Configuration

DXKeeper Online Help Contents

Configuring DXKeeper is primarily accomplished via the Configuration window and the QSL Configuration window.  Defining bands and defining or eliminating modes, however, are accomplished by editing files.

DXKeeper's Configuration window presents 8 tabs: 

General Tab 

Display seconds in date/time fields

When checked, begin and end items are displayed using the locale's standard date/time format with hours, minutes, and seconds

When unchecked, begin and end items are displayed using the locale's standard date/time format with hours, and minutes

Display previous QSOs on Lookup

When checked, entering a new callsign in the Main or Capture windows or clicking the QSO Capture window's Lookup button filters the log to only display previous QSOs with the captured Callsign, and - unless an override for the callsign is defined in DXView or Spotcollector - initializes the Capture window with information extracted from those QSOs

Display callsign progress on Lookup When checked with Display previous QSOs on Lookup also checked, entering a new callsign in the Main or Capture windows or clicking the QSO Capture window's Lookup button displays the Callsign Progress window, which shows the bands and modes on which previous QSOs were made
Display previous comments on Lookup When checked with Display previous QSOs on Lookup also checked, entering a new callsign in the Main or Capture windows or clicking the QSO Capture window's Lookup button displays a scrollable window containing comments extracted from previous QSOs with the same base callsign, each preceded by the QSO's start time and terminated by the QSO's callsign
Highlight duplicate QSOs When checked, QSOs in the Log Page Display that match the QSO Capture window's callsign, band, and mode will be highlighted in red font
Set QSO start when RST Rcvd When checked, automatically set the QSO start time when a received signal report is entered in the Capture window
Initialize RST fields to default When checked, automatically sets the Main and Capture window RST sent and RST rcvd items to the specified default value; if no default value is specified, these items are initialized to 59 (for phone modes) or 599 (for non-phone modes) unless another report has already been entered, and selects the entire contents of these fields whenever they gain focus
New QSO on DX Spot activation When checked, create a QSO in the Main window when a DX Spot is activated (in SpotCollector, DXView or Commander) with the Capture window closed and Optimize for realtime QSO entry checked
Spot split frequency when checked, outgoing spot notes will include the difference between the TX and RX frequencies unless that difference exceeds 9.9 KHz, in which case the full TX frequency  will be included
Log Special Callsign Tags when checked, Special Callsign Tags provided by DXView and SpotCollector will be appended to the Comment item
Backup log on shutdown when checked, automatically creates a Log backup on shutdown if a log file is open
Flag invalid callsigns When checked, callsigns not containing at least one number and one letter will be flagged when you attempt to Save in the Main window or Log in the Capture window; QSOs containing such callsigns will be marked Broken by the Recompute function
Provide audible feedback When checked, 
  • play a single  "Windows Default Beep" sound when a QSO is logged via the Main window's Log or New functions or the Capture window's Log function

  • play a continuous sequence of "Windows Default Beep" sounds when an attempt to log a QSO fails due to invalid items

  • play a single  "Windows Default Beep" sound when a duplicate QSO is entered into the Capture window with Contest mode enabled

Display information in title bars When checked, displays log information in the Main window's title bar and UTC time in the Capture window's title bar (uncheck when running on Vista)
Main & Capture window F-keys via WW When checked
  • the Function keys F5 through F12 when struck in a textbox or selector on the Main window's Log QSOs tab will activate WinWarbler macros, with Shift and Alt key modifiers interpreted as they would be within WinWarbler

  • the Esc key when struck in a textbox or selector on the Main window's Log QSOs tab will abort WinWarbler transmission

  • the Function keys F5 through F12 when struck in a textbox or selector on the Capture window will activate WinWarbler macros, with Shift and Alt key modifiers interpreted as they would be within WinWarbler

  • the Esc key when struck in a textbox or selector on the Capture window will abort WinWarbler transmission

Use multiple monitors When checked, windows that resided on a secondary monitor during the previous session will be restored to the same secondary monitor on startup; when not checked, all windows are restored to the primary monitor on startup
Log debugging information When checked, records debugging information to the file ErrorLog.txt in DXKeeper's folder
 
Require Edit to modify logged QSOs if this box is checked, the QSO currently selected on the Main window's Log QSOs tab cannot be modified without first clicking the Edit button
Confirm QSO deletion

if this box is checked, DXKeeper will request confirmation before deleting a QSO

Optimize for realtime QSO entry

When this box is checked, DXKeeper's Main window is optimized for logging QSOs in real time:

  • if, after entering a callsign in the call textbox, you strike the Enter key, DXKeeper will 

    • if the begin item has not been specified, set the begin item to the current UTC date and time

    • if Commander is running, set the freq item to your transceiver's current frequency

    • if Commander is running, set the band item to the band for your transceiver's current frequency

    • if Commander is running, set the mode item to the your transceiver's current mode

  • if you double-click the end item, DXKeeper will set the end item to the current UTC date and time

  • setting the QSL Rcvd,  item to 'Y' will set the Date Rcvd item to the current date 

  • setting the eQSL.cc Rcvd item to 'Y' will set the  eQSL.cc Date Rcvd item to the current date 

  • setting the LotW QSL Rcvd item to 'Y' will set the  LotW Date Rcvd item to the current date 

  • if you save a QSO whose end item has not been specified, DXKeeper will set the end item to the current time.  

  • for QSOs with DXCC entities that specify Primary and Secondary Administrative Subdivisions, these subdivision items can only be selected from a list of valid choices

When this box is unchecked, DXKeeper's Main window is optimized for manually entering past QSOs: 

  • if, after entering a callsign in the call textbox, you strike the Enter key and , DXKeeper will 

    • if the begin item has not been specified, set the begin item to the begin item of the previously-entered QSO plus 1 second

    • set the freq item to that of the previously entered QSO

    • set the band item to that of the previously entered QSO

    • set the mode item to that of the previously entered QSO

    • set the my QTH ID item to that of the previously entered QSO

    • set the propagation mode item to that of the previously entered QSO

    • set the satellite name item to that of the previously entered QSO

    • set the satellite mode item to that of the previously entered QSO

    • set the meteor scatter shower item to that of the previously entered QSO

    • set the SFI item to that of the previously entered QSO

    • set the A index item to that of the previously entered QSO

    • set the K index item to that of the previously entered QSO

    • set the TX power item to that of the previously entered QSO

    • set the antenna path item to that of the previously entered QSO

    • set the station callsign item to that of the previously entered QSO

    • set the operator callsign item to that of the previously entered QSO

    • set the owner callsign item to that of the previously entered QSO

  • if you double-click the end item, DXKeeper will set the end item to the contents of the begin item

