+ AA6YQ comments below
I have about 1,000 old QSL cards, some dating back to
the 1960's, that I'd like to add to DXKeeper, just so that the
progress report somewhat matches what the ARRL has on their
records. A number of deleted countries are included in the
1,000. Hopefully all I'll need to add are Call, Date (Year only
hopefully?), Band and Mode. None of the other information is
needed (time, grid, etc.) for my purposes, at least I don't
think it is. My current DXKeeper database starts in 2018, so I
may need to change the starting date from how I originally
configured DXLab 2 years ago.
What do I need to do to simplify entry of all these cards?
+ DXKeeper can be configured to optimize for the entry of
"already-completed" QSOs from paper logbooks or QSL cards. See
+ Getting familiar with DXKeeper's keyboard shortcuts will help
speed QSO entry:
+ When you enter a callsign, DXKeeper will select the
appropriate DXCC entity based on current callsign=>entity
rules. That selection may be incorrect for older QSOs,
particularly those with now-deleted entities. Perform the
correction based on the information specified on each QSL card.
There's a set DXKeeper scripts that will update logged QSOs with
the appropriate DXCC entity based on the callsign and the QSO
date, but your QSL cards are generally a more authoritative
source; as with everything else in DXing, there are exceptions.
+ You must specify a valid date-and-time with each QSO. If
you're going to take the time to enter these QSOs, I suggest
that you accurately capture the year, month, and day; leaving
the times at 0Z would be fine.
+ If you're not that concerned about accuracy, and alternative
to adding manually logging completed QSOs to match your DXCC
credits is to have DXKeeper download your DXCC credits from the
ARRL, and fabricate "credit-only QSOs". This functionality is
+ Before you can fabricate "credit-only QSO", you must first
direct DXKeeper to link each of your DXCC credits to a logged
QSO, if possible; typically, 25% of your DXCC credits from QSL
cards you submitted to the ARRL DXCC desk will have to be
manually linked to logged QSOs due to data entry errors or
shortcuts taken by the DXCC desk. DXKeeper can then be directed
to fabricate a QSO for each DXCC credit not linked to a logged
+ Step-by-step instructions are here:
+ and here
+ If you choose this approach, be sure to make a backup copy of
your log before you start.