DXtreme Reception Log X

Version 10.0
Product Summary

DXtreme Reception Log X turns 10 with a new name and colorful new features for DXers and Listeners!

Above: The enhanced Schedule Checker and main Reception Log window.
Below: The Last Log Entries window and Reception Log window with the Last Log Entries grid and Social Media Post.

Below: Integration with Afreet Ham CAP* and Afreet DX Atlas.**

DXtreme Reception Log X runs in 32- and 64-bit versions of
Microsoft® Windows® 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP.
* — Licenses for Afreet Ham CAP and Afreet Omni-Rig are required to use Ham CAP (both are free at the time of this writing).
** — A software license for DX Atlas is required only if you want to use DX Atlas.

Take the DXtreme Reception Log X Tour!


  Overview

DXtreme Reception Log X™ is designed for all kinds of radio and television DXers and listeners. With it, you can:

  • Use the Schedule Checker to check Aoki, EiBi, and FCC AM schedules.

  • Have Schedule Checker tune your radio to a desired station.1

  • Run a propagation prediction within Schedule Checker for the path between your monitoring station and a scheduled station. The prediction appears in Afreet Ham CAP (free at the time of this writing) showing the signal-to-noise-ratio prediction over time and frequency and the current propagation prediction atop a Mercator projection.2
  • Perform DX Atlas azimuth plots from your location to that of scheduled stations (see Auto Plot in the next section).3

  • Log the stations you've heard, retrieving the frequency and mode from Schedule Checker or your receiver.1

  • Direct Tune your rig's frequency and mode from the Reception Log window.1

  • Run a Ham CAP propagation prediction for the path between your monitoring station and a logged station.2
  • Perform a DX Atlas azimuth plot from your location to that of a logged station.3

  • Get callsign and address information for monitored hams from optional HamQTH.Com (free at the time of this writing), Buckmaster™ HamCall™ or Buckmaster HamCall.Net™, or QRZ XML Logbook Data.

  • Automatically obtain the Solar Flux, A-Index, and K-Index values in effect at the time of reception. You can run reports on this information later.4

  • Use Improv Imaging™ to capture from your screen, scan from your image scanner, or paste from the Clipboard any image you want to associate with a log entry.
  • Drag-and-drop dynamically prepared Social Media Posts to your favorite social media web sites to share your DX catches with others.

  • Create customized reception reports.

  • Create Direct Print SWL and Address labels and print them directly on your printer. You can direct-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).

  • Use the Social Media Post facility to create SWL and Address labels for printing on DYMO® LabelWriter® printers via the DYMO QuickPrint application. This feature is in addition to Direct Print SWL and Address labels.
  • Send automatic eQSL requests to monitored hams via the popular eQSL.cc Web site.

  • Produce an audio archive of the stations you've heard.

  • Use QSL Imaging™ to scan, capture, and save images of your QSL cards and letters and eQSLs.

  • Create reports that track the performance of your monitoring station. If desired, you can FTP these reports to the Web automatically. Doing so lets you access them remotely and share them with your friends.

  • Generate DX Atlas pin maps when running Countries, Stations, and Log Entries By Station reports.3

  • Explore Improv Images and QSL Images on a searchable Explorer window. If desired, display log entries associated with Improv and QSL images on the Reception Log window.
  • Run a Ham CAP propagation prediction or DX Atlas azimuth plot for the path between your monitoring station and a displayed country or transmitter site.2 3
  • Back up your database, Improv Imaging™, QSL Imaging™, and audio files to two locations automatically whenever you close the program.

  • And much, much more.

DXtreme Reception Log X continues DXtreme Software's tradition of making it fun to maintain your logbook and manage your QSLs!

1 — See "Rig Control in DXtreme Reception Log X."
2 — If you have a copy of Afreet Ham CAP and Afreet Omni-Rig (both free).
3 — If you own a copy of Afreet DX Atlas.
4 — An Internet connection is required, and the information must be available from NOAA.


  Schedule Checker™

Reception Log X includes a Schedule Checker™ facility that lets you import schedules from Aoki, EiBi, and FCC AM Web sites and display schedule data according to the filter criteria you specify.

