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DXtreme Monitor Log 12

Data Sheet

DXtreme Monitor Log 12 is designed for active radio and television monitors and listeners.

Overview


DXtreme
Monitor Log 12

Our
Popular Logging
Program
For Active Monitors
and Listeners


DXtreme Monitor Log 12™ helps you find stations to monitor, log stations, report reception, manage your QSLs, and track the performance of your monitoring station.

What makes DXtreme Monitor Log 12 extra special is its array of advanced features ... features that make your monitoring and QSLing more fun ... features you can use whether you're ...

    Listening to program content ...

    Chasing faraway AM broadcast stations ...

    Participating in the challenging world of monitoring amateur radio and utility stations ... many operating from countries that are difficult to snag any other way ... stations with exotic modes like CHIP, CONTESTI, DOMINO, FSK441, FT8, JT65, JT9, MFSK, MIL-STD-188-141A, NAVTEX, OLIVIA, PSK, STANAG 4285, and more.

Features like providing you with the flexibility to log your way. For example, when you start Monitor Log 12 the first-time as a new user, you can select the country format you want to use: NASWA Countries or ARRL Entities.

You can also select the country format you want to use whenever you create new secondary databases.

Use this data sheet to learn more about Monitor Log 12, and how it can make your monitoring, logging, reception reporting, and QSLing more efficient and pleasurable!

You can use the links on the left to hop around, using the data sheet as a reference tool. Or you can read the whole thing ... from beginning to end!

We'll tell you the whole story!

So ...

Grab your favorite beverage ...

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And read on!

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Features


Finding Stations
To
Monitor

Finding Broadcast Stations

You can use the Schedule Checker to check Aoki, EiBi, and FCC AM schedules for broadcast stations to monitor.

A list box lets you switch between the three schedules at will. Updating schedules requires an Internet connection.

Filter options let you discover what's on now, later, and from where. And the Now filter refreshes the schedule automatically on the hour, every hour for Aoki and EiBi schedules.

Speaking of filters, you can filter schedule information by:

  • Band (Aoki and EiBi) or frequency (FCC AM)
  • Country
  • Station
  • Time of day
  • Language (Aoki and EiBi) or city (FCC AM)
  • Antenna direction (Aoki), target area (EiBi), or state (FCC AM)

And you can sort schedule information by most of these filters.

A Reset button lets you reset filter fields to neutral All values, such as All Countries, All Stations, etc.

For each schedule item, Schedule Checker checks your Monitor Log 12 database and lets you know by display color whether you need to monitor a station for a brand new or verified country. You can define your own status indication colors on the Properties window.

If desired, you can apply Need New, Need QSL, and Already Verified status indications to stations as well as countries. This option works best with FCC AM schedule data, which also displays such indications for states.

When you see a station you want to monitor, you can:

  • Check current solar indices in the menu bar, updated automatically every thirty-minutes. An Internet connection is required, and the information must be available from NOAA.
  • Display short- and long-path bearings and short-path distance from your QTH to a scheduled station by single-clicking a schedule item.
  • Run an optional Ham CAP1 propagation prediction for the selected station from the shortcut menu.
  • When you do, Ham CAP's Chart shows the current signal-to-noise-ratio prediction by time and frequency for the path between your monitoring station and the scheduled station.

    And Ham CAP's Map shows — atop a Mercator projection — the current propagation prediction for the path and band closest to the frequency of the scheduled station. If desired, you can change the band and time on Ham CAP to see where and when it'd be best to monitor the station.

    Whether Ham CAP's Chart or Map appears depends on the initial display tab selected in Preferences. But you can click Chart or Map on the Ham CAP interface to switch between the displays any time you want to.

    When running a Ham CAP Map propagation prediction for a scheduled station, Schedule Checker uses its Band Definitions to provide Ham CAP with the band closest to the frequency of the scheduled station. (You can change the definitions anytime.) Schedule Checker also provides the K-Index value, unless optional Afreet IonoProbe2 is installed and activated in Preferences, in which case, IonoProbe provides the K-Index value.

  • Perform an optional DX Atlas3 azimuth plot from your location to the scheduled station by clicking a toolbar button or shortcut menu item. DX Atlas can also show propagation information.
  • Note: When executing a schedule, you can, if desired, set Schedule Checker so it performs DX Atlas azimuth auto plots for all scheduled stations. This feature lets you use the propagation information provided by DX Atlas, HamCAP, and IonoProbe to better gauge the stations you have a chance at monitoring.

  • Tune your radio to the schedule item's frequency by double-clicking the item. Refer to "Rig Control in Monitor Log 12" for important information.
  • Start a log entry for the scheduled station by clicking a toolbar button or shortcut menu item. When you do, the following information is pre-filled on the Monitor Log window:

    • Class
    • Country
    • Freq
    • Language (Aoki and EiBi)
    • Latitude and longitude of the station (Aoki and FCC AM) or country (when station coordinates are not available)
    • Mode
    • State (FCC AM)
    • Station
    • TX site

Properties

Schedule Checker has a Properties window that lets you set default properties and determine whether verification status should be based on QSLs only, the presence of audio files you've recorded, or both. Plus it lets you specify foreground and background status indication colors, determine status indication scope, and more.

The All? check boxes let you determine whether status indications should apply to All station classes or just the class selected in the adjacent Schedule Class list box.

The Toolbar Default list box lets you select the default import option to invoke when clicking the Import Schedule button on the Schedule Checker toolbar.

And when semiannual Aoki and EiBi schedules change for the season, advanced users can specify the URLs of the new seasonal files from the Aoki and EiBi web sites for express downloading and importing of updated schedule files.

Band Definitions

Schedule Checker also has a Band Definitions window that lets you set the desired frequency ranges for HF entries in the Band list box on the Schedule Checker window. When you select an HF entry for Aoki or EiBi schedules, only those stations within the defined frequency range appear.

We ship DXtreme Monitor Log 12 with the band definitions shown:

The Band Definitions window is callable from the Tools and shortcut menus of the Schedule Checker window.

Importing Schedule Data

On the File menu of the Schedule Checker, you can click Import New Aoki Schedule, Import New EiBi Schedule, or Import New FCC AM Schedule as desired. You can import all three schedules if you want, one at a time.

An Import New Schedule dialog box appears indicating (for the current database) the date of the last import operation and the name of the file imported.

Basically, you double-click I Need the Schedule File From the Web Site to download and import a new schedule with instructions, or I Have the Schedule File On My Drive to import a new schedule file already downloaded and extracted or saved. After that, click Update.

At their option, experienced users can also download new Aoki or EiBi schedules more quickly by clicking the URL of the most recent [A|B##] schedule file.

This action enables users to:

  • Skip the display of download instructions.
  • Skip the display of the Aoki or EiBi web site.
  • Skip looking for the latest file every time.

To use this feature, users must be familiar with the schedule-import workflow, accessible by clicking From the Aoki Web Site or From the EiBi Web Site under I Need the Schedule File.

To enable this feature, when semiannual Aoki and EiBi schedules change for the season, users must locate the URLs of the new seasonal files on each Web site, copy each to the Clipboard, and paste each into the appropriate fields on Schedule Checker's Properties window:

This action makes a hyperlinked URL appear on the Import New Schedule dialog box for quicker downloading and importing of updated schedule files.

Finding Amateur Radio Stations

Monitor Log 12 integrates with optional Afreet Band Master4 to let you see, on its graphical interface, where amateur radio operators (hams) are operating.

A menu on the Monitor Log toolbar lets you invoke Band Master. As part of the process, you choose the by-band Entity Needed List you want Monitor Log 12 to build and supply to Band Master.

Each Entity Needed List is based on your Monitor Log database, making it possible for Band Master to indicate the stations whose entities (countries) you need to monitor. You can select an Entity Needed List for all bands, and individually for the 160- through 6-Meter bands. The list does not refresh automatically, but you can re-click a Needed List format to rebuild the list any time you want to. Clicking a button on the Band Master window sets the band to monitor.

Band Master connects to a Web-based DX Cluster Server to obtain the who's-on-now information. It can also connect to DX Cluster Telnet Servers.

Note: You don't need an Amateur Radio license to use the popular Web-based DX Cluster Server, which shows plenty of activity. But you must be a licensed Amateur Radio operator to connect to and use DX Cluster Telnet Servers.

