[Trlog] Contests with Time Periods - How to manage?

Ville Hiilesmaa oh2mm at nettilinja.fi
Mon Apr 14 05:12:47 EDT 2008

Many contests have time periods, during which QSOs can be repeated with stations already worked in the previous period(s).
Several OH-contests, ES-Open Contest, and SM-manadtest are split in periods, just to mention a few.
Typically, stations can be worked once each hour. 
The period changes usually at an even hour, however, the 2nd period of the SM-test is from 1515 to 1615

What can you currently do?
1.  Work all dupes with 0 points. Edit later the points column with a text editor.
2.  When the contest is on 40 and 80 only, then switch to upper bands for the next period. Then edit band info.
3.  Restart TR for each period with a different log name. Then merge partial logs.

Is there any smarter way to do do this in TR?
If not, a couple of new commands to the LOGCFG.DAT would help,
for example:

CONTEST PERIODS = 2    (default=1)
PERIOD 1 =  1400 TO 1500
PERIOD 2 =  1515 TO 1615

The multipliers are typically counted only once, so no need to change this. 

To my knowledge, splitting into time periods is not available in other programs.
A World-renown pioneer in contesting, TR could be the #1 to implement this feature.

Ville OH2MM



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