RCK Logger

Published: Saturday, 30 July 2016

RCKLog Features

RCKLog is a comprehensive logging program for SSB, CW and RTTY contesting with features for rig control and real-time packet operation.
RCKLog is a feature-rich program providing maximum data security for your log.  It is designed for single-operator to multi-multi contest stations.
RCKLog runs under Windows 98*/ME*/NT/2000/XP/Vista/7/8  (* = with restrictions).
A minimum PC speed of 800 MHz and screen resolution of 1024x768 is recommended.


You do not need to be a registered user to try out the software.
The only limitation with unregistered copies of RCKLog is the number of QSO's which can be logged.

Supported Transceiver control:

  • Kenwood (all)
  • Elecraft K2, K3
  • ICOM (all)
  • JST (all)
  • PowerSDR  (FlexRadio and other)
  • TEN-TEC: Argonaut V, Orion
  • Yaesu FT-DX 9000, FT-2000, FT-1000MP, FT-1000D, FT-1000, FT-990, FT-950, FT-920, FT-900, FT-897, FT-890, FT-857, FT-847, FT-840, FT-817, FT-767, FT-450, FT-100
  • Via a SCS-PTC-II controller: Kenwood, ICOM, Yaesu
  • Transverter control with 28MHz ZF

DX-Cluster connection via:

  • TNC's with Terminal-Mode or WA8DED Hostmode (The Firmware)
  • Telnet TCP/IP, Internet

Supported RTTY, BPSK Hardware:

  • PC Soundcard
  • SCS - PTC-II, PTC.....

Main features:

  • PTT and CW keying through COM and LPT ports (parallel port pin assignments like are similar to CT or TR and other logging programs).
  • CW support for normal and electronic keyers as well as a CW Keyboard Mode.
  • Extensive audio messages can be sent via a soundcard using simple WAV files (Auto-CQing, QSL 73 CQ de ..., etc.)
  • Control of DVK (Digital Voise Keyer) units via the LPT port.
  • Possibility to control the CAT and PTT of a transceiver with only one COM-port of a computer (e.g. notebook).
  • Multilingual program support:
    German, English, French, Czech, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian,
    Swedish, Slovenian and Dutch languages are available. 
  • The Windows help file has been written in both English and German.
  • Automatic Internet Update of the program and setup files.
  • Full, partial and N+1 call searching using the "Master.dat" database with color-coded results.
  • Separate windows can display all possible multipliers listed by band (e.g. States, Provinces, Zones, DXCC, DOK's ....)
  • Connect to DX Clusters with filtering for DX spots via Telnet or a TNC.
  • RCKLog can grab DX spots by setting your radio to the proper frequency and inputting the spot information in your log with a simple keyboard command.
  • Multiple band maps can be opened simultaneously to see what is happening on more than one band.
  • Special list for available multipliers and QSO’s incomming from a DX-cluster.
  • Graphical overview with QSO rates of a contest session.
  • All bands from 160m - 70cm are supported.
  • Online scoring for all bands and for each single band can be displayed siumtanously.
  • Full mouse and keyboard support (keyboard commands are similar to those of the CT contest program).
  • Customized S&P and RUN modes with a fast QSO logging mode for running stations.
  • Callsigns may be corrected in the CW buffer in real-time even after a CW transmission has begun.
  • Frequency/band can be read from the transceiver.
  • Frequency/band control over transceiver
  • Transverter for 2m or 70cm control if a 28MHz ZF is used and the TRX is PC-controlled  (frequency/band read/set).
  • All necessary contest reports and statistics are generated automatically.
  • Logs can be exported in the Cabrillo and STF log formats along with the special log entry formats of supported contests.
  • Single-Op Two Radio (SO2R) operation or Multi-Multi station operation with up to 12 networked stations.
  • Network monitoring window displaying logged QSO's, Band, Frequency, Mode, and RUN/S&P status of every station in the network.
  • Network Talk window to exchange messages between the network stations.
  • Special networking option which allow to connect up to 12 stations together via the  Internet.
  • S&P and Running modes with advanced features.
  • Fully programmable function key messages. 
  • Separate message configurations can be saved for CW and SSB modes.
  • Real-time DXCC, country, WPX, CQ zone, ITU zone lookups with local time display with use of a CTY.DAT file.
  • Beam heading display oo all countrys, with individualized call area lookup W, VE, VK, JA, ZL (e.g. W1, VE2, W6, ...).
  • Post Contest Mode with many special functions.
  • Displayed distances to other stations in either kilometers or miles.
  • Automatic CQ generation with user-defined timing and text for all modes separately.
  • Quick real-time editing of the last 10 logged QSO's in the main operation window (you do not have to exit the program).
  • Advanced edit, sort, and print functions for log files.
  • Import/export log files from ASCII/ADIF.
  • Each QSO can be sent to the printer during a contest.
  • Calculated operating hours display on the main log form.
  • Sound alarm for incoming DX spots from the packet cluster.
  • Interface to the RAC and Buckmaster CD-ROM callbooks with automatic import of callsign data e.g. state or name.
  • Full management of QTC traffic for the WAEDC Contest with online/offline QTC input, editing, automatic scoring, and variable sent texts for CW and SSB modes. All major and many minor features for this fine contest are available.
  • Online web logging - sent save QSO's in real-time to EQSL.
  • WinKey by K1EL (external CW keyer).
  • Full support of the “USB micro Keyer” from microHAM, OM7ZZ.
  • Support of a SAMS Antenna-Tuner via a COM-Port.
  • Full SO2R - Support in all available modes.

