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Beta test versions of DX Monitor may be used for up to 30 days from their release date and will run even if your trial period has expired. If you tried an earlier version of the program and decided not to purchase this is your chance to try it again for free.

Download Beta DX Monitor 1.84

If you do not want to try the beta version, you can download the latest release version of DX Monitor (1.77).

Notes to beta testers

This is a beta test version of the software. It may have bugs in it. I recommend that you install it in a different folder from the release version you use daily.

Watch this page or the Yahoo Mailing list for announcements. You can follow the tweets at DXMon on Twitter where DX Monitor tweets the most spotted DX station.

The beta test version incorporates new features or changes which may not have been extensively tested, or may have incomplete documentation. If you find bugs or errors in the documentation, please report them to the author.

This version should be installed in a new folder. You can read your serial number from the old program by pressing F10 and looking at the User Information tab. If you install over an old version, backup the folder before installing in case there is a problem.


Read the manual for the beta version.


Frequently asked questions

How do I use my old alerts with the new program?

You can save your alerts file by name in the Alerts window - File - Save As.... Normally, this allows you to have multiple alerts files for different purposes. The saved file can be loaded into the new version of the program with File - Open.... If you didn't save a named file with your alerts, you will find your old alerts in the folder .../alerts/default.txt where you backed up DX Monitor with your usual backups.

How do I use my old settings with the new program?

You can save your profile by name in the Main window - File - Save Profile.... Normally, this allows you to have multiple profiles for different purposes. The saved ini file can be loaded into the new version of the program with File - Use Profile.... If you didn't save a profile, you can copy your old dxmon.ini file into the new folder. However, this can be a problem if the new ini file contains new URLs as you will replace them with the old URL, so it is not generally recommended without paying close attention. The ini file is a standard text file. Users with sufficient skills may edit the ini file manually to combine settings from before with new settings. Usually, changed URLs are mentioned in the version change information below.


Changes and additions in the latest release:

Version 1.84

Minor bug fix in Save Profiles...

Version 1.83

Added more Telnet addresses to Telnet Server list (mostly CW Skimmers)
Minor W10 compatibility issues resolved
Updated call locations used for beam headings based on HamLocator
Updated LOTW list from HB9BZA
Added Lid List to profile save/restore

Version 1.82

added Copy call to clipboard in main and band windows - HB9CQV request
Made NOAA check for WWV info instantaneous at startup - HB9CQV request

Version 1.81

Saved profiles now include preferences and the alert list.
When settings are reset a restore point is set which can be loaded as a profile.

Version 1.80

Fixed parsing of NOAA K-index due to changes in format from NOAA
Fixed Telnet WCY reports adding a 0 to the WWV Table time
Updated IBP beacon locations in beacons.txt
Updated Omnirig.exe and Omnirig.ini installation files.

Version 1.79

Added autostart Telnet window when Telnet Option Connect On Startup is checked
Fixed thin Telnet command line problem with W10 and other W10 minor problems

Version 1.78

Check for NOAA WWV information in the first 2 minutes of operation instead of waiting for 6 minutes

Version 1.77

Added shortcut keys to BandMap band buttons. Alt-2 for 20 meters, for example. (Thank HB9CQV for the suggestion).
Removed deprecated NOAA URLs from the Settings pulldown menus.

Version 1.76

Fixed performance issues with very large Alert Lists on some computers.

Version 1.75

Added IBP Beacon Tracking to the maps. The radio controlled by DX Monitor will tune to the selected beacon as it changes bands.

Version 1.74

Performance enhancement on special DX Summit History downloads.

Version 1.73

Release version of 1.72

Version 1.72

Fixed WWV and NOAA URLs because NOAA redesigned their web site.
Changed grid display time limit to allow times less than 1 hour (0.25 = 15 minutes)
Shortened grid refresh intervals. Please report if this causes flashing or screen problems.

Version 1.71

Fixed DX Summit search button in History window to work with new site design.
Added
Import DX Summit CSV Data command to get data from DX Summit.

Version 1.70

Added auto-import after converting DX Summit CSV file

Version 1.69

Added Convert DX Summit CSV file to History Window
A few minor bugs fixed.

