locked Re: Read aloud callsigns
Rich - K1HTV
There is a program called QLog which, in conjunction with WSJT-X, will allow blind and visually impaired Hams to work FT8 and a number of other WSJT-X modes. Commands are presently input via keyboard with a number of shortcut keys. A screen reader is normally not used once QLog is up and running as all voice alerts, instructions and QSO progress messaged are voiced using you computer's main sound card, the same one used for Windows sounds.
With QLog the user has a number of options:
1 Answer the first station calling CQ that passes a number of filters that the user has set, such as All Time New One, DX Only, New Band or Mode, QSL by LOTW, exceeds a SNR Signal to Noise dB threshold level, et cetera.
2 Call CQ and answer the first station who responds.
3 Select one or more stations, countries or grids of list of decoded stations. Each call is announced along with the station's country, his grid, SNR level and if he is transmitting the odd or even sequence. The user selects which station or stations he is interested in answering on their next decoded CQ.
4 Use the Fox/Hound mode to work DXpeditions as a hound.
5 Participate in a number of contests and special events such as Field Day, VHF contests and the RTTY Roundup.
The QLog program with voice assist has been under development since early this year and has been rigorously tested by a team of blind beta testers. We meet via teleconference each week to discuss bugs found, how the latest version is working and how QLog can be improved. A number of our blind beta testers have successfully worked many dozens of countries, with some approaching DXCC. Others have almost completed working all States using QLog with WSJT-X. The fully functional version of QLog is now available to members of the QLOGUsers@groups.io group .
The important thing to note is that before QLog can be used, the station must have successfully completed FT8 contacts using WSJT-X. Only then should QLog be run and used to make digital QSOs.
There are voice prompts throughout the QSO sequence with auto logging at the end of a QSO. The log can be exported as an ADIF file.
If you are user of QRZ.COM, ClubLog or eQSL each completed QSO can be automatically uploaded to those sites. The QLog program has been well documented with a user's Manual as well as a setup manual for your sighted help who should be familiar with the setup and operation of WSJT-X.
Anyone interested in downloading and using QLog, send an email to
You will be contacted by the administrator and given info on how to proceed to download the QLog.exe program as well as the various help files. The website where the executable program and other files can be found is QLogusers@groups.io in the files folder.
Rich - K1HTV