DX Logging Software for Amateur Radio

DXtreme Station Log 12
Data Sheet and Screenshots

Version 12.0

Overview


DXtreme
Station Log 12

Version 12.0

Our
Multimedia
Logging
Program
For Amateur Radio Operators

Like other logging programs on the market today, DXtreme Station Log 12™ lets you log your contacts.

But what makes DXtreme Station Log 12 special are its multimedia and advanced features, which work together to enhance your Amateur Radio operating and logging experience.

This data sheet describes all of the features and functions of the program. It'll take a while to read it.

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Features


DX
Spot Checker


Station Log comes with a DX Spot Checker™ that receives DX spot announcements from Telnet-based, DX Cluster servers.1

As each spot arrives, the DX Spot Checker checks your Station Log database and lets you know by colorful rich-text and audio whether you need a:

  • QSO with the station for a new DXCC entity
  • QSL from the station to confirm a DXCC entity
  • QSO with the station for a new band-entity
  • QSL from the station to confirm a band-entity

The audio announcements are useful when you can't see the DX Spot Checker window — like when you're busy working on a project in the shack and you're not watching your monitor. The announcements ensure that you won't miss the DXCC entities you need. But when you crave silence, a button on the DX Spot Checker toolbar lets you turn the audio off.

You can customize the rich-text messages and audio announcements for each DXCC status category so the messages and announcements look and sound the way you want them to. You can even assign different font colors to each DXCC status message. We like red for spots representing new DXCC entities, blue for new band-entities, and gray for entities we don't need.

Mode status also displays per station.

These DXCC and Mode Status Indications Can Also Be Turned Off

But if you prefer not to receive visual and audible DXCC and Mode announcements, you can turn them off in DX Spot Checker Options. If you do, only the spots themselves appear. You can turn the announcements on and off whenever you want to.

VUCC Status Indications

For VUCC aficionados, the DX Spot Checker can automatically or manually display VUCC status information for incoming spots — per band — providing you with a history of status checks you can peruse whenever you want to.

A setting in Options lets you turn automatic VUCC status checking on and off. Another setting lets you suppress the display of verified spots.

Whether automatic checking is on or off, you can perform manual VUCC status checks by double-clicking the frequency of a spot, right-clicking, and then clicking VUCC Status Check on the shortcut menu.

A subscription to HamQTH.com, Buckmaster HamCall, or QRZ XML Logbook Data is required for the VUCC Status feature, and the Maidenhead grid locator must be known to the callsign subscription service you select. You can use the VUCC status information to determine whether to contact a station for a new or verified grid.

The scope of and captions for VUCC status checks are determined by the settings you make in Preferences.

  • VUCC — When you select the VHF/UHF/SHF Only check box, grid status is displayed for VHF, UHF, and SHF frequencies only. This mode will be popular with users who track VUCC status.
  • Grid — When you clear the VHF/UHF/SHF Only check box, grid status is displayed for all frequencies. A mode that will be popular with digital (PSK31, JT9, Olivia, etc.) enthusiasts who like to track grids on all frequencies, including HF.

The Caption text box lets you specify the desired four-character caption for related fields and menu items throughout the application. We suggest VUCC when the VHF/UHF/SHF Only check box is selected, and Grid when the check box is cleared.

Display of Short- and Long-Path Bearings

When the latitude and longitude of a spotted station are known to DXtreme Station Log, short- and long-path bearings from your QTH to the station spotted appear on the DX Spot Checker window whenever you perform the following actions:

  • Bearing
  • Show Ham CAP LP/SP Prediction (if you own a copy of Ham CAP2)
  • Recall Spot
  • Mail Spot
  • Web Lookup Spot
  • Tune to Frequency
  • Log Spot
  • DX Atlas azimuth plot (if you own a copy of DX Atlas3)

And when the latitude and longitude of a spotted station are not known, you can always obtain the short- and long-path bearings from your QTH to the entity selected in the DXCC box.

Logbook of the World User Indication

The DX Spot Checker can be set so the spots of LoTW users appear in font attributes and colors that are unique, making it possible to tell at a glance whether the ham is using LoTW.

In the example above, the green bold italic spots indicate LoTW users.

You set these font attributes in Options.

DX Command Buttons

Buttons labeled DX Ad Hoc, DX Via the SL Window, and DX Via the SL Window - Your Grid<Prop>DX Grid appear on the DX Spot Checker window. Clicking them inserts a DX announcement template into the Send Command box.

You edit the template, supplying the desired information, and then press Enter on your keyboard to send the announcement to the server.

  • As its name implies, clicking DX Ad Hoc inserts a generic template:
  • DX <call> <freq> <remarks>

    Overwrite the <call>, <freq>, and <remarks> placeholders with the desired information. Then press Enter to send the DX announcement to the server.

  • As its name implies, clicking DX Via the SL Window inserts a more specific template into the Send Command box, one that includes information from the Station Log window (assuming you've already started a log entry for the station you're reporting):
  • DX J52HF 14076.0 JT65A <remarks>

    Overwrite the <remarks> placeholder with the desired information. Then press Enter to send the announcement to the server.

  • And as its name implies, clicking DX Via the SL Window - Your Grid<Prop>DX Grid inserts an even more specific template into the Send Command box, one that includes grid and propagation information from the Station Log window (assuming you've already started a log entry that includes such information for the station being reported):
  • DX KF6A 144150 FSK441 FN42gr<MS>EN73pj <remarks>

    Overwrite the <remarks> placeholder with the desired information. Then press Enter to send the announcement to the server.

Additional Command Buttons

User-defined command buttons appear on the right side of the DX Spot Checker window, one button for each command defined on the Additional Commands tab of DX Spot Checker Options.

Right-clicking a button displays a shortcut menu, whereupon clicking Define brings you to the text box where you can define the command.

Thereafter, depending on the definition of a command, left-clicking a button sends its command to the server, or inserts a DX announcement template into the Send Command box for editing before sending.

The Send check box, next to each text box, lets you send the command to the server immediately whenever the button is clicked.

Otherwise, the command assigned to the button appears in the Send Command box on the DX Spot Checker window for editing.

After editing, press Enter on your keyboard to send the command to the server. (Function keys are also assigned to each button.)

To help you define your commands, links to on-line user guides for AR-Cluster, CC Cluster, and DXSpider servers are present (by default) in the Links menu of the DX Spot Checker Options window.

Two text boxes labeled Group 1 and Group 2 are also included to let you customize the caption of each button group.

Propagation Predictions: Integration With Afreet Ham CAP

You can perform propagation predictions within the DX Spot Checker for the paths between your station and spotted stations if you have Afreet Omni-Rig and Afreet Ham CAP2, an HF propagation prediction program, installed on your PC. You can obtain Omni-Rig and Ham CAP free (at the time of this writing) from Afreet Software, Inc.

Ham CAP offers two graphical displays:

  • Chart — Shows the signal-to-noise-ratio prediction by time and frequency for the path between your station and a spotted station.
  • Map — Shows, atop a Mercator projection, the current propagation prediction for the path between your station and a spotted station for the frequency reported (if the station was spotted on the 80-, 40-, 30-, 20-, 17-, 15-, 12-, or 10-Meter band). You can, if desired, change the time and band on the Ham CAP interface to see when it would be best to work the station.

You activate Ham CAP within the DX Spot Checker by invoking a short- or long-path prediction for a spotted frequency and station. You can perform this action via the shortcut menu or Action bar. Here's a look at the shortcut menu invocation:

Ham CAP's Chart appears ...

Or

Ham CAP's Map appears ...

Depending on the initial display tab selected in Preferences.

You can, of course, click Chart or Map on the Ham CAP interface to switch between the displays.

Your coordinates must be present in Preferences and a subscription to Buckmaster HamCall, QRZ XML Logbook Data, or HamQTH.com is required to obtain the specific coordinates of the spotted station. If you don't subscribe to one of those lookup services, or if the station's coordinates are not available from the service, the default coordinates of the station's DXCC entity are used. The call sign of the spotted station appears on the Chart when the default coordinates of the entity are used; otherwise, the actual coordinates of the spotted station appear.

