Items Logged

Two new panels -- Details and User-defined have been added to the Main window's Log QSOs tab, and several items have moved from one panel to another. The vertically-resizable Capture window also provides access to more items. You should open the Main window's Log QSOs tab and study each panel to see where items now live. Similarly reviewing the Capture window is also suggested.

Several items previously stored in an alphanumeric format are now stored in numeric or date formats; this lets you correctly sort QSOs by these items, and use comparison operators in SQL filter expressions.

  1. Frequencies
    1. the freq item is renamed tx freq and is stored in numeric format

    2. the band item selector is renamed tx band

    3. the item rx freq

      • is now in the QSO panel on the Main window's Log QSOs tab

      • is now present on the Capture window

      • is stored in numeric format

    4. the rx band selector is now in the Auxiliary panel on the Main window's Log QSOs tab

    5. the number of decimal digits shown in Log Page Display frequency columns can be controlled via the Frequency precision box in the Log Page Display panel on the Config window's Log tab

  2. the tx power item

    • is now in the QSO panel on the Main window's Log QSOs tab

    • is stored in numeric format

  3. the QSL date sent, QSL date rcvd, eQSL.cc date sent, eQSL.cc date rcvd, LotW QSL date sent, and LotW QSL date rcvd are now stored in date format

  4. the country code and entity name items are now in the QSO panel on the Main window's Log QSOs tab

  5. the item previously labeled as Op is now labeled Op Call and is intended to capture the callsign of the station operator; it is returned by the <opcall> QSL substitution command

  6. changing the contents of the grid item updates the Details panel's lat and lon items; if the Propagation panel's Antenna path selector is set to Short or Long, the Details panel's dist item is recomputed

  7. the capacity of the Name item is now 1024 characters

  8. the capacity of the QTH item is now 1024 characters, but the <QTH> substitution command displays only the first 30 characters

  9. the capacity of the RST Sent and RST Rcvd items is now 8 characters, but generated QSL cards and 2-wide labels show only the first 3 characters of each

  10. the capacity of the QSL Via item is now 1024 characters

  11. the capacity of the myQTH item is now 64 characters

  12. the item previously labeled as Notes is now labeled as Comment, and appears in the Details panel on the Main window's Log QSOs tab

  13. the QSO mode item selector now includes modes introduced in ADIF 2.1.9: AMTORFEC, CHIP128, CONTESTI, DOMINOF, FMHELL, FSK31, HELL80, PSK10, PSK63F, PSK220F, PSKAM10, PSKAM31, PSKAM50, PSKFEC31, PSKHELL, QPSK31, QPSK63, QPSK125, RTTYM, THRBX, VOI

  14. the Propation mode item selector now includes INTERNET PROP_MODE, which was introduced in ADIF 2.1.9

  15. the new select item selector can be set to Y or N for each logged QSO (Main window, Log QSOs tab, Auxiliary panel

    1. clicking the Filter panel's new Sel button filters the Log Page Display to only include QSOs whose Selectitem is set to Y

    2. clicking the Filter panel's Selbutton while depressing the Ctrl key sets Select to N for all QSOs in the Log Page Display -- not for all QSOs in the Log; to set Select to N for all QSOs in the Log, click the Filter panels' X button to clear the current filter and then CTRL-click the Sel button (or use the Set all Select to N on the Main window's Import QSOs tab as described below

    3. a new Set Select in imported QSOs to Y option sets the Select item of each imported QSO to Y. If no QSOs in your log have Select set to Y before you initiate the import, then you can quickly filter the Log Page Display to contain only your imported QSOs by invoking the Sel filter.

    4. a new Set all Select to N button will set Select to N for all QSOs in the log. If invoked prior to starting and import operation with Set Select in imported QSOs to Y enabled, then after the import operation the imported QSOs can be displayed by activating the Sel filter

  16. the new temp item provides a means to use the Advanced... window's Modify QSOs panel to swap the contents of two items:

    1. set temp to the contents of item1

    2. set item1 to the contents of item2
    3. set item2 to the contents of temp

  17. the new submode item can be used to capture additional information about the mode, for example the number of tones used or the error correction scheme; there is no corresponding submode field defined in ADIF, so information captured here is currently not interchangeable with other logging applications (Main window's Log QSOs tab, Auxiliary panel)

  18. the new station call item captures the callsign used over the air

    1. in existing QSOs, DXKeeper's Log Update process sets each QSO's station call to the value of its Op call item

    2. for new QSOs, station call can be initialized to a default value specified on the Config window's Defaultstab

    3. station call is now used instead of op call when printing QSL cards and labels, in eQSL.cc and LotW upload and synchronization operations, when generating Cabrillo logs, and when generating tab-delimited files

    4. the <mycall> QSL substitution string returns the station callsign

    5. when importing QSOs, the specified default value can be optionally substituted for missing station callsigns, and imported station callsigns can optionally be replaced with a specified callsign via the Main window's Import QSOs tab.

    6. a <stationcallsign> substitution string allows the inclusion of the station call in log report filenames generated from within scripts

  19. the new owner call item captures the callsign of the station owner

    1. in existing QSOs, DXKeeper's Log Update process sets each QSO's owner call to the value of its Op call item

    2. for new QSOs, owner call can be initialized to a default value specified on the Config window's Defaultstab

    3. the <ownercall> QSL substitution string returns the owner callsign

    4. when importing QSOs, the specified default value can be optionally substituted for missing owner callsigns, and imported owner callsigns can optionally be replaced with a specified callsign via the Main window's Import QSOs tab.