RTTY main features:

  • Look at a >>> Screen Shot <<< for the first impression.
  • Full mouse support, single mouse click operation.
  • Colored displayed callsigns for DUPE, Multiplier, already worked and normal QSO (self  configurable).
  • Automatic call sign detection and correction in receiving text using the “Master.cal” file specially for RTTY.
  • Automatic callsign detection and transfer to the QSO-fields.
  • Single mouse click on received call transfers same into call field and allows "simultaneous" sending of a user defined text depending on RUN or S&P mode.
  • Single mouse click on received text transfers same into QSO-fields
  • Font type, font size and font color for each program window selectable.
  • The soundcard operation will be done with the very good software modules MMVARI and MMTTY from Mr. Mako Mori.


Supported Contests SSB/CW/Mixed:


  • DX-pedition mode
  • AGCW Happy New Year Contest
  • All Asian DX Contest
  • All Austrian 160m Contest
  • ARI International DX Contest
  • ARRL DX Contest
  • ARRL DX 10m Contest
  • ARRL 160m Contest
  • Baltic Contest
  • CIS DX Contest
  • CQ World Wide DX Contest
  • CQ World Wide WPX Contest
  • CQ World Wide 160m DX Contest
  • CQ World Wide VHF Contest
  • DARC Christmas Contest
  • DARC February QSO-Party
  • DARC June QSO-Party
  • DARC 10m Contest
  • DARC VHF,UHF, Wettbewerb (2m, 70cm)
  • DARC UKW Winter Fieldday (2m, 70cm)
  • DARC UKW Sommer Fieldday (2m, 70cm)
  • DARC UKW QRP Wettbewerb (2m, 70cm)
  • DIG QSO Party KW Contest
  • DTC (Deutscher Telegraphie Contest)
  • European Sprint Contest
  • EU HF Championship Contest
  • GACW CW DX Contest
  • Helvetia Contest
  • HB9 USKA Weihnachtswettbewerb
  • HB9 USKA Fieldday
  • Holyland DX Contest
  • Holzhammer Contest
  • HSC CW Contest
  • IARU HF Championship Contest
  • IARU Region 1 Fieldday
  • IARU Region 1 VHF Contest (2m, 70cm)
  • IARU Region 1 UHF, Mikrowellen-Wettbewerb (2m, 70cm)
  • IARU Region 1 VHF-CW Wettbewerb (Marconi) (2m, 70cm)
  • IOTA Contest
  • Japan International DX Contest
  • King of Spain Contest
  • LZ DX Contest
  • Marconi Memorial Contest HF
  • Nordic Activity Contest (NRAU) UKW
  • North American QSO Party
  • North American Sprint Contest
  • OK/OM DX Contest
  • RAC Canada Day Contest
  • RAC Canada Winter Contest
  • REF Frankreich Contest
  • Russian DX Contest
  • SAC Scandinavian Activity Contest
  • SP DX Contest
  • Stew Perry Topband Distance Challenge
  • UK DX Contest
  • Ukrainian DX Contest
  • VK/ZL/Oceania DX Contest
  • Worked All Germany (WAG) Contest
  • WAEDC European DX Contest (full QTC-traffic)
  • YO DX HF Contest
  • YU DX Contest


Supported Digital Contests, RTTY, PSK:


  • DX-pedition mode
  • ARI International DX Contest
  • ARRL RTTY RoundUp Contest
  • BARTG Sprint RTTY Contest
  • BARTG Sprint 75 RTTY Contest 
  • BARTG HF RTTY Contest
  • CQ World Wide RTTY Contest
  • CQ World Wide WPX RTTY Contest
  • CIS DX RTTY Contest
  • DARC February QSO-Party
  • DARC June QSO-Party
  • DL-DX RTTY Contest
  • DRCG WW RTTY Contest
  • DLDC - DRCG Long Distance Contest
  • DMC RTTY Contest
  • EA RTTY Contest
  • EA PSK31 Contest
  • EU PSK DX Contest
  • JARTS WW RTTY Contest
  • Makrothen RTTY Contest
  • Mexico XE RTTY Contest
  • Mongolian RTTY DX Contest
  • North American QSO Party
  • OK DX RTTY Contest
  • Russian WW RTTY Contest
  • Russian WW PSK Contest
  • SARTG WW RTTY Contest
  • SARTG New Year RTTY Contest
  • SCC RTTY Championship
  • SP DX RTTY Contest
  • Tara RTTY Melee
  • A.Volta RTTY DX Contest
  • UK DX RTTY Contest
  • Ukrainian DX Contest
  • Ukrainian DX DIGI Contest
  • WAEDC RTTY Contest (QTC-Exchange full supported)


Lokal German Contests:


  • Aktivitätswettbewerb Distrikte Niedersachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt und Sachsen
    (Distrikt: H,W,S)  70cm/2m/40m/80m CW/SSB/FM.
  • Aktivitätswettbewerb Distrikt Franken
    (Distrikt: B)  40m/80m CW/SSB
  • Bayern-Ost Contest, (Distrikt U) 40m/80m  CW/SSB
  • Thüringen Contest, (Distrikt X)  70cm/2m/80m CW/SSB/FM.
  • Schwaben Contest, (Distrikt T) 70cm/2m/40m/80m  CW/SSB
  • Baden-Würtemberg Akt.Contest, (Distrikt A,P) 40m/80m CW/SSB
  • VFDB Contest, (DOK Z) 40m/80m  CW/SSB
  • DL-DX RTTY Contest
  • DLDC - DRCG Long Distance Contest
  • DARC February QSO-Party
  • DARC June QSO-Party


Additional it’s possible to define your own Contest setup. Separate for CW, SSB or RTTY, with various in-/output data, multipliers and list reports. This is very useful to operate very “exotic” contest which are not supported by RCKLog.
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