Finding Utility and Other Stations

The Links menu on the Monitor Log window provides convenient access to blogs and other web sites publicizing where and when utility and other stations may be operating.

A Links tab in Preferences lets you define the captions and URLs of up to 6 such sites and choose the web browser to display them. We've pre-populated the Links menu with suggested sites.

1 — If you have a copy of Afreet Ham CAP and Afreet Omni-Rig (both free).
2 — Software license for Afreet IonoProbe is required only if you want to use IonoProbe.
3 — Software license for Afreet DX Atlas is required only if you want to use DX Atlas.
4 — A software license for Afreet Band Master is required if you want to use Band Master.
Note: You can obtain Afreet licenses from Afreet Software, Inc. at http://www.dxatlas.com.



Logging Stations

Station Tab

The Monitor Log window is the first window you encounter when you start the program, with Station the first tab.

The Station tab lets you log introductory information about the station you've heard. For example, you can enter the:

  • Class of the station (SWBC, Utility, Ham, and so on).
  • Name and location of the station.
  • For ham stations, the call sign of the station the monitored ham was in QSO With.
  • Date and time of reception.
  • Frequency and mode of transmission.
  • With a supported SDR application or Afreet Omni-Rig configured on your computer, Monitor Log 12 obtains the frequency and mode from your receiver and displays them in the Frequency, Band, and Mode area when you start a log entry.

    The kHz and MHz option buttons and boxes let you select the desired unit of measure and type/edit log-entry frequencies appropriately. The remainder of the software uses kHz as the official unit of measure. Monitor Log 12 remembers the last option button selected.

    For more precise logging of modes, you can edit the Mode field. For example, say you've received a utility station transmitting in one of those exotic digital modes. Your radio will report a mode of SSB, but you may want the log entry to indicate the actual digital mode, such as STANAG 4285.

    The Modes module, which organizes and populates the Mode field, can accommodate up to 30 characters per mode, which is large enough to accept the official name of any mode active today — like STANAG 4285 or MIL-STD-188-141A.

  • Receiving equipment used to monitor the station.
  • Signal quality of the transmission.
  • Remarks about signal quality.
  • Propagation mode of the transmission.
  • Name of the file that contains a recorded audio clip of the station.

You can also use the Station tab to:

  • Announce your DX catches to social media sites. Refer to "Reception Reporting - Social Media Posts" for more information.
  • Change the frequency and mode of your radio. Refer to "Rig Control in DXtreme Monitor Log 12" for more information.

eQSL.cc Nickname Default

After selecting Ham in the Class field and specifying call signs in the Station and With fields, the default eQSL.cc Nickname is displayed for your review after you tab out of the With field.

Clicking OK with the Monitor Log window on any tab sends the request to the displayed account. You can, of course, visit the Verification/Report tab to change the eQSL.cc nickname for the current log entry.

Note: The Amateur Radio section of this data sheet provides more information about sending eQSL Requests. It also provides information about using the Update From eQSL.cc Inbox facility to process eQSL.cc verifications and using the Batch Upload to eQSL.cc Outbox facility to batch-upload Ham-class log entries (eQSL requests) to eQSL.cc.

Bearing and Distance Display

When the latitude and longitude of a station are known to Monitor Log 12, short- and long-path bearings and short-path distance from your QTH to the station logged appear in the B+Dx field on the Monitor Log tab (in the unit of measure you specify in Preferences).

The short-path bearing appears continuously; the long-path bearing appears as a pop-up when you mouse-over the field. If the coordinates of a station are not known to Monitor Log 12, bearing and distance to the station's indicated country appear.

Double-clicking the field runs a Ham CAP1 propagation prediction or DX Atlas2 azimuth plot for the logged station (as specified in Preferences).

Coordinate Acquisition

Monitor Log 12 uses station coordinates to display bearings, maps, and propagation information. When specifying a country and tabbing out of the Country field, the program obtains default coordinates from the Countries module, which indicate the geographical center of the country.

Precise coordinates of the actual transmitter site can be obtained instead by starting a log entry from an Aoki or FCC AM schedule in the Schedule Checker. Unlike EiBi schedules, these schedules list the latitudes and longitudes of most transmitter sites.

Another way to obtain the latitude and longitude of a transmitter site is to enter the name of an ITU-registered transmitter site in the Tx Site field. You can do so manually, or you can click the ITU code to look up the transmitter site in the Transmitter Sites module.

The Transmitter Sites module performs a Find operation based on the country and lets you navigate to the site you want. When you arrive at the desired site, click Send Data to Log Entry.

For BCB-class stations: When an FCC AM schedule has been imported into the Schedule Checker, Monitor Log 12 queries the schedule data for QTH and frequency information as you log BCB-class stations. The station call sign entered on the Monitor Log window must match exactly the station call sign in the imported FCC AM schedule.

Solar Information

The Station tab displays the Solar Flux, A-Index, and K-Index values from NOAA that were valid at the time of reception when you click the Signal Quality and Audio tab.3

Keep?

When you anticipate specifying much of the same information over several log entries, a Keep? check box freezes the information in the following fields until you clear the check box or click Cancel:

  • Class
  • Mode
  • Date
  • Rig
  • Ant
  • Acc
  • Report
  • Remarks
  • Prop
  • Language (on the Content tab)
  • UDFs 1 through 22 (on the UDF tabs)

Address Tab

The Address tab lets you enter the postal and Internet addresses of each station you've heard. You enter this information once because Monitor Log 12 can recall it each time you log the same station.

If desired, you can drag and drop, or copy and paste, address information from a Web-based station lookup page.

When you subscribe to HamQTH.com, QRZ XML Logbook Data, or Buckmaster™ HamCall™, Monitor Log 12 fills the address fields automatically when you add a log entry for a monitored Amateur Radio operator — if the information is provided by the subscription service. If a QSL manager is defined in the service, Monitor Log 12 enters the address of the QSL manager into these fields.

The address information appears in paper reception reports, electronic reception reports, and address labels.

Monitor Log 12 uses the coordinates to calculate bearing and distance from your QTH to that of the station monitored. The bearing and distance appear in the B+Dx field on the Station tab and in Stations reports you print or display in the Web Report Viewer. Monitor Log 12 also uses the coordinates to run Ham CAP1 propagation predictions and display DX Atlas2 azimuth plots for logged stations.

Clicking the Web caption on the tab displays the Web page of the station in your specified browser; clicking the E-Mail caption invokes a pre-addressed Message window in Microsoft Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail, Outlook Express, Microsoft Office Outlook, or Mozilla® Thunderbird® as configured in Preferences and supported by your version of Windows.

Clicking the Street Map Based on Coordinates hyperlink displays a map of the address if available on the MapQuest™ Web site (requires an Internet connection).

MapQuest™ is a registered trademark of MapQuest.com, Inc.

Verification Tab

Report

The Verification/Report tab lets you specify information about your reception reports and eQSL.cc requests.

For Reception Reports, you can specify whether you've sent a report. You can also specify the:

  • Date you sent the report.
  • Return postage you sent with the report.
  • Method you used to send the report (air mail, surface mail, e-mail, etc.).
  • Language of the report.

For eQSL.cc Requests to monitored Amateur Radio operators, you can change the eQSL.cc Account Nickname through which the eQSL.cc request will be routed. Monitor Log 12 sets the following fields automatically when the eQSL.cc request is accepted by the eQSL.cc server:

  • Date you sent the request.
  • Return postage: None.
  • Method: eQSL.cc.
  • Language: English.

Monitor Log 12 also displays the response from the eQSL.cc server.

Note: The Amateur Radio section of this data sheet provides more information about sending eQSL Requests. It also provides information about using the Update From eQSL.cc Inbox facility to process eQSL.cc verifications and using the Batch Upload to eQSL.cc Outbox facility to batch-upload Ham-class log entries (eQSL requests) to eQSL.cc. In addition, the Update/Import section of this data sheet provides information about using the Import Log From ADIF facility to import ADIF-formatted log entries from all monitoring activities — both ham and non-ham — into your database.

QSL

The Verification/QSL tab lets you specify information about your QSLs received.

