[NA-User] CQP file issue
k8cc at comcast.net
Sun Oct 8 22:33:52 EDT 2006
The different files are needed because CQP multipliers are different for
CA and non-CA stations. The particular file NA uses is selected in the
Contest Rules Template (.CRT) file for the contest being operated. In
this case, CALQSO1.CRT is the template for CA stations while CALQSO2.CRT
is for non-CA stations.
Multipliers for non-CA stations are CA counties. These are listed in
Multipliers for CA stations are States/Provinces. These are listed in
CALQSO.MLT. However, when a CA station works another CA station, and
their on-th-air exchange is their county, it counts as CA, not the
county. The log must show the county, but it counts as the state (CA).
This is where the CALQSO.ALI file comes in. (The "ALI" refers to
"alias".) When a CA station logs another CA station, the county
abbreviation is not on the multiplier list. NA then searches
CALQSO.ALI, finds the county abbreviation aliased to CA, which *IS* on
the multiplier list, and scores the QSO as CA.
We do the same thing for FLQP.
Rob Neece wrote:
> Dave and Bob,
> Thanks for the responses. My post was unclear about one thing. None
> of the counties are accepted as valid QTH. MARP just happened to be
> the first one I tried to log.
> I spent lots of time comparing .MLT files to see if I could spot a
> problem. For example, the PA QSO Party works fine, so I compared CA
> to PA files with the same extension. Bob, I will use the character
> count and information you sent me this afternoon and look again at
> the files. Dave, I wondered if you could explain the program logic
> to me with regard to the files. First, am I right that it is the
> CALCTY.MLT file that is used for this? (What is the *.ALI file used
> for?) Is there some logical reason the file would be functional for
> displaying multipliers (ALT-L) but not work for checking them?
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