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  1. the DXLab Suite Better DXing Through Software

  2. the DXLab Suite Eight free applications that run individually but when run simultaneously sense each other’s presence and interoperate automatically Better DXing Through Software

  3. 3.792 DXLab Transceiver Control Logging Propagation Location Control DX Spot Collection QSL Routes Original Architecture: Monolithic

  4. 3.792 Transceiver Control Location Control Logging DX Spot Collection Propagation QSL Routes Re-architecture (2000): Modular

  5. 3.792 Transceiver Control Location Control Digital Modes Logging DX Spot Collection Propagation QSL Routes Support for Digital Modes

  6. 3.792 Commander DXView WinWarbler DXKeeper SpotCollector PropView Pathfinder the DXLab Suite

  7. A Suite of Interoperating DXing Applications

  8. Single Point of Control

  9. Development Drivers 1. User-driven iterative development • Open Yahoo group with ~2600 participants • Defect repairs get highest priority; goal is < 24 hours • Public enhancement lists • Closed source, one developer • Frequent releases • Full releases for first-time installation • Incremental updates for defect repairs and enhancements • Automated installation and updates

  10. Automated Installation and Updates: Programs

  11. Automated Installation and Updates: Programs

  12. Automated Installation and Updates: Databases

  13. Development Drivers 2. Easy to Use AND Powerful • No menus • Popup explanations • Online and hardcopy reference documentation • Online step-by-step explanations (Wiki) • User feedback from frequent releases

  14. 3.792 Commander DXView WinWarbler DXKeeper SpotCollector PropView Pathfinder the DXLab Suite

  15. Commander: Local Transceiver Control • Icom • Kenwood • TenTec • Yaesu • Alinco • Elecraft • FlexRadio • Kachina

  16. Commander • Controls and displays • Frequency & Mode • Receiver bandwidth • Split & Dual Receive • Other CAT-accessible settings • Switches among 4 transceivers based on frequency • Manages frequency-dependent devices • Displays settings • Tuners • Amplifiers • Provides parallel port control • Transceiver selection • Antenna selection

  17. Commander Main Window

  18. Commander Memories: 10 Banks of 10

  19. Commander Memories: Scanning

  20. Commander User-defined Controls

  21. Commander Bandspread

  22. Commander Bandspread (160m contest)

  23. Commander • Supports transverters on 6m, 4m, 2m, 70cm • Captures PC  Radio message traffic

  24. 3.792 Commander DXView WinWarbler DXKeeper SpotCollector PropView Pathfinder the DXLab Suite

  25. DXView • Lookup • by Prefix • by IOTA tag • by Grid • by Latitude/Longitude • World map display • Beam heading • Solar terminator • Auroral Zone Boundaries • DX spots • VHF QSOs

  26. DXView Rotator Control • AlfaSpid • ARSWIN • Heath • Hygain • LP-Rotor • M2 • N1MM • Prosistel • SARtek • TIC • TrackBox • Yaesu

  27. DXView Sunrise/Sunset Times

  28. DXView: World Map Overlays

  29. DXView: World Map Overlays

  30. DXView: World Map Overlays

  31. DXView: Country Maps

  32. DXView: Country Maps

  33. DXView: Google Maps

  34. DXView: MapQuest Maps

  35. 3.792 Commander DXView WinWarbler DXKeeper SpotCollector PropView Pathfinder the DXLab Suite

  36. DXKeeper • Logging • QSLing • Award Tracking

  37. DXKeeper: Logging • Comprehensive database • Capture window optimized for operating • Callbook access • Powerful QSO filtering, sorting, and editing • Multiple QTHs per Log • Multiple Logs • Import and Export

  38. DXKeeper Main Window: primary panel

  39. DXKeeper Main Window: all panels

  40. DXKeeper Main Window: User-defined Fields

  41. DXKeeper: Logging • Comprehensive database • Capture window optimized for operating • Callbook access • Powerful QSO filtering, sorting, and editing • Multiple QTHs per Log • Multiple Logs • Import and Export

  42. DXKeeper Capture Window

  43. DXKeeper: Logging • Comprehensive database • Capture window optimized for operating • Callbook access • Radio Amateur’s Callbook CDROM • Buckmaster HamCall CDROM • QRZ CDROM • QRZ.com • Powerful QSO filtering, sorting, and editing • Multiple QTHs per Log • Multiple Logs • Import and Export

  44. DXKeeper: QSLing • Generates QSL cards and Labels • Generates Address labels or prints envelopes • Support for eQSL.cc and ARRL’s LotW • One-click upload • One-click download and update • Independent tracking

  45. DXKeeper: Generated QSL Card

  46. DXKeeper: QSLing • Generates QSL cards and Labels • Generates Address labels or prints envelopes • Support for eQSL.cc and ARRL’s LotW • One-click upload • One-click download and update • Independent tracking

  47. DXKeeper: Award Tracking • DXCC (generates submission, tracks verification) • CQ DX Marathon • Gridsquares • IOTA • TOPLIST • VUCC • Worked All Continents • Worked All Europe • Worked All Prefixes • Worked All Zones • Worked All British Areas • Worked All German DOKs • Worked All Japanese Cities • Worked All Japanese Guns • Worked All Japanese Prefectures • Worked All Russian Districts • Worked All US States • Worked All US Counties

  48. DXKeeper: Award Tracking

  49. DXKeeper: by QSL Kind

  50. DXKeeper: QSL Aging