For QSLs (paper or electronic), you can specify whether you've received a QSL. If you have, you can scan, capture, or import it and specify the:

  • Date you received the QSL.
  • Method the station used to send the QSL to you (air mail, surface mail, e-mail, and so on).
  • Signer of the QSL.
  • Name of the file that contains an image of the QSL.

The Verification/QSL tab also lets you preview the scanned, captured, or imported QSL.

An arrow button at the top-right of the viewing area lets you expand (and contract) the width of the display, so you can see more of your larger QSLs.

And the Preview QSL Image display shows QSL images automatically whenever you display a verified log entry. It includes:

  • A Fit box for applying fit-to options to the display
  • And command buttons for:

    • Refreshing QSL images when necessary after scrolling

    • Copying QSL images to the Clipboard

    • Magnifying images

    • Displaying images full size in the re-sizeable QSL Imaging application

    • Navigating multipage images within the Preview QSL Image display; this screenshot shows page 2 of the QSL:

More on QSL Imaging later.

Content Tabs

The Content Tabs let you describe the content you monitored.

When you click or "Tab" to the Content tab in the top row of tabs on the Monitor Log window, focus is applied to the Details box, the Start and End boxes populate automatically with the start and end times specified on the Station tab, and Content Tab 1 is relabeled with those same start and end times.

Within the Details box, you begin typing your content details.

If you want, you can type details of an entire transmission on just one Content Tab, or you can spread your content details across two or more tabs, which produces distinct rows of content details — per time interval — on your reception reports. You can type up to 10000 characters per Details box. The number of characters remaining displays at the lower right within each tab. For this product summary example, you'll spread your content details across two tabs.

When you have finished typing content details for Content Tab 1, you click or "Tab" to the End box and type the end time for the details you wrote (say, 22:10), Tab to the Quality box and accept or change the signal quality for the time interval, and "Tab" to the Language box and accept or change the language of the content heard.

Next you click Content Tab 2 (or if you prefer, "Tab" repeatedly until Content Tab 1 has the focus again and press the Right Arrow on your keyboard to move to Content Tab 2). The cursor is now in the next Details box and the following events occur:

  • Content Tab 1 is now labeled with the Start time and the modified End time as specified within its tab.
  • The Start box displays the end time from Content Tab 1.
  • The End box displays the end time specified on the Station tab.
  • Content Tab 2 is now labeled with the Start and End times specified within its tab.

Within the Details box, you type content details for the next program.

When you have finished typing details for Content Tab 2, you click or "Tab" to the Quality box and accept or change the signal quality for this time interval. (Of course, if you were to write content details on another tab, you would also adjust the End Time as you did in Content Tab 1.)

To generate or compose a summary, click or "Tab" to Summary and double-click the Generate hyperlink. The software inserts into the Summary field keywords summarizing the content you wrote in the Details fields of the previous Content Tabs.

It is likely you'll want to edit the summarized version. You can generate or type up to 5000 characters in the Summary field. The number of characters remaining displays at the lower right. Also, if desired, you can double-click the Keywords hyperlink to drag-and-drop (or copy and paste) into the Summary field detail or summary keywords from the Content Detail-Summary Keywords Lookup window.

The text in the Summary field populates the [content-summary] log variable, which can be used in scripts of any kind (but especially in those used to create club report entries) to provide summarized versions of the content heard. (Other log variables provide the Start, End, Details, and Quality information from the corresponding fields of the Content tabs.)

When you're ready, click OK to save your log entry.

Note: If you prefer to write content details on the resizeable Content Editor window, you can click the button at the lower right of any selected Content tab.

The Content Editor window appears.

If desired, you can change the look and feel of the Details and Summary fields and the Content Editor by clicking the Option button in one of the toolbars (highlighted in yellow in the following screen shot).

Then set the fields in the Application-Wide Heading Font Attributes area as desired.

Comments Tab

The Comments tab has a single field that lets you enter additional information about each log entry. The Comments field can accommodate up to 10000 characters.

Changes you make to header font attributes on the multi-functional Last Log Entries And Application-Wide Font Properties window (accessible from the Last Log Entries) grid are applied to Comments. You can change foreground and background colors and fonts and font sizes, if desired, to increase readability.

User Defined Fields Tabs 1 and 2

Each User Defined Fields tab has 11 fields you can define and use to enter and track information important to you.

There are two kinds of user defined fields (UDFs): Text Box Fields and List Box Fields.

  • Text Box Fields — Four text box fields on each tab let you type the information you desire. Each field can accommodate up to 100 characters.
  • List Box Fields — Seven list box fields on each tab let you select the information you desire from a list of items you defined earlier.

You define UDFs on the Preferences window (described later). You can also label the caption of each UDF tab.

Defining UDFs involves:

  1. Labeling each field.
  2. Entering the list items available for selection in each list box field.

For example, you could define and use UDFs this way:

  • Text Box UDF — Specify "Parallel Frequency" as the label in Preferences. Then on the Monitor Log window, type the station's parallel frequency into the Parallel Frequency box. When you run a report, you can track parallel frequencies.
  • List Box UDF — Specify "Digital Application" as the label in Preferences and then define a list of the digital applications you use. On the Monitor Log window, select the digital application you used to monitor the station. When you run a report, you can track specific digital applications.

When you redefine User Defined Fields (as you inevitably will, from time to time), you can replace old UDF data in your log with new UDF data using the UDF Data Replacement facilities, accessible from the Edit menu of the Monitor Log window.

The window above shows replacing Doublet antenna entries with the more traditional Dipole.

Improv Imaging Tab

The Improv Imaging tab lets you associate ad hoc images with log entries.

Shown: Fldigi by W1HKJ & Associates. Visit http://www.w1hkj.com for information.

The Improv image associated above is a screenshot of the first Shortwave Radiogram broadcast. The images you associate can be signals on a spectrum analyzer or waterfall, screen captures of digital applications, and more. Anything you desire.

An asterisk appears in the Improv Imaging tab when an Improv image is associated with a displayed log entry.

More on Improv Imaging later.

Last Log Entries Grid

If desired, you can display a colorful grid on the Monitor Log window that shows up to 5000 of the most recent log entries.

Double-clicking a row in the grid displays its log entry in the Monitor Log window, and right-clicking the grid brings up a shortcut menu that lets you sort records and access other functions.

The grid can be placed above or below the tabbed set of fields on the Monitor Log window. You can also resize the grid columns and scroll horizontally to columns that do not appear initially.

You can make the grid disappear and reappear by re-sizing the Monitor Log window.

Last Log Entries Window

Because the names of stations and NASWA countries can be quite long, you can display a re-sizable Last Log Entries window.

This window has all of the functions of the Last Log Entries grid and can be much wider and longer. You can display the grid and the window together or separately.

Properties

A Properties dialog box can be invoked via the shortcut menu.

Enabling you to:

  • Change the order of columns
  • Add or remove a border
  • Set the maximum number of last log entries (from 0 to 5000)
  • Set the foreground and background colors and font attributes of:
    • Most grids in the program
    • Details and Summary boxes on Content Tabs
    • Comments tab
    • Content Editor
    • Script Editor
    • Direct Tune

    The font and color schemes you choose are entirely up to you.

Fields and Maintenance Modules

Most fields on the Monitor Log window are drop-down list box fields that make entering consistent data easy. These fields are populated with list items you maintain in Monitor Log 12's maintenance modules (described later).

Menu Bar and Toolbar

The menu bar lets you access the other functions of Monitor Log 12, such as the Schedule Checker, optional Band Master, Search, Club Report Entries, Reception Reporting, Audio Processing, Imaging, Performance Reports, Maps — including Ham CAP1 propagation predictions and DX Atlas2 azimuth plots — Preferences, and more.

The toolbar lets you quickly and conveniently access the functions used most often.

Separate Station Web Searches for Non-Amateur and Amateur Stations

You can maintain two sites for Station Web Searches in Preferences: one site for non-Amateur searches and one site for Amateur searches.

This feature enables you to quickly access Bing® searches, for example, when searching for non-Amateur stations and QRZ.Com searches, for example, when searching for Amateur stations. You can also perform these searches from the Schedule Checker toolbar and other places.

CQ or ITU Zones

A Preferences setting lets you choose whether to track zones. And whether to track CQ or ITU zones.

