To import QSOs from an ADIF file,
On the Configuration window's Log tab, click the Backup button; this makes it easy to effectively undo an import operation if you decide you'd like to import with a different set of options enabled
Select the Main window's Import QSOs tab
in the Options panel,
- uncheck all boxes except
the Record import errors in error file box, which should be checked
the Check duplicates on import box, which should be checked if there is any possibility that file you'll be importing contains duplicate QSOs, or contains QSOs already present in the current log
set the ADIF style options panel to Import standard ADIF unless your ADIF file was generated by one of the applications listed in this panel, in which case you should select that application
- uncheck all boxes except
click the Start button in the window's lower-left corner; a standard Windows file selector window name ADIF Import will appear
use the ADIF Import window to select the ADIF file you wish to import; when you click it's Open button, DXKeeper will import the contents of the selected file into your log; if errors are encountered during this process, DXKeeper will display a file describing these errors when the import process has completed.
DXKeeper can also import QSOs from a tab-delimited file, which can be created from a spreadsheet application.
There are two primary issues when importing an ADIF log exported by another logging application:
- recovering each QSO's DXCC entity
synchronizing with the ARRL's Logbook of the World (LotW)
Recovering each QSO's DXCC entity
The ARRL defines a unique, immutable Entity Code for each DXCC entity in http://www.arrl.org/files/file/DXCC/dxcclist.txt
The ADIF specification provides a tag named DXCC to convey each QSO's Entity Code. If your ADIF file specifies a DXCC tag for each QSO, then DXKeeper will accurately recover the DXCC entity you logged with each of your QSOs with no additional action required on your part.
Unfortunately, some logging applications do not include the DXCC tag in exported ADIF files. When DXKeeper imports an ADIF record that doesn't specify an Entity Code, it determines the QSO's DXCC entity by analyzing the callsign -- using today's callsign-to-entity rules. If you logged a QSO with KA1DX back in 1952, and your logging application exports this QSO without the Entity Code for Minami Torishima (which in ADIF would be <DXCC:3>177), then DXKeeper will assign the imported QSO's DXCC entity to be the continental US (Entity Code 291). To automate the correction of such QSO's, Joe W4TV created a set of Fix scripts that inspect each QSO in DXKeeper's log, apply the callsign-to-entity rules in force as of the date of the QSO, and if appropriate modify the QSO's DXCC entity, CQ zone, ITU zone, Continent, and IOTA tag. You'll find these scripts in DXKeeper's Scripts sub-folder:
To run a script, click the button labeled ~ in the Filter panel at the bottom of the Main window's Log QSOs tab; this will cause a Scripts button to appear. Click the Scripts button, and use the resulting Run Script window to navigate to DXKeeper's Scripts sub-folder and select the Fix script you wish to run.
If you select a script that potentially modifies your QSOs (as all Fix scripts do), you'll be given the opportunity to make a log backup before running the script; agreeing to create such backups is a good idea. After a script runs, DXKeeper will display a report that summarizes the changes made. More information about Scripts can be found in http://www.dxlabsuite.com/dxkeeper/Help/Scripts.htm, or by clicking one of DXKeeper's Help buttons and navigating to the Filtering, Modifying, and Reporting with Scripts topic in the Logging and Managing QSOs section.
Importing from N1MM (de Rich VE3KI)
To import your contest QSOs into your DXKeeper log, select the Main window's Import QSOs tab, and
define an override for any station you worked whose DXCC entity is ambiguous (e.g. callsigns beginning with TM, TO or ZK)
backup your log by clicking the Backup button in the Log File panel on the Configuration window's Log tab
click the Clear Select button at the bottom of the tab
check the Set Select in imported QSOs to Y button in the upper-right corner of the tab
set the ADIF style options panel to standard ADIF
- enable the following options
Display award progress report
Record import errors in error file
Query callbook and DXCC database for missing items (if desired)
Update LoTW membership (if desired)
Update eQSL AG membership (if desired)
Enable Override checking (if overrides have been defined in DXView)
in the Substitution options panel,
check the first three Substitute <callsign> for missing... boxes
Check the Substituted default transmit power... box, and specify the transmit power you used during the contest on the Configuration window's Defaults tab
if you've defined one or more my QTHs, use the Substitution options panel's Substitutes for missing QTH identifiers capability to specify the My QTH associated with the location from which the contest QSOs were made
click the Start button in the lower-left corner of the tab, and select the ADIF file you exported from N1MM
Note that N1MM
- makes a possibly incorrect guess at the CQ zone if the zone is not part of the exchange.
- always exports a sent serial number, even for contests that do not have serial numbers in the exchange
If desired, you can clear the CQZ and STX items in your imported QSOs:
select the imported QSOs by clicking the Sel button in the Filter panel at the bottom of the Main window's Log QSOs panel
clear the CQZ and STX items in all selected QSOs by using the Modify QSOs function
Synchronizing with LotW
Increasingly, logging applications are tracking LotW status independently of hardcopy QSL card status for each QSO. ADIF was slow to define a standard way to do this, so many logging applications defined "private" tags for this purpose. DXKeeper can read the private LotW status tags exported by Logger32 and DX4WIN, but there's an alternative: direct DXKeeper to review all of the QSOs you've uploaded to LotW and all of the QSLs that LotW has generated in your account, and to then update your logged QSOs to reflect the status information reported by LotW. Step-by-step directions for doing this are provided in Handling QSOs already uploaded to LotW; before doing this, you must first Configure DXKeeper for Interaction with LotW.