I have been using CQRLog for many years and ashamed to say I have just recently become concerned that DX spots and alerts may not be operating in the manner I thought they were. Most beginning DX operators have a highest priority of confirming contact on any band, any mode with each DX country. This is then followed either by getting each DX country on either every band or on every mode depending on the priorities of the operator. Up until recently I have believed the DX spot colors reflect those priorities but the concept of "QSL needed" now has me wondering if that is true.
I have seen the forum threads that tell me "QSL needed" means you have worked a station but but not confirmed it on that mode and band and can set a DX cluster spot color to show "QSL needed" in a specific color. What I now suspect is happening with DX spot colors is that if you have worked a country but not gotten confirmation, those spots are not flagged differently than if you have confirmed a country on some mode and band but have worked but not confirmed the DX entity on this specific mode and band.
If in my fog of confusion I have hit on the right answer this means: the beginner trying to get their first DXCC award gets the spots off the cluster flagged that he needs to contact only if he has never worked them before on the spotted band and mode. Many of the spots he wants to contact to finally get that country confirmed must be pulled out of the clutter of "QSL needed" colored spots which includes: countries he is desperately needing to contact again because he can't get confirmation on any band/mode; as well as countries he has already confirmed on some mode or band but has only worked and not confirmed on the spotted bands and mode (allot of stuff he is not focused on). The impact on more advanced DX operators is different but likewise the spots flagged "QSL Needed" have to be individually analyzed to determine if this spot is one he wants to pursue.
Is there a way to eliminate all that clutter or does it work differently than I think? Some of us are happy only when we confirm a country. Others want a country confirmed on every band. Others want every country confirmed on a specific mode. I Others of course could care less about awards but want to just work not confirm everything. I think the whole process would work better for awards seekers if tracking "worked but not confirmed" countries were shut off for DX spot purposes as an option.