Defining a Custom SQL Filter

The Call, DXCC, Date, Since, Sel, LotW, and Broke buttons in the Filter panel at the bottom of the Main window's Log QSOs tab make it easy to quickly filter the Log Page Display in frequently-used ways. In addition, the Advanced Sorts, Filters, & Modifiers window's UTC Filter, Band Filter, and Mode panels enable you to filter the Log Page Display by date range, by commonly-used bands, and by commonly-used modes.

However, there are many ways you might like to filter the Log Page Display that aren't supported by the above mechanisms. For example you might like to filter the Log Page Display to show only

DXKeeper enables you to describe filter the Log Page Display with an expression that specifies a desired relationship among QSO items; here are the expressions corresponding to the descriptions above:

These expressions are specified in a language called SQL, an acronym for Structured Query Language. You can learn more about SQL and its use in filtering DXKeeper's Log Page Display, but the techniques illustrated in the above four examples will get you started. The ADIF FIELD NAME column in this list of QSO items provides the names of all QSO items that you can reference in an SQL expression, adding to the item names like DXCCPREFIX, BAND, MODE, SFI, and STATION_CALLSIGN used in the above examples.

To filter the Log Page Display with an SQL expression, you can simply type it into the Filter panel textbox at the bottom of the Main window's Log QSOs tab, and strike CRTL-S. This is fine for short, infrequently-used expressions, but the Filter panel textbox is too short to reliably type in an expression like

(DXCCPREFIX = 'JA') and (BAND='15m') and (SFI > 0) and( SFI<120)

even if you don't frequently use it to filter your Log Page Display. The SQL Query Filters panel on the Advanced Sorts, Filters, & Modifiers window makes it easy to assemble, review, and execute a long SQL expression, and the SQL expressions specified in this panel can be directly invoked by clicking a button in the Filter panel textbox at the bottom of the Main window's Log QSOs tab.

To display the Advanced Sorts, Filters, & Modifiers window, click the Adv button on the Main window's Log QSOs tab. This window's SQL Query Filters panel provides wide textboxes in which you can define sixteen SQL expressions, but only four such SQL expression textboxes are visible at one time. Clicking the ~ button in the SQL Query Filters panel's upper-right corner cycles the panel through four arrangments, each displaying four SQL expression textboxes:

You can compose an expression in the SQL Expression box simply typing, or by pasting an expression copied into the Windows Clipboard from a post on the DXLab Yahoo group or in an email message from a helpful friend. The ADIF field name selector at the top of the Advanced Sorts, Filters, & Modifiers window makes it easy to see the correct spelling each item's name; the currently selected field name can be append to the contents of an SQL expression textbox by double-clicking.

You can filter the Log Page Display with an SQL Expression in the SQL Query Filters panel by clicking the Filter button to its right. Alternatively, you can specify a Caption of up to seven or eight characters, and then filter the Log Page Display with an SQL expression by clicking the button with that caption in the Filter panel at the bottom of the Main window' Log Page Display. Like the Advanced Sorts, Filters, & Modifiers window's SQL Query Filters panel, the Filter panel provides a ~ button at its right; clicking this ~ button cycles the Filter panel through five arrangements, each offering a set of filter buttons:

Here's a picture of the SQL Query Filters panel populated with SQL expressions that filter the Log Page Display to show

http://www.dxlabsuite.com/Wiki/Graphics/DXKeeper/SQLQueryFilters.jpg

Here's how the Main window's Filter panel would look when the ~ button was struck several times to make these four custom SQL filter buttons appear, each with a caption specified in the SQL Query Filters panel:

http://www.dxlabsuite.com/Wiki/Graphics/DXKeeper/SQLQueryFilterAccess.jpg


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