  • setting the QSL Rcvd,  item to 'Y' will not set the Date Rcvd item to the current date 

  • setting the eQSL.cc Rcvd item to 'Y' will not set the  eQSL.cc Date Rcvd item to the current date 

  • setting the LotW QSL Rcvd item to 'Y' will not set the  LotW Date Rcvd item to the current date 

  • if you save a QSO whose end item has not been specified, DXKeeper will set the end item to the contents of the begin item 

  • if you save a QSO whose RST sent or RST rcvd item has not been specified, DXKeeper will set the item to 59 or 599 as appropriate for the specified mode

Note that the Optimize for realtime QSO entry setting has no effect on the Capture window's behavior, which is always optimized for logging QSOs in real time.

Optimize for roundtable QSOs When this box is unchecked and Optimize for realtime QSO entry is unchecked, a new QSO's begin item is initialized to the last manually-entered QSO's end item incremented by 1 second.

When this box is checked and Optimize for realtime QSO entry is unchecked, a new QSO's begin item is initialized to the last manually-entered QSO's begin item incremented by 1 second.

Allow direct Subdivision entry when checked, for QSOs with DXCC entities that specify Primary and Secondary Administrative Subdivisions, these subdivision items can be directly entered and edited in the Award panel on the Main window's Log QSOs tab
Run-mode checkbox

If this box is checked, striking the enter key in the call textbox will 

If this box is checked, striking the enter key in the QSO Capture window's Call textbox will set the RST sent and RST rcvd items to 59 (if the mode is SSB or FM) or 599 (if the mode is CW, RTTY, or PSK)

Display panels in two columns when checked, panels in the Main window's Log QSOs tab are displayed side-by-side in two columns, yielding an aspect ratio more suitable for widescreen monitors
 
Capture always on top When checked, the Capture window always appears atop other windows
Capture callsign generates prop forecast When checked with DXView running, entering a callsign in the Capture window and striking the Enter or Tab key or clicking the Lookup button directs PropView (if running) to generate a propagation forecast for the station's location on the captured TX frequency
Local spot on callsign acquisition When checked with SpotCollector running, an outgoing local spot will automatically be generated entering a callsign in the Capture window and striking the Enter or Tab key 
Set QSO start on lookup When checked, entering a callsign in the Capture window or clicking the Capture window's Lookup button sets the QSO start time
Prompt on Capture overwrite When checked, if an action -- e.g. activating a Spot Database entry in SpotCollector-- would overwrite unsaved Capture window data from an active QSO, DXKeeper will display a dialog box allowing the user to allow or disallow the overwrite. A QSO is considered active if its start time has been set, either by clicking the Begin button or by capturing a received signal report (if Set QSO start when RST Rcvd is checked)
Prompt on Capture clear When checked, clicking the Capture window's Clear button displays a dialog box confirming the user's intention to clear the Capture window items
 

 

Call textbox place the mouse cursor in the QSO panel's Call textbox after completing an operation on the Main window's Log QSOs tab
Filter textbox place the mouse cursor in the Filter panel textbox after completing an operation on the Main window's Log QSOs tab

 

Miles QSO distance is displayed in miles
Kilometers QSO distance is displayed in kilometers

 

Browser pathname textbox

if this setting is blank, DXKeeper displays online help using your PC's default HTML browser; if this setting contains the pathname of an HTML browser, DXKeeper displays online help using that browser.

Select button

displays a file selector dialog that allows you to choose a Browser pathname 

show control explanations

when checked, enables the display of explanatory information when the mouse cursor lingers over a textbox, button, checkbox, display pane, or setting.

DXCC Database panel shows the pathname and version of the DXCC Database being used by DXKeeper
IOTA Database panel shows the pathname and version of the IOTA Database being used by DXKeeper
LotW Database panel shows the pathname and version of the LotW Database being used by DXKeeper
eQSL AG Database panel shows the pathname and version of the eQSL Authenticity Guaranteed Database being used by DXKeeper

Log Tab

Pathname textbox

This textbox specifies the pathname of the current log file. To open a different log file or create a new log file, you can enter or paste the appropriate pathname into this textbox and then click the Select or Create buttons in this panel. Alternatively, you can click the Select button in this panel and use the file selector dialog to choose the log file you wish to open or create.

Note: If you start DXKeeper with a command line argument that specifies a valid pathname, DXKeeper will place this argument in the Pathname textbox and  attempt to open the designated file as a log.

Open Button

closes any open log and opens the log in the file specified by the Pathname textbox; this button is only present when the Pathname textbox specifies an existing file

Create Button

closes any open log, and creates a new log in the file specified by the Pathname textbox; this button is only present when the Pathname textbox specifies a non-existent file

If DXView has been installed on your PC, the newly-created log's progress table will be initialized using the DXCC database managed by DXView. If DXView has not been installed, the newly-created log's progress table will be initialized from the file DXCC.mdb in the Databases subfolder of your DXKeeper application folder.

Compact Button If you delete QSOs in a log, the log file can become fragmented and use disk space inefficiently. Compacting the log file re-arranges the files contents to improve storage efficiency.
Select Button displays a file selector dialog with which you can navigate to a desired folder and select a log file to open; if the selected file exists, any currently-open log is closed and the selected log file is opened
New Button displays a file selector dialog with which you can navigate to a desired folder and specify a new log file to be created; if the specified file does not exist, any currently-open log is closed, and the specified log file is created and then opened

If DXView has been installed on your PC, the newly-created log's progress table will be initialized using the DXCC database managed by DXView. If DXView has not been installed, the newly-created log's progress table will be initialized from the file DXCC.mdb in the Databases subfolder of your DXKeeper application folder.

