Simply select MacLoggerDX Help from the Help menu and it will display the top level help screen. Most of the controls will display tool tips that describe what they do when you mouse over them. If you don't find an answer to your questions here in the FAQ then please refer your question to one of the support email reflectors. There are lots of helpful people there who can answer your question:
Select Speed Log from the File Menu and enter them in the dialog.
You can open a new log file anywhere you want on your Mac but the default log file is your_home_directory/Docuuments/MLDX_Logs/MacLoggerDX.sql.
The current log is displayed in the File Menu/Open Recent sub-menu and in Log panel.
The USB/UART Bridge chip inside the Icom, Yaesu and Kenwood radios is a Silicon Labs USB to UART Bridge Controller and the Mac drivers are available here.
The USB/UART Bridge chip inside the Eagle and KX3 is an FTDI USB to UART Bridge Controller and the Mac drivers are available here.
First choose your PTT Method in the MacLoggerDX Radio Prefs...
Radio Command PTT
Supported on: Ten-Tec Orion, TS-480, TS-50, TS-60, TS-440S, TS-450, TS-570, TS-590, TS-670, TS-690, TS-790, TS-850, TS-870, TS-940S, TS-950S, TS-2000, Elc KIO2, Elc K3, IC-746, IC-751, IC-756Pro, IC-746Pro, IC-756ProII, IC-756ProIII, IC-703, IC-706, IC-706MkII, IC-706MkIIG, IC-718, IC-737, IC-775, IC-781, IC-970, IC-910, IC-7000, IC-7200, IC-7400, IC-7600, IC-7700, IC-7800, IC-9100, FT2000, FTdx9000, kFT950, FT450, FT1000MP, FT1000D, FT990, FT920, FT900, FT890, FT840, FT100, FT897, FT857, FT847, FT817.
Supported where the DTR and RTS lines in the RS-232 interface are connected to the radios PTT and CW lines.
uH Router PTT
Supported where uH Router is used with a microHAM device.
Then, the instructions for getting cocoaModem to tell MacLoggerDX to PTT are here.
Also have a look at this message on the cocoaModem List.
Version 4 will run on any Mac OS from OS 9 to OS 10.6.
Version 5 requires OS X 10.6 or later (Snow Leopard)
Version 4 is written in Carbon and runs native on PPC hardware and under emulation mode (Rosetta) on Intel hardware.
Version 4 uses a tab-delimited database which slows down with logs larger than 10,000 QSO's.
Version 5 is written in Cocoa, uses a SQLite database with unlimited size, instantaneous edits and is generally much faster.
All new development will be on Version 5.
Version 4 http://dogparksoftware.com/MacLoggerDX_Carbon.html
Version 5 http://dogparksoftware.com/MacLoggerDX.html
There was an upgrade discount promotion which expired June 1st of 2010 after running for a year and a half.
The logs are different types and so are the preferences. Version 4 logs are tab-delimited text and max out at about 10,000 records. Version 5 logs are SQLite and are very fast with no limit on size.
It is VERY easy to bring your old log into Version 5...
1) From the Version 5 File menu select New Log File... and place the log somewhere under your documents folder where you will be sure to back it up regularly.
2) From the Version 5 File menu select Import V4 log.dat... and choose your version 4 log.dat file.
MacLoggerDX supports LoTW and eQSL with Ham standard ADIF files. QSO's can be exported by ADIF, signed (using the ARRL supplied applications) and uploaded to LoTW. MacLoggerDX also uses LoTW and eQSL ADIF confirmation files to update the QSL received status of your logged QSOs (See the Confirm QSOs with ADIF File... Menu command under the Log Menu).
MacLoggerDX supports real-time upload of your QSO's to Club Log.
There is also a user script written by Kevin Williams (WM4J) in the MacLoggerDX Yahoo Group File section which automates the upload and confirmation processes:
The latest version (DQSLManager_v0.07.zip) is in the Files section (and in the MacLoggerDX download Extras folder). The setup instructions are in the readme file included in the zip archive.
Enable the 2D Map Prefs DX Spots/Show Spots and Show Spot Labels check boxes and enter 1000 in the Max Number of Spots field.
The log spots displayed are also affected by the search criteria you have set in the log panel.
No, Select Update Selected Log Entries from the Log Menu and the missing fields will be filled in.
I changed the call sign of a QSO in the log, how do I change the DXCC ?
Each Log field including DXCC and DXCC Country can be edited by double-clicking in it, editing the data in the Edit field and then pressing <return> or tabbing out of that field. The change is instantly saved to your log.
Selecting the Update Selected Log Entries command from the Log Menu will look up the selected log entries and add the found data to any blank fields in the entry, one at a time. This will ONLY update empty fields (or 0 in the case of DXCC ID), it will never overwrite existing data.
