CQ DX Marathon

Resources, Hints & Tips: Software Tools

There are several tools available to help you manage your QSOs and prepare your DX Marathon submissions.

Official Submission Tool

Starting in 2023, we are using a new online submission tool. It can be found at entry.dxmarathon.com. This tool will accept the traditional Excel Scoresheet (see below) as well as ADIF files. Using either option, it give the participant the ability to review and select QSOs for each entity and zone.

You can find more descriptive information on Data Formats along with details on what types of files are supported and how to generate them.

Submission Scoresheets

Unlike past years, you no longer need to use a Scoresheet to submit your entry, but if you prefer this way of keeping track of your progress, you can use the following template, or any similarly formatted Spreadsheet:

You can open this with Excel, OpenOffice, LibreOffice, Apple Numbers, Google Sheets, or any other similar application, and then use it to start your submission at the end of the year in the Submission Tool.

As long as the columns remain in given order (Prefix, Entity, Day, Month, Time, Band, Mode, Call), and you preserve the prefix values as given, you can modify the sheet to suit your needs.

ADIF to DX Marathon

Jim, AD1C, has written a program that will take the ADIF log info from your logging program and create the DX Marathon Score Sheet directly. This is available at AD1C’s site.

Ham2K Marathon Tools

Sebastian, KI2D, has built a web-based tool that helps you check your entire ADIF log and find your DX Marathon entries. It’s available at marathon.ham2k.net

DXKeeper & DXLab Suite

DXKeeper, part of the DXLab Suite has several features that can help you participate in the DX Marathon.

DXKeeper tracks your progress towards the current-year Marathon award, and can directly generate a Score Sheet you can submit at year end. DXKeeper is the logging and award tracking component of the freeware DXLab Suite, which automatically identifies active DX stations needed for the current-year Marathon award; it’s available via www.dxlabsuite.com.

Ham Radio Deluxe

Ham Radio Deluxe fully supports the DX Marathon program and can provide many features including a year to date analysis on progress. Further details can be found at the following site:

N1MM+

N1MM+ is not a general-purpose logger; there is no support for chasing awards like DXCC and WAS. For these functions, you should be using a general logging program. If you are using N1MM+ as a logging program, you do have the ability to export ADIF format files and import it directly into the Submission Tool, or use one of the other programs listed on this page to help you verify your QSOs before submitting.

Logger32

Gary, ZL2IFB, reports that Logger32 now supports the CQ DX Marathon as of version 3.37.0.

N3FJP

N3FJP’s Amateur Contact Log is an easy to use general logging program that has many great features including tracking of worked all states, counties and countries. To track your progress for the current year, on the Awards form, enter the first record number in the From Rec prompt. If you aren’t sure of the record number, click the blue From Rec label and enter the date. Then click Calculate to see your totals. Please refer to N3FJP’s website for more details.


If you know of other tools that should be listed here, or if you have any software tips useful for Marathon participants, please write to wc3w@dxmarathon.com.