 

Backup folder pathname

this textbox specifies the pathname of folder into which log backups will be stored

Select button displays a folder selector dialog with which you can select the folder into which log backups will be stored

Backup button

creates a backup copy of the current Log file in the specified backup folder pathname

Recover button replaces the contents of the current Log file with the contents of a specified backup copy 

 

Submission reminder

when checked, setting a needed QSO's QSL Rcvd field to 'Y' will display a dialog box reminding you to 

  • submit the QSL to the ARRL' s DXCC desk, if the QSOs' entity, entity-band, or entity-mode is needed but not confirmed

  • submit the QSL to the RSGB's IOTA desk, if the QSO's IOTA tag is needed but not confirmed

  • submit the QSL to the ARRL' s VUCC desk, if the QSOs' gridsquare-band is needed but not confirmed

  • submit the QSL to the ARRL's WAS desk if the QSO's state, state-band, or state-mode is needed but not confirmed

  • submit the QSL to the CQ's WAZ desk if the QSO's zone, zone-band, zone-mode, or zone-band-mode is needed but not confirmed

  • submit the QSL to the CQ's WPX desk if the QSO's prefix, prefix-band, or prefix-mode is needed but not confirmed

Note that an award's Realtime Award Tracking service must be enabled in order to determine whether a QSO is needed for that award.

Partial DXCC Credit when checked, a QSO's QSL Rcvd item can also be set to E, B, or M:
  • E (Entity verified)            - the card's Entity has been verified by the ARRL
  • B (Entity and Band verified)   - the card's Entity and Entity-Band have been verified by the ARRL
  • M (Entity and Mode verified)   - the card's Entity and Entity-Mode have been verified by the ARRL

(use these settings for QSL cards submitted to the DXCC desk before its records were computerized, where a card's Entity-Band and/or Entity-Mode was not recorded)

Include radio name in QTH ID when checked, the default QTH ID is assembled by appending the Radio Name specified for the currently-selected transceiver in Commander to the specified root QTH ID
DXCC account # specifies the DXCC account from which
  • the Compare function obtains your Award Credit Matrix in order to report any discrepancies with the current log's DXCC Entity, Entity-Band, and Entity-Mode verification data.

  • the DXCC Credits Granted window's Download function obtains your DXCC Credits so you can link them with logged QSOs

If you have only one DXCC account, your DXCC account number is most likely 1. If you have more than one DXCC account, you can determine the correct DXCC Account Number by using this procedure.

root QTH ID text to which the currently-selected transceiver's Radio name is appended to assemble a default QTH ID (only visible if the Include radio name in QTH ID option is enabled)

default QTH ID

identifies the operator's current QTH

  • initializes  the myQTH textbox

  • specifies the operator's current QTH when another DXLab application logs a QSO that is missing this item

 

Auxiliary fields checkbox

Checking this box shows the Log's Aux panel, which contains textboxes for each of the following fields:

  • station call

  • operator call

  • owner call

  • QSO #

  • submode

  • rx band

  • select

  • temp

Depressing the CTRL key while checking this box will display the Log's Aux panel and decrease the number of visible Log Page Display entries rather than expand the Main window's height.

Unchecking this box  will hide the Log's Aux panel and vertically shrink the Main window; depressing the CTRL key while unchecking this box will hide the Log's Aux panel and increase the number of visible Log Page Display entries.

QSL fields checkbox

Checking this box shows the Log's QSL panel, which contains textboxes for each of the following fields:

Depressing the CTRL key while checking this box will display the Log's QSL panel and decrease the number of visible Log Page Display entries rather than expand the Main window's height.

Unchecking this box  will hide the Log's QSL panel and vertically shrink the Main window; depressing the CTRL key while unchecking this box will hide the Log's QSL panel and increase the number of visible Log Page Display entries.

Online QSL fields checkbox Checking this box shows the Log's Online QSL panel, which contains textboxes for each of the following fields:
  • eQSL.cc sent

  • eQSL.cc rcvd

  • eQSL.cc date sent

  • eQSL.cc date rcvd

  • eQSL.cc member 

  • LotW sent

  • LotW rcvd

  • LotW date sent

  • LotW date rcvd

  • LotW member 

Depressing the CTRL key while checking this box will display the Online Log's QSL panel and decrease the number of visible Log Page Display entries rather than expand the Main window's height.

Unchecking this box  will hide the Log's Online QSL panel and vertically shrink the Main window; depressing the CTRL key while unchecking this box will hide the Log's Online QSL panel and increase the number of visible Log Page Display entries.

 

Award fields checkbox

Checking this box shows the Log's Awards panel, which contains textboxes for each of the following fields:

Depressing the CTRL key while checking this box will display the Log's Awards panel and decrease the number of visible Log Page Display entries rather than expand the Main window's height.

Unchecking this box  will hide the Log's Awards panel and vertically shrink the Main window; depressing the CTRL key while unchecking this box will hide the Log's Awards panel and increase the number of visible Log Page Display entries.

Contest fields checkbox

Checking this box shows the Log's Contest panel, which contains textboxes for each of the following fields:

Depressing the CTRL key while checking this box will display the Log's Contest panel and decrease the number of visible Log Page Display entries rather than expand the Main window's height.

Unchecking this box  will hide the Log's Contest panel and vertically shrink the Main window; depressing the CTRL key while unchecking this box will hide the Log's Contest panel and increase the number of visible Log Page Display entries.

Propagation fields checkbox

Checking this box shows the Log's Propagation panel, which contains textboxes for each of the following fields:

  • Propagation mode

  • complete

  • EME initial

  • Antenna azimuth

  • Antenna path

  • Antenna elevation

  • Solar Flux Index

  • Geomagnetic A-index

  • Geomagnetic K-index

  • Satellite name

  • Satellite mode

  • Meteor shower

  • Meteor max time

  • Meteor bursts

  • Meteor random

  • Meteor pings

Depressing the CTRL key while checking this box will display the Log's Propagation panel and decrease the number of visible Log Page Display entries rather than expand the Main window's height.

Unchecking this box  will hide the Log's Propagation panel and vertically shrink the Main window; depressing the CTRL key while unchecking this box will hide the Log's Propagation panel and increase the number of visible Log Page Display entries.

Details fields checkbox Checking this box shows the Log's Details panel, which contains textboxes for each of the following fields:
  • distance
  • special interest group
  • special interest group information
  • latitude
  • longitude
  • owner call
  • email address
  • worldwide web URL
  • rig
  • age
  • power
  • filename
  • notes

Depressing the CTRL key while checking this box will display the Log's Details panel and decrease the number of visible Log Page Display entries rather than expand the Main window's height.

