[CQ-Contest] Callsigns, Logging and Cabrillo

Tim Gardner n9lf at yahoo.com
Sat Sep 17 16:40:55 EDT 2005

For Cabrillo, length of callsign does not matter
because Cabrillo uses spaces (or tabs) to deliniate
the fields.  Therefore, the call (or any other
Cabrillo field) can be as long - or short - as needed.

Before anyone starts yelling about what the spec says,
I'll concede that the Cabrillo specs define specific
start and end columns.  I'll then point out that CQWW
and ARRL have publicly said to ignore that
specification, just make it space delimited.  Anyone
who has ever developed contest checking software that
reads Cabrillo has also learned this practicality as

Tim - N9LF

--- Radiosporting Fan <radiosporting at yahoo.com> wrote:

> I'm seperating two issues: On-air legality (needing
> to
> ID in accordance with the country-rules) and logging
> (identifying that a QSO actually took place for
> contest credit) needs.
> As respects logging and reporting...
> By examining the Cabrillo format I notice that it
> allows for 10-13 bytes in the callsign field
> (depending on the event spec).  How does one handle
> logging occurances when on-the-air "/" symbols take
> the callsign beyond that limit?
> Ev, W2EV
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