DX-Messages window

With SWISSLOG you can collect DX-Messages from multiple sources. Please read the detailed information in:

Most clusters will send you the same DX-Spots as the other clusters because they are all interconnected. So it is not really necessary to connect to several sources. 

VERY IMPORTANT: If you use Telnet connection, NEVER connect to a Reverse Beacon server! These servers are sending continuous spots overloading the DX window and causing Swisslog freezing or crashing.

The DX-Messages window

The DX-Messages are displayed in DX-Cluster-Messages windows or in band maps. You can open as many windows as you want. Each window can display different statistics and use a different set of filters. You can also have SWISSLOG announce the spot with voice messages, see Configure Sound Announcements.

To open a DX-Messages window: Select View | DX-Cluster Messages. This is what the window looks like:

For US stations, Swisslog will add the US State enclosed in square brackets at the end of the spot comments (if found in the embedded FCC database). This way you will be able to use the WAS statistic. IMPORTANT: Searching US State in the FCC database may affect performance according your computer, number of QSO in your logbook, spot traffic and parallel software being executed along with Swisslog. If you experience this o simply don't want to use this feature, it can be disabled in Options / Query US State to the FCC database for DX message and Band Maps windows.

Swisslog is also able to identify the references of the following awards if found in the spot comments: 

This powerful feature allows the following:

IMPORTANT: most spotters tend to write these awards references in a different format as the reference was officially defined in the award. Example for WFF: EAFF0001 instead of EAFF-0001 or delimiting the reference by dots, commas, slahes instead of using blanks, etc. I have implemented a complex algorithm which searches for the different "wrong" patterns usually found in cluster. Although the accuracy is very high (100% if the reference is written as it is or more than 90% in other cases), there will be cases where is not possible to identify the reference. For instance, WCA and POTA shares the same reference format. If not tagged with the award name before, it's practically imposible to know which award is. If you find a spot having any of the supported references and it's not recognised by Swisslog, please send an e-mail to support@swisslogforwindows.com including a screenshot or full details of the specific spot (DX Call, spotter, band and full comments) to try to improve the algorithm (if possible).

The following options and functions are available via the pop-up menu (right mouse button):

Most of them are obvious; the others are explained hereafter.

Select Statistic

Mark the statistics which should be displayed.

Selection criterias for DX-Message

Mark the bands and modes for which DX-Spots should be displayed and select which Spots you want to see. (New, needed, worked, all). You can also set the Spots Lifetime in minutes (default value:60 minutes). Only spots within the defined period of time will be displayed. The Window title field is very useful when using several DX Messages windows helping user to quickly identify the applied filters on every window.

Configure Sound Announcements

You can access the sound options directly from the Functions menu and the pop-up menu of the DX-Messages window; or from the main menu select Options Connect to Packet Program and then select the page "Sound Announcements":

You can configure different announcements, depending on the Statistic-Status of an announced callsign. NOTE: The only exception is the "DX Alerts" option which doesn't depends on any statistic status but the defined DX Alerts. Read Schedules / DX Alerts.

IMPORTANT: Sound announcements will only read the New, Needed or Worked Dx Types from the first statistic in the DX message window. If you need sound announcements from several statistics, you will have to use different DX message windows selecting only one statistic in every one of them.

Once you have configured the sound options, you can start / stop de sound announcements for the incoming spots by pressing the button or by selecting the appropriated option in the pop-up menu.

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Last modified: 05 mar. 2024