[CQ-Contest] WRTC 2006 and Writelog

Mario s56a at bit.si
Sat Apr 9 07:39:44 EDT 2005

OH1NOA> The issue is propably that in the last WRTC, these softwares 
couldn't make conversion to CORRECT Cabrillo format. It seemed not to be so 
easy after all.

Actually it is!  Cabrillo robots are mostly "Made in USA".  Written in C, 
they "read blanks until char appears" being very tolerant of spacings. 
Homebrew variants probably stick strictly to published formats and often 
miss few spaces.  This was well known problem in 1960s with Fortran.  The 
beauty of standards is that there are so many of them :-)  My SOAPBOX always 
includes: "It takes the mathematician to make such a "standard" format!" 
dedicated to N5KO.

I also feel that IARU Cabrillo output within 15 minutes should be the only 
requirement for WRTC-2006 program.

My own log format caused problems in 1996 although it was sent well in 
advance.  But I was luckier then Finns.
WRTC-2000 problem with DL6FBL log was caused by CT not signaling diskette 
write error.
Enough diskette log space was not provided by SCC organizers (S57AW and me) 
by mistake.

73 de Mario, S56A, N1YU

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