DX ToolBox 5.0.0 Beta for Windows and macOS

I’ve released another beta version of DX ToolBox 5.0.0 for Windows and macOS. I’m continuing to work on SWBC related features. This update adds search features to the Logbook which is new to version 5, and some more tweaks to the Reminders window.

Some notes on what I’ve been adding to these beta versions:

The Logbook works just like a traditional logbook, where you can log reception of stations with all the pertinent details (station, time, date, frequency, signal, country, program details, QSL sent/received, etc). The logs can be searched, making it easy to find particular entries. You can even get lists of which stations you’ve send reports to, and are still waiting for QSLs back, so you know when to send followup reports.

The Logbook is tightly integrated with the SWBC schedules window. Say you’re tuned into a frequency, and use the SWBC schedules window to identify the possible broadcasts it could be. Once you’ve decided on the station, you can right click on that entry from the schedules window, and a new log for the transmission is created with many of the fields already filled in for you. Just add/edit whatever additional information you wish, and log the broadcast.

You can right click on entries in your logbook, and automatically search the current schedules for other transmissions by this station, on this frequency, or from this country. You can also do this from entries in the schedule window. Say you find a station or transmission of interest, but can’t hear them right now. By right clicking, you can bring up a list of other transmissions or frequencies used by that station, so you can try them. Or you can get a list of other stations on the same frequency, to see what other stations could be on right now, making it easier to guess what you might be hearing.

One of the most powerful new SWBC related features of the DX ToolBox betas is the Reminders window. When you find transmissions you want to tune in to later, just right click on them to add them to the reminders window. This window is sorted chronologically, and continuously updated every minute. You can glance at it to see what broadcasts of interest to you are on now, or coming up. And the same right click options are available to log transmissions, or look for other transmissions on the same frequency, by the same station, etc. This is a great way to keep track of what you want to listen to, and not forget about them until it’s too late and they’ve signed off. You can also get a OS notification from DX ToolBox that a reminded broadcast is coming up, even if it is in the background.

If you want to give DX ToolBox a try, you can download the beta versions here, scroll down to the bottom of this page: http://www.blackcatsystems.com/download/dxtoolbox.html

eQSL from Radio Verdad Guatemala

I received this eQSL in about 6 hours for an emailed report sent to radioverdad5@yahoo.com along with an… ePennant ? And an eCalender and eBumperSticker. Thanks for the quick service!

They noted that there is no longer mail delivery in Guatemala. I found this article which explains why.

eQSL From Lupo Radio

One of my best DX catches, a 25 watt AM pirate from Argentina, recently received.

Note from the station operator:

Sr. Chris Smolinski.

Le agradezco mucho su informe de recepción, RADIO LUPO transmite desde Buenos Aires Argentina, con un transmisor de 25 Watt de portadora, 2 válvulas 807 moduladas en G2.
Antena: dipolo horizontal a 12 metros de altura.
Le adjunto QSL

Gracias Chris Saludos LUPO.

Olvide mencionar que la emito todos los dias de 18:00 a 01:00 Hora UTC. + -.


Mr. Chris Smolinski.

Thank you very much for your reception report, RADIO LUPO transmits from Buenos Aires Argentina, with a transmitter of 25 Watt of carrier, 2 valves 807 modulated in G2.
Antenna: horizontal dipole at 12 meters high.
I am attaching QSL

Thank you Chris Greetings LUPO.

Forget to mention that I send it every day from 6:00 pm to 1:00 am UTC. + -.