[CQ-Contest] Status of New MASTER.DTA
k8cc at mediaone.net
Sat Nov 17 10:19:31 EST 2001
I've been receiving a few e-mails asking about when a new MASTER.DTA file
will be available. K9TM and I have been working on this (squeezed in
between the past few contests) and we're now to the place where we can
generate .DTA files, so we have something to report.
We has asked the contest community to submit logs from the 2000-2001
contest season to be included in the database. The response (in terms of
the number of logs) received from the contest community was very low. We
received a total of only about 140 logs, which is much lower than in the
past. K9TM generated a MASTER.DTA last night and its about one third the
size of last year's MASTER.DTA. In addition, we received almost no logs
from domestic contests. Those of you expecting a useful MASTERSS.DTA for
SS and other domestic contests are going to be out of luck.
It was surprising who did and did not send logs. Very few of the big
multi-multis sent logs. A few people sent us keys to their on-line logs
which they said we could download. We're sorry, but this is November and
we're in the middle of the contest season so we don't have time for
this. (Those of you outside W/VE might not be aware that two of the
biggest contests for us North Americans, ARRL Sweepstakes CW and SSB, are
squeezed in between the two CQWW weekends.)
We will issue a new MASTER.DTA this upcoming week. It will be available on
the DATOM Engineering web site (NA support site)
http://www.datomonline.com. It will also be available on other logging
program web sites if they've asked for it.
If the contesting community wants a comprehensive MASTER.DTA as AD1C has
put out in the past, we need logs and we need them right now in order to be
ready for CQWW CW. Here are the ground rules:
1. Cabrillo logs are preferred, but we'll also accept CT .BIN and NA .QDF
files. Sorry, but we don't have time right now to deal with ADIF,
WriteLog, LogEQF, or other formats.
2. Do you have any idea how many logs we received last time named
00CQWWCW? It took over three hours with the current batch of logs simply
to rename and organize the 140 logs we received so far . THIS IS NOT
VALUE-ADDED WORK FOR YOUR HARRIED MASTER.DTA TEAM! Please name each file
with your callsign and a number; ex: K8CC1.LOG, K8CC2.LOG, etc. The files
can be zipped into a single zip file for e-mailing.
With regards to file naming, the "golden submitter" awards go to WE9V,
VR2BG, K8ND and N3RD whose submittals met all of these requirements and
required no extra work for us.
The logs should be e-mailed to k8cc at mediaone.net. We'll include all logs
received up until 11 PM, November 19 (that's 04Z on November 20) but then
we have to start turning the crank.
Thanks to all who have sent logs already. Its up to the rest of us to take
a few moments to send logs if the MASTER.DTA file is going to be up to
Dave Pruett, K8CC
Tim Mitchell, K9TM
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