The FOC Marathon takes place over the weekend of 3/4th
February. It's a CW-only event, for FOC members, on the
6 contest bands from 160 - 10m.
SD supports this event. V13.13 runs on any Windows PC
and is free from www.ei5di.com/sd/sdsetup.exe
Select SD's "FOC Marathon" template.
SD correctly -
. Tracks continent and country bonus points.
. Tracks 5 and 6-bander bonus points.
. Tracks double points (QSO and bonus) for G4FOC.
. Identifies members, on the fly, as you type
membership numbers in the callsign field - with no
need to press Enter or any other key. When you do
press Enter, the callsign and membership number are
auto-inserted in the logging line.
. Lists previous QSOs, and auto-inserts membership numbers
as you type callsigns. Again, there's no need to press
Enter or any other key to see this information.
. Lets you log non-members without inflating your score
or bonuses - simply enter 0 or any non-numeric characters
instead of membership number.
. Lists 4-banders, 5-banders and "any other"-banders -
using the commands 4BAND 5BAND 6BAND etc. These may be
abbreviated to 1B 2B 3B 4B 5B 6B. The 4-band window is
useful. It shows the stations you've worked on 4 bands
together with the two bands needed in each case to get
your 5 and 6-bander bonuses. The AB (All Band) command
lists all stations worked together with the number of
bands in each case. If you do miss bonuses while using
SD, it will not be because you didn't know about them.
. When you add the #N (Name) parameter to SD's keyer
exchange message (F2), the other member's name is added
to your exchange - for example #C#N 5NN XXXX#E sends Call,
Name, RST, and your membership number (XXXX).
. SDCHECK, the post-contest program, prepares a Cabrillo
log which includes ALL Marathon tick-sheet information
and an exact Claimed Score. The log REPLACES your tick
sheet - just email it and your entry is complete.
You will need the members reference file FOC.LST, maintained
by GM4SID, to fully benefit from SD's features in the Marathon.
If you don't already have it, contact me directly for the
download address. This file is not distributed with SD. Use
SD's LOAD command to load FOC.LST.
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