Unchecking this box  will hide the Log's Details panel and vertically shrink the Main window; depressing the CTRL key while unchecking this box will hide the Log's Details panel and increase the number of visible Log Page Display entries.

User-defined fields checkbox Checking this box shows the Log's User-definedn panel, which lets you specify up to eight user-defined fields.

Depressing the CTRL key while checking this box will display the Log's User-defined panel and decrease the number of visible Log Page Display entries rather than expand the Main window's height.

Unchecking this box  will hide the Log's User-defined panel and vertically shrink the Main window; depressing the CTRL key while unchecking this box will hide the Log's User-defined panel and increase the number of visible Log Page Display entries.

Font Button

Enables you to specify the font and font metrics (size, bold, italic) used in the Main window's Auxiliary, QSL, Online QSL, Awards, Contest and Satellite panels, and the Capture window. If a bold font is selected, then information in the Award Progress and Progress Details grids will also be rendered in bold font.

 

 
Log Page Display table

Each row in this table corresponds to a column in Log Page Display. By adding or removing rows in this table, you can control which items appear (as columns) in the Log Page Display. You can also specify the caption and alignment for each item appearing in the Log Page Display.

To add an item to the Log Page Display,

  • scroll to the last row of the Log Page Display table; this row is distinguished by an asterisk in its leftmost cell

  • click in the Item cell of this last row, then click the pulldown icon (a small black triangle), and choose the item to be displayed from the resulting list (the pulldown contains ADIF field names - to correlate with items, consult the cross reference)

  • click in the Caption cell of the last row, and type the caption to be used for this item in the Log Page Display

  • click in the Align cell of the last row, then click the pulldown icon (a small black triangle), and choose item's alignment (left-justified, centered, or right-justified)

  • click in the row above the last row to complete the addition

To see the newly added item (column) in the Log Page Display, you may need to horizontally scroll the log page display or widen your DXKeeper window.

To remove a field from the log page display,

  • select the row corresponding to the field to be removed by clicking in row's leftmost cell (this cell is shaded)

  • strike the Delete key

The order in which fields appear in the log page display, and the width of each column in the log page display are controlled by direct manipulation.

Colors Button Enables you to specify the Log Page Display background colors that indicate whether an entry's callsign is a known participant in LotW and/or an Authenticity-Guaranteed member of eQSL.cc, if enabled

Note that these colors are updated by the background color selections on the Spot Database Display tab of SpotCollector's  Configuration window when 

  • DXKeeper is started with SpotCollector already running

  • SpotCollector is started after DXKeeper is already running

  • a background color is changed in SpotCollector

Font Button

Enables you to specify the font and font metrics (size, bold, italic) used in the Log Page Display

Reset button Set's the Log Page Display row height and column widths to default values based on the current font size
Log Page Display layout file the pathname of a file whose contents specify a Log Page Display layout:
  • which fields appear in the log page display

  • the caption for each such field

  • the alignment of each such field

  • the order in which such fields appear

  • the width of each field

Select displays a file selector that lets you choose a Log Page Display layout file and then format the Log Page Display as specified by the selected file's contents
Save displays a file selector that lets you choose a file into which will be saved the Log Page Display's current layout
Automatically update layout file when checked, the specified Log Page Display layout file will automatically be updated to reflect changes made to the Log Page Display layout
Indicate LotW & eQSL AG status When checked, the background color of each entry in the Log Page Display indicates whether the entry's callsign is a known participant in LotW and/or an Authenticity-Guaranteed member of eQSL.cc
Frequency precision specifies the number of decimal digits shown in transmit frequencies and receive frequencies appearing in the Log Page Display; the valid range is 3 to 6.
Power precision specifies the number of decimal digits shown in the transmit power appearing in the Log Page Display; the valid range is 0 to 6.
Chronological sort order determines whether the Sort panel's UTC button, the Sync eQSL.cc QSLs operation, and the Sync LotW QSLs operation will sort the Log Page Display in ascending or descending order of QSO Begin time, eQSL Date Rcvd, or LotW Date Rcvd respectively.
  • if the Sort panel's UTC sort is active, a change to the sort order is immediately effected

 

 

Awards Tab

The Automatically recompute realtime award tracking checkbox determines whether DXKeeper will automatically update realtime award tracking information when you delete a QSO or indicate a regression in the QSO's progress, e.g. demoting its status from confirmed to worked, or from worked to unworked. If this box is unchecked, DXKeeper will not direct SpotCollector to initiate progress recomputations.

The Deduce CQ and ITU zones from US callsigns checkbox determines whether callsigns of US stations will be used to deduce CQ and ITU zones if more precise information (previous QSOs, state, ARRL section, Callbook) is unavailable and the call area fits entirely in the zone.

The Include LotW confirmations in CQ (DX, Fields, WAZ), & Maidenhead Grid progress box will, when checked, include QSOs confirmed by the ARRL's Logbook of the World (LotW) in the CQ DX, CQ Fields, CQ WAZ, and Maidenhead Grids reports, as well as in Realtime Award Tracking for CQ WAZ.

The Include eQSL.cc confirmations in DXCC, WAS, WAC, & Maidenhead Grid progress box will, when checked, will include QSOs confirmed by eQSL.cc in the  the DXCC, Challenge, TOPLIST, WAS, WAC, and Maidenhead Gridsquare awards progress and reports. The ARRL, and TOPLIST do not accept eQSL.cc confirmations for their awards, but if your personal DXing program considers eQSL.cc confirmations to be valid, then checking this box will generate correct status.  If you change this setting, immediately running the By QSL Mode, WAS, WAC, and Maidenhead Gridsquare reports will produce correct results. However, the Progress Grid, Progress Details Grid, and all other reports will not reflect the change until you invoke the Recompute function.


DXCC Bands & Modes Panel

Checkboxes in this panel specify the bands and modes you are pursuing for the ARRL DX Century Club award (DXCC), the ARRL DX Century Club Challenge award , and/or the 425DXN Top List award. When you click the QSL tab's Add Needed button, these settings are used to identify QSOs for which QSLs would advance your progress. When you prepare a DXCC Submission, confirmed QSL cards and/or LotW credits will only be submitted for bands and modes selected in this panel. If SpotCollector is running, the settings of these checkboxes are used to determine whether a QSO with a spotted station would advance your progress. If none of the band or mode boxes in this panel are checked, DXKeeper and SpotCollector assume that you are pursuing DXCC without focus on specific bands or modes. 