CQ and ITU zones are present in the Countries module. Automatic CQ or ITU zone selection occurs when you add a log entry for a country that has one zone assigned. If multiple zones are assigned to a country, the range of possible zones appears in the microhelp panel on the Monitor Log window to guide your selection. CQ and ITU Zone maps are available by default in the Maps menu.

Import Log From ADIF

The Update/Import section of this data sheet provides information about using the Import Log From ADIF facility to import ADIF-formatted log entries from all monitoring activities — both ham and non-ham — into your database.

1 — If you have a copy of Afreet Ham CAP and Afreet Omni-Rig (both free).
2 — Software license for Afreet DX Atlas is required only if you want to use DX Atlas.
3 — Requires an Internet connection, and the information must be available from NOAA.
Note: You can obtain Afreet licenses from Afreet Software, Inc. at http://www.dxatlas.com.



Improv Imaging

Explained

Improv Imaging™ is a multifaceted facility that lets you associate adhoc images with log entries. This feature is independent from our popular QSL Imaging™ facility.

Using Improv Imaging, you can Capture from your screen, Scan from your image scanner, or Paste from the Clipboard any image you want to associate with a displayed log entry. The image can be a single-page .jpg, or a single- or multi-page .tif. You can also browse your PC for a .jpg or .tif image file you want to associate.

For example, you can use Improv Imaging to associate the following kinds of images with your log entries:

  • Signals on a spectrum analyzer or waterfall
  • Amateur television images
  • Facsimile images
  • Screen captures of stations received on digital applications like Fldigi and more
  • Screen captures of Ham CAP or DX Atlas displays at the time of reception (if Ham CAP or DX Atlas are installed on your PC)
  • Any other images you desire

By default, Improv images reside in the Improv subfolder of the c:\DXtremeMonitorLog12 tree.

Improv Imaging Tab

Associating Improv images with log entries begins on the Improv Imaging tab of the Monitor Log window.

Type a file name in the File box, or click the gear button to generate a file name, and when you press Enter on your keyboard or click the adjacent execute button, a command box pops up prompting you to Capture, Scan, or Paste an image (as an alternative, a browse button near the File box lets you associate an image already on your PC).

After you perform one of those tasks, the Improv Imaging application (described in the next section) launches automatically. When you close the Improv Imaging application, the Improv image appears in the Preview Improv Image display on the Improv Imaging tab, where you can preview the Improv images associated with your log entries any time you want to.

Shown: Fldigi by W1HKJ & Associates. Visit http://www.w1hkj.com for information.

The Improv Imaging tab includes a:

  • File box plus execute and browse buttons for associating images
  • Description box for describing images
  • Large, scrollable Preview Improv Image display for previewing images associated with log entries
  • Fit box for applying fit-to options to the Preview Improv Image display
  • Set of command buttons for:

    • Generating file names

    • Copying Improv images to the Clipboard (perhaps you want to paste them into reception reports)

    • Magnifying images

    • Displaying images full size in the Improv Imaging application

    • Navigating multipage images within the Preview Improv Image display

    • Refreshing images when necessary after scrolling

An asterisk appears in the Improv Imaging tab when an Improv image is associated with a displayed log entry.

Improv Imaging Application

As stated, when you associate an Improv image with a log entry, the Improv Imaging application launches automatically, showing you the full image, giving you the opportunity to work with it. Perhaps you want to add additional image pages, or print or annotate the image, etc.

When you close the Improv Imaging application, the Improv image appears in the Preview Improv Image display on the Improv Imaging tab of the Monitor Log window, where, as stated earlier, you can preview the Improv images associated with your log entries any time you want to.

If you associate a rather large image (like the screenshot shown), you can click the Application button to see the image full-screen in the re-sizeable Improv Imaging application again (you can work with it again, too, if desired).

The Improv Imaging application also provides general imaging functions:

Basic Functions

  • Scan (industry-standard TWAIN scanner required)
  • Capture
  • View
  • Magnify and zoom
  • Navigate pages of multipage image files

Page Manipulation Functions

  • Annotate
  • Alter, crop, and delete
  • Copy, cut, and paste to and from the Clipboard

Formatting Functions

  • Change the brightness, contrast, hue, color saturation, and gamma
  • Sharpen, resize, reverse, rotate, flip, and shear

Filing Functions

  • Print
  • Send
  • Save to other formats not supported within Improv Imaging (for your own purposes):
    • BMP
    • PCX (multipage)
    • PNG
    • TGA

Improv Image Explorer

The Improv Image Explorer lets you peruse the images in your Improv folder.

It includes:

  • A Thumbnails browser in addition to the standard File List
  • A scrollable Image display for previewing Improv images
  • A Fit box for applying fit-to options to the Image display
  • Command buttons for:

    • Copying Improv images to the Clipboard

    • Magnifying images

    • Displaying images full size in the re-sizeable Improv Imaging application

    • Navigating multipage images within the Image display

    • Displaying, in the Monitor Log window, the log entry associated with the Improv image — making the Explorer act like a Search window!

Improv Imaging Preferences

The Automatic Backups tab lets you configure up to two backup paths for your Improv image files (along with your Database, Audio, and QSL image files).

The Imaging tab lets you set desired properties for your Improv (and other) image files.



Rig Control in DXtreme Monitor Log 12

Explained

To provide our users with a robust logging program that also provides a degree of rig control, Monitor Log 12 integrates with optional Afreet Omni-Rig and popular Software Defined Radio (SDR) applications for rig control of supported radios. At the time of this writing, these programs are available on the web, free for enthusiast use.

When rig control is installed and configured on your PC and within Monitor Log 12:

  • The Schedule Checker tunes your radio to the frequency of a double-clicked schedule item, and sets the mode to the default specified in Properties.
  • The Monitor Log window enters the frequency and mode from your radio in the Frequency, Band, and Mode area when you add a log entry.
  • The Direct Tune tab on the Monitor Log window lets you change your rig's frequency and mode directly.

About Afreet Omni-Rig Support

  • To enable Omni-Rig:

    1. Install a copy of Omni-Rig on your system.
    2. Configure it to work with your radio. Most popular radios are supported. And if yours isn't, you can create your own rig description file to enable support.
    3. In the Preferences window of DXtreme Monitor Log 12, click the Afreet Omni-Rig option button.

    Refer to the Afreet Omni-Rig web site for software downloads and support of their software.

    Contact us for integration support.

    About Software Defined Radio (SDR) Applications Support

    Monitor Log 12 integrates with:

    • SDRuno by SDRplay. Refer to http://www.sdrplay.com for more information.

    • HDSDR (High Definition Software Defined Radio) by Mario Taeubel. Refer to http://www.hdsdr.de/index.html for more information.

    • SDR Console by Simon Brown, G4ELI. Refer to http://www.sdr-radio.com for more information.
    • And, presumably, any other SDR application that accepts Kenwood CAT commands from third-party programs, independent of the interface the application uses to control the SDR.

    Notes

    • DXtreme Software has tested its interface with SDRuno, HDSDR, and SDR Console only, connected to an SDRplay RSP1. We assume, but have not tested, that our interface will function with any radio that works with the above SDR applications. Customers report using Airspy R2, SDRplay RSP1 and RSP2, and Elad® FDM-S2. (DXtreme Monitor Log 12 continues to support Afreet Omni-Rig for rig control of radios Omni-Rig supports.)

    • You will need to set up a pair of virtual COM ports to establish the CAT connection, which is easy using a product such as Virtual Serial Ports Emulator (VSPE), owned by Eterlogic.com. Click http://www.eterlogic.com/ for more information.
    • The Rig Control tab in Preferences lets you define CAT properties. Configuring these properties with Eterlogic's Virtual Serial Ports Emulator (VSPE) is described fully in the Monitor Log 12 Procedural Help.

    Refer to the SDR Application's web site for software downloads and support of their software.

    Contact us for integration support.


    Amateur Radio Support

    Explained

    Monitoring Amateur Radio (ham) operators is growing in popularity. And in that spirit, Monitor Log 12 includes features that make it fun to monitor hams the world over.

    Band Master Integration

    In the Finding Stations section of this data sheet, we described Monitor Log 12's integration with optional Afreet Band Master1, which helps you find hams to monitor.