A list box lets you switch between the three schedules at will.

Filter options let you find out 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.

For each schedule item, Schedule Checker checks your Reception Log X 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.

Included is the ability to apply Need New, Need QSL, and Already Verified status indications to stations as well as countries. This option works best when the names of stations logged are identical to the names of stations scheduled. As such, this feature works well with FCC AM schedule data because the names of stations logged and the names of stations scheduled will likely be the same. For example, station WBZ will likely be spelled WBZ in your log and in the schedule. FCC AM schedules display indications for states, too.

All? check boxes in Properties let you determine whether status indications should apply to all station classes or just to the class selected.

In addition, Schedule Checker lets you:

  • View current solar indices in the menu bar, updated automatically every thirty-minutes.1
  • (You can also update solar indices on-demand by clicking Update Solar Indices.)

  • Display short- and long-path bearings and short-path distance from your QTH to a scheduled station by single-clicking a schedule item.

    (If the coordinates of a station are not known to Schedule Checker, bearing and distance to the station's country appear.)

  • Run a Ham CAP2 propagation prediction for a selected station from the shortcut menu.

    Ham CAP's Chart appears, showing the signal-to-noise-ratio prediction by time and frequency for the path between your monitoring station and the scheduled station.

    Or Ham CAP's Map appears, showing, atop a Mercator projection, the current propagation prediction for the path between your monitoring station and the scheduled station for the band closest to the frequency of operation (80, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12, or 10 Meters, or the default band set in Preferences). You can, of course, change the band and time on the Ham CAP interface to see where and when it'd be best to monitor the station.

    Whether Ham CAP's Chart or Map appears depend on the initial display tab selected in Preferences. You can click Chart or Map on the Ham CAP interface to switch between the displays.

    When running a Ham CAP Map propagation prediction for a scheduled station, Schedule Checker uses the Band Definitions specified to provide Ham CAP with the band closest to the frequency of the scheduled station. Schedule Checker also provides the K-Index value, unless optional Afreet IonoProbe3 is installed and activated in Preferences, in which case, IonoProbe provides the K-Index value.

  • Perform a DX Atlas4 azimuth plot from your location to a scheduled station or its country by clicking a toolbar button or shortcut menu item.
  • 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 a schedule frequency by double-clicking a schedule item.5
  • Start a log entry for a scheduled station by clicking a toolbar button or shortcut menu item. The following information is pre-filled on the main Reception 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 separate 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 (refer to the "Audio Processing" section on this page for more information about verification by audio). Plus it lets you specify foreground and background status indication colors.

Included is the ability to apply Need New, Need QSL, and Already Verified status indications to stations as well as countries. As noted earlier, this option works best when the names of stations logged are identical to the names of stations scheduled. As such, this feature works well with FCC AM schedule data because the names of stations logged and the names of stations scheduled will likely be the same. For example, station WBZ will likely be spelled WBZ in your log and in the schedule. FCC AM schedules display indications for states, too.

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.

And 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.

1 — An Internet connection is required, and the information must be available from NOAA.
2 — If you have a copy of Afreet Ham CAP and Afreet Omni-Rig (both free).
3 — Software license for Afreet IonoProbe is required only if you want to use IonoProbe.
4 — Software license for Afreet DX Atlas is required only if you want to use DX Atlas.
5 — Requires installation and configuration of Afreet Omni-Rig (free). Refer to "Rig Control in DXtreme Reception Log X" on this page for important information.
Software licenses for Ham CAP, Omni-Rig, IonoProbe, and DX Atlas are available from Afreet Software, Inc.

  Full-Spectrum Logging

Reception Log X lets you log all kinds of stations — radio stations, television stations, broadcast stations, utility stations, Amateur Radio stations, and more!

And it lets you log stations across the entire radio spectrum — from long wave, to medium wave, to short wave, and beyond!

