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Need Ideas, best way to export DXKeeper ADIF log for import to WSJTX_log.adi


Mark W2OR
 

Greetings. Last week in preparing for a digital contest, the WSJTX_log.adi  file here was mistakenly erased, and so now, plans are to repopulate that WSJT file with an ADIF file from the main DXKeeper log.  That can be done, seemingly, starting with Keeper's Export tab, but first:

~~ has anyone had success doing this specifically for WSJTX ??
~~ Is there an easier way to repopulate the WSJTX_log.adi file, perhaps by instead using LotW's ADIF records?
~~ Would it be best to pre-filter the DXKeeper ADIF export file to eliminate unnecessary duplicate log records; 
~~ Will the DXKeeper ADIF file need alterations before being exported, such as, deletion of unnecessary fields (like name, IOTA info, narrative comments, etc)?
~~ Since this is all 'new territory', what else am I missing?  

FYI:  The software involved is Win7; Am using standard WSJTx;  DXKeeper with 39k QSOs;  JTAlert.
Thank you !!
Mark
.. w2or ..



iain macdonnell - N6ML
 

On Thu, Jul 23, 2020 at 1:32 PM Mark W2OR via groups.io
<reston2010mm-orders=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

Greetings. Last week in preparing for a digital contest, the WSJTX_log.adi file here was mistakenly erased, and so now, plans are to repopulate that WSJT file with an ADIF file from the main DXKeeper log. That can be done, seemingly, starting with Keeper's Export tab, but first:

~~ has anyone had success doing this specifically for WSJTX ??
Yes.

~~ Is there an easier way to repopulate the WSJTX_log.adi file, perhaps by instead using LotW's ADIF records?
You could export your QSOs from LoTW instead, but I'm not sure that
it'd be easier.


~~ Would it be best to pre-filter the DXKeeper ADIF export file to eliminate unnecessary duplicate log records;
Why do you have unnecessary duplicates in your DXKeeper log?


~~ Will the DXKeeper ADIF file need alterations before being exported, such as, deletion of unnecessary fields (like name, IOTA info, narrative comments, etc)?
No.


~~ Since this is all 'new territory', what else am I missing?
You're probably overthinking it. Just export standard ADIF from
DXKeeper and place the file in your WSJT-X log directory with name
wsjtx_log.adi, then launch WSJT-X.

73,

~iain / N6ML


Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below

Greetings. Last week in preparing for a digital contest, the WSJTX_log.adi file here was mistakenly erased, and so now, plans are to repopulate that WSJT file with an ADIF file from the main DXKeeper log.

+ If you have all of your QSOs in your DXKeeper log, why is it necessary to populate the WSJTX_log.adi file?

That can be done, seemingly, starting with Keeper's Export tab, but first:

~~ has anyone had success doing this specifically for WSJTX ??

~~ Is there an easier way to repopulate the WSJTX_log.adi file, perhaps by instead using LotW's ADIF records?

+ The ADIF file you obtain from LoTW will be limited to callsign, date, time, frequency, mode, propagation mode, and satellite name. Grid squares and signal reports are not reported.

~~ Would it be best to pre-filter the DXKeeper ADIF export file to eliminate unnecessary duplicate log records;

+ Why would there be duplicate log records (unless your DXKeeper log contains duplicate QSOs)?

~~ Will the DXKeeper ADIF file need alterations before being exported, such as, deletion of unnecessary fields (like name, IOTA info, narrative comments, etc)?

+ One hopes that WSJT-X would ignore the presence of fields it does not utilize, but I defer to Bill G4WJS.

73,

Dave, AA6YQ


ve3ki
 

On Thu, Jul 23, 2020 at 04:32 PM, Mark W2OR wrote:
Greetings. Last week in preparing for a digital contest, the WSJTX_log.adi  file here was mistakenly erased, and so now, plans are to repopulate that WSJT file with an ADIF file from the main DXKeeper log.  That can be done, seemingly, starting with Keeper's Export tab, but first:

~~ has anyone had success doing this specifically for WSJTX ??
Yes
~~ Is there an easier way to repopulate the WSJTX_log.adi file, perhaps by instead using LotW's ADIF records?
Downloading an ADIF file from LotW would not be any easier than exporting an ADIF file from DXKeeper, and exporting from DXKeeper would make it easier to select which QSOs were exported, depending on your objectives (see below).