    Call Sign Lookup Service Integration

    Included also is integration with optional call sign lookup services, such as HamQTH.com2 (preferred — a free-of-charge call sign database at the time of this writing), QRZ XML Logbook Data2 (also preferred — the best in our opinion), and Buckmaster™ HamCall™ 2. These services let you obtain and save the following information when logging hams:

    • Operator name and address
    • Country of operator (HamQTH.com and QRZ XML Logbook Data only)
    • QSL manager name and address
    • CQ zone
    • Latitude and longitude
    • Web and e-mail addresses

    Reception Reports and Labels

    As with non-ham stations, you can create paper reception reports and SWL and address labels for requesting paper QSLs from hams. Monitor Log 12 includes special templates3 and scripts4 for this purpose.

    eQSL.cc Integration

    Sending Automatic eQSL Requests

    Our integration with the popular eQSL.cc web site allows you to send automatic eQSL requests to monitored Amateur Radio operators. A With field on the Monitor Log window lets you specify the ham the monitored ham was in contact with.

    After selecting Ham in the Class field and specifying call signs in the Station and With fields, the default eQSL.cc Nickname is displayed for your review after you tab out of the With field.

    Clicking OK with the Monitor Log window on any tab sends the request to the displayed account. You can, of course, visit the Verification/Report tab to change the eQSL.cc nickname for the current log entry.

    After you (WPC1DX, for example) send an automatic eQSL.cc request to the ham you monitored (OZ1GEJ):

    Your request appears in OZ1GEJ's Inbox on the eQSL.cc Server:

    When OZ1GEJ responds, his eQSL appears in your Inbox on the eQSL.cc Server:

    Processing eQSL.cc Verifications

    When monitored hams reply to your eQSL requests, Monitor Log 12's Update From eQSL.cc Inbox facility lets you log-on to the eQSL.cc web site, download your Inbox file, and update your current database with eQSL.cc Inbox records.

    The following Monitor Log 12 facilities share this window:

    • Update From eQSL.cc Inbox (described in this topic)
    • Batch Upload to eQSL.cc Outbox (described later in this section)
    • Import Log From ADIF (described in the Update/Import section of this data sheet)

    Note: Due to sharing, some fields, menu items, and buttons are not used per facility.

    Getting Started

    You begin by preparing to import unmatched eQSL.cc Inbox records into your database, just in case there's a monitored and verified station you neglected to log. As part of this process, you configure Update From eQSL.cc Inbox so any imported log entries inherit the appropriate information:

    In the Signal Report box, type the default signal report value you want the facility to write into each imported log record.

    In the Prop Mode list box, click the default propagation mode you want the facility to write into each imported log record.

    Requesting eQSL.cc Inbox Records

    In the eQSL.cc Account Nickname list box, click the account from which you will download your eQSL.cc Inbox file.

    In the Download Filter Options area, specify a desired date or date-range filter for the download (if you want to download your entire inbox, skip this step).

    Click the Download eQSL.cc Inbox File button to request your eQSL.cc Inbox File from the eQSL.cc server. Only confirmed log entries are returned.

    If your request was valid, the eQSL.cc Download InBox page appears with an ADIF download link that lets you complete the download operation.

    Right-click the .ADI file hyperlink on the page and click Save Target As (or the equivalent). Save the file to your current Database folder with a descriptive name that includes the database you're using, the eQSL.cc Account from which the file came, and the date range applied. Then close your Web browser.

    On the File menu of the Update From eQSL.cc Inbox facility, click Open. On the Open eQSL.cc Inbox Download File window, select the eQSL.cc Inbox File you just downloaded from the eQSL.cc server.

    Click Execute to begin the update operation. During the operation, the facility sets eQSL.cc verifications as the Official Incoming QSL Type only in those log entries that are not already verified by some other means. (In other words, the facility doesn't override what you've already done.)

    When the facility completes its work, if desired, view the reports on the Reports menu.

    As far as eQSL.cc images are concerned, you can display noteworthy eQSLs one-at-a-time on the eQSL.cc Web site, and on the Monitor Log window, capture each one into its log entry. (It is not practical to acquire eQSL.cc images automatically from the eQSL.cc Web site.)

    Using the Batch Upload to eQSL.cc Outbox Facility

    This facility lets you batch-upload Ham-class log entries (eQSL requests) from your current database to eQSL.cc. Useful for when eQSL.cc does not contain all your Ham-class log entries.

    The following Monitor Log 12 facilities share this window:

    • Update From eQSL.cc Inbox (described earlier in this topic)
    • Batch Upload to eQSL.cc Outbox (described in this topic)
    • Import Log From ADIF (described in the Update/Import section of this data sheet)

    Note: Due to sharing, some fields, menu items, and buttons are not used per facility.

    In the eQSL.cc Account Nickname list box, click the account into which eQSL requests will be uploaded.

    In the Upload Filter Options area, specify a desired date or date-range filter for the upload (if you want to upload your entire Ham-class log, skip this step.)

    Note: We do not send duplicate requests to eQSL.cc. When Monitor Log 12 prepares a batch upload, it does so only once.

    Click Execute to begin the upload operation.

    The Batch Upload to eQSL.cc Outbox facility creates a file of eQSL.cc requests and indicates in your database that you will upload this file right away using the eQSL.cc Web site, or will do so before running another batch upload.

    Click Yes. The eQSL.cc Web site appears in your browser. Use the eQSL.cc web site to upload the file.

    Monitor Log 12 sets batch eQSL.cc requests as the Official reception report type only in those log entries where a reception report has not been sent. In other words, the facility doesn't override what you've already done.

    The following screen shot shows the upload notification:

    The Batch Upload to eQSL.cc Outbox facility populates the following ADIF tags:

    • <BAND>
    • <CALL>
    • <MODE>
    • <PROP_MODE>
    • <QSLMSG> (from the QSO With field)
    • <QSO_DATE>
    • <RST_SENT> (from the Report field)
    • <TIME_ON>

    1 — A software license for Afreet Band Master is required if you want to use Band Master.
    Note: You can obtain Afreet licenses from Afreet Software, Inc. at http://www.dxatlas.com.
    2 — Requires an optional subscription to HamQTH.com, Buckmaster HamCall, or QRZ XML Logbook Data. Information supplied by these services may vary.
    3 — For producing reception reports in optional Microsoft® Word.
    4 — For producing reception reports in Microsoft WordPad or your Web browser.



    Audio Archiving

    Audio Toolbar

    The audio processing facility lets you record and play audio clips of the stations you've heard.

    The audio toolbar on the Monitor Log window ...

      Audio Toolbar

    ... lets you quickly and easily record and play WAV audio as you log a station. Monitor Log 12 also integrates with the Windows Sound Recorder to let you edit and compress WAV audio files.

    Audio clips are saved in the Audio folder you specify in Preferences (described later).

    Support for Non-WAV Audio File Assignment and Playback

    The browse button right of the File field on the Monitor Log window lets you assign externally recorded, non-WAV audio files to log entries. Clicking the > button lets you play those files.

    If the externally recorded file is outside the Audio folder specified in Preferences, Monitor Log 12 copies it to the Audio folder, to be backed up when you close Monitor Log 12 — provided automatic audio backups are configured in Preferences.

    The Preferences window also lets you specify the playback application you want to use.

    Verification By Audio

    Monitor Log 12 supports the concept of Verification By Audio, letting you track, if you want to, the stations, countries, continents, zones, and states and provinces you've "verified" by audio. This feature gives you the flexibility to "prove" reception while waiting for your QSLs to arrive. You can also use this feature as an alternative to traditional QSLing.

    While there is no substitute for an attractive QSL card, let's face it, more and more stations are unable or unwilling to QSL by means of traditional QSL cards or letters. Tracking verifications by audio can be a very satisfying and inexpensive alternative.

    Of course, you can continue to track verifications by traditional QSL cards and letters. Monitor Log 12's QSL Imaging facility (described later) provides impressive support for QSL image processing.

    Multimedia Benefits

    Take it from us, there's nothing like looking through your log years later and hearing the station you logged while viewing the QSL you received!



    Reception Reporting

    Social Media Posts

    Explained

    When you add or display a log entry, Monitor Log 12 prepares a post announcing your DX catch and displays it on the Social Media Post tab, where you can drag the post to your favorite social media web site(s) to share your catch with others.