Award Program boxes to check in DXKeeper's DXCC/Top Bands & Modes panel
DXCC none
5-band DXCC 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m, 10m
DXCC Challenge 160m, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m, 6m, Phone, CW, Digital
TopList 160m, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m, Phone, CW, Digital

Checking this panel's PSK box means that you wish to confirm every DXCC entity in a PSK mode, independently of RTTY and other digital modes. Note that the ARRL does not offer a PSK-only DXCC award. If the PSK box is not checked, PSK will still be considered valid for DXCC Digital awards.

Click the HF button to check the 160m through 10m band boxes; click the VHF button to check the 6m and 2m band boxes.

f the DXCC Bands & Modes Panel's QRP option is enabled, only QSO that specify a transmit power that is greater than 0 and less than or equal to 5 watts will be counted towards DXCC award progress. If you enable or disable this setting, DXKeeper will prompt you to recompute your realtime DXCC award progress.

The DXCC Bands & Modes Panel's Hide unworked in progress rprt option lets your suppress the listing of unworked DXCC entities in the DXCC Progress report.


DXCC Submission panel  

This panel provides settings that control the generation and management of DXCC submissions

 

Submit deleted entities when checked, QSOs that confirm deleted DXCC entities will be submitted
Record Sheet lines/page   specifies the number of lines to be printed on each page of a generated Card Record Sheet or LotW Record Sheet report

Marathon Submission panel

When enabled this panel's Confirmed QSOs are low risk setting causes the CQ DX Marathon Progress Report function and Submission function to consider as low risk the Marathon countries and Marathon zones of QSOs confirmed via QSL card, LotW, or Authenticity-Guaranteed members of eQSL.cc.


VUCC & WAS Submission panel

The setting in this panel determines whether a QSO confirmed via both QSL Card and LotW will be considered part of a QSL Card submission or an LotW submission when assembling and managing submissions for the VUCC award and submissions for the WAS award
.

DXCC Credits panel

This panel's Credit-only QSO creation setting enables the generation of Credit-only QSOs from the DXCC Credits Granted window.

Marathon Bands & Modes panel

Checkboxes in this panel specify 

Click the Year, Category, Score Sheet Info button to display the Marathon Year, Category, and Score Sheet Information window, on which you can specify

If realtime award tracking for CQ DX Marathon awards is enabled and SpotCollector is running, the settings of this panel's Mixed, band, and mode checkboxes are used to determine whether a QSO with a spotted station would advance your Marathon progress. 

VUCC Bands & Modes Panel

The band checkboxes in this panel specify the bands you are pursuing for awards in the VUCC award family

The Realtime Award Progress checkbox indicates whether realtime award tracking for the VUCC award family is enabled; if unchecked, checking this box directs DXKeeper to enable realtime award tracking for VUCC in the current log. When enabled,

WPX Bands & Modes Panel

Checkboxes in this panel specify the bands and modes you are pursuing for awards in the CQ Worked All Prefixes (WPX) family

The Realtime Award Progress checkbox indicates whether realtime award tracking for the WPX award family is enabled; if unchecked, checking this box directs DXKeeper to enable realtime award tracking for WPX in the current log. When enabled,

WAS Bands & Modes Panel

Checkboxes in this panel specify the bands and modes you are pursuing for awards in the ARRL Worked All States (WAS) family

The Realtime Award Progress checkbox indicates whether realtime award tracking for the WAS award family is enabled; if unchecked, checking this box directs DXKeeper to enable realtime award tracking for WAS in the current log. When enabled,

IOTA Panel

This panel's IOTAmem4win checkbox determines whether generating an IOTA progress report will also create IOTA_Worked and IOTA_Confirmed update files for IOTAMem4WIN in DXKeeper's Reports sub-folder.

The Realtime Award Progress checkbox indicates whether realtime award tracking for the IOTA award family is enabled; if unchecked, checking this box directs DXKeeper to enable realtime award tracking for IOTA in the current log. When enabled,

Other Awards Panel

In this panel, 

WAZ Bands & Modes Panel

Checkboxes in this panel are used to specify the CQ Worked All Zones (WAZ) family awards you're pursuing.

To indicate your pursuit of a single-band mixed award, check the appropriate band box(es) in the Mixed column. Note that WAZ only defines single-band mixed awards for 160m, 6m, and (for 5-band WAZ) 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m, and 10m. 

To indicate your pursuit of the 5-band WAZ mixed award, check the 5-Band WAZ box; doing so will check the 80M, 40M, 20M, 15M, and 10M mixed band boxes. With the 5 Band WAZ box checked,

With the 5 Band WAZ box not checked,

To indicate your pursuit of a single-mode mixed award, check the appropriate mode box(es) in the Mixed row.

To indicate your pursuit of a single-band single-mode WAZ award, check the box at the intersection of the band row and mode column. Note that the 30m SSB, 30m AM, and 30m SSTV boxes cannot be checked.

The Realtime Award Progress checkbox indicates whether realtime award tracking for the WAZ award family is enabled; if unchecked, checking this box directs DXKeeper to enable realtime award tracking for WAZ in the current log. When enabled,

Reports Tab

The Date Format panel lets you specify the format of dates used in reports, and in the headers of exported ADIF files. 

The Frequency precision setting specifies the number of decimal digits shown in frequencies appearing in Progress and Submission reports; the valid range is 3 to 6.

The DXCC Summary panel's Optional HTML textbox lets you insert HTML at the beginning of the DXCC Summary's body, prior to the data table.

In the the QSL Aging panel

 

Callbook Tab

DXKeeper can obtain name, address, and location information for a callsign from multiple sources:

DXKeeper can optionally check a second Callbook if the first Callbook is inaccessible or does not have information for the callsign.

