Starting with versions 5.0, a logbook can be synchronised on all of your devices (iPad, iPhone, and Mac). You must be using iOS 13 or higher, macOS 10.15 (Catalina) or higher. Logbook data is organized differently when synchronizing logbooks. Please note, there are additional requirements when using iCloud logbooks:
- All RUMlog functionality is available, syncing is an additional feature.
- You cannot sync an already existing logbook.
- You can sync only one logbook, and you cannot choose which one.
- You cannot delete, move, or copy the synced logbook, but you can delete all entries.
- The logbook is coupled with your Apple ID, and all devices that use that ID will be synced.
- You need an internet connection to iCloud for syncing, however, already synced and new data can be used and saved locally without a connection.
- It is not possible to predict accurately when the syncing occurs. The sync feature should not be used for a multi-multi operation.
Keeping your devices synchronized is not necessarily an easy task. If you already have a non-synced logbook, start with the following steps, otherwise, skip to the next section:
- Backup your existing logbook data:
- Mac: Use the Finder, the path to your current logbook can be found in the title of the logging window
- iPad: Log Settings—>Upload logbook
- iPhone: Settings—>Log Settings—>Upload Logbook
- Make sure your backup was successful
- Backup your data frequently, and always before you import new data
If you want to use the sync feature, you have to select the special logbook iCloud synced logbook:
- Mac: Menu—>Logbook—>iCloud synced logbook–>Use it
- iPad: Log Settings
- iPhone: Settings—>Log Settings—>Logbook
The iCloud logbook starts empty. You can start using it straight away. If you have existing data, you can use ADIF import, or you can export and import data from existing logbooks. RUMlog on iOS also offers a function to directly export local iOS logbooks to the iCloud synced logbook. Before you start, select the logbook that you want to export in the same way as if you were about to use it. Then:
- Mac: You have to import a logbook: Menu—>Logbook—>iCloud synced logbook–>Import logbook file
- iPad: Log Settings—>Export to synced log
- iPhone: Settings—>Log Settings—>Export to synced log
Do this procedure on one device only, other devices will be synced!
The following settings can be imported:
- All settings related to the user-defined fields
- Access data for Club Log, LoTW, and eQSL
- Operator data: callsign, name, grid square
- Previous callsigns (Mac only)
On the Mac, you can export an iCloud synced logboog using Menu–>Logbook–>iCloud synced logbook–>Export as logbook file
Limitations on iOS:
Club Log real-time syncing is not available on iOS. When you change QSO data, or QSL status, that change will not be synced to Club Log automatically. If you need real-time sync with Club Log, please use RUMlog running on a Mac to make those changes.