Last Log Entries Grid

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

Double-clicking a row in the grid displays its log entry in the Reception 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 Reception 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 Reception 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 is much wider and, if desired, 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 log entries (from 0 to 5000)
  • Set foreground and background colors and font attributes of grid headings and data rows — one format for odd data rows, and another format for even data rows — on most grids in the program, including:

    • Last Log Entries grid on the Reception Log window
    • Last Log Entries grid on the Last Log Entries window
    • Schedule grid on the Schedule Checker window
    • Search grids on the Search windows
    • Module grids on the Module and Lookup windows
    • Report grids on the Report windows
    • And more

    This feature makes it easy to read the data displayed in grids.

    For example, here's one possible font and color scheme on the Last Log Entries window:

    Here's another possibility:

    And another:

    The font and color scheme is entirely up to you.

Bearing and Distance Display

When the latitude and longitude of a station are known to Reception Log X, short- and long-path bearings and short-path distance from your QTH to the station logged appear in the B+Dx field on the Reception Log window (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 Reception Log X, bearing and distance to the station's country appear.

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

Coordinate Acquisition

When specifying a country and tabbing out of the Country field, Reception Log X obtains default coordinates from the Countries module, which indicate the geographical center of the country.

Precise coordinates to 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 enter 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, Reception Log X queries the schedule data for QTH and frequency information as you log BCB-class stations.

For this feature to work, the station callsign entered on the Reception Log window must match exactly the station callsign in the imported FCC AM schedule. Tabbing out of the Station field on the Reception Log window invokes the query in Add mode; clicking the Tx Site field invokes the query in Display and Modify modes.

Frequency and Mode

When Omni-Rig is installed and configured on your computer, Reception Log X displays the frequency and mode from your transceiver in the Frequency, Band, and Mode area when you start a log entry on the Reception Log window.

You can also change your rig's frequency and mode on the Reception Log window using the Direct Tune tab.

Refer to "Rig Control in DXtreme Reception Log X" for important information.

User-Defined Fields

DXtreme Reception Log X also provides 22 fields that you can define for whatever purpose you desire. These user-defined fields (UDFs) are spread across two tabs that you can also define. Log entries can be searched by UDF and each UDF is the subject of a Performance and Stations report.

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 Reception Log window.

The window above shows replacing solar flux values with monitor locations after redefining a Solar Flux user-defined field to track Monitor Locations.

1 — Licenses for Afreet Ham CAP and Afreet Omni-Rig are required to use Ham CAP (both are free at the time of this writing).
2 — A software license for DX Atlas is required only if you want to use DX Atlas.
You can obtain a license for either program at Afreet Software, Inc.

  Support for Logging Amateur Radio Stations

With more and more shortwave broadcast stations leaving the airwaves every year, and with several of those that remain unwilling to issue QSLs, many radio enthusiasts have set their sights on monitoring Amateur Radio operators.

In that spirit, DXtreme Software has included special features in DXtreme Reception Log X that make it fun and rewarding to monitor Amateur Radio operators around the world.

For starters, integration with HamQTH.com (a free-of-charge callsign database at the time of this writing), Buckmaster™ HamCall™, and QRZ XML Logbook Data makes it possible for Reception Log X to obtain and save the following information when logging Amateur Radio stations:1
  • Operator name and address
  • QSL manager name and address
  • CQ zone
  • Latitude2
  • Longitude2
  • Web address
  • E-Mail address

Next, integration with the popular eQSL.cc Web site makes it possible for Reception Log X to send automatic eQSL requests to monitored Amateur Radio operators. A With field on the Reception Log tab lets you specify the ham with whom the monitored Amateur Radio operator was in contact. This information, along with the propagation mode you specify in the Prop field, gets sent to the eQSL.cc server and ultimately to the Amateur Radio operator you monitored.

Later, when the monitored Amateur Radio operator replies to your eQSL request, you can log on to the eQSL.cc Web site and retrieve your eQSL, making use of QSL Imaging's screen-capture function to add the eQSL to your QSL folder. Refer to "QSL Imaging Facility" on this page for more information.

Of course, you can also create paper reception reports for monitored Amateur Radio operators. Reception Log X includes templates3 and scripts4 designed specifically for that purpose.