Use this tab's radio buttons to specify the first source of information to be used for Callbook Lookup operations:

None

no callbook lookup is performed

RAC (PC) use the RAC callbook installed on your PC; specify the pathname of the folder containing the RAC's Callbook.exe file 
HamCall (PC) use the HamCall callbook installed on your PC; specify the pathname of the folder containing the HamCall database

Note: if you've installed a HamCall CD-ROM dated May 2013 or later,

  1. terminate DXKeeper, if it's running
  2. use Windows Explorer to navigate to your DXKeeper folder, and delete the file Hamcal32.dll  
  3. obtain the file  Hamcal32.dll from the HamCall web site, and place it in your DXKeeper folder
QRZ (PC) use the QRZ callbook installed on your PC; specify the pathname of the folder containing the QRZ database callbkc.dat file 

If you use QRZ's default installation location, the correct pathname will be

C:\Program Files\QRZ Ham Radio\CALLBK

HamCall Online use your subscription to HamCall.net; specify the callsign and password registered with HamCall.net, and set the HamCall Online timeout to indicate how long to wait before abandoning a request made to HamCall
HamQTH use your free registered account with HamQTH; specify the callsign and password registered with HamQTH, and set the HamQTH timeout to indicate how long to wait before abandoning a request made to HamQTH
QRZ.com XML Data use your subscription to QRZ.com
  • specify the callsign and password registered with QRZ.com

  • set the QRZ.com timeout to indicate how long to wait before abandoning a request made to QRZ.com

  • check the Ignore geocoded grid squares box if location data derived from USA Geocoding data should not be used (location data provided by the callsign's owner will always be used)

QRZ.com via Pathfinder use Pathfinder to obtain information from QRZ.com
  • make sure Pathfinder (version 4.2.6 or later) is running

  • set the QRZ.com timeout to indicate how long to wait before abandoning a request made to QRZ.com

  • check the Ignore geocoded grid squares box if location data derived from USA Geocoding data should not be used (location data provided by the callsign's owner will always be used)

  • if the Alt key is depressed while clicking the CBA button to initiate a QRZ.com lookup on every QSO in the Log Page Display, the rate will be limited to one lookup every 4 seconds

 

Use the Secondary Callbook panel to specify and enable a second Callbook to be queried when the first Callbook is inaccessible or does not have information for the callsign:

Enable

when checked, DXKeeper will query the specified second Callbook when the first Callbook is inaccessible or does not have information for the callsign

Callbook specifies the second Callbook to be used when the first Callbook is inaccessible or does not have information for the callsign

 

Use these checkboxes to govern Callbook behavior:

Automatically use callbook data... checkbox

when checked

  • DXKeeper will initialize the name, QTH, primary administrative subdivision,, secondary administrative subdivision, IOTA, and grid fields with the results of a successful Callbook query

  • the Capture window's Lookup button will initialize the Capture window's name, QTH, primary administrative subdivision, secondary administrative subdivision, IOTA, and grid fields with the results of a successful Callbook query

Warn when Callsign Lookups fail when checked, a Callsign lookup that fails to locate Callbook information for the Call will display a warning message requiring confirmation

 

From the Capture window, you can add name, QTH information, and address information from the selected Callbook to the current QSO by clicking the Lookup button, as described above. 

Using the CBA button on the Main window's Log QSOs tab, you can update or replace name, QTH information, and address information in the current QSO or in all QSOs visible in the Log Page Display.

You can also configure DXKeeper to lookup each imported QSO in the selected callbook and the DXCC database and fill in any items not present in the imported QSO with information from these sources.

 

Contest tab

These settings govern DXKeeper's support for contest operation

Contest-mode when contest-mode is enabled,

Enabling Contest mode automatically enables Run-mode; disabling Contest-mode automatically disables Run-mode

Contest-mode can also be enabled or disabled via the Capture window's contest-mode checkbox.

Increment TX serial# when checked, increments the TX serial# after each QSO (if the Contest-mode box is checked, and if the TX serial# contains a numeric value)
Place focus in RX# on DX spot activation when checked, activating a DX spot in SpotCollector, DXView or Commander will place the mouse cursor in the Capture window's RX# item if the Capture window has not been closed

if the Capture window is closed, Optimize for realtime QSO entry is checked, and New QSO on DX Spot activation is checked, then activating a DX spot will create a new QSO and display it in the Main window; if the Contest panel on the Main window's Log QSOs tab is visible, then the mouse cursor will be placed in its RX# item

Don't log Capture window Contest, TX#, RX# if contest mode disabled when checked with contest mode disabled, don't log the Capture window's Contest, TX#, and RX# items
Contest ID

the Contest Identifier recorded with each QSO, and used to select the Cabrillo template used when generating a Cabrillo log

TX serial#

the transmit serial number or exchange to be recorded with the next QSO

TX Exchange fixed portion of transmit exchange (see the table describing how Contest information is recorded to enable Cabrillo generation)

 

Cabrillo panel

This panel determines what information is placed in the header section of a generated Cabrillo file; some of this information is also incorporated in recorded contest exchanges, as noted in the table below. If no value for an item is specified, then its Cabrillo tag will not appear in the header section.

Item Cabrillo Tag Description
Contest CONTEST the name of the contest (initialized when you select a Contest ID)
Name NAME submitter's full name
Address ADDRESS up to 4 lines of postal address (do not include your name)
Operators OPERATORS callsigns of participating operators, separated by commas
Soapbox SOAPBOX Cabrillo Soapbox
Operator's first name your first name (used in contest exchanges)
Club CLUB name of your contest or radio club
Score CLAIMED-SCORE your claimed score in the contest (obtained from your contesting application, or manually computed)
Category CATEGORY Cabrillo category
Category Assisted CATEGORY-ASSISTED Cabrillo assistance category
Category Operator CATEGORY-OPERATOR Cabrillo operator category
Category Station CATEGORY-STATION Cabrillo station category
Category Band CATEGORY-BAND Cabrillo band category
Category Mode CATEGORY-MODE Cabrillo mode category
Category Power CATEGORY-POWER Cabrillo power category
Category Overlay CATEGORY-OVERLAY Cabrillo overlay category
Category Transmitter CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER Cabrillo transmitter category
Category Time CATEGORY-TIME Cabrillo time category
Location Section LOCATION the ARRL section from which you are operating
Location ST/PR LOCATION two-letter abbreviation for the US State or Province from which you are operating operating (for use in contest exchanges)
Location IOTA LOCATION Islands on the Air tag or Island Name from which you are operating (for use in contest exchanges)
Location Grid LOCATION Maidenhead Grid Square from which you are operating (for use in contest exchanges)
Location CQ LOCATION CQ Zone from which you are operating (for use in contest exchanges)
Location RDA # LOCATION RDA number from which you are operating (for use in RDXC contest exchanges)

 

User Items tab

DXKeeper can record up to 8 user-defined items with each QSO. This tab lets you specify a caption, style, alignment, and default value for each user-defined item.

