Specific Field Index Filter


 

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The Specific Field Index filter is the heart of the Specific Field Index tool.  After selecting the field you wish to index the filter results on from the Specific Filter Index Menu, you can further filter the results choosing various arguments from this window. 

The Order List By panel lets you order the list alphabetically by call, chronologically by date, alphabetically by the field selected in the SFI Menu or numerically by the field selected in the SFI menu. 

The Specific Data Search (Wildcard) panel allows you to produce a list where the data you entered in the selected field in the primary logging form, such as "Ed" in the name field, either begins with Ed, i.e., Ed, Eddie, Edward or is contained anywhere in the field, i.e., Ed, Eddie, Edward, Fred, Ned, Ted, Wilfred, etc.

The QSO Date Filter panel lets you limit the contacts in the list to a to a range between the two dates entered.  

The Tag Filter panel lets you further limit the list to only those contacts containing the tags checked in this panel.  This filter has an inverse function with the Omit Tag Matches From List checkbox that will remove contacts containing the checkmarks from the list.  The filter also has a logical OR and AND function whereby if more than one tag is selected, you can produce a list of contacts that has any combination of the tags selected (the OR function) or a list of contacts that has the specific combination of tags selected (the AND function).

The QSL Status Filter allows you to produce a list of contacts that contain any of the checkboxes selected.  As with the Tag Filter, it also has an inverse function (Omit Status Matches From List) whereby the contacts that contain the QSL status selected do not appear in the list.

ProLog has a user definable Category field where the user can enter certain information and then add it to a contact via a pulldown list in the primary logging form.  For instance, you may have multiple rigs and/or antennas and wish to record which is used with each contact.  You can define the categories from the Edit menu in the primary logging form and then add them to each contact.  The SFI allows you to limit your list to contacts containing one or more of these categories by selecting them in the Category Filter panel.  As with the Tag Filter, there is a logical OR and AND function.

The QSO Record Filter allows you to eliminate certain records from the list.  When you index on a logging field it is quite possible that some contacts in the list won't have any data entered in that field.  Since the SFI sorts the index field in ascending order, you could theoretically wind up with a list containing dozens or more contacts with no data in that field.  In that case you would have to scroll downward though the list to locate the first record with data in that field.  By selecting Omit QSO's WIthout Field Data, the contacts with no data in the indexed field are ignored and do not appear in the resulting list.  The first entry in the list will contain data.

The second option, Omit QSO's Without QSL Images eliminates contacts that do not have an attached image from the list.  Imagine having a logbook with thousands of contacts but only a few hundred have an image attached to them.  It would be like finding a needle in a haystack.  Selecting this option eliminates the tedious task of scrolling through all those contacts without an image simply to find those that do have an image attached.

The Band/More Filter panel allows you to select all bands or modes or a specific band and mode or any combination of the two.  Additionally, you can select a specific digital mode too.

The General Awards and ADIF Definitions panels allow you to produce lists base on a general award you have defined in the primary logging form or a specific ADIF field you are tracking.

All of these filter panels can be used separately or in conjunction with each other.  From the resulting list, you can perform various QSL printing functions, print or save the list, or export the list to a ADIF file or an SFI temporary logbook.  As you can see, this is a very powerful tool.
 


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