Using Multiple 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 current callsign. DXKeeper uses this 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 N6ML, for example, DXKeeper will create and open the file c:\DXLab\DXKeeper\n6ml.mdb. This log file may be all you ever need. QSOs made with other callsigns you hold or have held can be recorded in this log file if they were made from the same DXCC entity (and thus count towards the same awards). Use the Station Callsign box on the Configuration window's Defaults tab to specify the callsign you are currently using when making QSOs. When importing QSOs from an ADIF file, use the the Replacment options panel's Station Callsign box to specify the callsign you used when making the QSOs to be imported.
-- 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.