To update the DXCC values after a call sign change, set the DXCC numeric ID to 0, clear the DXCC Country field to blank and then Update Selected Log Entries with the new call and the new DXCC and DXCC Country will be entered automatically.
The Locator field in the DX and Contest Panels will tell you what Geolocation method MacLoggerDX has used for each lookup:
In the downloaded Sample Files folder edit the dxcommands.dat and/or dxclusters.dat files and place them/it in ~/Documents/MLDX_Logs and restart MacLoggerDX.
This will also work for the CW Keyer Macros in cwmacros.dat.
No, MacLoggerDX creates a standard .png file named "MacLoggerDX_qsl_to_CALLSIGN.png", places it in your "~/Documents/MLDX_Logs/" folder and then asks Preview to display it but you could print the file from any application.
MacLoggerDX has an Export Selected Log Entries to Address Book Log Menu command that will enable you to use Address Book's powerful label printing capabilities.
MacLoggerDX can export your Log to a Google KML file which will display your logged QSLs in Google Earth. Simply drag the exported KML file onto Google Earth and you will see all your logged QSOs displayed on the Google 3D Map.
DX Panel: Call, Mode (dxcc), Band (dxcc), Grid (first 4 character), ITU, DXCC, CQ Zone, IOTA, State Text Color
Spots, Cluster (dxcc) and History (dxcc) Panels:
Spots on 2D Map and Bands Panel:
2D Map Marker Shapes:
Select Focus VFO from the Shortcuts menu, or click on the large frequency display and then press tab. Don't forget to enable All Controls in the System Preferences/Keyboard & Mouse/Keyboard Shortcuts Panel.
The VFO stepper up/down arrows will change the radio VFO 10 Hz up or down with each click of the keyboard up/down arrows, or you can set up the Griffin PowerMate to send up/down arrow clicks.
With the Shift Key Pressed the frequency will change 100 Hz up or down.
With the Control Key Pressed the frequency will change 1 KHz up or down.
With the Option Key Pressed the frequency will change 10 KHz up or down.
With the Command Key Pressed the frequency will change 100 KHz up or down.
You can also position the mouse pointer over the VFO Stepper or Band Panel Sliders and use the mouse scroll wheel or Magic mouse scroll surface to scrub the frequency up and down.
Version 4 considers N or blank in the QSL Received field unconfirmed. This was confusing.
Version 5 considers only blank in the QSL Received field as unconfirmed.
Version 5 also has a Change Selected Log Entries... Log Menu item which will mark QSL Sent and/or QSL Received in bulk.
Version 5 also has an Unconfirmed check box search criteria in the Log Panel to show all your Unconfirmed QSO's.
For the purposes of Awards tracking and display color coding - any text at all in the QSL Received field indicates "Confirmed". To Change V4 N QSL Received fields to blank fields in V5:
1) Sort by QSL Received in the Log Panel.
2) Select all the N entries.
3) Select Change Selected Log Entries... from the Log menu.
4) Check the QSL Received check box and leave the QSL Received text field blank.
5) Press the Apply button.
The mode popup reflects what mode the radio is actually set to.You can change the mode mapping of USB to PSK (or anything else) with the mode mapping pref and when you select USB from the mode popup it will display and log as PSK.If you decide to work USB, then you just change the mode mapping from PSK back to USB with the mode mapping pref and when you select USB from the mode popup it will display and log as USB.If you want to assign specific modes to specific bands or sub-bands then edit the sample band plan delivered with MacLoggerDX and add the actual radio modes desired for each sub-band and select it in the Station Prefs.
Lookup will suggest an IOTA Zone based on the call sign. False positives can occur because the call sign cannot uniqely identify an IOTA entity in all cases. Even the IOTA id's supplied by a call book service may not be correct. The IOTA identifier supplied by MacLoggerDX must be verified in QSO. This also applies to the ITU Zone and CQ Zone values suggested by MacLoggerDX.
If I use the split function in MacLoggerDX, the log records the tx and rx frequencies but when I set split from the radio front panel, the log only records the receive frequency ?
Correct, some radios do not report split status or split frequency so that MacLoggerDX only knows about split for those radios if it is set from within the program.
What are caches and how do I get rid of them ?
MacLoggerDX caches or stores the QRZ Online QSL pictures and the Lookup data for varying periods of time to reduce the load on your internet connection and speed things up. If you want to see a change you have made to the Online lookup data or your QSL picture immediately just do a manual lookup (enter the call and press return) which will bypass the cache or quit MacLoggerDX and rename or delete this folder:
I'm using MacLoggerDX without a connected radio. How do I get the frequency and mode data into the log without manually correcting each entry ?
With no radio connected, whatever you enter in the DX/Contest Panel Frequency, Mode and Band text edit fields will be logged, these fields will stick until they are changed.