With the release of optimal submission generators for the VUCC, WAS, and WAZ award families in DXKeeper 11.8.8 earlier this week, the free-ware DXLab Suite now provides comprehensive real-time award tracking and management for the DXCC, IOTA, Marathon, VUCC, WAS, WAZ, and WPX award families. DXLab users can
- - specify the bands and modes on which they are pursuing each award, e.g. “5-band DXCC, DXCC CW Honor Roll, mixed WAZ, 160m WAS, 6m WAS, and WPX in CW and Digital”
- - be immediately alerted visually, audibly, and via email/SMS when a DX station is QRV on a band, mode, or band-mode needed for award progress – without requiring the definition and maintenance of complex filters
- - discover QSL routes from more than 80 online sources, including QRZ.com, Buckmaster, IK3QAR, F6CYV, and many country-specific online callbooks
- - automatically print outgoing QSL cards or labels for QSOs whose confirmation would advance award progress, and print the required addresses on envelopes or labels
- - track the “age” of requested-but-not-yet-received QSLs needed for award progress, triggering the printing of outgoing QSLs for alternative QSOs when too much time has elapsed
- - identify the minimum set of confirmed QSOs not yet submitted for award credit that would generate maximal award progress, and generate award submission paperwork
Award tracking is also provided for the AJA, Canadaward, CQ Field, DDFM, DOK, Holyland, JCC, JCG, RDA, SRR, USA-CA, WAB, WAC, WAE, WAJA, WAHUC, WAIP, and WITU awards.
DXLab helps you identify operating patterns and exploit propagation openings to the DX stations you need, enabling you to focus your DXing when and where it’s most likely to yield a needed QSO. By automating the “paperwork”, DXLab liberates time you can better spend DXing. Whether chasing personal DXing goals or a top spot in this year’s CQ DX Marathon, time is precious.
User-driven iterative development produces a continuous stream of DXLab releases bearing new capabilities inspired by an enthusiastic user community
. DXLab’s backlog of reported-but-uncorrected defects has rarely exceeded one or two over its 14-year history, thanks to a modular architecture and built-in diagnostics.
Entirely free, DXLab is available via www.dxlabsuite.com
; its documentation is accessible via http://www.dxlabsuite.com/dxlabwiki/GettingStarted
. A summary of capabilities is here
. User reviews are here
Dave, AA6YQ (author, DXLab)