    5. a <ownercallsign> substitution string allows the inclusion of the owner call in log report filenames generated from within scripts

  20. the Propagation panel on the Main window's Log QSOs tab provides several new items:

    1. the Antenna az item records the antenna azimuth (bearing); if DXView is running, and being used to control a rotator, this item will be initialized to the last bearing sent to the antenna

    2. the Antenna path item selector can be set to Shortpath, Longpath, Grayline, or Other; changing a QSO's Antenna path item recomputes its Antenna az and dist items

    3. the Antenna elev item captures the antenna elevation

    4. the Propagation sub-panel's SFI, A, and K boxes capture the solar flux, geomagnetic A-index, and geomagnetic K-index at the time of the QSO, respectively

      • these boxes are initialized from the SFI, A, and K boxes on the Config window's Defaults tab

      • the default values are updated by SpotCollector if it's running

    5. the Meteor Scatter sub-panel's shower, max time, bursts, random, and pings items capture information of interest for QSOs completed via meteor scatter

  21. the new Details panel on the Main window's Log QSOs tab provide several new items:

    1. the dist item displays the distance from your QTH (as specified on the Config window's Defaults tab) and the logged station's location, as captured in this panel's lat and lon items

      • you can edit this item, but subsequently changing the this panel's lat or lon items or the Awards panel's grid item will update dist

      • dist can be displayed in miles or kilometers, as specified in the Distance Unit panel on the Config window's General tab

    2. the lat and lon items capture the latitiude and longitude of the logged station's location

      • the format is "degrees and minutes", e.g. 32 1' S or 168 15' E

      • changing the contents of the lat and lon items updates the Awards panel's grid item; if the Propagation panel's Antenna path selector is set to Short or Long, the Details panel's distitem is recomputed

    3. the age item captures the age of the contacted station's operator

    4. the sig and sig info items capture special interest group information

    5. the owner call, rig, and power items capture the contact station's owner callsign, equipment in use, and output power respectively

    6. the email item captures the contacted station's email address

    7. the web item captures the contacted station's worldwide web URL

    8. the file item captures the name of a local file containing information associated with this QSO; double-click to display a file selector window

  22. every QSO in a log is assigned a unique QSO number, which is displayed (but cannot be modified) in the Auxiliary panel on the Main winow's Log QSOs tab; if a QSO is deleted, it's QSO number in the log is not re-used.

  23. the new QSL Sent Via item selector offers choices of Bureau, Direct, and Electronic (Main window, Log QSOs tab, QSL panel)

    1. when checked, the new use bureau box on the Capture window sets QSL SENT VIA to B when the QSO is logged; the initial value of this box is set by the Preset 'use buro' checkbox box on the QSL Config window's General tab

    2. when checked. the new Default to 'send via bureau' option on the Main window's Import QSOs tab sets QSL SENT VIA to B for each imported QSO

    3. when generating outgoing QSLs, QSOs whose QSL SENT VIA is set to B

      • say via buro in the address report

      • don't generate an address label
      • don't print an addresses on an envelope
  24. the new QSL Rcvd Via selector offers choices of Bureau, Direct, and Electronic (Main window, Log QSOs tab, QSL panel)

  25. in the Online QSL panel

    1. the new eQSL.cc member selector captures the station's participation in eQSL.cc:

      • Y - known to participate

      • A - known to participate, authenticity guaranteed

      • N - known not to participate

      • checking the new eQSL.cc member box on the Capture window sets the eQSL.cc member item to Y in the logged QSO

    2. the new LotW member selector captures the station's participation in LotW:

      • Y - known to participate

      • N - known not to participate

      • checking the new LotW member box on the Capture window sets the LotW member item to Y in the logged QSO

  26. When logging a QSO with a station that might be in the ITU Vienna International Center, the Shetland Islands, African Italy, Sicily, Bear Island, or European Turkey, a region item will appear in the Main window's Log QSOs tab or the Capture window that lets you record a region code that enables proper progress reporting for CQ's DX Marathon award and DARC's Worked All Europe (WAE) award. If you're unsure of the correct code for the desired region, click the ? button adjacent to the Region item and a CQ, DARC WAE Region selector window will appear; this window lets you select a region by code or by name. The Marathon reports generated via the Main window's Check Progress tab include these regions in their progress computation.

  27. When logging a QSO with a station in Germany, a DOK item will appear in the Main window's Log QSOs tab or the Capture window that lets you record a DOK code that enables proper progress reporting for DARC's Worked all DOKs award. If you're unsure of the correct code for the desired region, click the ? button adjacent to the DOK item and a DARC DOK selector window will appear; this window lets you select a DOK by code or by name.

  28. When logging a QSO with a station in England, Guernsey, Ireland, Isle of Man, Jersey, Northern Ireland, Scotland, or Wales, you can capture a Worked All Britain Area in the region item. If you are pursuing the Worked All Britain award and the DARC Worked All Europe, CQ DX, or CQ Marathon awards, you should record the Worked All Britain reference when logging a QSO with a station in Scotland's Shetland Islands; the DARC Worked All Europe, CQ DX, and CQ Marathon progress reports will credit the QSO properly.

  29. the Contest panel provides new tx info and rx info items that can be used to capture extended exchange information

  30. Eight User items are now available on both the Main window's Log QSOs tab and the Capture window

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