Table of Contents
What is FLE #
Find more useful information about FLE over here:
This is the tool (written in go) that we use in this article, but it interprets the syntax mentioned on the website below.
This is also the website to get a Windows binary, which is actually a logging program, but the link goes directly to the documentation page.
This is an addon for the vim editor, that helps you with the syntax by highlighting it. I haven’t got this working with neovim, though (not worth looking into it for now).
This is a descriptive blog post by Michael DK1MI on his website about the vim-plugin.
Get the source code and install the program #
I usually keep those files in
$ cd ~/git $ git clone https://github.com/on4kjm/FLEcli.git Klone nach 'FLEcli'... remote: Enumerating objects: 1223, done. remote: Counting objects: 100% (297/297), done. remote: Compressing objects: 100% (187/187), done. remote: Total 1223 (delta 162), reused 213 (delta 106), pack-reused 926 Empfange Objekte: 100% (1223/1223), 30.01 MiB | 4.88 MiB/s, fertig. Löse Unterschiede auf: 100% (746/746), fertig. $ cd FLEcli $ go build $ go install
Your program should now be in
$GOPATH/bin, which is
~/go/bin on my computer. This is also listed in my
Create command completion for your shell #
I’m using zsh as my primary shell so I’ll create the completion file
for zsh in this article. I have my custom completion scripts in
In your home directory:
$ FLEcli completion zsh > ~/.zcomp/_FLEcli $ rm .zcompdump $ compinit
Hmm, your commands may differ probably, I’m using prezto since years and that may differ a bit from other zsh setups.
Create a logfile #
The log can be written very quick, for a detailed documentation see the links at the very beginning of this article, specifically the second one.
An example logfile
log.fle looks like this:
mycall oe7drt mygrid jn57lb date 2023-09-24 0826 20m ssb oe7test < comments > [ QSL message ] 7 oe7test2 < second contact > 8 oe7test3 < third, minute 8 → 08:28 >
See? You can create logfiles very quick.
Have a look at the logfile #
$ FLEcli load log.fle MyCall OE7DRT MyGrid JN57lb Date Time Band Mode Call Sent Rcvd Notes ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- 2023-09-24 0826 20m SSB OE7TEST 59 59 [ comments ] [ QSL message ] 2023-09-24 0827 20m SSB OE7TEST2 59 59 [ second contact ] 2023-09-24 0828 20m SSB OE7TEST3 59 59 [ third, minute 8 → 08:28 ] Successfully parsed 7 lines.
Create an ADIF file #
$ FLEcli adif log.fle No output provided, defaulting to "log.adi" MyCall OE7DRT MyGrid JN57lb Date Time Band Mode Call Sent Rcvd Notes ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- 2023-09-24 0826 20m SSB OE7TEST 59 59 [ comments ] [ QSL message ] 2023-09-24 0827 20m SSB OE7TEST2 59 59 [ second contact ] 2023-09-24 0828 20m SSB OE7TEST3 59 59 [ third, minute 8 → 08:28 ] Successfully parsed 7 lines. Successfully wrote 7 lines to file "log.adi"
Which looks like this then:
ADIF Export for Fast Log Entry by DF3CB <PROGRAMID:3>FLE <ADIF_VER:5>3.1.0 <EOH> <STATION_CALLSIGN:6>OE7DRT <CALL:7>OE7TEST <QSO_DATE:8>20230924 <TIME_ON:4>0826 <BAND:3>20m <MODE:3>SSB <RST_SENT:2>59 <RST_RCVD:2>59 <COMMENT:10> comments <QSLMSG:13> QSL message <MY_GRIDSQUARE:6>JN57lb <EOR> <STATION_CALLSIGN:6>OE7DRT <CALL:8>OE7TEST2 <QSO_DATE:8>20230924 <TIME_ON:4>0827 <BAND:3>20m <MODE:3>SSB <RST_SENT:2>59 <RST_RCVD:2>59 <COMMENT:16> second contact <MY_GRIDSQUARE:6>JN57lb <EOR> <STATION_CALLSIGN:6>OE7DRT <CALL:8>OE7TEST3 <QSO_DATE:8>20230924 <TIME_ON:4>0828 <BAND:3>20m <MODE:3>SSB <RST_SENT:2>59 <RST_RCVD:2>59 <COMMENT:27> third, minute 8 → 08:28 <MY_GRIDSQUARE:6>JN57lb <EOR>
Create a SOTA log #
I’ve never activated or hunted a SOTA station, but this is the theoretical way to produce a valid logfile to submit to the sota website.
First, the dummy logfile:
mycall oe7drt mygrid jn57lb mysota oe/ti-674 date 2023-09-24 1015 80m ssb oe0t1 46 58 [no qsl; only LOTW] 20 oe0t2 33 32 < very quiet mic > 22 oe0t3 59 59 < must be very near> 4 oe0t4 34 57 sota oe/ti-559 < nice s2s contact >
We create the CSV file:
$ FLEcli csv log.fle No output provided, defaulting to "log.csv" MyCall OE7DRT MySOTA OE/TI-674 MyGrid JN57lb Date Time Band Mode Call Sent Rcvd Notes ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- 2023-09-24 1015 80m SSB OE0T1 46 58 [no qsl; only LOTW] 2023-09-24 1020 80m SSB OE0T2 33 32 [ very quiet mic ] 2023-09-24 1022 80m SSB OE0T3 59 59 [ must be very near] 2023-09-24 1024 80m SSB OE0T4 34 57 [ nice s2s contact ] OE/TI-559 Successfully parsed 10 lines. Successfully wrote 4 lines to file "log.csv"
Which results in a CVS file ready for uploading to the SOTA website (untested!):
V2,OE7DRT,OE/TI-674,24/09/23,1015,3.5MHz,SSB,OE0T1 V2,OE7DRT,OE/TI-674,24/09/23,1020,3.5MHz,SSB,OE0T2,, very quiet mic V2,OE7DRT,OE/TI-674,24/09/23,1022,3.5MHz,SSB,OE0T3,, must be very near V2,OE7DRT,OE/TI-674,24/09/23,1024,3.5MHz,SSB,OE0T4,OE/TI-559, nice s2s contact
Final words #
I guess this is an excellent way to create a quick offline log on your computer, if you have one with you. Otherwise this is a quick way to create a properly formatted ADIF or CSV file to import later into your regular logging program because you really only type in the needed information like time changes or band changes and the callsigns with their reports of course. All entered information keeps there for the following QSOs.