I’ve been looking at DXLab Suite for a long time. At first glance I was intimidated by all of the applications and configuring them to work. However, I have been using it for a little while now and I like it a lot. Both the Icom 7300 and Icom 7610 are easy to setup and we get a Spectrum Waterfall on the PC monitor! It is intimidating at first, but I’ll show you how I did it and if you want to give it a try, this should help. There’s also a video below.
- It’s FREE!
- I really enjoy using WSJT-X and JT Alert. JT Alert logs the WSJT-X QSOs into DXLab DXKeeper!
- DXLab has been around a very long time and many, many Hams are using it. It is arguably the best PC program for DX chasing and awards.
- It has a very substantial support group (5,000+ users) in the Yahoo groups DXLab forum.
- Winwarbler can use MMTTY and I can operate RTTY (FSK). I have never had any issue with MMTTY and RTTY (FSK). It works perfectly, every time!
- It uploads QSO’s automatically to eQSL.cc and LOTW. There is a add on application (Log Publisher $12) to upload automatically to HRDLog.net and QRZ.com.
DXLab Suite Launcher Installation Windows PC
Install this little app (Launcher) and you can install everything else using it. (This is called the automatic way on the website, instead of the manual way which is installing each application individually.)
The DXLab Launcher makes it easy to control individual DXLab applications, or a specified group of DXLab applications. With the Launcher, you can
- Install new DXLab applications, and update or restore already installed DXLab applications
- Start, minimize, restore, or stop individual DXLab applications
I would not install all of the applications together at once because it’s pretty overwhelming at first. Once DXLab Launcher is installed I started with two applications, Commander and DX Keeper. There is so much to DXLab Suite it takes time to learn it.
DXLab Suite Commander Installation Windows PC
With Launcher installed it’s easy to install DXLab Commander.
Commander allows you to control your radio from a PC running Windows 95, 98, NT, 2000, XP, Vista, 7, or 8; both 32-bit and 64-bit flavors of Windows are supported.
Next, you will want to configure it to connect to your radio. If you have used radio control programs like this before it is easy. See the video below.
DXLab Suite DXKeeper (Logger) Installation Windows PC
It wouldn’t be much fun without a logging program, so install DXLab DXKeeper. Just click on the “dxk” button in Launcher. It will ask you if you want to install DXKeeper. Click Yes and go through the installation.
I just need a simple logging program to keep track of my QSO’s, integrate with WSJT-X (JT Alert) and upload to my online logbooks. DXKeeper goes way beyond that. Please visit the DXLabssuite website for DXKeeper intstallation or see the video below.
Next, you will probably want to import you log from another logging program into DXLab DXKeeper.
Here’s a video on installing Commander, configuring Commander with the IC-7610, installing DXKeeper, exporting HRD Logbook and importing the log into DXKeeper. (Please pay attention to the import settings, and especially the QTH. If you make a mistake you can import again)
More DXLab Suite
More DXLab suite software for free amateur radio use:
- Pathfinder – locate QSL information from web-accessible sources
- WinWarbler – conduct QSOs using the PSK and RTTY modes with multi-channel decoding
- DXView – displays DXCC info and country maps, and plots spots, beam headings, solar position, and the solar terminator on a world map
- PropView – displays minimum and maximum useable frequencies between specified locations
- SpotCollector – captures spots from multiple DXClusters in a database with powerful searching and sorting facilities
I’ll be busy for a while getting more familiar with DXLab Suite and using it logging QSO’s. It is working great with WSJT-X and JT Alert.
I hope this helps. If you are considering a new logging program, have a look at this one.
In the next post I’ll show what I did to integrate DXKeeper with LOTW, QRZ.com, eQSL.cc and HRDLog.net. There will be more on Commander and a surprise for Icom 7300 and Icom 7610 users, the Spectrum – Waterfall Display!
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Best 73! – Rich, K0PIR