MacLoggerDX Help from the Help
menu and it will display the top level help screen. macOS looks
for the help files contained in the app in the Applications
There is an online reference manual here which is also available under the MacLoggerDX File menu and is updated several times a week - much more frequently than a PDF could be published. This is a reference guide - not a user manual with step-by-step instructions.
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 or in the user videos on YouTube then please refer your question to one of the support email reflectors. There are lots of knowledgeable people there who can help you:
the Debug Log check box in the Radio
prefs panel, try to connect to the radio with the Radio panel
check box and then from the File menu select Show
Debug Log to examine it or select Email
Debug Log to send it to us. Please include a screen
shot of your Radio prefs in the email.
macOS asked for permission for MacLoggerDX to access the
Documents folder etc. and you answered “No” then you can later
allow this in the System Preferences / Security &
Privacy / Privacy panel Files and Folders.
Enter a call sign in the DX panel Call field, press return to do a Look Up and then press the Log QSO button. All the information in your DX or Contest panel for that QSO will be entered into the log.
You can open a new log file anywhere you want on your Mac but the default log file is your_home_directory/Documents/MLDX_Logs/MacLoggerDX.sql.
Don't forget to back up your log file every day - just as you would any other important data on your computer.
The current log is displayed in the File Menu/Open Recent sub-menu and in Log panel.
can store your log file in your DropBox, Google
Drive or iCloud Drive folder and
have your changes instantly available in the Cloud from any Mac.
Copy your current Log file in the Finder to your DropBox/Google
Drive folder and Open Log File... from the
MacLoggerDX File Menu (Make sure you don't try
and change your log from more than one location at once).
You can have multiple logs and switch between them - File menu New Log File, Open Log File and Open Recent...
you operate with multiple Call signs or prefixes, you can store
your QSO's in different log files or all in the same log file
since your Station prefs Call Sign is
stored in each QSO logged as My Call.
If you create any Note files they will be stored in the ~/Documents/MLDX_Logs/note_files/ folder based on Spot or QSO call sign, for example VE3VRW notes.txt.
Where is the Log file backup procedure ?
There isn't one. Backup is an operating system function not an application feature but it is easy to do in a number of ways...
Select Speed Log from the File Menu and enter them in the dialog.
people use a dedicated Contest Logger like N1MM or SkookumLogger
for serious contesting.
MacLoggerDX is a general purpose logger but it can be used for casual contesting.
Exchange data logged in MacLoggerDX during the contest and exported to ADIF is post processed
by CabConverter into a Cabrillo file for submission to the contest sponsor.
There are detailed instructions for each contest included with the CabConverter program.
There is an Introduction video showing how to install and use CabConverter.
Moving the prefs file is not supported, or for the faint of heart, but your MacLoggerDX preferences reside in this file: your_home_directory/Library/Preferences/com.dogparksoftware.MacLoggerDX.plist.
How do I Merge Logs?
can merge any log into any other log.
Only use ADIF when transferring between MacLoggerDX and other software programs.
MacLoggerDX supports all the popular logbooks with standard ADIF files. QSO's can be exported to ADIF, signed (using the ARRL supplied applications) and uploaded to LoTW. MacLoggerDX 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 on-demand LoTW and eQSL confirmations where QSL Received is time stamped when QSOs are matched, and real-time upload of your QSO's to LoTW, eQSL, Club Log, QRZ Logbook,and HRDLOG when they are logged, optionally, QSL Sent can be time stamped for each QSO uploaded. Individual QSOs can be uploaded and confirmations requested in the Log panel contextual (right-click) menu.
LoTW, QRZ Logbook, Club Log, eQSL and HRDLOG are all configured in the MacLoggerDX Look Up prefs.
If QSO upload or confirmation errors occur, MacLoggerDX will display short error descriptions in the Look Up prefs error status field for each service and in an Error Alert or Notification. Longer error descriptions can be found in the Debug Log or in the case of Confirmations in a popup error window. If you do not have the preferences configured correctly or there is some other problem with the QSOs you are trying to upload, the Debug Log will tell you what the error is.
When an error occurs, select Show Debug Log from the File menu and view the file, or select Email Debug Log from the File menu to send it to us.
A confirmations log is also kept in your ~/Documents/MLDX_Logs/adif_confirmations folder.
The Export ADIF... File Menu command will export the QSOs selected in the Log Panel or if none are selected, the entire log.
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. This will perform an Internet Call Book look up for all 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), it will never overwrite existing data. MacLoggerDX will post an alert if you try to process more than 250 QSOs at once but the actual number that are practical to update at one time will depend on your Mac, OS version, your Call Book service and your Internet Connection speed. Keep in mind that some Call Book servers will throttle their response if you overload them.
The Locator field in the DX and Contest Panels will tell you what Geolocation method MacLoggerDX has used for each lookup:
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.
does not include any fields in the log that cannot be
imported/exported to ADIF.
You can however use the SIG (special interest group) tags in the Comments field to export POTA ADIF references - SIG:POTA SIG_INFO:VE-4873.
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 can export your Log to a Google KML file which will display your logged QSLs in Google Earth Pro. Simply drag the exported KML file onto Google Earth Pro and you will see all your logged QSOs displayed on the Google 3D Map.
Log Table, Awards Tables:
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.
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.
Radio panel Mode popup
reflects what mode the radio is actually set to (CW, USB, LSB,
You can change the mode mapping of USB-D to FT8 (or anything else) with the mode mapping pref and when you select USB-D from the mode popup it will display and log as FT8.
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 Band Plan Prefs.
Editing the Mode text in the DX panel will automatically adjust the mapping so that your change will "stick" until you edit it again or change the Mode Mapping in the Prefs..
Make sure you have the Call Book popup set to QRZ XML (or the Call Book of your choice), your account is up to date and your Username and Password are correctly set.
directly, but MacLoggerDX can log remote SmartLink-ed Flex
radios through dogparkSDR. If
the Tune MLDX check box is enabled in the Radio prefs,
MacLoggerDX will automatically track the active slice
frequency and mode without being connected to the radio. This
can be usefull when working a remote radio through SmartLink
since MacLoggerDX will not need a radio connection of it's own
and will log the frequency and mode sent to it by dogparkSDR.
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 ?
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:
can also selectively remove one or more stale cached thumbnails
Pics by dragging them to the trash.
Selecting Remove Old QSL images from the Shortcuts menu will remove any QSL pictures and thumbnails older than one year from the cache.
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.
Why doesn't MacLoggerDX save the QRZ URL for Bios in the Log?
MacLoggerDX doesn’t save the URL when it is a QRZ bio with a session key, since the session key will eventually expire and not be valid in the future. If you click on the bio url in the DX panel and press return, your web browser will be redirected to the station's QRZ bio.
How do I Uninstall MacLoggerDX ?
MacLoggerDX doesn’t install any system extenstions so removing it from your Mac is fairly simple:
How do I Upgrade from MacLoggerDX V5 ?
your registration was for Version 5 it will still work with
Version 6.0 was released December 18, 2015.
If you registered MacLoggerDX Version 5 before November 1st 2014, you are not eligible for the free or discounted Version 6 upgrade.
Version 6 can be purchased using the PayPal Buy Now button on the MacLoggerDX web page.
... or you can wait to upgrade until there is something in V6 that you need.
If you need to re-install Version 5.63 You can download it here: https://www.dogparksoftware.com/MacLoggerDX_older_versions.html