[CQ-Contest] CQWW Logging Question
GERALD A TREAS
k8gt at flash.net
Fri Nov 2 04:17:34 EST 2001
Most of the serious contest logging programs have very rugged well written
parsers that can handle most anything, but with a few cautions. Since I am
a NA user, I will speak only for that particular logging program.
First, I only log those type of portable references that are important to
contest, for scoring or multiplier. /QRP does not, so I do not log it. The
same with /p, or /m, those are a waste of time and won't affect scoring,
except in detrimental ways, like in your case. Anything along those lines,
I use NA's <ALT-N> (notes) to add anything as a note with the log, but
not in the log. There is no country that has sole use of the letter P for
prefix, so well written software won't consider it another country. You
would have to log it as /PA or /PY etc. for it to be considered another
country. There (currently) is no use of 0 (Zero) or 1 (one) as a legally
assigned ITU prefix block. Don't log anything with the call that isn't
necessary to the particular contest.
If a country has divisions that are denoted by the number in the call, and
station is being operated in another division, then log it as /1 or /8 etc.
I said, properly written software can handle it. In the case of JH3XCU
operating in the 1st call area, log it as JH3XCU/1, and VE5UA/6 and
GJ/W4EE is correct.
If your logging software can't handle it, get one that is designed for
contesting. Most of those have parsers that can compute the country
regardless whether the prefix is before or after the main call, like
or K8GT/VE3, or VE5/K8GT, in all except the very rarest of situations.
73, Gerry K8GT
> Last year a few of my entries were removed from my total due to the way
> I logged the call; I had log the station as -QRP and it was marked as a
> unique even though I was in the other station's log.
> My question concerns how to log stations signing Portable, QRP,
> Temporary, etc. Do I log the station signing portable as /P, -P or just
> the call.
> The first type is the portable in one's own country (but with no
> different number to distinguish where he is portable at)-
> As an example M5ZAP was giving his call as "Mike Five Zulu Alpha Pappa
> Portable" should I log him as M5ZAP/P, as M5ZAP-P (as my logging program
> suggests- to avoid interpeting the call as being in a country with P
> prefix) or as M5ZAP.
> The second type is the portable in one's own country (but with a
> different area number to distinguish where he is portable at)-
> As an example JH3XCU/1 was giving his call as "Juliet Hotel Three X-ray
> Charlie Union Portable One" should I log him as JH3XCU/1, as JH3XCU-1
> (as my logging program suggests- to avoid interpeting the call as being
> in a country with 1 prefix), as JH3XCU/JA1, as JH3XCU/JH1 or as JH3XCU.
> The third is the station in their own country but not in their home call
> As an example VE5UA was giving his call as Victor Echo Five Uniform
> Alpha Portable Six.
> Should I log him as VE5UA/6, as VE5UA-6 (as my logging program suggests-
> to avoid interpeting the call as being in a country with 6 prefix) or as
> The fourth is the station not in their own country but not in another
> country, but portable-
> As an example GJ/W4EE was giving his call as Gulf Juliet Slash Whiskey
> Four Echo Echo Portable .
> Should I log him as GJ/W4EE/P, as GJ/W4EE-P (as my logging program
> suggests- to avoid interpeting the call as being in a country with 6
> prefix) or as GJ/W4EE.
> If possible it would be great to have the log checking software accept
> all these variation or publish in the rules the exact way these examples
> should be entered in the log.
> Anthony A. Luscre
> Stow, Ohio
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