[CQ-Contest] Zero Pointers

Tony Field field at nucleus.com
Wed Dec 6 09:26:55 EST 2000

> From: "Pete Smith" <n4zr at contesting.com>
>Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Zero Pointers
> I've read again and again that Cabrillo users will not be dinged for
> unmarked dupes.  Leave 'em in.
> 73, Pete N4ZR

Cabrillo is surprisingly well put together and COULD (but of course, does
not) accommodate marking dups, zero point entries, etc. Each log entry line
starts with the letters QSO as in:

    QSO: 21303 PH 2000-10-07 0325 VE6TN        AB          N6O        CCOS

If the contact is a dup, replace the word QSO with the word DUP.  A zero
point entry could have QSO replaced with ZER. I would assume that it would
be trivial for the contest administrator's scoring software to automatically
ignore the lines with DUP or ZER for point/mult computations but could use
this information for NIL analysis..

If course the logging software used by the competitors should make the
marking of dups automatic and also provide some convenient way of marking
the ZER score lines so that the requisite CLAIMED-SCORE: line could be
properly generated.

The above is only one of may possible ways that DUP/ZERO qso could be
handled - but any such things must be determined by whoever maintains and
updates the Cabrillo standard.

BUT - as N4ZR points out, it is not really necessary to mark DUP contacts in
a Cabrillo log....

tony field
field at nucleus.com
ve6yp at rac.ca

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