Aether is a ham radio logging application for Mac OS X. Aether includes tools to quickly and easily log QSOs while on the air, as well as organize, search and track your QSOs later. Aether was designed for Mac OS X, and has the same kind of clean, intuitive, friendly interface you've come to expect on the Mac.
Here are just a few of Aether's features:
-Automatic callbook lookup
-Powerful awards tracking
-Rig control for Elecraft, Kenwood, Yaesu, Icom, and Ten Tec radios
-Full Logbook of The World integration
-Full eQSL.cc integration
-Maps, distance and beam heading calculation
-ADIF (Amateur Data Interchange Format) import/export
-Cabrillo contest log export and import
-Address and QSL card label printing
-Automatic dupe checking
-AppleScript and Spotlight support
-Ability to integrate with cocoaModem and fldigi for digital mode operation
This is a minor update including fixes for issues reported by users of Aether 1.6.3. This version of Aether requires Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later. See below for a detailed list of changes:
### New Features
- Added official support for Yaesu FTdx3000.
### Bug Fixes
- Fixed a crash when looking up certain Russian callsigns on HamQTH.com.
- Fixed a bug that caused Aether to fail to launch on some systems running OS X 10.7 Lion.
- Fixed bug that could cause auto update installation to fail in very rare cases.
- Fixed incorrect padding of minutes field of latitude longitude in ADIF output.
- Fixed broken AppleScript lookup command.
- Fixed bug where duplicate awards would show up in _extremely_ rare cases.
- Fixed crash when using custom awards definition files with uniquingKeys defined.
- Fixed bug in USA Counties award tracking logic that caused it to miss counties.
- Fixed a bug that could cause incorrect station info to be uploaded to LoTW in certain cases.
- Fixed a crash when using the search field in the Help menu on 10.7 and 10.8.
### Other Changes
- Updated to latest version of TrustedQSL library (2.3).
- Update callsign prefix file (CTY.CSV).
- Greatly improved performance of initial awards calculations when showing the awards report for a log the first time.
**Important Note**: It is anticipated that Aether 1.6.4 will be the last version of Aether to support OS X 10.7 Lion and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. Future versions will require OS X 10.9 or later.
Ratings and Reviews
Light Weight and Easy to Use
As a recent convert from Ubuntu Linux to Mac OS X, I was in search for a QSO logging program to replace CQRLOG. After deliberating between Aether MacLoggerDX, I settled on Aether. I was looking for something that was easy to use, looked good, and was not overblown with unneccessary features. I definitely found that with Aether. It is Mac OS X native, so there are no GUI issues, it's relatively basic in functionality, and it offers seemless integration with LOTW. I am very happy with the software, especially at the price, but I do believe it could use some improvements. One such improvement would be to notify the user to which callsigns were updated after a LOTW sync. Another feature that would be nice would be the ability to display a column for QSL sent and received from QSL managers. The data is in the QSO itself, but you can not display it in the logbook. All-in-all, I am happy with Aether and would recommend it to anyone looking for quick, easy QSO software that does not suffer from feature creep.
The Mac Log I like best
I have most, if not all, of the logging programs for the Mac. This is the one I use everyday. It integrates with the rig, it does all the lookups including integration with the qrz web services. It tracks qsl's, it auto uploads to LoTW and eQsl with a mouse click (or automatically if you like), it will export to adif and cabrillo, a mouse click can call up the QRZ page of the station you are working, show a google map view of the stations location, or send them an email, and it's easy and intuitive to use. The very best part of this software is that it's author seems to really enjoy constantly improving the product, and makes himself accessible to Aether users. I rate it 4 stars, only because I don't know any software that's a 5. I definately give the author of the software a full 5 stars for dedication, and support. On my wish list, would be some integration with DX Clusters. Worth the money? Yes.
Not For Contest Logging.
I've been using it for six months. It lacks the ability to configure data fields for contest info exchange. You can reposition the rank of data fields, but if you need to log "check" info (for instance, during the ARRL Sweepstakes) there is no field for it, and you can't create one. You can't change the names of the fields—they're locked. Tabbing around the QSO details section is too slow. You're stuck using the mouse, and that's frustrating for even light-weight contesting. It will create a Cabrillo file, but the latest version of Cabrillo is not supported. You must edit the file in a text editor to conform with contest requirements. Lastly, the developer is slow to improve the app. The other reviewer, Chewie RFC, is right—don't expect any feature creep. Bottom line: the app is overpriced with bare-bones features and it's awkward to use.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.