- Quick Start
- Main Window
- Spot Details
- General Settings
- Cluster Node
- Filters & Alerts
- Worked Countries
This documentation is a work in progress, and may not be complete.
DX Spotter is a DX Cluster client application which offers easy to use filters and alerts.
Some of the main features are:
- Can connect to DX Spider and CC Cluster nodes
- Can be minimized to the system tray and issue alerts for desired spots
- Supports spot filtering based on DX band, callsign, country, active DXpeditions (*) and worked/new countries
- Supports four types of alerts: color change, sound alert, icon (*) and balloon popup
- Reconnects automatically if the connection is interrupted
- Can be set to start automatically at Windows startup
- Retrieves previous spots when connection is established (*)
- Send spots (*)
- View details about spotted callsigns, such as DXpedition information (*)
- Statistics – see how many spots have been processed, displayed or how many triggered an alert (*)
Note: The items marked with (*) are new features.
- Install DX Spotter – download it from here, and run the Setup;
- Open DX Spotter. A message will appear, warning that you need to set your callsign, name, location and grid square;
- Go to File -> Settings, or click on the Settings button on the toolbar. Enter your station information and click OK. Optionally, you can select a different node to connect to, or add your preferred node to the list;
- DX Spotter should connect automatically, and you should begin to see spots – no pun intended . When connected, the icon in the system tray turns green.
- DX spots
Every DX spot includes the callsign of the DX station and that of the spotter, UTC time, frequency, the country of the DX station and any additional comments by the spotter.
- Band filter
Note: It is important to remember that this band filter is checked before all other filters. For example, if you use the “20m” button to disable the 14MHz band spots, no spots from this band will be displayed, even if you have an “Accept” filter set up in Settings.
- Connection status
When DX Spotter is connected to a node, the indicator in the right side of the status bar turns green. When not connected, the indicator is red, and while a connection attempt is being made it turns yellow. For easier assertion of the connection status, the system tray icon is red when disconnected, and green when connected.
A window will appear, displaying any extra available information. For example, callsigns of DXpeditions should have some details about the time frame of the expedition, IOTA information and any additional comments.
This is where you must set your station information, like callsign, name, QTH and grid square. You can also choose to have DX Spotter start automatically at boot and to start minimized to the system tray.
This is a list of the currently available cluster nodes. You can make one of them active by clicking on it, and then clicking OK. If you prefer to connect to a node that isn’t already on the list, simply click Add and fill in the name, address and port. In case you use passwords to connect to the nodes, you can set them for each node separately. This is useful if you have different passwords set for different nodes.
The filters and alerts are evaluated sequentially, in the order in which they are defined. For example, if you have defined a filter to drop spots from the 20m band and a sound alert for spots on the 20m band, the alert will never be triggered.
Note: None of the filters and alerts defined here will be evaluated if the spots don’t pass the band filter configured on the main window.
Filters and alerts can be of one of 6 types: Band, Callsign, Country, Active DXpeditions/IOTA, Worked Countries and New Countries. For each filter an action can be specified – Accept or Drop. For spots that don’t match any of the defined filters, the selected default action is applied.
You can access the Worked Countries configuration dialog either from the main window, or from the filter/alert properties dialog. The list on the left contains all the available entities. You can move your worked countries to the list on the right by double-clicking them or by clicking and then pressing the blue arrow button. Multiple items can be selected at a time by holding down Ctrl while clicking them.
DX Spotter also offers the possibility of sending new spots to the cluster. Go to File -> Send Spot or click on the appropriate button on the tool bar. A window similar to the one to the right should appear. Fill in the two mandatory fields (Frequency, in KHz and Callsign). Optionally, enter some comments in the last field, then press OK.
In case you ever get curious about how many DX spots have been received by DX Spotter, you can check the Statistics, by going to Help -> Statistics. You’ll see a few numbers, like total processed spots, displayed spots and number of different alerts triggered.