Starting with the 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 organised differently when synchronising logbooks. You have to note the following rules:
- All well known functions are still available, syncing is an additional feature.
- You can’t sync an already existing logbook.
- You can sync one logbook only, you can’t choose one.
- You can’t delete, move or copy the synced logbook, but you can delete all entries.
- The logbook is coupled with your Apple id, all devices with this id will synced.
- You need an internet connection to your iCloud for syncing, the data are saved (and can be used) locally.
- It is not predictable when the syncing occurs, the sync feature should not be miss-used for a multi-multi operation.
Keeping your devices synchronised is not an easy task. Start with the following:
- Backup your existing logbook data:
- Mac: Use the Finder, the path to your used logbook can be find 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 data
If you want to use the sync functions, you have to select the fictitious logbook iCloud synced log:
- Mac: Menu—>Logbook—>iCloud synced log–>Use it
- iPad: Log Settings
- iPhone: Settings—>Log Settings—>Logbook
At start the logbook is empty and is ready to use. You can fill it using the ADIF import procedure, or better you export data from an existing logbook (iOS only). First select the logbook you want to export in the same way you want to use it, then start the export routine:
- Mac: You have to import a logbook: Menu—>Logbook—>iCloud synced log–>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 taken over:
- All settings concerning the free user definable logging fields
- Access data for Club Log, LoTW and eQSL
- Information about the operator: Callsign, name, grid square
- ex callsigns (Mac only)
On the Mac, you can export an iCloud based logboog using Menu–>Logbook–>iCloud synced logbook–>Export as logbook file
What does not work?
On iOs the Club Log real time syncing is not available. That means, when you change QSO data or a QSL status, these information will not be synced to Club Log automatically. If you want a real time sync with Club Log, use the Mac for these changes.