Ham CAP Properties in Preferences

The Ham CAP tab in Preferences lets you enable Ham CAP and set desired properties.

Properties such as:

  • Initial Display Tab — The initial display of Chart or Map.
  • Average Power — The average power you're running.
  • IonoProbe On — Whether you have the optional Afreet IonoProbe4 application installed on your PC and want it to automatically provide solar information to Ham CAP, including the 90-day smoothed sunspot number (SSN). When this option is enabled, IonoProbe overrides the K-Index value supplied by DXtreme Station Log 12. When IonoProbe is not installed, or is disabled, you may want to adjust the 90-day smoothed sunspot number manually on the Params tab of Ham CAP.
  • Use Kp — Whether you want Ham CAP to include current K-Index values in its prediction calculations. If you don't have IonoProbe installed or enabled, the K-Index value is supplied by DXtreme Station Log 12 (if your Internet connection is active and the index is available from NOAA).
  • Bearing and Distance Preference — Whether double-clicking the B+Dx caption on the Station Log window invokes Ham CAP Short Path, Ham CAP Long Path, or a DX Atlas3 plot (if installed and configured on your PC).
  • Map StyleColor, Gray, or Pseudo to suit your taste.
  • Map ResolutionHigh, Medium, or Low to suit your taste.
  • Default Band — The band to select when the frequency of a spotted or logged station is outside the 80-, 40-, 30-, 20-, 17-, 15-, 12-, or 10-Meter band or you invoked Ham CAP from the action bar of the DX Spot Checker or from the Entities module. You can, of course, change the band on the Ham CAP interface.
  • Show Sun — Whether to show sun position on the Map display.
  • Plot Path — Whether to plot the path on the Map display.
  • Plot MUF — Whether to plot the maximum usable frequency on the Chart display.

Note

To use Ham CAP effectively, users must configure other parameters and settings on the Ham CAP interface. (As stated above, home and DX coordinates are supplied by DXtreme Station Log 12.) Further, we encourage users to read the Ham CAP on-line documentation, which is available on the Ham CAP web page.

Other Functions

The DX Spot Checker also lets you:

  • Tune your radio to the last-reported frequency and mode of a desired spot or VUCC item5

  • Recall spots in a separate window so you can view the history of spots for a single station in one place.

  • Send spot announcements to others by e-mail.

  • Perform Web-based, callsign lookups on stations spotted, including VUCC items.

  • Start a log entry for a desired spot or VUCC item.

Functions can be invoked via the Action bar ...

Or the shortcut menu.

In Options, you can define default functions for the first and last items on the shortcut menu.

Default functions appear twice on the shortcut menu — once at the top, once at the bottom — so they're always right next to your mouse cursor for easy activation.

Window Resize

If the DX Spot Checker is sometimes too wide for your screen, you can resize it smaller. The DX and Additional Commands buttons will disappear, but they'll come back when you resize the window larger again. When the window is smaller, you can still execute the additional commands via menus and function keys.

DX Atlas Integration

If you own a copy of Afreet DX Atlas3, you can perform a DX Atlas azimuth plot from your location to that of a spotted station via the menu bar or shortcut menu.

Plot colors and fonts are configurable in Preferences.

Your coordinates must be present in Preferences and a subscription to either HamQTH.com, Buckmaster HamCall, or QRZ XML Logbook Data is required to obtain the specific coordinates of the destination station. Whether the station's coordinates exist in the callsign subscription service is not guaranteed by DXtreme Software.

If you don't subscribe to a callsign subscription service, or if the station's coordinates are not available from the service you chose, you can perform an azimuth plot based on the default coordinates of the station's DXCC entity. These coordinates exist in the Entities module of DXtreme Station Log. In this context, a subscription to DX Atlas is the only requirement.

DX Spot Checker Options

The DX Spot Checker has a separate Options dialog box that lets you specify server addresses, server commands, rig-control mode definitions, custom text audio messages, DXCC message suppression exceptions, shortcut menu default functions, and Ham CAP properties.

1 — Requires an Internet connection.

2 — A subscription to HamQTH.com (free at the time of this writing), Buckmaster™ HamCall™, or QRZ XML Logbook Data are required for specific path coordinates, and you must have software licenses for and have installed and enabled Afreet Ham CAP and Afreet Omni-Rig on your PC. Afreet Ham CAP and Afreet Omni-Rig are both free at the time of this writing.

3 — A subscription to HamQTH.com, Buckmaster HamCall, or QRZ XML Logbook Data are required for specific path coordinates, and a software license for Afreet DX Atlas is required only if you want to use DX Atlas.

4 —A software license for Afreet IonoProbe is required only if you want to use IonoProbe. You can obtain a license from Afreet Software, Inc.

5 — Requires installation and configuration of Afreet Omni-Rig. Refer to "Rig Control" later on this page for more information.

You can acquire Afreet Software packages from Afreet Software, Inc. at http://www.dxatlas.com/.

Additional Screenshots — DX Spot Checker

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Band Master
Integration


If you own a license for Afreet Band Master1, you can invoke it via the Tools menu on the Station Log window by choosing the Needed Lists format you want.

Band Master opens with the appropriate needed lists loaded.

The needed lists, which include Entities and IOTAs, are based on your Station Log database, and Band Master uses these lists to indicate the entities and IOTAs you need. You can select needed lists for all bands and individually for the 160- through 6-Meter bands.

The needed lists do not refresh automatically, but you can re-click a Needed Lists format to rebuild them any time you want.

Band Master integration offers a graphical alternative to the included DX Spot Checker, and both clients offer features that the other client lacks.

For example, the DX Spot Checker is tightly integrated with Station Log functions and provides robust reporting of needed DXCC entities and VUCC grid squares. Plus it provides a way to send commands to the Telnet server.

Band Master offers an attractive band display, IOTA reporting, and the ability to connect to Web clusters.

Both Band Master and the DX Spot Checker can be used simultaneously, as long as they are not connected to the same Telnet server.

A delay setting in Preferences allows the needed lists to build prior to displaying Band Master.

1 — A software license for Band Master is required only if you want to use Band Master. You can obtain a license from Afreet Software, Inc.
2 — Requires an Internet connection.



Station Log
Window


The Station Log window has six tabs that organize and provide access to the fields of your electronic logbook.

Station Log Tab

The Station Log tab lets you enter information about the contact, such as the:
  • Callsign and location of the station.

  • Name of the ham radio operator.

  • Date and time of the contact.

  • Frequency and mode of transmission.

    Note: When Afreet Omni-Rig is installed and configured on your computer, Station Log enters the frequency and mode from your transceiver in the Frequency and Mode fields. Refer to "Rig Control" for more information.

  • Signal quality and propagation mode.

  • Equipment you used to work the station. (Defaults for which can be set per band within the Bands module.)

The Station Log tab can also display information, such as:

  • The Solar Flux, A-Index, and K-Index values in effect at the time of the QSO!1

  • Bearing and distance.
  • When the latitude and longitude of a station are known to Station Log, bearing and distance from your QTH to the station logged appears.

    The short-path bearing appears continuously; the long-path bearing appears as a pop-up when you mouse-over the field. Clicking the field displays a DX Atlas azimuth plot or Ham CAP propagation prediction depending on the default setting made in Preferences.

  • Whether the amateur radio operator you worked is a user of Logbook of The World (LoTW).2

  • DXCC and VUCC status information.

    DXCC, Band, and Mode fields display DXCC entity status information when the entity, band, and mode are known to Station Log. The entity status information that can appear includes New, Worked, and Verified.

    The VUCC field displays grid status by band when the Maidenhead grid locator and band are known to Station Log. The VUCC status information that can appear includes New, Worked, and Verified.

