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SpotCollector is a free application that captures spots from

Spots of the same station on the same frequency and mode are combined into a single Spot Database entry that records the time of the first spot, and the time of the most recent spot along with the station's DXCC entity, frequency and mode of operation, most recent spot notes, and (if specified in the spot notes) QSX frequency and grid square. 

Besides identifying immediately-needed stations, SpotCollector can reveal a DX-station's operating patterns, increasing your ability to be at the right frequency at the right time. It can also reveal secondary band opening, particularly when DX stations and spotting stations are shown on DXView's world map.

A PC running Windows 95, 98, NT, 2000, XP, Vista, 7, or 8 with an SVGA or better display is required; both 32-bit and 64-bit flavors of Windows are supported. Connecting to a PacketCluster also requires a Terminal Node Controller (TNC) linked to one of your your PC's serial ports. SpotCollector is free, and contains no advertising. Commercial use is expressly forbidden.

Spots are merged and stored in a Spot Database on your PC

  • displays color-coded spots (if DXKeeper is running)

    • unworked band or mode: red

    • worked but unconfirmed band or mode: blue

    • confirmed band or mode: black

    • verified band or mode: green

    • known Logbook of the World (LotW) participant: yellow background

    • Authenticity Guaranteed (AG) member of eQSL: pink background

    • LotW participant and eQSL AG member: cyan background

  • decodes QSX and grid square from spot notes

  • sorts in real-time

  • filters in real-time

    • unworked bands or modes only

    • specified callsign only

    • specified DXCC entity only

    • spots within X KHz of current transceiver frequency only (if Commander is running)

    • specified bands only

    • specified modes only

    • specified spotter locations only

    • 8 user-configurable filters

Using the Reverse Beacon Network with DXLab

Captures and Displays WWV solar parameters

Interoperates with DXLab suite members

  • Commander for transceiver control and bandspread spot plotting

  • DXView for rotator control and spot location display

  • DXKeeper for logging

  • PropView  for propagation prediction

  • WinWarbler for PSK, RTTY, CW, and phone QSOs

  • Pathfinder for QSL route discovery

Includes a built-in web server

Comprehensive Online Help
Spot Database Display
DXView showing 12m DX and spotting stations

Access to SpotCollector


Information about SpotCollector


If you have questions or suggestions, please post them on the DXLab Discussion Group.

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