ARRL-LOTW@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ARRL-LOTW@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Dave
Sent: Wednesday, October 01, 2008 5:25 PM
Subject: RE: [ARRL-LOTW] Problems and Opportunities
Recognizing scanned handwriting is far less reliable than
recognizing scanned text; unless you used a typewriter when logging, I suspect
that it would take much longer to find and correct the errors than it
would to just type in the data. But if your printing is letter
perfect, you could try scanning a log page into an spreadsheet, and
then use the spreadsheet-to-ADIF technique described below. If you give this a
try, Ron, please let us know how this goes.
I have experimented with speech-to-text, Gil; its slower than
typing, and requires you to be in a quiet place. It also requires more
concentration than typing, at least for me.
DXKeeper provides two "styles" of logging. Normally, its
configured for real-time logging -- so when you enter a callsign, it set's the
QSO's frequency, band, and mode to your transceiver's current settings,
sets the "QSO Start" time to "now", and fills in a host of
default values (your callsign, TX power, etc). When you log the QSO, it records
the "QSO End" time.
With a click in one box, however, you can optimize DXKeeper for
entering QSOs from paper logs. When you type in a callsign and strike the Enter
key, it sets the QSO's frequency, band, and mode to that of the previous QSO
you entered, and sets the "QSO Start" time to the "QSO End"
time of the previous QSO you entered plus 1 second; you can add or subtract
minutes to this time by clicking the up or down arrow keys respectively. LotW
requires that QSO times match within 30 minutes, so if your paper log contains
a string of QSOs made on the same band and mode, you could record the band,
mode, and start time for the first of these QSOs, but then record the
next 15 minutes worth of QSOs by typing in the callsign the
Enter key, and CTRL-L (to save) for each. For the next QSO, you'd adjust the
"QSO Start" time before logging, and then enter another 15
minutes worth. Band or mode changes would of course require extra keystrokes.
Once you get the rhythm, you can log QSOs pretty quickly -- at least until
you run into a section where you QSY'd between each QSO. This 15-minute
accuracy is fine if your QSO partners are also accurate to within 15
minutes; otherwise, there will be no matches in LotW.
DF3CB has implemented a similar technique in his free FLE (Fast Log
Entry) program, available via http://www.df3cb.com/fle/index.html. As he
says, "The idea was to make entering QSO data as easy and fast as
possible. The principle is that only that data is entered that has changed from
one QSO to the next." FLE generates an ADIF file, which you can
then import into your favorite logging application. I've thought about
providing an FLE-style interface to DXKeeper -- I don't think it will save
keystrokes over the current capability, but some users may find it easier to
Short of a telepathic interface or a breakthrough in handwriting
recognition or somehow turning the process into a game, I don't see a way to
enter 10K QSOs from a paper logbook without enduring some amount of tedium. If
anyone has better ideas, fire away.
From: ARRL-LOTW@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ARRL-LOTW@yahoogroups.com]On
Behalf Of Ron Wetjen
Sent: Wednesday, October 01, 2008 5:28 PM
Subject: Re: [ARRL-LOTW] Problems and Opportunities
> How about speech to text?
What about OCR - Optical character recognition? OCR is the mechanical
or electronic translation of images of handwritten, typewritten or
printed text (usually captured by a scanner) into machine-editable text.
Not perfect, but I've been able to scan text before, and turn that into
a workable document. One would think a logbook would be an easy thing
to scan and convert.