    The scope of and captions for VUCC status are determined by the settings you make in Preferences, as described earlier in the "DX Spot Checker Facility" section.

    DXCC status appears immediately after entering a valid callsign when Station Log has been configured to work with rig control. VUCC status appears immediately as soon as the grid locator is known.

    If you have not configured rig control, DXCC and VUCC status appears after you type a frequency and select a mode.

The Station Log tab can also be used to:

  • Drag-and-drop dynamically prepared Social Media Posts to your favorite social media sites to share your DX conquests with others.

    Note: Refer to "Social Media Posts" for important information.

  • Change the frequency and mode of your radio directly.

    Note: Refer to "Rig Control" for important information.

1 — Requires an Internet connection. Station Log displays and saves today's current SFI (Solar Flux Index), Ap (A-Index), and Kp (K-Index) values when the QSO is logged if your Internet connection is active and the information is available from NOAA. It also displays and saves historical indices if you have downloaded manually the appropriate files from the NOAA FTP site and the information was recorded by NOAA (full instructions appear in the DXtreme Station Log Getting Started Guide). QSOs must have taken place on or after January 1, 1997.

2 — The LoTW Users module helps you keep LoTW user data up-to-date by importing the lotw.txt file from the HB9BZA Web site.

Station Information Tab

The Station Information tab lets you enter the postal address of the station you worked or its QSL manager. It also lets you enter or obtain the coordinates, Web, and e-mail address of the station. You only have to enter this information once because Station Log recalls it every time you work the station.

If desired, you can drag and drop address information from a Web callsign lookup page or any OLE-compatible Windows program. You can click the Call field at any time to perform a Web callsign lookup.

When you subscribe to HamQTH.com, Buckmaster HamCall™ or QRZ XML Logbook Data, Station Log fills the location and address fields automatically when you enter a log entry — if the information is provided by the callsign subscription service.

If a QSL manager is defined in the callsign subscription service, Station Log displays a dialog box that lets you confirm the callsign of the manager. Once confirmed, Station Log queries the callsign subscription service for the address of the QSL manager and enters that address in the fields of the Station Information tab. If the callsign subscription service doesn't know the identity of a QSL manager but you do, you can type the callsign and have HamQTH.com, Buckmaster, or QRZ XML Logbook Data populate the address fields for you.

The address information on the Station Information tab appears in the Create Direct Print QSL Labels window and the Create Word Template QSL Labels window so you can create address labels for your outgoing QSLs.

Station Log uses the coordinates to calculate the bearing and distance between your QTH and that of the station you contacted. Bearing and distance appears on the Station Log tab, and distance appears in Stations reports.

Clicking the Web caption on the tab displays the Web page of the station using the general-purpose Web browser designated in Preferences; clicking the E-Mail caption displays a pre-addressed Message window in Microsoft Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail, Outlook Express, or Microsoft Office Outlook (Win32-based, desktop e-mail clients only).

The Click for Map hyperlink displays a map of the coordinates if available on the MapQuest™ Web site. (requires an Internet connection).

The name of the audio archive file appears on this tab as well.

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

Verification Tab

The Verification tab lets you specify information regarding outgoing and incoming QSLs.

  • For Outgoing QSLs — You can specify:

    • Whether you're sending a QSL.
    • Date you're sending the QSL.
    • Return postage you're sending with the QSL.
    • Type of QSL you're sending (Card, LoTW, eQSL.cc).
    • Entity to whom you're sending the QSL (bureau, QSL manager, etc.).

  • For Incoming QSLs — You can specify:

    • Whether you have received a QSL.
    • Date you received the QSL.
    • Entity from whom you received the QSL (bureau, QSL manager, etc.).
    • Type of QSL you received (Card, LoTW, eQSL.cc).
    • Name of the QSL image file.

The Verification tab also displays information.

Such as:

  • DXCC and VUCC QSL Recommendations.
  • In the above illustration, the DXCC, Band, and Mode fields on the Outgoing tab indicate that France is verified as a DXCC country overall, on 2 meters, and in the JT65B mode, and that no QSL needs to be sent. The VUCC field indicates that the French grid of IN97 — while not new on 2 meters — is not verified, hence the recommendation to QSL.

  • LoTW QSO Record Status.
  • On the Outgoing tab, whether the log entry, if uploaded, was received by the LoTW Server okay.

  • LoTW QSL Record Status.
  • On the Incoming tab, whether the log entry was verified by a LoTW QSL record, including those stations that have already — and Officially — been confirmed by paper QSLs or eQSL.cc records.

The Verification tab is also where you can associate QSL images with log entries. Once scanned or captured, the Preview QSL Image display lets you preview images and access the resizable QSL Imaging application to see the images full-size. Refer to "QSL Imaging" for more information.

Comments Tab

The Comments tab has two memo fields that let you enter comments about the station and/or QSO.

User Defined Fields Tab

The User Defined Fields tab has seven fields that you can define and then use to enter and track information that is important to you.

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

  • Text Box Fields — Station Log's four text box fields let you type the information you desire. (The information you enter can be retained over several log entries by selecting the adjacent Retain check box.)

  • List Box Fields — Station Log's three list box fields let you select the information you desire from a list of items that you also define.

You define the UDFs in Station Log's Preferences window (described later). Defining UDFs involves:
  1. Labeling each field, and

  2. Entering the list items you want to appear in each list box field.

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

  • Text Box UDF — Specify "Age of Ham" as the label in Preferences. Then on the Station Log window, type the current age of the ham you contacted into the Age of Ham box. When you run a Performance, Bands, or Stations report, you can track a specific age value.
  • List Box UDF — Specify "Location" as the label in Preferences and then define a list of the locations from which you operate. These locations could be Home, Vacation, DXpedition, and so on. Then on the Station Log window, select the current operating location as you log each contact. When you run a Performance, Bands, or Stations report, you can track a specific operating location.
  • Note: If you use a UDF list box field to track your operating locations, Station Log can calculate distance based on the specific coordinates of each operating location.

Improv Imaging Tab

The Improv Imaging tab is also where you can associate Improv images with log entries. Once scanned or captured, the Preview Improv Image display lets you preview images and access the resizable Improv Imaging application to see the images full-size. Refer to "Improv Imaging" for more information.

Last Log Entries Grid

If desired, you can display a grid on the Station Log window that shows up to 5000 of the most recent log entries you've added.

The grid can be placed above the tabbed set of fields.

Or below the tabbed set of fields.

Double-clicking a row in the grid displays its log entry in the Station Log window. And the grid's shortcut menu lets you sort its records in a variety of ways. A menu selection provides access to a Properties dialog box ...

Where you can:

  • Change the order of columns.
  • Set the maximum number of last log entries displayed (from 7 to 5000).
  • Add or remove a border.
  • Set font attributes for the grid's frame plus heading and data rows — one format for odd data rows, and another format for even data rows — throughout the program, not just for the Last Log Entries grid, but all grids in the system plus the Quick Find box.
  • This image shows alternating red and blue foreground colors over white backgrounds:

    While this image shows alternating blue and black foreground colors over alternating white and silver backgrounds:

You can resize the Station Log window to make the Automatic LoTW Upload Progress Bar and Last Log Entries grid disappear and reappear any time you want. And you can specify 0 in the Max# field of the Properties window if you want to turn the feature off.

Last Log Entries Window

Even though you can scroll the Last Log Entries grid vertically and horizontally, sometimes you need more room to display all of the columns and their data. To say nothing of displaying additional rows.

For time like those, you can open the resizable Last Log Entries window.

The Last Log Entries window has all of the functions of the Last Log Entries grid, but it can be set wider and longer. You can display the grid and window together, or separately.

Fields and Maintenance Modules

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

Menu Bar and Toolbar

Station Log's menu bar lets you access the other functions of Station Log. These functions let you access the DX Spot Checker and Band Master (if you own a copy), search for log entries, perform maintenance functions, manage QSLing, perform audio processing, perform QSL imaging, run performance reports, display maps — including azimuthal plot maps and propagation predictions if you own a copy of DX Atlas or Ham CAP respectively — and more.