If you prefer to send SWL cards by snail mail, you can create Direct Print SWL and Address labels for label-stock printing on a standard printer, or you can use the Social Media Post facility to create SWL and Address labels for printing on DYMO® LabelWriter® printers.5

1 — Requires an optional subscription to HamQTH.com, Buckmaster HamCall, or QRZ XML Logbook Data. Information supplied by these services may vary.
2Reception Log X uses the latitude and longitude to calculate and display bearing and distance to the Amateur Radio station you monitored.
3 — For producing reception reports in optional Microsoft® Word.
4 — For producing reception reports in Microsoft WordPad or your Web browser.
5 — DYMO® and LabelWriter® are registered trademarks of Newell Rubbermaid.

  Rig Control in DXtreme Reception Log X

To provide our users with a robust logging program that also provides a degree of rig control, DXtreme Reception Log X 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:

  1. 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.
  2. The Reception Log window enters the frequency and mode from your radio in the Frequency, Band, and Mode area when you add a log entry.
  3. The Direct Tune tab on the Reception Log window lets you change your rig's frequency and mode directly.
  4. How Direct Tune Works

    To change the frequency, type a new frequency in the Frequency text box on the Direct Tune tab and either click Set or change the mode. As an alternative, you can scroll frequencies incrementally using the up/down arrows (according to the increment selected in the Increment list box). Increments of 1 through 10 (including 9 for MW in EU), 25, 50, 75, 100, 500, 1000, 5000, and 10000 kHz are available.

    You can also tune incrementally by tenths of a kHz using the up/down arrows far right of the Frequency text box.

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

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

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. And if yours isn't, you can create your own rig description file to enable support.
  3. In the Preferences window of DXtreme Reception Log X, 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.


  Improv Imaging™

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, such as MMSSTV1, Fldigi2, WSJT3, JT65-HF4, 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:\DXtremeReceptionLogX tree.

Improv Imaging Tab

You associate Improv images with log entries on the Improv Imaging tab of the Reception Log window.

This tab includes a:

  • File box plus execute and browse buttons for associating images
  • 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
  • And command buttons for:

    • Copying Improv images to the Clipboard (perhaps you want to include them in reception reports)

    • 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. Perhaps you want to add additional image pages, for example, 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 Reception Log window, where you can preview the Improv images associated with your log entries any time you want.

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 any time you want to (you can work with it again, too, if desired).

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
  • An 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 Reception 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.

1 MMSSTV is owned by Makoto (Mako) Mori, JE3HHT; visit http://hamsoft.ca/ for more information.
2 Fldigi is owned by W1HKJ & Associates; visit http://www.w1hkj.com for more information.
3 WSJT is owned by Joe Taylor, K1JT; visit http://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/K1JT/ for more information.
4 JT65-HF-HB9HQX-Edition is owned by Beat Oehrli, HB9HQX; visit http://sourceforge.net/projects/jt65hfhb9hqxedi/ for more information.


  Reception Reporting

Reception Log X includes powerful reception reporting functions that let you:

  • Post to social media.
  • Create customized paper or electronic reception reports.
  • Print SWL and Address labels on a standard printer.
  • Use the Social Media Post facility to create SWL and Address labels for printing on DYMO® LabelWriter® printers.1

Social Media Posts

When you add or display a log entry, Reception Log X 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.

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. Thereafter committing your post by following the instructions on the 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 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.

A browse button on the Social Media Post tab lets you select the script you want to use. Three default scripts come with Reception Log X: one for SWL posts, one for ham posts, and another for detailed log entry posts.

Reception Reports

You can create paper reports, electronic reports, and electronic prepared form cards to report reception.

Using custom templates1 and scripts2 that you can create and edit, each reception report has precisely the format and wording you want and includes pertinent information from the Reception Log window.

Sample paper reception report

Direct Print SWL and Address Labels

For sending SWL cards and addressing envelopes, you can create SWL and Address labels by sending label output directly to your printer. 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.

