Developer: Open Reel Software
Current Version: 1.6.4
Last Updated: 6 months ago
Download Size: 12.5 MB - Download
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.
Most Helpful Reviews
Just works without a lot of needless "fluff." - If you are a MAC person, this is the best value out there. Yes, there are programs with more features, graphics and functionality. If you're honest with yourself, you know that you'll never use, or need, most of the "sexy" stuff those higher priced programs offer. For the stuff you actually need, Aether just works … flawlessly. Aether interfaces seemlessly with eQSL and LoTW. In fact, Aether actually made me like LoTW. QSOs are upoladed to LoTW without a thought or bunch of messy operations. Wonderful. QSOs automically go to eQSL and Aether keeps track of which were sent and answered. Do I sound like a fan of the product? I am. Best $40 investment you can make in ham radio.
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.