Station Log's toolbar lets you quickly and conveniently access the functions you use most often.

Contest Duplicate QSO Checking

You can set Station Log so it flags duplicate contacts (dupes) per band and mode when you attempt to log them. A message box appears, giving you the option of whether to continue logging.

Dupe checking begins at the date and time you specify in Preferences, and continues until you turn it off.

You specify the name of the contest in Preferences, linking the name to one of your text-based user-defined fields (UDFs) if desired. At your option, you can also request the generation of incremental serial numbers, linking the numbers to another of your text-based UDFs. A provision to reset the serial number is provided.

This feature is intended for casual contest operators only. There is no output to Cabrillo due the number of different QSO templates required. Serious contesters should use a contest logging program, and then import their logs into DXtreme Station Log.

Pre-fill Station Log Window With JT65A and JT9 Contacts

The down arrow to the right of the New button presents a shortcut menu that let's you pre-fill the Station Log window with log information from a completed JT65A or JT9 contact on WSJT-X or JT65-HF-HB9HQX Edition.



To finish the log entry, specify the appropriate information in the remaining fields on the Station Log window and click OK.

Only the most recent digital contact, per application, can be logged using this method. If desired, you can start a new JT65A or JT9 log entry, begin a contact with another station, and finish logging the previous contact during the current QSO. If you miss a contact, you can always add the log entry the traditional way: by clicking the New button or the New Standard Log Entry item on the digital shortcut menu.

Additional Screenshots — DXtreme Station Log Window

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Social
Media Posts


When adding or displaying a log entry, Station Log prepares an announcement of the contact 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 contact news with others.

Here's how:

  1. Select the social media post.
  2. Drag it to the appropriate text box on the social media web site.
  3. And drop it.
  4. Commit your post by following the instructions on the social media web site.

The social media web site must be capable of accepting drag-and-drop operations. For sites that do not, 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 social media scripts that format your social media posts. The Editor button on the Social Media Post tab provides access to the Script Editor.

And the browse button on the Social Media Post tab lets you select the script you want to use. Six sample scripts come with the software.

For example: After selecting the detailed.sms script, Station Log displays this updated social media post (it's a bit longer, so you'd need to scroll to see and select it):

QSL and Address Labels

You can also use the Social Media Post facility to create QSL and Address labels for printing via DYMO® LabelWriter® printers.

Here's how:

  1. Start DYMO QuickPrint and select the desired label layout. (You may have to create a specific layout for your labels within the DYMO Label application. Some experimentation may be required. Refer to the DYMO documentation for instructions.)
  2. In DXtreme Station Log 12, add or display a log entry. Then click the Social Media Post tab.
  3. Click browse and double-click the Dymo QSO social media script we created.
  4. Select the social media post.
  5. Drag it to DYMO QuickPrint and drop it. Position the cursor at the end of the label text and press Enter on your keyboard (this action is necessary so QuickPrint registers the text). If desired, edit the label text.
  6. On the QuickPrint user interface, click Print.
  7. To print an address label, in DXtreme Station Log 12, click browse and double-click the Dymo Address social media script we created and follow Steps 4 through 6.

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



Find and Search
Functions


Quick Find

DXtreme Station Log 12 features a Quick Find box lets you type a call sign (lower or upper-case), and then press Enter on your keyboard to search quickly for the call sign in your log.

If the call sign is in your log, a list of log entries with that call sign appears on the Quick Find window.

If you want to display the quick-found log entries in the Station Log window for viewing or modification, press Enter on your keyboard twice or double-click the Quick Get graphic:



The first quick-found log entry appears on the Station Log window.

Use the next and previous buttons on the toolbar to display the log entries one-at-a-time.

We used these buttons to navigate to the third log entry in the list, as shown in this screen shot.

To clear the Quick Find box, double-click it.

To perform another quick find, press Esc to clear the log entries (the New button gets the focus). Press Tab to move the focus to the Quick Find box, type the call sign and press Enter.

Search

DXtreme Station Log 12 also features powerful Search functions that make finding log entries easy, necessary for viewing or modifying log entry information, listening to audio clips, or scanning, capturing, and viewing QSLs.

You can access the Search functions via the:

  • Search menu — On the Station Log menu bar.
  • Drop-down Search menu — On the Station Log toolbar.

Advanced Searches

When performing an Advanced search, you can filter your searches by entering the desired search criteria on the Criteria window. A Preferences setting determines whether the Set Criteria window appears automatically.

Look at the choices! Almost every field on the Station Log window is available here.

Using these fields, you can perform searches, for example, that result in the display of:

  • Your F2 contacts
  • Made on the 20- through 10-meter bands
  • For 2016 so far
  • Using your IC-7700
  • When the solar flux was between 100 and 180

There are even more possibilities.

When the results appear, you can double-click records in the Search grid to display their log entries on the Station Log window. The Sort By box and Desc check box let you sort the result records.

All Other Searches

When performing other searches, you begin by specifying the desired search parameter at the top of the window, based on the type of search you selected.

When the results appear, click Get Selected, or double-click a record in the Search grid to display its log entry on the Station Log window. To display all log records — one-at-a-time — click Get All and use the next and previous buttons on the Station Log toolbar to scroll through the record set.

The Sort By option buttons let you sort the records in the Search grid.

Note: You can also use the Last Log Entries grid (described earlier) and DXCC Analytics, WAS Analytics, QSL Image Explorer, and Improv Image Explorer (all described later) to search your log.



Rig
Control


DXtreme Station Log 12 integrates with Afreet Omni-Rig, a free-for-amateur-use rig control program available over the Web.

When Omni-Rig is installed and configured on your PC:

  • You can tune your rig from the DX Spot Checker or the Direct Tune tab on the Station Log window.

  • When you add log entries or double-click the Freq field, the Station Log window automatically captures the frequency and mode from your rig.

How Direct Tune Works

To change the frequency, type a new frequency in the Freq box and click Set or change the mode. Or in the Increment list box, click the desired increment and use the up/down arrows next to the Freq box to tune incrementally in kHz. Increments of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 100, 1000, and 10000 kHz are available. Alternatively, you can use the up/down arrows far right of the Freq box to tune incrementally by tenths of a kHz.

To change the mode, click the desired mode in the Mode list box.

The Get button lets you reacquire the radio's frequency if the radio was tuned — manually or via the DX Spot Checker — to a different frequency after the Direct Tune tab was clicked.

Configuring Rig Control

Using rig control is entirely optional. To enable it:

  1. Install a copy of Omni-Rig on your system.

  2. Configure it to work with your radio. Most popular radios are supported.

  3. In the Preferences window of DXtreme Station Log, click the Afreet Omni-Rig option button.

Refer to the Omni-Rig Web site at http://www.dxatlas.com for software downloads and support with their software.

Contact us for integration support.

Note: If you don't want to use rig control, you can add the Keep? check box to the Station Log window, which, when selected, retains the frequency and mode between log entries until you clear the check box or click Cancel.



Audio
Archive


Station Log's audio archive facility lets you record and play audio clips of the stations you work.

The audio toolbar on the Station Log window ...

    Audio Toolbar

... lets you quickly and easily record and play audio as you are logging a station.

Station Log also integrates with the Windows Sound Recorder to let you edit and compress audio files.

To use Station Log's audio archive facility, your computer must have sound capabilities that are supported by Windows® 10, 8.1, 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista® or Windows XP. Connect your radio to your computer using typical amateur practices.

Station Log saves the audio clip as a WAV file in the Audio Repository you specify in Preferences.



ADIF Import Utility

Several contesting and data-mode programs (like WSJT) let you output contact information in the Amateur Data Interchange Format (ADIF). DXtreme Station Log has an ADIF Import Utility that lets you import log entries from such files.

