1. Why Does DX4WIN Need Callsign Exceptions? - 10 March 2005
  2. Printing Directly on QSL Cards with DX4WIN - 5 June 2005
  3. Using the Dymo 310/330/400 Label Printer - 5 April 2006
  4. Label Formats for A4 Paper Size - 15 April 2006
  5. Using QRZ and QRZ.COM with DX4WIN - 13 June 2006
  6. DX4WIN Data Protection Strategies - 11 October 2006
  7. Managing Multiple Callsigns in DX4WIN - 13 November 2006
  8. Working with LoTW - 8 January 2011
  9. MMTTY and DX4WIN - 7 December 2006
  10. Master Calls - 18 December 2006
  11. Upgrade Tips - updated 3 August 2009
  12. Counting Entities in DX4WIN - updated 17 April 2011
  13. Contest Log Conversion - 21 February 2007
  14. Adding a New Entity to DX4WIN - 27 December 2007
  15. How to Import a File into DX4WIN with a Custom Filter - 13 November 2008
  16. DXCC Award Tracking - 11 January 2009
  17. Removing Duplicate QSOs - 19 March 2011
  18. DX4WIN Membership Lists - 2 June 2011
  19. Filters, Groups and Selections
  20. Analyze DX4WIN Country File Differences
  21. Integrating VE7CC CC user with DX4WIN
  22. CQ DX Marathon
  23. ICOM PW-1
  24. National Parks on the Air

Short Notes

  1. Combining Logs/Groups/QSLs
  2. How to Clear Upload Date
  3. Find Unanswered QSLs
  4. Print Address Labels for Direct QSLs
  5. Picking a Subset of Labels to Print
  6. ADIF Import Populates "Recvd" Field
  7. Installing and Running DX4WIN on Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8
  8. CW Announcements of DX Spots
  9. Moving DX4WIN to Another Computer
  10. Quick Tips (even shorter notes)

Combining Logs/Groups/QSLs

Kostas, SV1DPI sends this procedure for merging two logs but making it easy to separate the two come QSL time:

  1. Open the logbook containing the QSOs you want to merge (import) from
  2. QSO -> Multiple QSO Operations -> Set Group Number, and set all QSOs to the next unused group number in your main log (see step #6 below)
  3. Save the log
  4. Open the logbook containing the QSOs you want to merge (import) into
  5. File -> Import/Export -> File -> Merge DX4WIN log, and choose the logbook from step #1 above
  6. Filter -> Edit Group Names, create a new group number (should match #2 above) and give it a unique name. Now all the QSOs from step #1 above will have a unique group name and number, so you can tell them from your main log
  7. File -> Preferences -> Rep/Lab, add the text "%%" in a row. This will print the group name on your labels
  8. Labels -> Print QSL Labels and check the Print Group Names box
  9. Save your new log

The most common mistake is to forget step #8 above.

How to Clear Upload Date

Kostas, SV1DPI suggests, "In the QSO window, navigate to QSO -> Multiple QSO Operations -> Set Upload Date. Put spaces in the date field and press OK! Maybe neither Paul knows it (hi hi). I was waiting that the known trick 01/01/1901 would work but spaces works OK."

Find Unanswered QSLs

To search for QSLs you've sent but have not received, use F8 to search for "Conf" = "N" and "QSL Date" = "01/01/1902" (or any date which is the earliest date for which you want to search). This will ignore QSOs where the QSL Date is blank (no QSL sent).

This may depend on the setting of one of your preferences. File -> Preferences and click on QSO tab. Under Searching -> QSO Date, make sure it's set to "Greater Equal".

Print Address Labels for Direct QSLs

When printing QSL labels, DX4WIN can also print address labels in-line. To print address labels for stations with no QSL manager, the QSL "Method" field in the QSO record must be set to "Direct" and the "QSL Mgr" field in the QSO record must be set the same as the "Callsign" field. DX4WIN will not print "CALL via CALL" on the QSO label, but it will print a corresponding address label for the callsign.

Picking a Subset of Labels to Print

Dick Flanagan K7VC suggests, "Give the QSOs you want to print an immediate label for a different QSL Method. It doesn't matter what that method is (Direct, Ignore, $$$$, etc.) so long as it is unique to those QSLs you want immediate labels for. Then specify that method when you go to print labels. Those will then be the only labels that will be printed and all other label flags will be left untouched."

ADIF Import Populates "Recvd" Field

DX4WIN can only import received serial numbers from an ADIF file into the logbook "Recvd" field. If you want to import other received contest information to that field, you will have to edit the ADIF file in a plain text editor (like Notepad or Write) before importing the file. For example, you can modify an ADIF file from the ARRL DX SSB contest (where transmit power is sent by DX stations) by doing a search-and-replace. Change all occurrences of "RX_PWR" in the ADIF file to "SRX" and then save the file. When you import this file into DX4WIN, the received transmitter power will be stored in the "Recvd" logbook field. See the ADIF specification to determine the name of the field that you want to change.

Or you can use this program.

Installing and Running DX4WIN on Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8

You can install DX4WIN on Vista as a user (not administrator). The first time you run DX4WIN, run it as an Administrator by right-clicking on the program icon and choose "Run as Administrator". DX4WIN will then be able to copy the vichw11 driver into the Vista driver directory. Now you can run the program normally without administrator privileges.

CW Announcements of DX Spots

DX4WIN has a feature to announce needed DX spots in CW, using your PC's speaker (the one on the motherboard, not the soundcard). In order to do this, you must install the LPT driver.

Navigate to your DX4W### directory.; Then locate the Drivers directory and double-click to open it. Inside there you should find lptdriver.exe. Double-click on the driver program to install it. The default installation directory may be "C:\dx4w803\lptdriver". Change the path to match your DX4WIN installation, for example "E:\dx4w805\lptdriver". You may be asked to reboot your computer after the driver is installed.

After re-starting DX4WIN, open your Preferences (File | Preferences) and select the Packet1 tab. Locate the "Audio / Voice" selection box and choose "CW speaker", then save your preferences.

Moving DX4WIN to Another Computer

It is really easy to move (copy) DX4WIN to another computer. This is not the recommended way of installing DX4WIN, then copying/merging your existing data, but does work:

  1. Using a USB flash drive, copy the DX4W### directory from your old hard drive to the USB flash drive.
  2. Put the USB flash drive into the new computer.
  3. Copy the DX4W### directory from the USB flash drive to the SAME PATH on the new hard drive. For example, if the old DX4WIN was installed in C:\Hams\DX4W805, then create a C:\Hams directory on the new computer, and copy the DX4W805 directory from the USB flash drive to this new directory you created.
  4. Create a desktop shortcut to the DX4WIN.EXE program by navigating to your DX4W### directory. Find the DX4WIN application (DX4WIN.EXE) and right-click on it. Choose "Send to Desktop".

You should now be able to run DX4WIN by double-clicking on the desktop shortcut icon.

Quick Tips