~~ Would it be best to pre-filter the DXKeeper ADIF export file to eliminate unnecessary duplicate log records; 
That depends on your objectives. If you just want to replace the wsjtx_log.adi file that you lost, then just export contacts that were made in WSJT-X modes. The original file would not have contained contacts in any other modes. On the other hand, if you want WSJT-X to be aware of contacts you have made, or perhaps only contacts you have had confirmed or perhaps only band/entity combinations you have verified with the ARRL DXCC desk, then you might include such contacts even if they were in other modes.

For example, if you are only using WSJT-X to look for new DXCC band/mode/entity combinations that you haven't already worked, confirmed, and verified with the DXCC desk for the Challenge award, then you might filter the export to include only verified contacts, regardless of mode. That way, any not-yet-verified band-entity combinations would show up in WSJT-X as not yet worked. If your objective is to seek an FT8-only DXCC, then you might filter the export to include only contacts made in FT8, or perhaps even to only confirmed contacts made in FT8. If your objective is to use FT8 to fill out your grid square table for VUCC, you might limit the export to only VHF QSOs regardless of mode, with or without any additional filtering to take into account confirmed status. And so on...

~~ Will the DXKeeper ADIF file need alterations before being exported, such as, deletion of unnecessary fields (like name, IOTA info, narrative comments, etc)?
No alteration should be necessary (WSJT-X should ignore fields it doesn't use), but you can make the file smaller by limiting the fields exported. According to the User Guide, the only fields the WSJT-X "worked before" table takes into account are callsign, band, mode and grid square; everything else will be ignored. That is not to say you shouldn't filter on anything else, it's just that whether you filter or not, WSJT-X will not look at the other fields.

~~ Since this is all 'new territory', what else am I missing?  

FYI:  The software involved is Win7; Am using standard WSJTx;  DXKeeper with 39k QSOs;  JTAlert.
Thank you !!
Mark
.. w2or ..

73,
Rich VE3KI


g4wjs
 

On 23/07/2020 21:32, Mark W2OR via groups.io wrote:
reetings. Last week in preparing for a digital contest, the WSJTX_log.adi  file here was mistakenly erased, and so now, plans are to repopulate that WSJT file with an ADIF file from the main DXKeeper log.  That can be done, seemingly, starting with Keeper's Export tab, but first:

~~ has anyone had success doing this specifically for WSJTX ??
~~ Is there an easier way to repopulate the WSJTX_log.adi file, perhaps by instead using LotW's ADIF records?
~~ Would it be best to pre-filter the DXKeeper ADIF export file to eliminate unnecessary duplicate log records;
~~ Will the DXKeeper ADIF file need alterations before being exported, such as, deletion of unnecessary fields (like name, IOTA info, narrative comments, etc)?
~~ Since this is all 'new territory', what else am I missing?

FYI:  The software involved is Win7; Am using standard WSJTx; DXKeeper with 39k QSOs;  JTAlert.
Thank you !!
Mark
.. w2or ..
Hi Mark,

a standard ADIF export from DXKeeper is fine. WSJT-X expects the CALL, MODE, SUBMODE, GRIDSQUARE, and BAND fields in each QSO ADIF record. CALL is the only required field, SUBMODE is only used if MODE is MFSK. other fields are ignored so can safely be left in. There is no performance penalty for having other log fields, WSJT-X just extracts the data it needs.

If you are interested in making new contacts, e.g. new DXCC Entities, grids, continents, zones, or calls, without for consideration for the mode used, then you will want to export all your logged QSOs. In that case you would uncheck the WSJT-X "Settings->Colors->Highlight by mode" option. If you are interested in working new contacts, e.g. new DXCC Entities, grids, continents, zones, or calls, for each mode then you only need an export containing your digital mode QSOs, although there's no harm in exporting them all unless you have a really large log database and a very slow PC.

73
Bill
G4WJS.



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73

Bill

G4WJS.


Mark W2OR
 

Those were all first-rate, insightful, and helpful replies.
Thank you very much, Dave, iain, Bill, Rich.
We'll give it a whirl. 
73 de Mark
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