Options

Options on the ADIF Import Utility window let you specify:

  • The ADIF tag from which to import states and provinces.

  • Default UDF information, signal reports, and propagation mode values not in the ADIF.

  • Whether to perform callsign lookups on each station being imported (if you subscribe to HamQTH.com, Buckmaster HamCall, or QRZ XML Logbook Data).

  • Whether you should approve each entity selection the utility makes based on standard and special prefixes when ADIF DXCC tag numbers, which identify entities, are not in the ADIF. If DXCC tag numbers are in the ADIF, entity selection occurs automatically.

  • Whether to suppress deleted entities from being considered when the ADIF does not contain DXCC tag numbers.
  • Whether to prompt you for the CQ zone when the ADIF file has no CQ zone information and the entity has more than one CQ zone assigned. (When the entity has a single CQ zone assigned, or when a state or province has a single CQ zone assigned, the utility selects the appropriate zone automatically.)

  • Whether to prompt you for a state or province when the ADIF file has no state or province information.

  • The number of months it typically takes to obtain a QSL. The import utility uses this information to set an approximate QSL received date when the ADIF file contains QSL information but no <QSLRDATE> tags.

  • Whether to create eQSL.cc records as you import the ADIF file. The import utility saves the eQSL.cc records in a special workfile, and keeps the file open for the creation of additional eQSL.cc records.

When It Runs

As the ADIF Import Utility runs, it:

  • Writes default information into each imported contact record, such as the rig, antenna, accessory, and power used; the QSL type; the QSL Via entity; and the return postage.

  • Produces a report that indicates for each contact:
    • DXCC Entity Status: overall, by band, and by mode.
    • VUCC Status when the Maidenhead grid locator is included in the ADIF file.
    • Whether the amateur radio operator is a user of Logbook of the World.

  • If enabled, uses the Auto Bureau QSL Generator to produce QSL labels (or ADIF QSL Records, see below) for DX stations worked the first time:
    • Overall
    • Per band
    • Per mode

    This feature is ideal for contest operators because it generates bureau QSL labels automatically for the stations most likely to QSL you when the contest is over. If you optionally specify that no return card is required when you send the cards via the bureau, you may save yourself the time and effort of processing reciprocal QSL cards as they "trickle in" months later. You can just as easily, of course, welcome reciprocal cards. It's entirely up to you.

    The Auto Bureau QSL Generator can be set so it operates in the ADIF Import Utility only, the main Station Log window only, or in both applications. Microsoft® Word is required for this feature.

    Note: A pre-sort facility comes with ADIF Import Utility. The facility pre-sorts the source ADIF file by callsign instead of by date and time. This action ensures that the maximum number of multi-QSO QSL labels will be generated because the incoming log entries will be contiguous by call sign.

    ADIF QSL Records

    When Automatic Bureau QSL Generation is enabled for the ADIF Import Utility, the utility generates (at your option during import, and in lieu of Microsoft Word labels) ADIF QSL Records for submission to third-party Web sites that — for a fee — will print and mail your physical QSL cards to outgoing QSL bureaus. GlobalQSL is one such third-party site. Microsoft Word is not required for this feature.

ADIF Tags Recognized

The import utility recognizes the following ADIF tags:

  • <ARRL_SECT>
  • <BAND>
  • <CALL>
  • <CNTY>
  • <COMMENT>
  • <CQZ>
  • <DXCC>
  • <FREQ>
  • <GRIDSQUARE>
  • <IOTA>
  • <PROP_MODE>
  • <MODE>
  • <NAME>
  • <QSL_RCVD>
  • <QSL_SENT>
  • <QSL_VIA>
  • <QSLRDATE>
  • <QSLSDATE>
  • <QSO_DATE>
  • <QTH>
  • <RST_RCVD>
  • <RST_SENT>
  • <STATE>
  • <TIME>
  • <TIME_OFF>
  • <TIME_ON>
  • <VE_PROV>

Sample Report

The following is a sample report generated by the utility after every import operation. The New Entity Status, Grid/VUCC Status, Propagation Mode, and LoTW User information appear in bold for emphasis.

Station: VE2/WA1Z
Entity: Canada
DXCC Entity Tag: 1
CQ Zone: 05
County:
State/Prov: QC
IOTA:
Grid: FN35
Date: 04/20/2016
Time: 20:05
Freq: 50150
Band: 6
Mode: Phone
Rig: Elecraft K3
Ant: 5-El Yagi
Acc: None
Power: 100
DXCC: No
Band: Yes-QSL
Mode: Yes-QSL
VUCC: New
Propagation Mode: F2
LoTW User: Yes

Screenshot — ADIF Import Utility

    Note: Remember to click the button at the bottom of the sample window when you've finished viewing it.



QSLs

Outgoing QSLs

DXtreme Station Log can help you manage your outgoing QSLs. Specifically, you can:

  • Track relevant information about the physical and electronic QSLs you send, such as the:
    • Date you sent the QSL.
    • Return postage you sent with it.
    • Type of QSL sent.
    • Entity to whom you sent the QSL.
  • Upload log entries to ARRL's Logbook of the World. For more information, refer to "Support for LoTW" next on this page.
  • Print QSL labels and address labels directly on your printer. No other software is required for this feature.
  • QSL Label

    Address Label

  • Create QSL labels and address labels in Microsoft® Word templates for printing later. Microsoft Word is required for this feature.
  • Use the Social Media Post (SMP) facility to create QSL and Address labels on DYMO® LabelWriter® printers. Refer to "Social Media Posts" earlier on this page.
  • Auto-Generate QSL Labels for cards being sent via an outgoing QSL bureau, as noted in "ADIF Import Utility" above.
  • Auto-Generate ADIF QSL Records for submission to third-party Web sites that — for a fee — will print and mail your physical QSL cards to outgoing QSL bureaus, as noted in "ADIF Import Utility" above.
  • Create eQSL.cc records automatically and upload them to the eQSL.cc web site at regular intervals.

Address Information

The Create Direct Print QSL Labels window and Create Word Template QSL Labels window get their address information from the Station Information fields on the Station Log window. If you subscribe to HamQTH.com, Buckmaster HamCall, or QRZ XML Logbook Data, the address information appears automatically.

If you don't subscribe to HamQTH.com, HamCall, or QRZ XML Logbook Data, you can click the Web button on the Create Direct Print QSL Labels window or Create Word Template QSL Labels window to perform a callsign lookup. When the Callsign Lookup Web page appears, you can select the address information on the Web page and drag and drop it onto the window's Address Information box, thereby making it available for label creation. The address must be in text format on the Web page.

You can also click the Change to QSL Via button to produce a QSL-Via label for the bureau.

Closing Expression - QSL Request - Signature Workflow

The Create Direct Print QSL Labels and Create Word Template QSL Labels windows provide a workflow for printing a closing expression, QSL request, and signature on the last line of multiline labels.

The Closing Expression list box on the Create QSL Labels window (shown above) contains ADIF propagation modes from the ADIF Propagation Modes module.

Plus it contains any custom entries you have added by means of the Closing Expression Text module (shown below), which is accessible in Preferences.

For a given label, you can:

  1. Select the closing expression you want from the Closing Expression list box.
  2. Click the option button representing the desired QSL Request (Pse QSL or Tnx QSL).
  3. Select the check box if you want to include the Signature text, which is also defined on the Outgoing QSLs tab in Preferences.
  4. This action produces a label similar to the following:

Properties

Properties windows are available that let you set label properties for Direct Print and Word Template QSL Labels.

Incoming QSLs

DXtreme Station Log 12 can help you manage your incoming QSLs. Specifically, you can:

  • Track relevant information about the physical and electronic QSLs you receive! You can track the:
    • Date you received the QSL.
    • Type of QSL received.
    • Entity from which you received the QSL.
  • Use the LoTW QSL Update Utility to update your Station Log database with Logbook of the World (LoTW) QSLs. For more information, refer to "Support for LoTW" next on this page.
  • Scan or capture your QSLs and save them as digital images using DXtreme Software's highly-acclaimed QSL Imaging™ facility. View them whenever you want. Refer to "QSL Imaging" on this page for more information.
  • Screenshots — Outgoing QSLs

      Note: Remember to click the button at the bottom of the sample window when you've finished viewing it.



