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

Igor Sokolov ua9cdc at gmail.com
Mon Apr 14 07:37:58 EDT 2008

There is Ctrl-K clear dupe sheet command in TRlog. We used to use it in 
domestic contests for many years.
On the other hand there is TR4W project at http://tr4w.qrz.com which has the 
command to program period length and clears dupe sheet automatically for 
you. TR4W is based on the original TRlog algorithm  and therefore 
configurable via cfg file very much like TRlog. It can be adapted to any 
contest that is not natively supported.

73, Igor UA9CDC

> 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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