Operating Using Multiple Log Files
QSOs and their information items are stored in a log file. When you run DXKeeper for the first time after installing it, you will be prompted for your callsign. DXKeeper uses your callsign to create a log file in your DXKeeper folder's Databases sub-folder, and automatically opens that log. If you installed DXKeeper in the folder c:\DXLab\DXKeeper and your callsign is AA6YQ/KH6, for example, DXKeeper will create and open the file c:\DXLab\DXKeeper\aa6yq-kh6.mdb.
One log file may be all you ever need. DXKeeper assumes that all QSOs in a log are valid for ARRL DXCC, RSGB Islands On the Air (IOTA), CQ DX Marathon, CQ Worked All Zones (WAZ), and CQ Worked All Prefixes (WPX) awards -- so if you operate from multiple countries, you should use a separate log file for the QSO made from each country. Controls in the Configuration window's Log File panel support this mode of operation by enabling you to
- create an empty new log and then open it
- select an existing log by navigating with a Windows file selector or by typing its pathname, and then open it
A log file also contains realtime award tracking information for the DXCC and Top List awards. You can configure DXKeeper to maintain realtime award tracking information for IOTA, Marathon, ARRL VHF/UHF Century Club (VUCC), ARRL Worked All States (WAS), WAZ, and WPX awards. If you start DXKeeper with a command line argument that specifies a valid pathname, DXKeeper will attempt to open the designated file as a log.
If you operate from multiple QTHs and wish to automatically generate QSL cards or labels that correctly reflect the QTH from which you were operating , DXKeeper allows you to specify the details of each QTH (e.g. city, country, state, grid) and assign each QTH a unique identifier that can be logged with a QSO.