Version 1.68

Fixed Band Window sizing in Windows 7
Made preference window resizable for large font users
Minor Twitter interface changes

Version 1.67

LID filter extended to hot DX and twitter output

Version 1.66

Minor changes to twitter window
Updates to Telnet Addresses

Version 1.65

Improved Twitter interface to allow custom #hashtags
Modified Filters in History Window to allow multiple bands

Version 1.64

Fixed parsing of data with <> symbols in the comment field appearing as junk spots

Version 1.63

Fixed bug parsing FK8C callsigns as Chesterfield Islands
Simplifed multiple twitter account validation

Version 1.62

Updating over an old version now resets URLs to default values, even if user retains his settings
Improved some exception handling

Version 1.61

Updates to the manual incorporating the new features
Faster shut down when Windows is shutting down

Version 1.60

Canadian provinces added to location display if K4HAV database is present
Enhanced twitter security
Added Copy Call to the Main Edit Menu and the Band Map Tools menu
Tested popular Telnet Servers and updated list
New and improved Ham Locator Map
More ADIF logbooks tested for compatibility - some minor tweaks

Version 1.59

Additional mapping of stations that have located themselves on the VE3SUN Ham Locator Map
Improvements to the twitter interface

Version 1.58

Import of DXALARMS.TXT from the Alert List of older versions of DX Monitor
Handling of multiple twitter accounts implemented
New locations imported from the station map. Use the map to log your exact location to be included in the next release.

Version 1.57

DXCC Countries list corrected in the Alert List pulldown menu
ADIF log import to Alert List tested with CT2ADIF, SwissLog and Ham Radio Deluxe

Version 1.55

Major improvements to Alerts List - supports multiple alert lists, import ADIF logs, alerts by band/mode
Most needed 30 DXCC entities included as default alert list
Alerts can be sent to mobile phone via twitter
60 meter filter added to History Window
Spots by owner are highlighted in DX grid
Twitter interface updated

Version 1.54

Twitter interface updated to the new OAuth API (required after June 30August 1631)
Updated HB9DRV URLs
Support for multiple owner callsigns
History file delete function clarified dialogs that led to confusion

Version 1.53

More accurate station locations for mapping on Google Earth.
1,000 new station locations imported from the station map. Enter your exact location to be included in the next release.
Fixed a bug relating to using commas in spot frequencies.
Fixed a bug relating to changing your station location.
Fixed a bug relating to setting alerts for certain unusual calls.
Other minor bug changes.

Version 1.52

Updated URLs for QRZ and WWV data.
More aggressive filtering of spam and poorly formatted spots.
Latest Omnirig installation.

Version 1.51

Fixed parsing of DX Summit DX Spots for new format.
Fixed parsing of DX Summit Announcements for new format.
Tested DX Summit spot sending - it is working at this time.

Version 1.49

Fix for spotting bug at DX Summit that multiplies spots with 2 decimal places by 100.
Fix bug in RTTY alerts by band

Version 1.44

Miscellaneous minor bug fixes and adjustments.

Version 1.43

Improved Vista Compatibility.
More detail added to Twitter messages.
Automatic restart option when leaving DX Monitor running 24/7

Version 1.42

More Twitter features added.
A new Map based locator to determine your latitude and longitude.
Fixed clipboard import to history problem.

Version 1.41

Alerts by band and mode for countries.
Spotting via DX Summit re-enabled.
Updated DX Summit URLs.

Version 1.40

Twitter Window added with tweeting of Alerts, comments, and Hot Spots.
Please comment on the usefulness of twitter and make suggestions for new features.
Added Delete Filter to filter editor.

Version 1.39

Fixed problem handling of K5D.. calls due to revised CTY.DAT format
Fixed display problem when showing US States and Countries together
Fixed alert sound ignoring filters

Version 1.38

DX Summit parsing changed to incorporate changes in the site format (again).

Version 1.37

DX Summit parsing changed to incorporate changes in the site page format.

Version 1.36

DX Summit URLs changed for Announcements.

Version 1.35

Fixed DX Summit URL for 25 spots, which changed again

Version 1.34

Added customizable background color on selected items in main window.
Fixed problems with Telnet AutoReconnect on dialup connections.

