NOTE: What's described here is not a method for log backup. This is a method for moving log data between dissimilar systems.
Logs can be easily imported from other logging programs. To import a log from another logging program, follow these steps:
- 1. Export the log into ADIF format from the other logging program. Make sure that it is configured to provide all available fields.
- 2. From the menu in Logbook, select Logbook >File > Import, and then choose the relevant option from the list of five shown. Most often, ADIF 2 is used.
- 3. Then select the ADIF file for input by clicking the button to the right of “DIF Filename. The recommended options are shown here:
- NOTE: It is strongly recommended that the top two boxes are always checked. This will ensure that the country stands the best chance of being converted correctly. Use the "Insert Local Station Information on Import" with care. If you have older QSOs in your log, and a newer QTH, you may not want to have the old QSOs show up in your log under the net QTH.
- 4. Once the file has been analyzed, the results will be shown. select Save to Database”.
- If there are errors in the source ADIF, the operator will see this in the results displayed below. Make note of them. It may be necessary to clean up the source data - using the errors as your guide - and attempt the import again.
- NOTE: Be aware of the “garbage-in/garbage-out” scenario. The information provided in Ham Radio Deluxe Logbook (for awards and QSO fields) is only as good as the data that comes from the other logbook source. There will always be some anomalies that the operator will have to sort out. This is generally because other programs may not have country data that is up-to-date.