Setting Up DX Spots Feature

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I’m planning my projects for my Christmas / New Years vacation. I want to get the DX Spots feature working. I use LOG4OM which as far as I know will not rebroadcast the DX Cluster data to the SDR software. I’m told that programs like N1MM and others can provide the necessary interface. I’d also like to minimize the number of additional software products that I’d have to add. In an attempt to minimize the software overhead, I’d appreciate hearing some recommendations on what some of you are using.

Thanks & Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays






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Bob Kozlarek

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K8AC

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I use DXLab Suite.  Spots were relatively simple to get working.
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Joe N3HEE

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The spot feature is easy to get working.  You can use N1MM+, DXLabs, SliceMaster 6000, etc. It seemed cool in the beginning.  However, after playing around with it for a while I have found performance issues that outweigh the usefulness of displaying spots on the panadapters.  Lots of annoying audio pops and cracks when displaying lots of spots. Also lots of clutter on the pans. This feature needs more work to be useful.  I really dont need spots to show on my pans.  I can use the N1MM bandmap or SpotCollector for finding and tuning stations with one click. Give it a try and see what you think. 
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David Decoons wo2x, Elmer

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Bob,

I have several sources set up that can send spots. You are welcome to stop over one evening for a demo or I can stop by.

Catch you in the a.m. on the repeater.

Dave wo2x
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Dave AA6YQ

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Instructions for configuring DXLab to display spots on a Flex panadaptor are here:

https://www.dxlabsuite.com/dxlabwiki/FlexSignatureDisplayCallsigns

When patrolling a band in search of needed DX, I find it very helpful to be able to associate a callsign with each trace by generating a local spot.

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So can I only install the components needed for the spot feature, or must the entire logging program be installed? I use LOG4OM and have no desire to install a second logging program.
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WA2SQQ

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I really appreciate the detailed info. The only missing link is how this will interface to LOTW. I think I’ll start trying out these suggestions on Wed, once I get through Christmas.
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Dave AA6YQ

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Every two weeks, I issue updated LoTW and eQSL databases which DXView will download, and SpotCollector will reference.

Submitting QSOs to LoTW and updating logged QSOs to reflect their acceptance and confirmation by LoTW would remain the province of your logging application.
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WA2SQQ

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I think I understand, but I’m looking for a single operation solution.. See the spot, work it, and have the QSO Iimmediately exported to LOG4OM. Submission to LOTW is done by LOG4OM whenever I decide. I am going to try using commander to see the work flow. Once v2 of LOG4OM comes out, support will be built in so it should be a lot easier.
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I suggest you reconsider the entire process.  In an hour you could export your log in ADIF format from your existing logging program, download and install the DXLab Suite, import your ADIF format log and be ready to go with all the functions you need.  That's what I did years ago and never looked back.
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WA2SQQ

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I’ve looked at their logging program but I don’t care for it
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Bob,

I'm a bit biased, but I'd suggest that you give Slice Master a try.  The download and install is minimal and it will let you get spots from a number of sources.  There's no direct support for Log4OM but since Slice Master provides a spot aggregator, Log4OM can get it's spots from Slice Master.

--Don