Getting Started with Leaderboard Award Tracking
In a Leaderboard competition, the objective is to work a particular callsign -- usually a DXPedition -- in as many slots as possible, where a slot is a band-mode combination. Considering all of the bands between 160m and 2m except 60m, and considering the CW, Phone, and Digital modes, there are a total of 33 possible slots -- but not all DXPeditions are QRV on all 11 bands, or in all 3 modes. Many DXPeditions host their leaderboard competitions on Club Log.
SpotCollector considers as needed any active callsign present on its Special Callsign List with a Leaderboard tag for which their is no logged (in DXKeeper's currently-open log) QSO on the spotted band in the spotted mode. The Need column in the Spot Database Entry for such a callsign will contain the letter L, meaning needed for a Leaderboard competition.
If you'll be participating in Leaderboard competitions, then on the Audio tab of SpotCollector's Configuration window, check the Announce special callsigns box in the Audio Alarm panel .
To pursue a specific callsign in a Leaderboard competition, add that callsign to SpotCollector's Special Callsign List with the tag Leaderboard by following these steps:
select the Special Callsigns tab of SpotCollector's Configuration window
in the Special Callsign List panel,
if necessary, scroll the Special Callsign List so that its last row is visible; this row contains an asterisk in its left-most column
type the callsign into the Callsign column of the last row of the Special Callsign List; this will create a new row with a pencil icon in it's left-most column
type Leaderboard into the Tag List column of the newly-created row of the Special Callsign List
strike the Enter key