      Select

      Drag

      Drop

      Commit your post by following the instructions on your preferred social media web site

    Note: The social media web site must be capable of accepting drag-and-drop operations. For sites that do not, you can copy the announcement to the Clipboard and paste it into the appropriate text box.

    Social Media Scripts

    Using the Script Editor window, you can create and edit the social media scripts that format your social media posts. By applying HTML tags and attributes, log variables, and boilerplate text, you can create the social media posts you want. Several scripts and instructions come with the software.

    The Script Editor button on the Social Media Post tab provides access to the Script Editor. And the browse button lets you select the script you want to use. Default scripts come with Monitor Log 12 for SWL posts, ham posts, detailed log entry posts, and printing labels on Dymo® printers.



    Reception Reporting

    Paper and Electronic
    Reception Reports

    Paper Reception Reports

    You can create paper reception reports using Microsoft® Word®, Microsoft WordPad, or your Web browser. Select the type of reception report you want (Word, WordPad, or Web) on the Reception Reports tab in Preferences.

    Word, Template-Based

    By using custom templates you can create and edit yourself, each reception report created in Word has precisely the format, richness, and wording you want. Reception reports include pertinent information from the Monitor Log window.

    Actual report larger, clearer.

    Several templates come with Monitor Log 12. You can use them right away, base new templates on them, or tweak them by editing. Instructions appear in the Procedural Help system. When you run a reception report, a window lets you select the template you want to use.

    WordPad, Script-Based

    By using custom scripts you can create and edit yourself, each reception report has precisely the format and wording you want. Reception reports include pertinent information from the Monitor Log window.

    Actual report larger, clearer.

    Several WordPad scripts come with Monitor Log 12. You can use them right away, base new WordPad scripts on them, or tweak them by editing. Instructions appear in the Procedural Help system. When you run a reception report or eReport, a window lets you select the script you want to use.

    Web Browser, Script-Based

    By using custom scripts you can create and edit yourself, each reception report has precisely the format, richness, and wording you want. Reception reports include pertinent information from the Monitor Log window.

    Actual report larger, clearer.

    Several Web Browser scripts come with Monitor Log 12. You can use them right away, base new Web Browser scripts on them, or tweak them by editing. Instructions appear in the Procedural Help system. When you run a reception report or eReport, a window lets you select the script you want to use.

    Sample Script

    Using the Script Editor window, you can create and edit scripts which format your reception reports and eReports (described next). By applying log variables and boilerplate text (and HTML tags and attributes in Web-based scripts), you can create the reports you want. Several scripts and instructions come with the software.

    When you run a reception report or eReport, a window lets you select the script you want to use.

    Electronic Reception Reports (eReports)

    You use special eReport scripts to produce eReports in Microsoft WordPad or your Web browser. They have the same appearance as the reception reports shown above.

    And you can send your eReports using your MAPI e-mail client, or Windows® 10 Mail (if you're using Windows 10 and your registered browser is Microsoft Edge).

    Several eReport scripts come with Monitor Log 12. You can use them right away, base new scripts on them, or tweak them by editing.

    Reception Reporting Menu

    The Reception Reporting menu provides access to reception report functions.

    To make it easy to edit your script files, each level of the Reception Reporting menu provides access to the instance of Script Editor that deals with its function's scripts, the Editor opening files from and saving files to the appropriate folder on your PC. Several script files come with the software. You can use them as is, edit them, or create your own — perhaps using one of ours as a starting point. Editing/creating scripts is the best way to customize your reports and posts. The Procedural Help system explains how to create and edit script files.

    Paper Reports

    eReports

    Reception Reporting Toolbar Button

    The Reception Reporting toolbar button provides quick access to reception report functions.



    Reception Reporting

    SWL and Address Labels

    Explained

    Monitor Log 12 supports two ways to print SWL and Address labels:

    • Using Direct Print SWL and Address Labels to print on popular label stock using standard printers.
    • Using the Social Media Post facility to create SWL and Address labels for printing on DYMO® LabelWriter® printers.1

    Direct Print SWL and Address Labels

    You can print SWL and Address labels on your printer.

    Examples of the labels you can print:

    • Single-Line SWL Label (SWBC-Class Station)
    • Single-Line SWL Label (Ham-Class Station)
    • Multi-Line SWL Label
    • Address Label

    Using this feature, you can print labels one-at-a-time or in any number up to the maximum number of labels on your preferred label stock (such as 30 per sheet). You can skip around, too, choosing the physical label you want to print on. Further, you can include user-defined closing expressions and signature text on the last line of each SWL label. Closing expressions and signature text are defined in Preferences.

    Address Information

    By default, the Direct Print SWL and Address Labels window receives its address information from the Address fields on the Monitor Log window.

    If necessary, you can click the Station Web Search button on the Direct Print SWL and Address Labels window to perform a Web search for the station address. When the search site you set in Preferences appears, find the address information on the Web page and drag and drop it onto the Address Information box. The address must be in text format on the Web page. You can also type or edit an address.

    Closing Expression and Signature Text Workflow

    The Direct Print SWL and Address Labels window provides a workflow for printing closing expression and signature text on the last line of SWL labels. Its Closing Expression list box contains ADIF propagation modes plus any custom entries you've added ...

    ... using the Closing Expression Text module in Preferences.

    The Signature Text option button contains the signature text you defined ...

    ... on the QSLs tab in Preferences.

    For any SWL label, you can:

    1. Select the closing expression you want from the Closing Expression list box.
    2. And select the adjacent check box if you want to include the Signature text.
    3. Which produces a label similar to the following:

    Print Preview and Edit

    To inspect your labels before printing, you can perform a print preview.

    And edit your label data in a number of ways.

    Properties

    A Direct Print SWL and Address Label Properties window lets you define the labels you want to use. This window comes with default label properties you can use right away or edit if they need a little tweaking to work with your printer.

    Reception Reporting Menu and Toolbar

    The Reception Reporting menu and accompanying toolbar button let you choose whether to print just paper reports, paper reports and labels, or just labels:

    Using the Social Media Post Facility to Print SWL and Address Labels on DYMO® LabelWriter® Printers

    You can also use the Social Media Post facility to create SWL and Address labels for printing via the DYMO QuickPrint application.

    Just start DYMO QuickPrint with the desired label layout, display the log entry in Monitor Log 12, select one of the Dymo social media scripts we created (there's one for log entry data and one for addresses), and drag and drop the social media post to DYMO QuickPrint.

    In a clear area, press Enter on your keyboard to register the text. Then click Print.

    DYMO® and LabelWriter® are registered trademarks of Newell Rubbermaid.



    Lookup Windows

    Lookup Windows

    Monitor Log 12 has six lookup windows that make it easy to enter information into the fields of the Monitor Log and Script Editor windows.

    Each lookup window lets you drag-and-drop — or copy and paste — the following kinds of information:

    • Abbreviations
    • Foreign words and phrases
    • Symbols and special characters
    • Log variables
    • HTML elements
    • Content Detail-Summary keywords

    As an example, you can use the Log Variables Lookup to easily create and edit scripts of any kind.



    QSL Imaging

    Explained

    QSL Imaging™ is a multifaceted facility that lets you scan, capture, import, browse, view, format, and archive your QSL cards, letters, and electronic QSLs.

    With it, you'll never again have to look through boxes or photo albums to answer the question:

    "What did that QSL look like?"

    Verification Tab

    The Preview QSL Image display on the Verification tab of the Monitor Log window lets you scan, capture, import, and preview QSLs.

    An arrow button at the top-right of the viewing area permits you to expand (and contract) the width of the display, so you can see more of your larger QSLs.

    When the Preview QSL Image display is contracted, a tabbed area on the left side of the Verification tab provides the typical Report and QSL fields.

    And the Preview QSL Image display shows QSL images automatically whenever you display a verified log entry. It includes:

    • A Fit box for applying fit-to options to the display
    • And command buttons for:

      • Refreshing QSL images when necessary after scrolling

      • Copying QSL images to the Clipboard

      • Magnifying images

      • Displaying images full size in the re-sizeable QSL Imaging application

      • Navigating multipage images within the Preview QSL Image display; this screenshot shows page 2 of the QSL:

    QSL Imaging Application

    The re-sizeable QSL Imaging application lets you see your QSL images full-size.

    And it lets you edit your QSL image files completely, including adding additional pages to multipage image files.

