Getting QSO’s from a DXpedition to a cloud log like ClubLog can be technically challenging and time consuming. For many DXpeditions the advantages of log confirmation are viewed as too costly in time and connection costs and ‘updating’ the cloud log is relegated to a low priority.
ClubPi attempts to address these issues for both small and large DXpedtions.
Smaller Dxpeditions that have access to reasonably priced Internet should seriously consider integrating real-time QSO updates to ClubLog into their logging system. Larger expeditions that rely on satcom should automate small-batch ‘updates’ of QSO’s on a planned and announced time table to provide predictability and conserve data usage.
Both of these approaches are possible today using an open source network appliance called ClubPi. Opensource means the software is free. Appliance means it is a stand alone network device. ClubPi is a bridge that consumes broadcasted QSO’s from N1MM, transforms the QSO’s into ClubLog ADIF format and sends those QSO’s in batch or real-time to ClubLog automatically.
(New!) ClubPi is now supported on TR4W thanks to Tom Schaefer.
ClubPi is a network appliance based on the Raspberry Pi Linux computer technology. A Raspberry Pi is a small (deck of cards size),inexpensive ($35) computer capable of being a Linux server. By downloading the ClubPi image, loading it on an SD card and plugging that SD card into the Raspberry Pi, you have a ready-to-go ClubPi
ClubPi is designed to work with N1MM’s broadcast capabilities. This makes ClubPi ‘non-interference’ with your logging network. It simply listens to the N1MM broadcasts.
The latest version of ClubPi (20151127) supports batch uploads. The expedition IT person can configure the ‘size’ of the batch (number of QSO’s before uploading) and the ‘time out’ (time since last attempted upload). ClubPi does the rest. If you have a flakey connection or have disconnected your Internet and ClubPi fails to upload, after the ‘time out’ time passes, ClubPi will attempt to complete the upload of all batched QSO’s.
ClubPi gives you the option of ‘real time’ (every QSO is sent as received), clear text batch or zipped batch uploads. Zipped batch uploads provide the lowest data ‘payload’ sizes.
With the addition of a ClubPi appliance configured for the Dxpedtions logging network, both small and large expeditions can have automated ClubLog capabilities.
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