Support for
LoTW


LoTW Support includes:

  • Indication of LoTW Users.
  • Your choice of LoTW uploads:

    • Automatic LoTW Uploads of single log entries.
    • Semiautomatic LoTW Uploads of batches of log entries.
    • Or both.

  • Database Update of Incoming LoTW QSLs.

LoTW User Indication

Spots of hams who are LoTW users appear in unique fonts and colors on the DX Spot Checker window, making it possible to tell at a glance whether the ham is using LoTW.

When you add log entries, the Station Log window indicates whether the ham you contacted is a user of LoTW.

When you import log entries using the ADIF Import Utility, a report indicates LoTW users.

These indications help you decide whether to request a paper QSL or rely on the anticipated LoTW QSL.1

Automatic LoTW Upload Facility

When you add a log entry, you can have Station Log 12 upload it to LoTW immediately and automatically.

In addition, when you display an existing log entry, you can submit/resubmit it to LoTW immediately from the Verification tab. A Warning message box appears when you're resubmitting a duplicate log entry, giving you a chance to reconsider before uploading.

The Automatic LoTW Upload Progress caption and bar at the bottom of the Station Log window displays progress during the upload, including the capture of LoTW QSO Record Status information from the LoTW server (see Notes). You will not be able to perform other logging activities during the slight delay that ensues (typically 4 to 8 seconds), but if logging contacts more quickly is important to you, you can disable automatic uploading and upload contacts to LoTW semiautomatically in batches later (see the next section).

Notes:

  • As part of the upload operation, Station Log 12 captures, displays, and saves LoTW QSO Record Status from the server, which indicates whether the log entry made it to the LoTW server okay. If the expected status fails to appear above the progress bar or on the Verification tab, you can attempt to recapture status and, if necessary, resubmit the log entry and/or fine-tune the system.

  • The Automatic LoTW Upload Progress caption also displays your active station location in parentheses prior to upload.
  • You can place the progress caption and bar above the Last Log Entries grid if desired (as long as the grid is positioned at the bottom of the window). Doing so may be preferred if you choose not to display the Last Log Entries grid.

  • When you click Properties, the LoTW tab of the Preferences window appears so you can quickly change your active station location if and when necessary.

Batch LoTW Upload Facility (Semiautomatic and Legacy Manual)

The Batch LoTW Upload facility creates LoTW-specific .adi files containing one or more log entries and passes them to TQSL for processing.

  • The facility's Semiautomatic mode not only commands TQSL to sign and upload .adi files to the LoTW Server, but it also captures, displays, and saves LoTW QSO Record Status from the LoTW server, which indicates whether the batch of log entries made it to the server okay. If the expected status fails to appear above the progress bar on the Batch LoTW Upload window, you can attempt to recapture status from the window before closing it and, if necessary, upload the log entries again and/or fine-tune the system.

    In addition, unless you select the new Duplicate Protection Override check box on the Criteria window, Semiautomatic mode will not let you upload log entries indicated as "On Server" in the Station Log 12 database.
  • If you prefer, you can select the facility's legacy Manual mode, which directs TQSL to create a .tq8 file in your current Station Log database folder. You can then upload this .tq8 file manually via the LoTW Web site or e-mail (following the instructions provided by ARRL). No LoTW QSO Record Status is captured in Manual mode.

You select the mode of batch processing you want on the LoTW tab in Preferences (displayed earlier).

Performing a batch LoTW upload is useful when you don't want to upload log entries to LoTW automatically. It is also useful after you import ADIF files from another program, like a contest logging program or digital mode program.

Note: The Automatic, Semiautomatic, and Manual LoTW upload modes do not set the QSL fields on the Verification/Outgoing tab because doing so would prevent users from running reports for other QSL Types they may favor, such as Cards. You can set the Outgoing fields manually to indicate a QSL Type of LoTW if you want, but if you don't and no other type of QSL is indicated as sent and/or received on the Verification tab, the LoTW QSL Update Utility (described next) will automatically declare LoTW as the official Outgoing and Incoming QSL Type for matched records as part of its processing.

Incoming LoTW QSLs

When Logbook of the World indicates that you have LoTW QSL records, you can use Station Log's LoTW QSL Update Utility to update your Station Log database with LoTW QSLs.

The utility sets LoTW QSLs as the Official Incoming QSL Type only in those log entries that are not already verified by paper QSLs or eQSL.cc records. Likewise, it sets LoTW QSLs as the Official Outgoing QSL Type only in those log entries where a QSL has not been sent. In other words, the utility doesn't override what you've already done.

And should your database not have corresponding log records, the utility lets you import those LoTW QSL records as new, verified log entries.

The utility produces a verification report after every update operation. The following is a sample.

Station: EA6/NR1M
Entity: Balearic Is.
CQ Zone: 14
State/Prov:
County:
IOTA: EU-004
Grid: JM08
Date: Mar 16 2016
Time: 06:44
Freq: 1812
Band: 160
Mode: CW
New Entity Status fields before LoTW QSL:
DXCC? No
Band? Yes-QSL
Mode? No

LoTW QSL Record Status Feature

As part of its processing, the LoTW QSL Update Utility automatically saves LoTW QSL status information for each matched record.

The status information appears in the LoTW QSL Record Status field on the Verification/Incoming tab of the Station Log window as LoTW <QSL DATE> where <QSL DATE> is in the form yyyymmdd, as derived from the QSL field of each LoTW verification record. For example:

The LoTW QSL Record Status feature is useful for accessing the LoTW QSL Record Status of every processed record, including those records that have already — and Officially — been confirmed by paper QSLs or eQSL.cc records.

Searches and Reports

On the Search menu, you can click LoTW QSL Record Status to search for stations verified by LoTW QSL records both officially and unofficially.

And you can perform Advanced Searches and run reports against LoTW QSL Record Status from the Criteria window.

Click here for more information about Logbook of the World from ARRL.

1 — The LoTW Users module helps you keep LoTW user data up-to-date by importing the lotw.txt file from the HB9BZA Web site.



QSL
Imaging


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

With QSL Imaging, you never again have to look through boxes or photo albums to answer the question:

"What did that QSL look like?"

Verification Tab

You associate QSL images with log entries on the Verification tab of the Station Log window. Once scanned or captured, the Preview QSL Image display lets you preview images and access the resizable QSL Imaging application to see the images full-size.

When previewing images, an arrow button at the top-right permits you to expand (and contract) the width of the display.

When the Preview QSL Image display is contracted, a tabbed area on the left side of the Verification tab provides the Outgoing and Incoming QSL fields mentioned earlier. In addition to them, Scan and screen Capture buttons make scanning and screen-capturing .tif images convenient.

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.
  • Set of 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 Preview QSL Image display; this screenshot shows page 2 of the QSL image file.


QSL Imaging Application

When you associate a QSL image with a log entry, the resizable QSL Imaging application launches automatically, showing you the full image, and giving you the opportunity to continue working with it (read the "General Imaging" section to see what you can do). Perhaps you want to add additional image pages, for example, or annotate, format, or print the image, etc.

A screen capture button on the toolbar makes screen-capturing additional images convenient.

When you close the application, the QSL image appears in the Preview QSL Image display on the Verification tab of the Station Log window, where you can preview QSL images associated with your log entries any time you want.

A command button lets you redisplay images in the QSL Imaging application, in case you want to see them full-size or work with them again.

By default, QSL Imaging saves QSLs in the Tagged Image File Format (TIFF). The TIFF format lets you save the front and back of each QSL as individual pages in a single image file — similar to how a word processor lets you save individual text pages in a single document file. If you want to save your QSL images in other formats (such as JPEG), you can.


