DXLab Overview

Getting Started with DXLab



DXLab is a freeware suite of eight interoperating applications that can be installed independently in any order. When multiple applications are running, they sense each other's presence and automatically interoperate to support your Amateur Radio DXing activities:

  • Transceiver control with bandspread - controls up to 4 Alinco, DZKit, Elecraft, FlexRadio, Hilberling, Icom, JRC, Kachina, Kenwood, TenTec, Yaesu transceivers, with frequency and mode tracking by an independent transceiver, receiver, SDR-based panadaptor, or skimmer

  • Rotator control - AlfaSpid, ARSWIN, Heath, Hygain, M2, N1MM Rotor, Prosistel, SARtek, TIC, Trackbox, Yaesu

  • Solar terminator display and prediction - shows grey line at any specified date and time

  • Prefix, Region, IOTA, and Gridsquare lookup and display

  • Language translation - displays translations of amateur radio words and phrases for languages used in a station's location

  • World map display - beam heading, terminator, DX spots, VHF openings, auroral oval

  • Callbook lookup - Buckmaster, RAC, or QRZ CDROMs, Hamcall.Online, or (both free and with data access subscription)

  • Logging - supports both real-time logging, and recording completed QSOs from paper logs

  • QSL card and label generation

  • Logbook of the World and support - automated bidirectional synchronization

  • Award tracking and submission - AJA, Canadaward, Challenge, DDFM, DOK, DXCC, Holyland, IOTA, JCC, JCG, Maidenhead Fields & Squares, Marathon, RDA, SRR,  TopList, VUCC, USA-CA, WAB, WAC, WAE, WAJA, WAIP, WAHUC, WAS, WAZ, WPX, WAJA, WITU

  • QSL route discovery - provides access to more than 80 online sources

  • PSK31, PSK63, PSK125 - monitors an entire band and displays heard callsigns

  • RTTY - via the included MMTTY and 2Tone engines, with optional dual receive  using a TNC

  • CW (generation only) and Phone voice keyer

  • DX and WWV spot collection - up to 6 clusters including DX Summit and the Reverse Beacon Network, filtering, direct QSY with QSX

  • Propagation prediction - provides a graphical view of openings by frequency and time using your choice of the included VOACAP, ICEPAC, and IONCAP forecasting engines

  • Propagation monitoring - auto-QSY to monitor the IARU HF beacon network

  • supports add-in applications

  • interoperates with MultiPSK, MMSSTV, MMVARI, DM780, Fldigi, HRD, MixW($), DX Atlas($)



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Getting Started

The DXLab Suite is a free set of applications that support DXing activities. You can use them individually, but when multiple DXLab applications are running they detect each other's presence and interoperate automatically. One benefit of this approach is that you can learn applications individually. It doesn't matter where you begin, or what sequence you choose: start with one application that satisfies an interest or need, and get comfortable with it: these introductory topics will help get you going:

DXLab applications run on Windows, NT, 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10 in both 32-bit and 64-bit flavors. Some DXLab applications can be individually run on Windows 95, 98, and 98SE. Using virtual machines, DXLab applications can also be run on Linux and Macintosh.

DXLab on Windows 7, 8, or 10 DXLab on Macintosh DXLab on Linux

The DXLab Launcher automates the installation and upgrading of DXLab applications and helps you manage their execution once installed.

If you installed a DXLab application at some time in the past but haven't kept up with subsequent releases, directing the Launcher to upgrade that application will obtain all subsequent defect repairs and enhancements.

You can configure the Launcher to automatically check for new application releases at startup and daily thereafter; if releases are available that are newer than what you have installed, a "new app upgrades" message will appear on the Launcher's Main window. On the Launcher's Configuration window, available DXLab application releases that are newer than what's installed on your PC are highlighted in red font. Double-clicking any version number will display the Release Notes for that version.

New releases of DXLab applications are also announced on the DXLab Group, an open forum that you are encouraged to join This reflector plays a major role in driving the development of DXLab -- suggestions are refined, alternatives are considered, and releases are critiqued; the result is a powerful flow of ideas whose implementation benefits all participants. At your option, messages posted to the reflector can be delivered via email -- either individually, or in a daily digest.



Questions and suggestions are welcome in the DXLab Group, an open forum that you are encouraged to join.

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