    The QSL Imaging application provides the following general imaging functions:

    Basic Functions

    • Scan (industry-standard TWAIN scanner required)
    • Capture
    • View
    • Magnify and zoom
    • Navigate pages of multipage image files

    Page Manipulation Functions

    • Annotate
    • Alter, crop, and delete
    • Copy, cut, and paste to and from the Clipboard

    Formatting Functions

    • Change the brightness, contrast, hue, color saturation, and gamma
    • Sharpen, resize, reverse, rotate, flip, and shear

    Filing Functions

    • Print
    • Send
    • Save to other formats not supported within Improv Imaging (for your own purposes):
      • BMP
      • PCX (multipage)
      • PNG
      • TGA

    QSL Image Explorer

    The QSL Image Explorer lets you peruse the images in your QSL folder.

    It includes:

    • A Thumbnails browser in addition to the standard File List
    • An Image display for previewing QSL images
    • A Fit box for applying fit-to options to the Image display
    • And command buttons for:

      • Copying QSL images to the Clipboard

      • Magnifying images

      • Displaying images full size in the QSL Imaging application

      • Navigating multipage images within the Image display

      • Displaying, in the Monitor Log window, the log entry associated with a QSL image — making the Explorer act like a Search window!

    By default, QSL images reside in the Verifications subfolder of the c:\DXtremeMonitorLog12 tree. You can change this, of course.

    QSL Imaging Preferences

    The Automatic Backups tab lets you configure up to two backup paths for your QSL image files (along with your Database, Audio, and Improv image files).

    The Imaging tab lets you set desired properties for your QSL (and other) image files.



    Club Report Entries

    Explained

    Club report entries let you report your DX catches and QSLs received to clubs and magazines.

    Create Single or Multiple

    You can create single entries one-at-a-time as you add or display log entries, or you can create multiple club report entries at once.

    The Club Report Entries menu selection on the Reception Reporting menu provides access to all Club Report Entries functions, including access to the instance of Script Editor that deals with its function's scripts, the Editor opening files from and saving files to the appropriate folder on your PC.

    Club report entries accumulate in work files until you're ready to send them, usually in time to meet a monthly deadline as directed by club and magazine editors.

    When ready, you can send your entries via MAPI mail or Windows 10 Mail (if you're using Windows 10 and your registered browser is Microsoft Edge).

    Script files determine the content and format by destination. They consist of boilerplate text and log variables you can edit using the Script Editor.

    Several scripts come with Monitor Log 11. You can use them right away, base new scripts on them, or tweak them by editing. Instructions appear in the Procedural Help system. When you create one or more club report entries, a window lets you select the script you want to use.

    Sample Script

    The club report entry above was produced using this script:



    Performance,
    Stations,
    and
    Log Entries
    Reports

    Explained

    Monitor Log 12 has an array of Performance, Stations, Variables-Based Stations, and Log Entries reports that let you track the performance of your station and view information about the stations you've monitored.

    Appearance and Style

    Style files dictate the appearance of Performance, Stations, and Log Entries reports in the Web Report Viewer. Monitor Log 12 ships with three style files for each report type: Dark, Gray, and Light. If desired, you can edit and create as many additional style files as you want.

    Here's a Countries Performance report displayed using the included Dark style in Mozilla Firefox:

    And here's a Ham-Class Stations report displayed using the included Light style in Mozilla Firefox:

    For more information about reports and style files, click Report Enhancements

    Performance Reports

    Performance reports let you track the overall performance of your monitoring station.

    The following Performance reports are available for each report type on the Performance By menu.

    • Summary — Lets you view the number of stations, countries, continents, zones, and states and provinces you have monitored and verified.
    • Countries — Lets you view a list of the countries you have monitored, not monitored, verified, and monitored but not verified.
    • Zones — Lets you view a list of the zones you have monitored, not monitored, verified, and monitored but not verified.
    • States and Provinces — Lets you view a list of the states and provinces you have monitored, not monitored, verified, and monitored but not verified.

    Note: Reports for Solar Flux, A-Index, and K-Index values are accessible via the NOAA Propagation Indexes item. Reports for each of Monitor Log 12's 22 user-defined fields are accessible via the UDF [Tab Caption] items.

    Sample Performance Reports

    Running reports begins with the Parameters window, where you specify filter criteria and display and publish options.

    Displayed in the Web Report Viewer

    You can specify the colors and text sizes of reports in Preferences.

    Click the hyperlink of the report you want to view (these reports use the Dark Style).

    Displayed in a Window

    Stations Reports

    Stations reports lets you view a list of the stations you have monitored, verified, and monitored but not verified for each report type on the Stations By menu.

    Note: Reports for Solar Flux, A-Index, and K-Index values are accessible via the NOAA Propagation Indexes item. Reports for each of Monitor Log 12's 22 user-defined fields are accessible via the UDF [Tab Caption] items.

    Sample Stations Reports

    Running reports begins with the Parameters window, where you specify filter criteria and sort, display, field, and publish options.

    Displayed in the Web Report Viewer

    You can specify the colors and text sizes of reports in Preferences.

    Click the hyperlink of the report you want to view (these reports use the Light Style).

    Displayed in a Window

    Log Entries

    The Log Entries report lets you view a list of log entries you have monitored, not monitored, verified, and monitored but not verified by station.

    Sample Log Entries Reports

    Displayed in the Web Report Viewer

    Click the hyperlink of the report.

    Displayed in a Window

    Variables-Based Stations

    Variables-Based Stations reports let you run stations reports of your own design, based on Monitor Log 12's log variables.

    The Variables-Based Stations Report window lets you filter reports by:

    • A single class or all classes
    • All dates, a single date, or a range of dates
    • Or a combination of both

    You can also select the order in which stations appear.

    You design reports by creating and editing scripts on Monitor Log 12's Script Editor window. You can choose the fields you want, in the order you want. When you run a report, you select the script file that dictates the content and format of the report.

    Each level of the Variables-Based menu provides access to the instance of Script Editor that deals with its associated scripts, the Editor opening files from and saving files to the appropriate folder on your PC. Script files come with DXtreme Monitor Log 12 to get you started.

    You can display Variables-Based Stations Reports in WordPad, or in your registered Web Browser.

    In addition to designing your own reports, if desired you can use the Variables-Based Stations Report function to create delimited text files of stations, which can be imported into databases, spreadsheets, word processors, etc.

    Sample Variables-Based Stations Report

    Here's the above report displayed in Edge:

    Verification Tracking

    Performance, Stations, and Log Entries reports automatically track the stations, countries, continents, zones, and states and provinces you have verified by means of:

    • QSLs
    • Audio files
    • QSLs or audio files

    Display Options

    You can display Performance, Stations, and Log Entries reports on the following devices:

    • Web Report Viewer — The Web Report Viewer lets you view reports in your Web browser. You can specify the colors and text sizes of reports and, in the case of Stations reports, you can choose the fields that appear in the reports, including any of the 22 user-defined fields.
    • Window — Stations reports also work like a Search dialog box when displayed in a window: if you see a log entry in the report that you'd like to display in the Monitor Log window, simply double-click the log entry in the report.
    • FTP — Upload your Performance, Stations, and Log Entries by Station reports to the Web automatically, where you and your friends can view them remotely.1 The reports appear in the Web Report Viewer.

    Publish Options

    You can set publish options for Performance, Stations, and Log Entries reports displayed in the Web Report Viewer.

    The Report Publishing dialog box lets you select the desired option, including: View, Archive, View and Archive, and FTP. Report Publishing dialog boxes are available for Performance, Stations, and Log Entries reports.

    Fields

    A Fields dialog box lets you select the desired fields for Stations and Log Entries reports displayed in the Web Report Viewer.

    To Sum It All Up

    With Monitor Log 12's powerful report functions, you can run reports like these:

    • Unfiltered reports that show how well your station is performing.
    • Shortwave broadcast (SWBC) stations you've heard and verified using your SDRplay RSP1.
    • Stations you've heard and verified on the 60-meter band.
    • Amateur Radio stations you've monitored bouncing signals off the Moon.
    • Amateur Radio stations you've verified when the Solar Flux was 76.
    • Utility stations you've heard from Africa.
    • Broadcast band (BCB) stations verified in 2013.
    • Countries you've heard and verified on the 19-meter band.
    • States and Provinces you've heard and verified while logging broadcast band stations.
    • And many, many more!