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.
  • Large Image display for previewing QSL images.
  • Fit box for applying fit-to options to the Image display.
  • Set of 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.

    • Calling-up, in the Station Log window, the log entry associated with a QSL image, thereby making the Explorer act like a Search window.

By default, QSL images reside in the IncomingQSLs subfolder of the c:\DXtremeStationLog12 tree.


Imaging Preferences

The Auto Backups tab in Preferences lets you configure up to two backup paths for your QSL and Improv (described next) images.

The Imaging tab lets you set desired properties for your images.



Improv
Imaging


Improv Imaging is a dynamic 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, such as Fldigi1, WSJT2, JT65-HF3, and more.
  • Captured or scanned photos of equipment.
  • Any other images you desire.

Improv Imaging Tab

You associate Improv images with log entries on the Improv Imaging tab of the Station Log window. Once scanned or captured, the Preview Improv Image display lets you preview images and access the resizable Improv Imaging application to see the images full-size.

This tab includes a:

  • File box plus execute and browse buttons for associating images; the execute button invokes the New Improv Image command box with its Capture, Scan, and Paste functions.
  • Description box for describing images.
  • Large Preview Improv Image display for previewing images associated with log entries.
  • Fit box for applying fit-to options to the Preview Improv Image display.
  • A set of command buttons for:

    • Copying Improv images to the Clipboard.

    • Magnifying images.

    • Displaying images full size in the Improv Imaging application.

    • Navigating multipage images within the Preview Improv Image display.

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


Improv Imaging Application

When you associate an Improv image with a log entry, the Improv Imaging application launches automatically, showing you the full image, and giving you the opportunity to continue working with it (read the "General Imaging" section to see what you can do). Perhaps you want to add additional image pages, for example, or annotate, format, or print the image, etc.

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

A command button lets you redisplay images in the Improv Imaging application, in case you want to see them full-size or work with them again.


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.
  • Large Image display for previewing Improv images.
  • Fit box for applying fit-to options to the Image display.
  • A set of command buttons for:

    • Copying Improv images to the Clipboard.

    • Magnifying images.

    • Displaying images full size in the Improv Imaging application.

    • Navigating multipage images within the Image display.

    • Calling-up, in the Station Log window, the log entry associated with an Improv image, thereby making the Explorer act like a Search window.

By default, Improv images reside in the Improv subfolder of the c:\DXtremeStationLog12 tree.

1 Fldigi is owned by W1HKJ & Associates; visit http://www.w1hkj.com for more information.
2 WSJT is owned by Joe Taylor, K1JT; visit https://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/K1JT/ for more information.
3 JT65-HF-HB9HQX-Edition is owned by Beat Oehrli, HB9HQX; visit http://sourceforge.net/projects/jt65hfhb9hqxedi/ for more information.



General
Imaging


Because many people have used QSL Imaging as their default imaging application for general purposes — outside the scope of QSL Imaging and Improv Imaging — we have included General Imaging™ in DXtreme Station Log 12, callable from the Imaging menu of the Station Log window.

The General Imaging application has all of the features of the QSL Imaging and Improv Imaging applications and vice versa ... just the thing for capturing an interesting image on the Web for later viewing.

With General Imaging you can perform the following functions.

Basic Functions

  • Scan images (industry-standard TWAIN scanner required).

  • Capture images.

  • View, magnify, and zoom images.

  • Navigate the pages of multipage image files.

Image Manipulation Functions

  • Annotate images.

  • Alter, crop, and delete images.

  • Copy, cut, and paste images to and from the Clipboard.

Formatting Functions

  • Change the brightness, contrast, hue, color saturation, and gamma of images.

  • Sharpen, resize, reverse, rotate, flip, and shear images.

Filing Functions

  • Print images on your printer.

  • Send images to others by e-mail.

  • Save images in a variety of formats, including:

    • BMP
    • JPG
    • PCX (multipage)
    • PNG
    • TGA
    • TIF or TIFF  (multipage)



DXCC
Analytics


DXCC Analytics is a window-based tool that lets you analyze your DXCC data and quickly access the specific log entries upon which you need to take some kind of action, such as submitting or re-submitting a QSL or e-mailing the ham you contacted.

You begin by selecting a desired mode, or all modes. Then DXCC Analytics goes to work, building and displaying a record set showing the number of band entities Worked, Verified, and Worked But Not Verified (labeled Delta) for each band and for all bands. (As an option, check boxes let you specify whether to include Deleted and Non-DXCC entities in your analysis, and Power From and To boxes let you filter your analysis by the output power used; you can specify a single power level, or a range of power levels.)

When you double-click a Worked, Verified, or Delta data element for a desired band, or for all bands, you see a list of entities that satisfy the element you chose, along with the number of QSOs in each entity.

When you double-click a desired entity, you see a list of its QSOs, including the band and date. You can sort this list by Station, Band, Date Ascending, or Date Descending.

You can then load one or all of the QSOs into the Station Log window so you can perform the desired action on them ... while the DXCC Analytics window persists for further analysis.

When you build a record set for all modes, your DXCC Challenge status is also displayed for informational purposes.

DXCC Analytics works with lots of data, so if your database has thousands of QSOs, give it some time. The results are worth the wait. When you want to work with an entity list over several days, you can use the Previous Entity List (PEL) feature, which is described next.

Previous Entity List (PEL) Feature

When you build an entity list, particularly a time-consuming one, DXCC Analytics saves the list to a local file, enabling you to reload its data later — in seconds — to continue working with it.

This feature is intended for users who want to work intermittently on an entity list that took several minutes to build. They may have, for example, built an entity list (like Delta All Modes All Bands), started to work on it, and then shut down Station Log to go to work or school. When they return home, they can reload the desired PEL file and pick up where they left off.

To reload a previous entity list, click the PEL button. The Select Previous Entity List window appears to let you select the entity list you want to reload. You can then continue to work on it.



WAS
Analytics


WAS Analytics is a window-based tool that lets you analyze your Worked All States (WAS) data and quickly access the specific log entries upon which you need to take some kind of action, such as submitting or re-submitting a QSL or e-mailing the ham you contacted.

You begin by selecting a desired mode, or all modes. WAS Analytics then goes to work, building and displaying a record set showing the number of band states Worked, Verified, and Worked But Not Verified (labeled Delta) for each band and for all bands. (As an option, Power From and To boxes let you filter your analysis by the output power you used; you can specify a single power level, or a range of power levels.)

When you double-click a Worked, Verified, or Delta data element for a desired band, or for all bands, you see a list of states that satisfy the element you chose, along with the number of QSOs in each state.

When you double-click a desired state, you see a list of its QSOs, including the band and date. You can sort this list by Station, Band, Date Ascending, or Date Descending.

You can then load one or all of the QSOs into the Station Log window so you can perform the desired action on them ... while the WAS Analytics window persists for further analysis.

WAS Analytics works with lots of data, so if your database has thousands of QSOs, give it some time.

When you build a state list, particularly a time-consuming one, WAS Analytics saves the list to a local file, enabling you to reload its data later to continue working with it. This feature is intended for users who want to work intermittently on a state list that took several minutes to build. They may have, for example, built a state list (like Delta All Modes All Bands), started to work with it, and then shut down Station Log to go to work or school. When they return home, they can reload the desired PSL (previous state list) file and pick up where they left off.

To reload a previous state list, click the PSL button. The Select Previous State List window appears to let you select the state list you want to reload.

You can then continue to work with it.



Performance,
Bands,
and
Stations
Reports


DXtreme Station Log has an array of reports that let you track the performance of your station.

You can run the following types of reports:

  • Performance — Lets you track the overall performance of your station.