Caption specifies the caption that appears to the left of the item in the User-defined panel on the Main window's Log QSOs tab, in the Capture window, and in WinWarbler's QSO Info panel
Style specifies the type of information captured in the item:
Style Valid Characters
Integer digits, minus sign
Positive Integer digits
Number digits, minus sign, decimal separator
Positive Number digits, decimal separator
Alphanumeric all
Lower Alphanumeric all (letters converted to lower case)
Upper Alphanumeric all (letters converted to upper case)
Alphabetic letters
Lower Alphabetic letters (converted to lower case)
Upper Alphabetic letters (converted to upper case)
List set of legal values specified in a file
  • each line in the file specifies a value
  • click the Set list button to specify the file's pathname
  • user-defined items specified by a list are always left-aligned
Align specifies whether values are displayed as Left-aligned, Centered, or Right-aligned
  • user-defined items specified by a list are always left-aligned
Init If checked and the Display Previous QSOs on Lookup box is checked, then new QSOs with be initialized with information extracted from previous QSOs with the same callsign
Default specifies an optional default value for use in initializing a new QSO in the Capture window, in the Main window's Log QSOs tab, and in WinWarbler's QSO Info panel

The List style is appropriate when a user-defined item's value is limited to a small discrete set, for example the set {Y, N}, or the set {Alinco, Elecraft, FlexRadio, Icom, Kachina, Kenwood, TenTec, Yaesu}. A text file specifying the latter set would contain 8 lines:

Alinco
Elecraft
FlexRadio
Icom
Kachina
Kenwood
TenTec
Yaesu

Its is usually appropriate to offer a choice representing "not specified"; this can be accomplished by having the first line of the specifying file be blank. When exporting a QSO, any of its user-defined items whose value is "not specified" are not included.

When importing QSOs, you can configure DXKeeper to check each imported field not recognized by DXKeeper -- whether defined in ADIF or not  -- be against the caption specified for each user-defined item and, if a match is found, import the field's contents into the user-defined item associated with the matching caption. The field's contents are imported without regard to style. If the matching item's style is List but the imported contents are not among the specified values, the user-defined item will appear to be empty even though a value is present; change the item's style to Aphanumeric and the item's contents will be visible.

Defaults tab

 

Station callsign

the station callsign used over the air (label is highlighted in red if maximum length is exceeded)

  • used to name the log file created when DXKeeper runs the first time after being installed

  • initializes the stn call textbox 

  • specifies the station callsign when another application sends a QSO to be logged that is missing this item

Operator callsign the callsign of the operator of the station (label is highlighted in red if maximum length is exceeded)
  • initializes the operator textbox
  • specifies the operator callsign when another application sends a QSO to be logged that is missing this item

 

Owner callsign the callsign of the owner of the station  (label is highlighted in red if maximum length is exceeded)
  • initializes the owner textbox
  • specifies the owner callsign when another application sends a QSO to be logged that is missing this item
QTH latitude the QTH latitude used to compute QSO distance and azimuth if no myQTH is specified, or if the specified myQTH does not include a grid square or latitude and longitude
  • initialized from the QTH latitude specified in DXView, if DXView is installed

  • double-clicking prompts you to specify a grid square, from which the QTH latitude and QTH longitude are computed

QTH longitude the QTH longitude used to compute QSO distance and azimuth if no myQTH is specified, or if the specified myQTH does not include a grid square or latitude and longitude
  • initialized from the QTH longitude specified in DXView, if DXView is installed

  • double-clicking prompts you to specify a grid square, from which the QTH latitude and QTH longitude are computed

Transmit power

transmitter power, in watts (label is highlighted in red if maximum length is exceeded); if neither Default Transmit power by band nor  Default Transmit power by mode is enabled or applicable,

RST sent & rcvd if enabled, the specified default value is used to initialize the  RST sent and RST rcvd items in the Capture window or in the Main window's Log QSOs tab. If the default value includes a slash, e.g. 59/599, characters before the slash are used with phone modes, and characters after the slash are used with non-phone modes.

if enabled with no default value specified, the RST send and RST rcvd items in the Capture window or in the Main window's Log QSOs tab are initialized to 59 for phone modes and 599 for non-phone modes.

QSL msg

selects message to be printed on each QSL card from among the standard messages defined in the QSL Msgs tab

  • initializes the Capture window's QSL Msg item

  • initializes  the Main window's msg textbox 

  • specifies the QSL message when another DXLab application logs a QSO that is missing this item

if a message is selected, you can modify it by editing the displayed text

Antenna Path

 

Propagation mode
SFI
A
K
Satellite name
Satellite mode
Meteor shower
Email address specifies the email address included in the generated WPX Submission File
Default Transmit power by band panel specifies the default transmitter power, in watts, for the amateur bands from 160m through 23cm;  if enabled and the QSO's frequency lies within one of the bands for which a default is specified,
Default Transmit power by mode panel specifies the default transmitter power, in watts, for Phone, CW, RTTY, and PSK modes;  if enabled and the QSO's mode is one for which a default is specified,
Network Service panel lets you specify the Base Port for TCP/IP service, set the Base Port to its default value, and restart the TCP/IP server

 

 

Defining Bands

DXKeeper is driven by a set of band definitions contained in a file. Any attempt to log a QSO on a frequency not falling within a defined band will be flagged.

At startup, DXKeeper checks its Databases folder for the file Bands.txt ; if found, the contents of this file are interpreted as user-defined band specifications in the format shown below.  If Bands.txt is not found, then DXKeeper checks its Databases folder for the file DefaultBands.txt, which every DXKeeper release installs. DefaultBands.txt, is a file containing one line per band:

2190M, 0.136,0.137
160M, 1.800, 2.000
80M, 3.500,4.000
60M, 5.3305,5.405
40M, 7.000,7.350
30M, 10.100, 10.150
20M, 14.000, 14.350
17M, 18.068, 18.168
15M, 21.000, 21.450
12M, 24.890, 24.990
10M, 28.000, 29.900
6M, 50.000, 54.000
4M, 70.0, 71.0
2M, 144.000, 148.000
1.25M,222.0,225.0
70CM, 420.0, 450.0
33CM, 902.0, 928.0
23CM, 1240, 1300
13CM,2400,2450
9CM, 3300, 3500
6CM, 5650, 5925
3CM, 10000, 10500
1.25cm,24000,24250
6MM, 47000, 47200
4MM, 75500, 81000
2.5MM, 119980,120020
2MM, 142000, 149000
1MM, 241000,250000
SUBMM, 300000,1000000

Each line contains three parameters, separated by commas: the band name, the band's lower edge in megahertz, and the band's upper edge in megahertz. The band name cannot exceed its defined maximum length.