    DX Atlas Integration

    The following reports integrate with DX Atlas:2

    • Countries — When you run a Countries Performance report, Monitor Log 12 integrates with DX Atlas to produce a map of pins; one color for heard countries, another color for verified by QSL countries. You can set the pin colors in Monitor Log 12's Preferences module.
    • This map shows overall country status. You can change the projection and rotate and resize and zoom the map as desired.

    • Stations and Log Entries By Station — When you run a Stations report or a Log Entries By Station report, Monitor Log 12 integrates with DX Atlas to produce a map of pins; one color for heard stations, another color for verified by QSL stations. You can set the pin colors in Monitor Log 12's Preferences module.
    • You can change the projection and rotate and resize and zoom the map as desired. Stations and Log Entries By Station reports depend on latitudes and longitudes being present in each log entry. Global assignment functions are available to populate existing log entries. The following map shows stations heard and verified by QSL on the 60-Meter band.

    1 — Requires an Internet connection with available Web space only if using FTP. You don't need to FTP reports to view them.
    2 — A software license for DX Atlas is required only if you want to use DX Atlas. You can obtain a license from Afreet Software, Inc.



    Maintenance Modules

    Explained

    Monitor Log 12 includes 18 maintenance modules that let you enter and maintain information that appears in:

    • The drop-down list box fields of the system.
    • The lookup windows (described earlier).

    Maintaining module information ensures consistent entries when adding and modifying log entries.

    Monitor Log 12 has the following modules:

    • Countries1
    • States and Provinces
    • Transmitter Sites1
    • Classes
    • Languages
    • Modes
    • Rigs
    • Antennas
    • Accessories
    • Postage
    • Delivery Method
    • Abbreviations
    • Foreign Words and Phrases
    • Symbols and Special Characters
    • HTML Elements
    • Amateur Bands
    • Propagation Modes
    • Content Details-Summary Keywords

    Where applicable, DXtreme Software populates maintenance modules with pertinent information, such as countries, ITU transmitter sites, classes, modes, and so on.

    Sample Maintenance Module Windows

    Countries (if using a NASWA-based database2)

    Countries (if using a DXCC-based database3)

    Transmitter Sites (if using a NASWA-based database)

    Transmitter Sites (if using a DXCC-based database)

    Classes

    Modes (two views)

    Rigs

    1 — Supports propagation predictions in Afreet Ham CAP and azimuth plots in Afreet DX Atlas. A license for Ham CAP or DX Atlas is required if you intend to use them. You can obtain licenses from Afreet Software, Inc.

    2 — The North American Shortwave Association owns and maintains the NASWA Country List. Click http://www.naswa.net to see the list.

    3 —The American Radio Relay League, Inc. owns and maintains the DXCC Entities List. Click https://www.arrl.org to see the list.



    Preferences

    Explained

    The Preferences window lets you control the overall operation of Monitor Log 12.

    Functional Areas

    You can set preferences in the following functional areas:

    • You

    • Database

    • User Defined

    • Internet

    • Reports

    • Reception Reports

    • Club Report Entries

    • QSLs

    • Audio

    • Automatic Backups

    • FTP

    • Maps

    • Links

    • DX Atlas

    • Ham CAP

    • Imaging

    • Rig Control

    • Solar

    • Band Master



    Update
    and
    Import

    Explained

    DXtreme Monitor Log 12 includes utilities that let you:

    • Update from a previous version
    • Import data from other sources via ADIF

    Update From a Previous Version

    If you're a registered user of DXtreme Monitor Log 11, DXtreme Reception Log X, or DXtreme Reception Log — Advanced Edition, you can use the DXtreme Monitor Log 12 Update Utility to import your data into the new Monitor Log 12 database.

    If you're a registered user of DXtreme SWRL, DXtreme SWRLgold, or DXtreme Monitor Log V5.x, contact DXtreme Software for special Update instructions.

    Import Data From Other Sources Via ADIF

    If you have data you want to import from a database, spreadsheet, or table in a word processing document, or from an exported ADIF log from an amateur radio application (such asFLdigi, WSJT-X, etc.), you can use the DXtreme Monitor Log 12 Import Log From ADIF facility to import ADIF-formatted log entries into your current database.

    ADIF stands for Amateur Data Interchange Format, a specification that defines the rules for exchanging data between ham radio applications. Even though there's no equivalent for exchanging non-ham data, Monitor Log 12 lets you use ADIF to import log entries resulting from all monitoring activities — both ham and non-ham.

    The following Monitor Log 12 facilities share this window:

    • Import Log From ADIF (described in this topic)
    • Update From eQSL.cc Inbox (described in the Amateur Radio section of this data sheet)
    • Batch Upload to eQSL.cc Outbox (described in the Amateur Radio section of this data sheet)

    Note: Due to sharing, some fields, menu items, and buttons are not used per facility.

    Getting Started

    For a specific station class, you begin by producing an ADIF file for import, either manually in a text editor or by exporting an ADIF log from another application, such as FLdigi, WSJT-X, etc. You can import log entries one station class at a time.

    Here's a sample record in ADIF:

    The Import Log From ADIF facility recognizes the following ADIF tags (* — denotes required tags):

    • <CALL>*
    • <COMMENT> (for the QSO With field when importing Ham-class log entries; otherwise, for the Comments field)
    • <CQZ> (when CQ Zone tracking is enabled in Preferences)
    • <DXCC>
    • <FREQ>*
    • <ITUZ> (when ITU Zone tracking is enabled in Preferences)
    • <MODE>*
    • <NOTES> (for the QSO With field when importing Ham-class log entries and the <COMMENT> tag is not used; otherwise, for the Details field in Content Tab 1 [the Start, End, and Quality fields are populated automatically])
    • <PROP_MODE>
    • <QSL_RCVD>
    • <QSL_SENT>
    • <QSLRDATE>
    • <QSLSDATE>
    • <QSO_DATE>*
    • <QTH> (for the Tx Site field)
    • <RST_SENT> (for the Report field)
    • <STATE>
    • <TIME_OFF>*
    • <TIME_ON>*

    Importing

    On the File menu of the Import Log From ADIF facility, click Open and select the ADIF file to import.

    In the Class list box, click the station class of the log entries to be imported. You cannot import log entries across station classes.

    In the Signal Report box, type the default signal report value you want the facility to write into each imported log record (unless the signal report is included in the source ADIF file).

    In the Prop Mode list box, click the default propagation mode you want the facility to write into each imported log record (unless the propagation mode is included in the source ADIF file).

    For Ham-class log entries, in the eQSL.cc Account Nickname list box, click the eQSL.cc account for which a QSL request workfile will be created.

    Click Execute to begin the import operation.

    When the facility encounters information in the ADIF file that is incompatible with the module information in the Monitor Log database, it prompts you to specify the appropriate information.

    When the facility completes its work, the log entries are in your database. If desired, view the Records Added During Import or Update on the Reports menu.



    Documentation

    Procedural Help

    If you don't know how to perform a task on whatever window you're on, you can click the Procedural Help button , which is available on most windows and dialog boxes. The first relevant topic on the Contents tab for the window or dialog box you're on appears. For related information, you can navigate to a nearby topic on the Contents tab because you'll be in the neighborhood.

    Specific Procedural Help

    If you're about to use a function that has special instructions, you can click the Specific Procedural Help button .
    An example appears below.

    Field Help

    If you want field-specific instructions for the window or dialog box you're on, click the Field Help button . Or right-click an item and then click Field Help on the shortcut menu (except text and list boxes.) This facility replaces the old What's This? Help that Microsoft does not support in Windows 10.

    Note: To access the Procedural Help absent context, on the Help menu of the Monitor Log window, click Procedural Help. To access the Field Help absent context, click Field Help.

    Microhelp

    If you want to view status information as you perform a task, you can read the messages that appear in the microhelp panel at the bottom of every window in Monitor Log 12.

    Information Center

    For even more assistance when using Monitor Log 12, you can click Information Center on the Help menu. The Information Center is a users-only area on the Web where you can learn more about Monitor Log 12.

    Post-Sale Documentation

    Monitor Log 12 ships with an Installation Guide and a Getting Started Guide in PDF format.



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