Operating Using Callsigns

QSOs and their information items are stored in a log file. DXKeeper assumes that all QSOs in a log file are valid for the same ARRL DXCC, RSGB Islands On the Air (IOTA), CQ DX Marathon, CQ Worked All Zones (WAZ), and CQ Worked All Prefixes (WPX) awards. If you've operated from multiple locations, DXKeeper provides a mechanism that enables you to specify which of those locations are valid for ARRL VHF/UHF Century Club (VUCC), ARRL Worked All States (WAS) awards.

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.

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.


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