To add or subtract bands, make a copy of DefaultBands.txt in DXKeeper's Databases folder and name this copy Bands.txt. Delete or add lines in  Bands.txt as required, ensuring that

Be sure to make your changes in Bands.txt as  DefaultBands.txt will be overwritten by the next DXKeeper release. After making changes to  Bands.txt, restart DXKeeper.

Defining or Eliminating Modes

DXKeeper provides built-in support for six modes: SSB, CW, RTTY, AM, FM, and PSK31. At startup, DXKeeper checks its Databases folder for the file Modes.txt ; if found, the contents of this file are interpreted as user-defined mode specifications, as described below.  If Modes.txt is not found, then DXKeeper checks its Databases folder for the file DefaultModes.txt  and if found interprets its contents as user-defined mode specifications. Every DXKeeper release installs a  DefaultModes.txt  file that contains the following mode specifications:

Mode Name DXCC Phone credit DXCC CW credit DXCC Digital credit WAZ RTTY credit WAZ Digital credit WPX SSB credit WPX CW credit WPX Digital credit WAS Digital credit PSK credit
AMTORFEC a a a a
ASCI a a a a
ATV
CHIP a a a
CHIP64 a a a
CHIP128 a a a
CLO a a a a
CONTESTI a a a a
DIGVOICE* a
DOMINO a a a a
DOMINOF a a a a
DSTAR
FAX
FMHELL a a a a
FSK31 a a a a
FSK441 a a a a
GTOR a a a a
HELL a a a a
HELL80 a a a a
HFSK
ISCAT a a a a
JT44 a a a a
JT4A a a a a
JT4B a a a a
JT4C a a a a
JT4D a a a a
JT4E a a a a
JT4F a a a a
JT4G a a a a
JT65 a a a a
JT65A a a a a
JT65B a a a a
JT65C a a a a
MFSK8 a a a a
MFSK16 a a a a
MT63 a a a a
OLIVIA a a a a
PAC a a a a
PAC2 a a a a
PAC3 a a a a
PAX a a a a
PAX2 a a a a
PKT a a a a
PSK10 a a a a a
PSK63 a a a a a
PSK63F a a a a a
PSK125 a a a a a
PSK220F a a a a a
PSKAM10 a a a a
PSKAM31 a a a a
PSKAM50 a a a a
PSKFEC31 a a a a a
PSKHELL
Q15
QPSK31 a a a a
QPSK63 a a a a
QPSK125 a a a a
ROS a a a
RTTYM a a a
SSTV a
THRB a a a a
THRBX a a a a
TOR a a a a
VOI
V4 a a a a
WINMOR a a a a
WSPR a a a a

*DXKeeper considers DIGVOICE a PHONE mode for purposes of CQ DX Marathon and WAS award tracking. 

Users wishing to define additional modes or remove modes that aren't built-in can do so by creating the file Modes.txt in DXKeeper's Databases folder. The specification format used in DefaultModes.txt and Modes.txt is identical: each line of the file specifies a mode's name, followed optionally by a list of awards for which QSOs in the mode produce credit; the mode name and optional awards are separated by commas. The mode name cannot exceed its defined maximum length. Valid award designators are shown in the following table:

Award Designator Meaning
DXCC_Phone QSOs in this mode "count" for DXCC Phone credit
DXCC_CW QSOs in this mode "count" for DXCC CW credit
DXCC_DIGI QSOs in this mode "count" for DXCC Digital credit
DXCC_RTTY QSOs in this mode "count" for DXCC Digital credit
WAS_DIGITAL QSOs in this mode "count" for WAS Digital credit
WAZ_RTTY QSOs in this mode "count" for WAZ  RTTY credit
WAZ_DIGITAL QSOs in this mode "count" for WAZ   Digital credit
WPX_Phone QSOs in this mode "count" for WPX Phone credit
WPX_CW QSOs in this mode "count" for WPX CW credit
WPX_Digital QSOs in this mode "count" for WPX Digital credit
PSK QSOs in this mode "count" for PSK credit

Thus, the first line of the file DefaultModes.txt, which is

ASCI, DXCC_RTTY, WAZ_RTTY

defines the new mode ASCI, and specifies that QSOs in ASCI  should be credited as DXCC RTTY and WAZ RTTY QSOs.

The easiest way to create a custom Modes.txt file is by starting with a copy of  DefaultModes.txt and editing as required. Be sure to make your changes in Modes.txt as  DefaultModes.txt will be overwritten by the next DXKeeper release. After making changes to  Modes.txt, restart DXKeeper.

 

Defining Satellite Names

At startup, DXKeeper checks its Databases folder for the file Satellites.txt ; if found, the contents of this file are interpreted as user-satellite names, in a one-name-per-line format. If Satellites.txt is not found, then DXKeeper checks its Databases folder for the file DefaultSatellites.txt, which every DXKeeper release installs. DefaultSatellites.txt, is a file containing one line per band:

AO-3
AO-4
AO-6
AO-7
AO-8
AO-10
AO-13
AO-16
AO-21
AO-27
AO-40
AO-51
Arsene
FO-12
FO-20
FO-29
HO-68
LO-19
NO-44
RS-1
RS-2
RS-5
RS-6
RS-7
RS-8
RS-10
RS-11
RS-12
RS-13
RS-15
SO-35
SO-41
SO-50
SO-67
UO-14
VO-52

To add or subtract satellite names, make a copy of DefaultSatellites.txt in DXKeeper's Databases folder and name this copy Satellites.txt. Delete or add lines in Satellites.txt as required. Be sure to make your changes in Satellites.txt as  DefaultSatellites.txt will be overwritten by the next DXKeeper release. After making changes to  Satellites.txt, restart DXKeeper.

 

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