Viewing, Modifying, and Deleting Logged QSOs

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DXKeeper allows you to display and modify more than 100 items of information about each QSO. Some, like the station's callsign or the QSO's start time, will always be of interest. Others, like the station's grid square, may never be utilized. DXKeeper organizes these items into 9 groups:

Each of these groups is associated with a panel on the Log QSOs tabbed dialog. The QSO panel is always present; you can independently control the presence of the Auxiliary, QSL, Online QSL, Award, Contest, Propagation, Details, and User-defined panels using the Log Panel checkboxes in the Configuration window's Log tab or using the eight checkboxes to the right of the QSO panel. All information items are stored with each QSO, whether or not the panels displaying them are visible. This allows you to adjust DXKeeper's consumption of screen real estate to meet your operating needs of the moment.

Dates displayed in the above panels follow the short date format specified in the Windows Control Panel's Regional and Language Options applet's Regional Options tab. 

Double-clicking the caption of an unselected item will select that item:

Double-clicking the underlined caption of a selected item will de-select that item, setting keyboard focus in the Filter panel textbox.

Viewing QSOs

Located at the bottom of the Main window's Log QSOs tab, the Log Page Display contains one entry for each QSO in the current Log file, subject to settings in the Filter panel. Each entry in the Log Paged Display corresponds to one QSO in your log. If you select a QSO by clicking it's entry in the Log Page Display, the panels above will display the information items stored for that QSO. If the QSO's duration is non-zero, the QSO panel displays the duration in mm:ss notation; the QSO panel also displays the full name of the station's DXCC entity, as well as the DXCC prefix and country code assigned to this entity by the ARRL.  Some of these items are also shown in the Log Page Display; the caption at the top of each column identifies the information item in the cells below it. 

When first installed, DXKeeper's Log Page Display is configured to show 8 of  items stored with each QSO. You can add or remove items from the Log Page Display using the Log page fields control in the Log Layout panel on the Configuration window's Log tab. You can also change the order in which the columns appear.

Whether all items in the Log Page Display will be simultaneously visible as columns depends on their number and width, as well as the width of the Main window. If all items are not simultaneously visible in columns, a horizontal scrollbar will be displayed along the bottom of the Log Page Display; you can use this scrollbar to select the items you wish to see.  The small black rectangle to the left of the horizontal scrollbar can be dragged to the right to split the Log Page Display into two independently scrollable sets of columns. You can adjust the boundary between the two sets by dragging the black rectangle to the left of the horizontal scrollbar at the bottom of the right-hand set of columns; to eliminate the right-hand set of columns, drag its black rectangle all the way to the left.

Dates displayed in the Log Page Display follow the short date format specified in the Windows Control Panel's Regional and Language Options section. The format selected must specify a 4-digit year.

A Log Page Display entry will be rendered in red font if its Callsign, Band, and Mode match those in the Capture window; this can help avoid making duplicate QSOs. 

With the Log QSOs tabbed dialog selected, resizing DXKeeper's window allows you to vertically and horizontally expand or contract the Log Page Display. Vertical and horizontal scrollbars allow you to view all cells of all rows in the log page display.

The left-most column of the Log Page Display is shaded, and has no column caption. Click in this selector column selects the associated QSO:

The four VCR-like control buttons on the Log QSOs tab allow you to select the first, previous, next, or last QSO in the Log Page Display. You can similarly navigate the Log Page Display using the CTRL-Home, PageUp, PageDown, and CTRL-End keys respectively. The number displayed between these control buttons indicates the position of the currently-selected QSO in the Log Page Display as it is presently sorted. Note that the Auxiliary panel's QSO# item does not represent the QSO's order --  beyond the fact that a QSO with a smaller QSO# was logged before a QSO with a larger QSO#.

Right-clicking a Log Page Display entry provides quick access to frequently-used functions:

Double-clicking an entry in the Log Page Display filters the Log Page Display to show only QSOs with that entry's callsign; Double-clicking an entry in the Log Page Display while depressing the Ctrl button filters the Log Page Display to show only QSOs with that entry's DXCC entity

If the Highlight duplicate QSOs box is checked, then entries in the Log Page Display whose callsign, band, and mode match those of the Capture window will be highlighted in red font.

If the Indicate LotW & eQSL AG status box is checked, then the background colors of entries in the Log Page Display will indicate whether the entry's callsign is a known participant of LotW and/or an Authenticity-Guaranteed member of eQSL.cc. If a callsign is found to be a known participant of LotW but not an Authenticity-Guaranteed member of eQSL.cc, the callsign's background color is set to yellow. If a callsign is found to be an Authenticity-Guaranteed member of eQSL.cc but not a known participant of LotW, the callsign's background color is set to pink . If a callsign is found to be a known participant of LotW and an Authenticity-Guaranteed member of eQSL.cc, the callsign's background color is set to cyan (light blue). If SpotCollector is installed, however, the background colors specified on the Spot Database Display tab of SpotCollector's Configuration window  - if not too dark - are used in place of yellow, pink, and cyan.


Viewing Previous QSO Information

The Callsign Progress window's grid shows the bands and modes on which previous QSOs have been logged with a selected callsign:

The Callsign Progress window's title bar shows the callsign for which information is displayed. Cells in the Callsign Progress window's grid show the status of band-mode combinations using these codes:

Information shown in the Callsign Progress window's grid is automatically updated when a new QSO is logged with the selected callsign, or when existing QSOs with the selected callsign are modified.

Cells in the Callsign Progress window's grid are live -- you can navigate from them to your log by double-clicking:


Modifying QSOs

You can modify items in the currently selected QSO by directly modifying the item textboxes. After a QSO is recorded by clicking the Log or New buttons on the Main window's Log QSOs tab or by clicking the Log button on the Capture window, the Require Edit to modify logged QSOs setting determines whether the Edit button must be clicked before making changes to that QSO. If Require Edit to modify logged QSOs is enabled, then attempted changes will be ignored until the the Edit button is clicked, after which changes are permitted, and the Edit button is replaced by a Save button that can be clicked to record the changes. If Require Edit to modify logged QSOs is not enabled, changes to items in the current QSO can be made at any time; such changes can be recorded by clicking the Save button. Changes are also recorded by taking any action that causes another QSO become selected.

Within an item textbox

Changing the tx freq item in a simplex QSO and striking the Enter or Tab key or subsequently moving cursor focus to the rx freq item will update the rx freq item to match the the tx freq.

You can make your changes permanent by clicking the Save button, or back out your changes using the Undo button.

If the optimize for realtime QSO entry setting is checked,

The OQRS button in the QSL panel updates a QSO to indicate that you have requested its confirmation via an electronic QSLing service like OQRS:

The CFM button in the QSL panel makes it easy to process an incoming QSL card for the currently selected QSO. Clicking this button

If an item has a default value, Ctrl-double-clicking the caption of that item will display the Configuration window and place the mouse cursor in the default value.

DXKeeper also provides the ability to modify multiple QSOs en masse.


Deleting QSOs

You can delete the currently selected QSO by clicking the Delete button. If either the Confirm QSO deletion or Require Edit to modify logged QSOs  settings are enabled, you will be prompted to confirm the action.  You can delete all QSOs in the Log Page Display by depressing the CTRL key while clicking the Delete button; this action always requires confirmation.  There is no undo operation for a confirmed delete operation.

if Audio Recording is enabled with the Automatically delete QSO Audio file option also enabled, deleting a QSO that specifies an audio file will automatically delete that audio file.