[CQ-Contest] Slashed-Zero - Please Don't

Ward Silver hwardsil at centurytel.net
Wed Aug 3 17:32:29 EDT 2005

Ah - viewing your log while using a slashed-zero font is a different thing. 
Since it doesn't change the character code in the file, that's OK.  Pardon 
me for my imprecision and/or misunderstanding of your original post.

However, a number of folks have been observed to edit their Cabrillo logs 
and substitute the slashed zero character for the "true zero", which is 
ASCII decimal 060.  This is not OK and causes heartburn with the 
log-checking software or the admins.

Here's how to use Microsoft Word to tell if a slashed-zero in your file is a 
"true zero" or just the way in which the selected font represents a "true 
zero".  Open the file (back it up, first), highlight the zero then select 
Insert followed by Symbol.  A table of characters will appear.  The "true 
zero" will be highlighted in the table between forward-slash (/) and the 
numeral 1.  If any other character is highlighted, you don't have a "true 

73, Ward N0AX

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Simon Pearson" <lists+1 at attenuate.org>
To: "Ward Silver" <hwardsil at centurytel.net>
Cc: "CQ-Contest Reflector" <cq-contest at contesting.com>
Sent: Wednesday, August 03, 2005 2:14 PM
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Slashed-Zero - Please Don't

> Ward N0AX wrote:
>> Please do NOT use a slashed-zero character in your log!  This character 
>> may or may not be translated to ASCII '0' by the log-checking software.
> Er, no Ward, I don't think you quite understand.
> This is purely a font. In other words a typeface. All it's doing is 
> showing an ASCII '0' (zero) with a slashed zero, so it's easily 
> distinguisable between and 'O' (oh) and a '0' (zero).
> It is *not* inserting the ASCII character for a slashed zero (alt + 0126 
> on Windoze).
> For clarification, install the font, and view the Cabrillo log in Notepad 
> using firstly Courier New and then the ProFont typeface.
> -- 
> Simon Pearson M0CLW
> WWYC #452 | G6PZ CG

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