Identifying and Logging QSOs with Club Members, Callsigns with Leaderboard Competitions, and other Special Callsigns
SpotCollector's Special Callsign List enables you to
identify callsigns that when spotted should be flagged and considered for announcement as a Special Callsign, and that when logged via the Capture window are highlighted with Magenta font color
specify one or more tags that should be associated with each Special Callsign that
can be displayed when DXView performs a lookup of that callsign
govern how SpotCollector decides to highlight and announce that callsign
can prevent the pruning of Spot Database Entries for that callsign, allowing accumulation of a long operating history
on the Audio Alarm tab of SpotCollector's Configuration window, check the Announce special callsigns box in the Audio Alarm trigger panel
on the General tab of DXView's Configuration window, check the Query Special Callsign Database box
on the General tab of DXKeeper's Configuration window, check the Log Special Callsign Tags box
on the Log tab of WinWarbler's Configuration window, check the log Special Callsign Tags box
Adding Callsigns to the Special Callsign List
Each entry on the Special Callsign List specifies a callsign, and a Tag List containing Tags separated by commas. A Tag is a word of your choosing typically used to indicate why the callsign is special -- the name of a club, for example, or a membership number like EPC-2640, or simply friend. The absence of any Tag means ignore all spots of this callsign so if that's not your intent, be sure to specify at least one Tag.
If a callsign is participating in a Leaderboard Contest,create a Special Callsign List entry for the callsign with Leaderboard its a tag. When a Spot Database Entry is created for such a callsign, SpotCollector will highlight it as needed for Leaderboard and announce it as a special callsign if you haven't logged a QSO with the callsign on the entry's band (160m, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m, 6m, 2m) and in the entry's mode (phone, CW, digital).
If a callsign is participating in an award program you're pursuing, create a Special Callsign List entry for the callsign with the award program name as its a Tag. When a callsign is member of one or more clubs with whom you seek QSOs, create a Special Callsign List entry for the callsign with each membership number as a Tag.
You can manually enter callsigns and Tags in the Special Callsigns List, or you can populate the Special Callsigns List from a text file that specifies a callsign and its Tags on each line. Files containing membership lists for popular clubs can be obtained here.
To manually create a Special Callsign List entry,
select the Special Callsigns tab of SpotCollector's Configuration window
in the Special Callsign List panel,
if necessary, scroll the Special Callsign List so that its last row is visible; this row contains an asterisk in its left-most column
type the callsign into the Callsign column of the last row of the Special Callsign List; this will create a new row with a pencil icon in it's left-most column
type one or more tags, separated by commas, into the Tag List column of the newly-created row of the Special Callsign List
strike the Enter key
spots of the callsign will be ignored
with the the Check Spotting station callsigns for BadSource tags option enabled, spots of the callsign are ignored, and spots sourced by the callsign are ignored
track the callsign for a Leaderboard competition
when pruning the Spot Database, retain Spot Database Entries for the callsign
with the Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR) and Probability Prediction setting enabled, creation of a Spot Database Entry for the callsign will initiate an SNR & Probability prediction
Displaying a callsign's Tags
To see the Tags associated with a callsign, enter that callsign in DXView's Main window and strike the Enter key; the callsign's Tags will appear in the Special Callsign Tags panel on DXView's Main window. Typing a callsign into DXKeeper's Capture window and then striking the Enter or Tab key will also direct DXView to display the callsign's Tags.
Filtering the Spot Database Display to Show Active Stations with Specified Tags
If you're using a set of tags -- say QWCA, TenTen, and EuroPSK -- to identify club members, you can setup a filter to quickly identify all active stations with a specific tag, e.g.
TAGS LIKE '*TenTen*'
or one of several specific tags, e.g.
(TAGS LIKE '*QWCA*') or (TAGS LIKE '*EuroPSK*')
Logging a callsign's Tags
With DXView running, DXKeeper will log the Tags associated with a callsign by appending them to the QSO's Comment item if DXKeeper's Log Special Callsign Tags box is checked the Options panel on its Configuration window's General tab.