my operation. Let me know what you think.