[CQ-Contest] Band Category Log Submissions

John Laney k4bai at att.net
Fri Jul 27 13:32:35 PDT 2012

Hello all:  It took me a while, but I found the rules that contained 
what I mentioned in my last post.  The important part of that post to me 
was that a contest Robot apparently could receive two logs for a single 
contest from the same entrant, one as the resl log and one a check log 
and not have the check log replace the real contest log submission. 
That is what Mario, S56A, was stating the Robot should be able to do.

I have absolutely no problem submitting a log for one category and 
leaving in other QSOs on other bands or modes for log checking purposes 
that will not count for my score in my selected category.  That, in 
fact, is easier for me to do than to break out the other QSOs and put 
them in a separate Check Log as Mario says he did and would like to do 
in the future.

So, maybe VE5SF or others with RAC can explain how their Robot can 
handle these two separate logs.  Given their rule, you can understand 
that it really must be done that way for the RAC Canada Contest or your 
log will be reclassified to a category other that what you specified in 
the contest header.

Here is the relevant portion of the rules from the RAC Canada Day 
website and it appears that they were printed the same way in the 
magazine, The Canadian Amateur:

"Category notes:

1.  The contents of a log that is submitted for a specific category must 
reflect that category.  In the event of a conflict between the actual 
content of the log and the stated category in the Cabrillo header or 
contained in other elements of the entry material, the actual contents 
of the log will be used to determine the category of entry where 
possible.  In the event this cannot be determined or in the event where 
a log does not identify the entry category, the entry will be classified 
into the Multi-Operator, Multi-Transmitter, any authorized power category.

Any entrant who wants to enter a specific category (i.e. Single band 
entry) but who also worked additional contacts outside that category may 
submit those additional contacts in a separate check log file.  Do not 
include them in the main entered category log file."

Let me emphasize that RAC is the only contest sponsor that I know of 
which has this rule.  Other sponsors seem to request all contacts in one 
log and the category in the header determines which contacts are counted 
for the entry and all QSOs are used for cross checking logs.  Note that 
RAC does not seem to encourage submission of the separate check log, but 
says it MAY be submitted in a SEPARATE check log file.  The emphasis is 
on those two words in the original text.

As far as I have ever known, most, if not all, other contest sponsors 
accept the last log submitted for an entrant, replacing any earlier 
submitted log.  Apparently the major contest logger Robots may have some 
ability to recover earlier submissions if there is some reason to do so, 
but they are not routinely checked or recovered.

I guess the major purpose of this post is just to verify that I did not 
imagine reading such a rule recently.

73, John, K4BAI.

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