Version 1.33

Fixed bug relating Spot button with Telnet connection.
History Window now sorts ascending and descending.
Fixed bold recent spots when Alert color is the same as the recent color.

Version 1.32

Revision of DX Summit URLs.
Add LID filter to Band Map Window.
Automatic DX Summit turned on by default.
Fixed parsing of DX Summit data for frequencies above 10 GHz.

Version 1.31

Display country for non-US calls when state is shown for location.
Add 5 more Filter speed buttons. 10 Speed Buttons now available.
Invoke web browser for DX Summit spots, or use Telnet when connected.
Fix location by state or county for US beacons.
Option to Highlight DX that is on Logbook of the World (LOTW).
Import DX History from the clipboard as copied from DX Summit database searches.

Version 1.30

Switch to new DX Summit web site.

Version 1.24

Bug fixes in file conversions.

Version 1.23

Updated WWV Graphics to include Cycle 24.
Updated Omnirig utility to latest version.
Updated SSN information used for propagation forecasts.
Fixed bugs in History Window and BandMap.

Version 1.22

Added LID filter to the right click menu and Main Window Options to block spots from or about selected callsigns.

Version 1.21

Added the ability to import data from the DX Summit Database.

Version 1.20

Fixed problem importing lists of callsigns to the History Window


Version 1.19

Major update of Help Files.
Fixed problem with Filters in History Window.
Fixed Pause HamCap problem.
Other minor bug fixes.


Version 1.18

Added HamCap to the Windows menu of the Main Window.
Added Filter Speed Buttons to the Options menu.
Added Pause HamCap Background calls to the Options menu.
Added Save Selected Lines to File in the History right click menu.
Added link to JF9EXF Ham Maps in the Web menu.
Added Automatic Grid Save to the File menu.


Version 1.17

Fixed rig control bug affecting European computers with commas in numbers.

Version 1.16

Added Propagation Chart to show predicted propagation to the DX station.
Added long path propagation forecasting to SNR filtering.
Modified Local Spotter filter to show DX when unexpected propagation occurs and SNR filter is engaged.

Propagation Chart


Version 1.15

Right click map to add custom station location.
Fixed bug related to multiple monitors.


Version 1.14

Fixed bug relating to 1A4A not displaying country information and beam headings.
Fixed problem starting signal strength display in main window.


Version 1.13

Propagation Prediction has been integrated into the Band Map and the Main Window.
Filter out DX spots when there is no predicted propagation from your location.
Optionally show VOACAP predicted signal strength for each station.
Automatically scan the receiver to DX frequencies where propagation is expected.
Fixed problems with History Window analysis of data subsets.


Version 1.12

Propagation Prediction has been integrated into the Band Map.
Icons show current propagation and expected propagation in one hour.
Filter out DX spots when there is no predicted propagation from your location.
Optionally show VOACAP predicted signal strength for each station.
Automatically scan the receiver to DX frequencies where propagation is expected.
Hide Telnet window option.


Version 1.11

Fixed URL for CTY.DAT as changed on August 19, 2006.
Added scanning tools to Band Map. Receiver will automatically scan spot frequencies.
Spot dialog automatically reads transceiver frequency.


Version 1.10

Support for the OmniRig rig control engine. DX Monitor will optionally install OmniRig during the installation process. OmniRig allows DX Monitor to control the frequency of your radio from the main grid or the band map using the mouse or the popup menu.

The Google Earth screensaver will also control the radio receiver frequency, so the rig will scan as the satellite images are displayed.


Version 1.09

Support for the HamCall CD and Internet Callsign Server to provide data for the Station Information Window.

Double click on a URL or email address in the Station Information Window to go directly to the home page (or email) of the DX station.


Version 1.08.

Addition of a LOTW user list which is used to display LOTW in the station information. For now, it is necessary to click on a callsign to see the LOTW status. If you would like to see the status automatically displayed in the comment field, or by color, or some other way, please send me your suggestions.

Addition of a Location display option of County + Country which displays the state and county for US stations and the country for other stations.

Some changes to improve the efficiency of displaying location information in the Main Window when the FCC Database is used.


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