Registering for WWFF Logsearch

Here is a quick rundown on how to register for Logsearch with the World Wide Flora Fauna (WWFF) program.

Logsearch is the WWFF database, where all activator logs are uploaded (by National co-ordinators), and from where activators and hunter can track their progress.  WWFF awards are also applied for on-line via WWFF Logsearch.

Please note, that until the Activator log/s are uploaded to Logsearch, then the activators cannot claim the park, nor can any of the park hunters who worked the activator.

So how do I register?

First up, click on ‘Register’.  It will bring you to the screen below.  Fill out all the options, including your Callsign, Home DXCC, Continent, Password (and ensure you confirm your password), Personal name, and your email address.  PLEASE double check the information you entered and ensure it is correct.  There have been some instances of people entering incorrect or incomplete email addresses and then blaming the Logsearch system for not being registered.

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Then click on ‘Create’.  Once you do, the following should appear on your screen.  You should see your callsign and acknowledgement that your member details have been created.

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As per the message, check your email.  You should have received an email confirmation from the Logsearch system.  It will contain a link which you will need to click on to confirm your email address.

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You will also see the following message on Logsearch

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You will then receive another email asking you to verify your email address by clicking on a link in the email.  Screenshot 2016-04-12 11.48.26

You will then receive a confirmation email from Logsearch to advise that you have confirmed your email address.  Your registration will be reviewed at this time by WWFF Administration, and your account should be activated in a few days.

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Finally, you will receive an email verifying that you have successfully confirmed your email address.  You now have access to all of the excellent features of Logsearch.

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Fast Log Entry (FLE)

A new version of Fast Log Entry (FLE) has now been released.  Version 2.4 released on the 10th April 2016 is the latest version of this magnificent program.  FLE is a text editor which allows you to easily and rapidly enter QSOs and create an Amateur Data Interchange Format (ADIF) file).

Remember, that ADIF is one of the formats accepted for Activator logs with the World Wide Flora Fauna (WWFF) program.

Activator logs MUST be uploaded to WWFF Logsearch for the Activators to claim the park, and also for all of the park hunters who worked the activator.

I have been using FLE for a long time, as I prefer to use paper out in the field.  I enter all my QSOs when I return home using FLE.  This will generate an ADIF file for me, which I can upload to WWFF Logsearch, and also upload to my own electronic logging program, MacLogger DX.

So how do you get started with FLE?

You can download the program from the following website……

http://www.df3cb.com/fle/

FLE has been created by Bernd DF3CB, and is FREEware, but please consider a donation.  Donations are not required but are welcome.  They help Bernd cover costs for development tools and to continue development on FLE.  I have donated a small amount to Bernd, and I would encourage others to do so as well.  You can make your donation by PayPal. Click on either the USD or the Euro Donate button below. You will then be directed to the PayPal page.

Next up….READ THE INSTRUCTIONS.

The instructions are only 5 pages long and are not at all difficult to follow.  But I am amazed at the number of queries I get re FLE, and when queried I find that the producer of the log had not read the instructions.

FLE now offers a WWFF logging option and supports the World Wide Flora Fauna (WWFF) program.  The following screenshots will give you a quick idea on how this new option works.  This is NOT a full tutorial on how to use FLE.  It is just a quick rundown on the new WWFF logging option.  Please read the FLE instructions on how to use FLE in all its glory.

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Start off by selecting the WWFF Logging option, by clicking on ‘Options’, and then clicking on ‘WWFF Logging’.

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You will then see ‘My WWFF Ref’ and ‘His WWFF Ref’ columns show up.

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To enter YOUR WWFF reference, click on ‘Options’, and then click on ‘Edit WWFF Reference’.

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The following dialogue box will appear.  Enter your WWFF reference, e.g. VKFF-0781.

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Then start typing in your information, e.g. date, band, contact details.  Remember, please read the instructions.

Just to show you how your VKFF reference number is captured after entering it in the ‘Edit WWFF Reference’ box, I have entered just 2 contacts and then clicked on the ‘Update the log grid’ icon.  You can see that the information has been converted from the log grid (the box on the left) to the Data grid (the box on the right), and the VKFF reference is recorded in the ‘My WWFF Ref’ column.

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In this example I continued to add the QSOs until I reached the QSO with John VK5BJE, who was operating portable from the Butcher Gap Conservation Park.  This was a park to park contact.  After John’s callsign I typed the keyword WWFF (after a space).  It immediately highlights in yellow (which means I have typed the details correctly).

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I continue on by adding a space and then adding the VKFF reference for the ‘park to park’ contact.  In this case it was VKFF.  As you type, the reference will be highlighted in yellow.  When you complete the reference, the highlighting will disappear.

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You should continue to add your QSOs but to show you how the park to park data has been captured, I have again clicked on the ‘Update the log grid’ icon.  This has converted the date over to the Data grid on the right.

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So as you can see, FLE is now very user friendly for WWFF Activators.  Many thanks to Bernd, DF3CB.