[CQ-Contest] [FCG] FQP logs, the new robot and Cabrillo
wlbaber at bellsouth.net
wlbaber at bellsouth.net
Wed Apr 29 17:24:09 PDT 2009
Hi Dan and Ron:
This is a minor issue, probably, but I recently switched to N1MM from TRLOG. TRLOG encourages the removal of duplicate qsos in cabrillo, but N1MM does not.
Does this matter? I did not remove the duplicate qsos in my recently submitted FCG-FQP log using N1MM.
73, Will, wj9b, dit dit
-------------- Original message from K1to at aol.com: --------------
> First of all, thanks to everyone who got on for the 2009 Florida QSO Party
> this past weekend. The early feedback is that activity, and thus many
> scores, were at record-breaking levels.
> As some of you have discovered, the FQP is using a robot to acknowledge
> e-mailed logs to logs at floridaqsoparty.org for the first time. Mega-thanks
> to Trey, N5KO and George, K5TR for getting this assembled.
> What became obvious very quickly is that some logging software produces
> Cabrillo files that are not compatible with the current Cabrillo standard.
> I've gotten a primer on Cabrillo formatting and will share the highlights:
> - All logs coming in so far have a different Contest Name than expected.
> No problem.
> - At least one popular program contains a header line called CLUB-NAME.
> That is not Cabrillo standard, hence the warning message. CLUB is what
> Cabrillo expects.
> - Until several years ago, CATEGORY was a single field that always expected
> 4 pieces of information. The newer Cabrillo standard is that these four
> pieces are individual lines within the Cabrillo header: CATEGORY-OPERATOR,
> CATEGORY-BAND, CATEGORY-POWER and CATEGORY-MODE. In addition, Cabrillo has
> fields for CATEGORY-ASSISTED, CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER and CATEGORY-STATION which
> don't translate from the original single line CATEGORY.
> An sample of a valid CATEGORY was SINGLE-OP ALL LOW CW. The robot
> translates that into:
> CATEGORY-OPERATOR = SINGLE
> CATEGORY-BAND = ALL (not used for the FQP)
> CATEGORY-POWER = LOW
> CATEGORY-MODE.= CW
> Note that the FQP does not have single-band categories.
> But if your CATEGORY came in as SINGLE-OP LOW CW, then the robot would
> think that CW was your POWER since POWER is the 3rd item on that row, not find
> it in the list of valid powers, and default you to HIGH power. Similarly, it
> would not find your mode in the 4th postion and would default you to MIXED
> - Now, moving on to the bulk of most submissions - the QSO rows. Cabrillo
> expects a row to look like this:
> QSO: 14037 CW 2009-04-25 1600 W8MJ 599 MI K8NZ/4 599 LEE
> The number of spaces between each field is irrelevant. But a space is a
> delimiter. So, if your log shows:
> QSO: 14037 CW 2009-04-25 1600 W8MJ 599 WEST VIRGINIA K8NZ/4
> 599 LEE
> then the robot thinks that VIRGINIA is in the received callsign column and
> so forth...
> Also, those columns need to appear in exact order.
> Several of the popular DOS programs produce columns like this:
> QSO: 14000 CW 2009-04-25 1648 N6TR 1 OR K2EK 599
> 599 Sum
> QSO: 14037 CW 2009-04-25 1600 W8MJ 599 K8NZ/4 599 LEE
> In the first case, several columns are misaligned. In the second case, the
> sent QTH column is missing.
> If your logging program does not produce information in this format, the
> robot will send an informative message back to you. However, your log is
> still safe and accepted.
> More information is available here:
> Over the next few months, we will be working with the various logging
> software authors and Trey to ensure that everyone is in sync with what is
> expected in the Cabrillo format for the FQP and to give the authors plenty of
> to issue updated software in time for downloading prior to the 2010 FQP.
> In the meantime, thanks for making the 2009 FQP the best yet and for
> sending in those logs.
> Any questions on the above may be directed to the FQP guru Ron, WD4AHZ
> using his call at arrl.net or to me with my call at aol.com
> 73, Dan, K1TO and Ron, WD4AHZ
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