    The report shows the number of contacts per subject and whether the subject is worked or verified overall and on each mode and band. You can produce a Performance report for each of the following subjects:

    • Entities
    • Continents
    • US-CA Counties
    • CQ Zones
    • Grid locators
    • IOTA numbers
    • Propagation Modes
    • States and Provinces
    • User-defined fields (UDFs)

  • Bands — Lets you analyze the performance of your station from a bands perspective. The report shows the number of contacts you have made per band, overall and on each mode. The report also shows grand totals for all bands and for each mode.

  • Stations — Lets you see a list of the stations in your log.

Filter Reports

Station Log lets you filter your Performance, Bands, and Stations reports. You can run a report that contains:

  • All of the information in your log, or
  • Specific information from your log that satisfies criteria you specify.

For example, you can run a report that shows results for a particular:

  • Band
  • Mode
  • Date range
  • Rig, antenna, and/or power range
  • Solar Flux, A-Index, and/or K-Index range
  • Propagation mode
  • LoTW QSO Record Status

  • LoTW QSL Record Status

  • And so on ...
Just the thing for seeing how well a particular rig, antenna, or amplifier is performing; for producing QRP reports; or for analyzing the effects of specific propagation conditions.

Output Devices

You can output the reports to the following devices:

  • Printer — To the printer you select.

  • Active Report Viewer — To the DXtreme Active Report Viewer. The Active Report Viewer lets you view and sort reports within Microsoft® Internet Explorer® Version 8.0 through Version 11.0 Desktop.

  • Standard Report Viewer — To the DXtreme Standard Report Viewer. The Standard Report Viewer lets you view reports in Microsoft® Edge, Apple® Safari®, Google™ Chrome™, and Mozilla® Firefox® Version 18.0+.
  • FTP — Upload your Performance, Bands, and Stations reports to the Web automatically, where you and your friends can access them remotely.1 When accessed from the Web, the reports appear within the Active Report Viewer or Standard Report Viewer.

    Check out Spotlight on the FTP Report Upload Feature for more information.

1 — Requires an Internet connection with available Web space.

View a Sample Report

Click here to view a sample Performance report in the Active Report Viewer.
Microsoft Internet Explorer V8.0+. See Active Report Viewer Notes.

Click here to view a sample Performance report in the Standard Report Viewer.
Microsoft Edge, Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla® Firefox® Version 18.0+, or Vivaldi™. See Standard Report Viewer Notes.

Active Report Viewer Notes

  • You must be using Microsoft Internet Explorer V8.0+ Desktop and have cookies enabled.

  • The report will begin by having you specify preferences.

  • Report section hyperlinks appear on the upper-left side of the Active Report Viewer. If you cannot see the report hyperlinks, place your mouse cursor just above the scroll bar on the left side of the browser until you see a double-arrow cursor. Hold down the left mouse button and drag the mouse to adjust the size of the top frame.

  • A report hyperlink invites non-IE users to view a standard version of the report in the Standard Report Viewer.
Standard Report Viewer Notes

  • You must be using Microsoft Edge, Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox Version 18.0+, or Vivaldi and have cookies enabled.
  • Report section hyperlinks appear on the upper-left side of the Standard Report Viewer. If you cannot see the report hyperlinks, place your mouse cursor just above the scroll bar on the left side of the browser until you see a double-arrow cursor. Hold down the left mouse button and drag the mouse to adjust the size of the top frame.

  • A report hyperlink invites IE users to view an active version of the report in the Active Report Viewer.

DX Atlas Integration

The following reports integrate with DX Atlas:1

Grids — When you run a Performance report for Grids, Station Log integrates with DX Atlas to produce a map showing the grids you've worked and verified. Different colors indicate verification status (black background for verified, blue background for worked but not verified). The colors are controlled by DX Atlas and do not appear to be editable.

This map shows grid status for two-meter, meteor-scatter contacts from New Hampshire. You can pan and resize and zoom the map as desired.

Entities — When you run a Performance report for Entities, Station Log integrates with DX Atlas to produce a map of pins; one color for worked entities, another color for verified entities. You can set the colors in Station Log's Preferences module.

This map shows overall entity status. You can change the projection and rotate and resize and zoom the map as desired.

Stations — When you run a Stations report, Station Log integrates with DX Atlas to produce a map of pins; one color for worked stations, another color for verified stations. You can set the colors in Station Log's Preferences module.

This map shows two-meter, moonbounce entity status from New Hampshire. You can change the projection and rotate and resize and zoom the map as desired.

1 — 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

DXtreme Station Log has 23 maintenance modules that let you enter and maintain the information that appears in the list box fields of the system.

Maintaining module information enables you to make consistent entries when you manage your log, import ADIF files, or run reports.

Station Log has the following modules:

  • Entities
  • Bands (access screenshot below)
  • Prefix Cross-Reference1
  • Callsign Cross-Reference1
  • Closing Expressions
  • Logbook of the World Users2
  • States and Provinces
  • IOTA3
  • Grids
  • Modes
  • Rigs
  • Antennas
  • Accessories
  • Power
  • Postage
  • QSL Type
  • QSL Via
  • ADIF Propagation Modes
  • Abbreviations
  • Symbols and Special Characters
  • HTML Elements
  • ADIF Import States and Provinces Tags
  • Suppress DXCC Exceptions

Where applicable, DXtreme Software populates these maintenance modules with pertinent information prior to shipment.

1 — Lets you import the country.dat file you download from the AD1C Web site.
2 — Lets you import the lotw.txt file you download from the HB9BZA Web site.
3 — Lets you import the shortlist.csv file you download from the IOTA/RSGB™ Web site.

Screenshot — Bands Module

    Note: Remember to click the button at the bottom of the sample window when you've finished viewing it.



Preferences

The Preferences window lets you specify information that controls the overall operation of Station Log.

You can set preferences in the following functional areas:

  • User
  • Database + UDF
  • General
  • Internet
  • Solar
  • Outgoing QSLs
  • Auto QSL
  • Imaging
  • Audio
  • Auto Backups
  • Report Viewer
  • LoTW
  • Maps
  • DX Atlas
  • Contests
  • Band Master
  • Links
  • Ham CAP

Optional Multiple-Database-Management

You can maintain multiple, discrete databases in DXtreme Station Log 12.

Switching Databases in Preferences

You define the names and locations of your secondary databases once.

And then switch between them (and the Primary Database) by selecting the name of the desired database in Preferences.

Switching from one database to another backs up the previous database automatically (if backups have been configured in Preferences).

Secondary Database Creation Workflow

When defining a new secondary database, a virgin database file is automatically placed into the new location (unless a database file is already there).

Database-Specific Fields

The following Preferences fields are database-specific; you can set them differently per database:

  • All fields on the User tab
  • All fields on the Auto QSL tab
  • All fields on the Contests tab
  • UDF labels and definitions on the Database + UDF tab
  • Database fields on the Auto Backups tab
  • FTP Subdirectory Assignment fields on the Report Viewer tab
  • Log Table Has All Log Entries check box on the Database + UDF tab

QSL Labels Can Be Processed Per Database or Across All Databases

In Preferences, you can choose whether to process QSL labels separately for each database or across all databases. (Auto QSL Generation always applies to the current database. Residual QSL labels accumulate across databases.)

eQSL.cc Records Are Managed Per Database

The generation of eQSL.cc records is performed per database.

Screenshots — Preferences



On-Line
Help


Procedural Help

If you don't know how to perform a task, click the new Procedural Help button and the first relevant Procedural Help topic for the window or dialog box you're on appears. If there's more than one relevant topic, you can click an adjacent topic on the help system's Contents tab to navigate to the help you need, but you'll be in the neighborhood.

Field Help

For help with the fields of a window or dialog box you're on, click the Field Help button and the relevant Field Help topic appears. This feature replaces the old What's This? Help, which was deprecated by Microsoft starting with Windows 10.

Help on Shortcut Menus

When you right-click window controls throughout the system, a shortcut menu appears with a link to Field Help (and sometimes Procedural Help as well).

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 Station Log.

Information Center

For even more help when using Station Log, 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 Station Log.


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