Configuring the Spot Database Display

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Panels on the Configuration window's Spot Database Display tab enable to control the appearance of information in the Spot Database Display. This tab can be directly displayed by double-clicking the Main window's Color Codes panel.

Controls in the Font Colors panel control the appearance of entries in the Spot Database Display based on a categorization driven by  realtime award tracking information present in DXKeeper's current log and on award objectives -- the bands and modes on which an award is being pursued.  Realtime award tracking information for ARRL DXCC and TopList awards is present in every log; objectives for these awards are specified in DXKeeper. If Realtime award tracking information for CQ WAZ awards is present in the current log, award  objectives are also specified in DXKeeper. The term counter refers to the object of each award; for ARRL DXCC awards, the award counter is a DXCC entity, whereas for CQ WAZ awards, the counter is a CQ zone.

Verified DX Font Color Clicking this button displays a color selection window that lets you set the color of verified Spot Database Entries, meaning that for each award for which realtime award tracking information is present in DXKeeper's current log
  • you have a verified QSO with the associated counter

  • if you're pursuing counters on the spotted band, the current DXKeeper log indicates that you have a verified QSO with the associated counter on the spotted band, and

  • if you're pursuing counters in the spotted mode, the current DXKeeper log indicates that you have a verified QSO with the associated counter in the spotted mode

Unneeded DX Font Color Clicking this button displays a color selection window that lets you set the color of unneeded Spot Database Entries, meaning that  for at least one award for which realtime award tracking information is present in DXKeeper's current log
  • the current DXKeeper log indicates that you have confirmed QSOs with the associated counter on the spotted band and mode, or

  • the current DXKeeper log indicates that you've already worked this station on the spotted band and mode, or

  • DXKeeper's award setup indicates that you are not pursuing counters on this band or in this mode

Unconfirmed DX Font Color Clicking this button displays a color selection window that lets you set the color of unconfirmed Spot Database Entries, meaning that for at least one award for which realtime award tracking information is present in DXKeeper's current log, you are pursuing but missing confirmed QSOs with the associated counter on the spotted band or mode
Unworked DX Band or Mode Font Color Clicking this button displays a color selection window that lets you set the color of unworked band or mode Spot Database Entries, meaning that for at least one award for which realtime award tracking information is present in DXKeeper's current log,  you are missing QSOs with the associated counter on the spotted band or mode
Unworked DX Counter Font Color Clicking this button displays a color selection window that lets you set the color of unworked counter Spot Database Entries, meaning that for at least one award for which realtime award tracking information is present in DXKeeper's current log, you are missing a QSO  with the associated counter on any band and in any mode
Tagged Special Callsign Font Color Clicking this button displays a color selection window that lets you set the color of Spot Database Entries of special callsigns with tags

When the currently-open DXKeeper log provides realtime award tracking information for more than one award -- e.g. DXCC and WAZ --  a Spot Database Entry's category  is determined by the award for which the  Entry is most needed. The unworked counter category is considered the most needed, and the verified category is considered the least needed.

Controls in the Background Colors panel control the appearance of entries in the Spot Database Display based on known participation in ARRL's  Logbook of the World (LotW).

Normal Background Color Clicking this button displays a color selection window that lets you set the background color of spots of stations not known to participate in LotW
LotW Background Color Clicking this button displays a color selection window that lets you set the background color of spots of stations known to participate in LotW
eQSL AG Background Color Clicking this button displays a color selection window that lets you set the background color of spots of stations that are Authenticity Guaranteed members of eQSL.cc
LotW & eQSL AG Background Color Clicking this button displays a color selection window that lets you set the background color of spots of stations known to participate in LotW and are Authenticity Guaranteed members of eQSL.cc

 

Controls in the Font panel specify the Font used to display information in the Spot Database Display

Font Name Specifies the font used to display all Receive Pane text; double-clicking this textbox will display a standard Windows font selector dialog box
Font Size Moving this slider adjusts the size of the font used to display all Receive Pane text
Set Row Height Clicking this button sets the Spot Database Display's row height to match the selected Font Size

 

Controls in the Date & Time Sort Order panel specify whether the Spot Database Display is sorted in ascending or descending order when the Sort panel is set to First, Last, or Rcv.

The Layout panel contains a table that enables you to specify 

To add a field to the Spot Database Display,

To see the newly added field, you may need to horizontally scroll the Spot Database Display.

The order in which fields appear in the Spot Database Display, and the width of each column in the Spot Database Display are controlled by direct manipulation.

To remove a field from the Spot Database Display,

The Layout panel's Dates and times textbox lets you specify the format of dates and times that appear in the Spot Database's FirstTime, LastTime, and RcvdTime fields. The default format is 

ddddd hhnn 

Which uses your system's short date format and a four-digit time; the following characters may be used to specify the format:

:

the system-defined time separator

/ the sysem-defined date separator
d Display the day as a number without a leading zero (1  31).
dd Display the day as a number with a leading zero (01  31).
ddd Display the day as an abbreviation (Sun  Sat).
dddd Display the day as a full name (Sunday  Saturday).
ddddd Display the date as a complete date (including day, month, and year), formatted according to your system's short date format setting. The default short date format is m/d/yy.
dddddd Display a date serial number as a complete date (including day, month, and year) formatted according to the long date setting recognized by your system. The default long date format is mmmm dd, yyyy.
w Display the day of the week as a number (1 for Sunday through 7 for Saturday).
ww Display the week of the year as a number (1  54).
m Display the month as a number without a leading zero (1  12). If m immediately follows h or hh, the minute rather than the month is displayed.
mm Display the month as a number with a leading zero (01  12). If m immediately follows h or hh, the minute rather than the month is displayed.
mmm Display the month as an abbreviation (Jan  Dec).
mmmm Display the month as a full month name (January  December).
q Display the quarter of the year as a number (1  4).
y Display the day of the year as a number (1  366).
yy Display the year as a 2-digit number (00  99).
yyyy Display the year as a 4-digit number (100  9999).
h Display the hour as a number without leading zeros (0  23).
hh Display the hour as a number with leading zeros (00  23).
n Display the minute as a number without leading zeros (0  59).
nn Display the minute as a number with leading zeros (00  59).
s Display the second as a number without leading zeros (0  59).
ss Display the second as a number with leading zeros (00  59).
ttttt Display a time as a complete time (including hour, minute, and second), formatted using the time separator defined by the time format recognized by your system. A leading zero is displayed if the leading zero option is selected and the time is before 10:00 A.M. or P.M. The default time format is h:mm:ss.
AM/PM Use the 12-hour clock and display an uppercase AM with any hour before noon; display an uppercase PM with any hour between noon and 11:59 P.M.
am/pm Use the 12-hour clock and display a lowercase AM with any hour before noon; display a lowercase PM with any hour between noon and 11:59 P.M.
A/P Use the 12-hour clock and display an uppercase A with any hour before noon; display an uppercase P with any hour between noon and 11:59 P.M.
a/p Use the 12-hour clock and display a lowercase A with any hour before noon; display a lowercase P with any hour between noon and 11:59 P.M.
AMPM Use the 12-hour clock and display the AM string literal as defined by your system with any hour before noon; display the PM string literal as defined by your system with any hour between noon and 11:59 P.M. AMPM can be either uppercase or lowercase, but the case of the string displayed matches the string as defined by your system settings. The default format is AM/PM.