[na-user] Breakdown sheets

k8cc k8cc" <k8cc@mediaone.net
Wed, 1 Dec 1999 01:05:27 -0500

N4XM and W1TO asked similar (but different) questions about the breakdown
sheets, so I'll answer both together.

W1TO noted that he started operating well into the second day, but the
summary sheet made it appear like he started the first day.  The reason for
this is that NA calculates the starting point of the contest based on the
first QSO, and backs up to 0000Z on that day.  It has no way of knowing that
you started operating the second day, so the result is unavoidable.

N4XM reported that his summary sheet does not agree with the score on the
logging screen.  This is most likely due to starting the contest early (even
a few seconds), for the reasons mentioned above.  For example, this past
CQWW started at 00Z on 27 November.  Suppose you make your first QSO at
23:59:30 on November 26.  NA has no choice but to assume that the first day
of the contest was 26 November, and generate a summary sheet accordingly.
Most likely QSOs will be "missing" for the entire second day.

I'm sorry that computers are so "literal", but this is the way (I think)
these features *have* to work.

Dave Pruett, K8CC
DATOM Engineering

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