Using Social Media Post 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. 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 Reception Log X, add or display a log entry. Then click the Social Media Post tab.
  3. Click browse and double-click one of the Dymo social media scripts we created. There are two scripts for log entries (one each for SWBC and Ham) and one for addresses. You can, of course, create your own scripts.
  4. Select the social media post.
  5. Drag it to DYMO QuickPrint.
  6. And drop it. Next, 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.
  7. On the QuickPrint user interface, click Print.
  8. Let's print an address. Click browse and double-click the address social media script.
  9. Select the social media post.
  10. Drag it to DYMO QuickPrint.
  11. And drop it. Position the cursor at the end of the label text and press Enter on your keyboard to register the text. If desired, edit the text.
  12. On the QuickPrint user interface, click Print.

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

1 — For producing reception reports in optional Microsoft® Word.
2 — For producing reception reports in Microsoft WordPad or your Web browser, eReports and ePFCs in a supported e-mail client (see "E-Mail Integration"), and social media posts.

  Audio Processing

The Audio Processing facility lets you record, edit, and play back WAV audio clips of the stations you have heard.

For DXers, this feature is just the thing for reliving the capture of a rare or distant station! For listeners, this feature is useful for archiving historic broadcasts — especially during times like these!

Verification By Audio

The Audio Processing facility integrates with Reception Log X performance reporting functions to support the concept of Verification By Audio, an exciting feature that lets you prove reception by the presence of audio!

While there is no substitute for an attractive QSL card, let's face it, more and more stations are increasingly 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.

Non-WAV Audio File Support

Support for non-WAV audio file assignment and playback is also provided. Refer to the DXtreme Reception Log X Data Sheet page for more information.


 QSL Imaging Facility

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

Verification Tab

The Preview QSL Image display on the Verification tab of the Reception Log window lets you scan, capture, 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:

    • 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.

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 Reception 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:\DXtremeReceptionLogX tree.


E-Mail Integration

Reception Log X integrates with Microsoft Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail, Outlook Express, and Office Outlook to let you:

  • Send eReports (electronic reception reports) to stations by e-mail.
  • Send loggings to clubs, magazines, and others by e-mail.

Performance Reporting

Reception Log X has an array of reports that let you track the performance of your station and view information about the stations you have heard.

You can run the following types of reports:

  • Performance — Lets you track the overall performance of your monitoring station. The following Performance reports are available:

    • 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.

  • Stations — Lets you view a list of the stations you have monitored, not monitored, verified, and monitored but not verified.

  • Log Entries By Station — Lets you view a list of the log entries you have monitored, not monitored, verified, and monitored but not verified by station.

Verification Tracking

Performance, Stations, and Log Entries By Station 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

Filter Reports

Reception Log X lets you filter your Performance 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:

  • Class
  • Continent
  • Date
  • Year/Month
  • Frequency, or range of frequencies
  • Band
  • Mode
  • Propagation Mode
  • Solar Flux, A-Index, or K-Index
  • Rig, antenna, accessory
  • Language
  • Sent via
  • User-defined field (up to 22 are available)
Just the thing for seeing how well a particular rig, antenna, or accessory is performing; or for analyzing the effects of specific propagation index values.

Publish Options

You can output the reports to the following devices:

  • Web Report Viewer — To the DXtreme 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 — To a window on your PC. 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 Reception Log window, simply double-click the log entry in the report.

  • FTP — To upload your Performance, Stations, and Log Entries by Station reports to the Web automatically, where you and your friends can access them remotely.1 The reports appear within the Web Report Viewer.

DX Atlas Integration

The following reports integrate with DX Atlas:2

  • Countries — When you run a Countries Performance report, Reception Log X 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 the Reception Log X 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, Reception Log X 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 Reception Log X'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.

Upgrade and Import Support

DXtreme Reception Log X includes utilities that let you:

  • Upgrade from DXtreme Reception Log —Advanced Edition, Versions 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, and 9.0.
  • Import data from other sources via a comma-delimited file that you create in the format we specify.

  But That's Not All!

DXtreme Reception Log X has other exciting features!

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DXtreme Reception Log X runs on the following operating systems:
  • Microsoft® Windows® 10
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1
  • Microsoft Windows 8
  • Microsoft Windows 7
  • Microsoft Windows Vista®
  • Microsoft Windows XP

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