[VHFcontesting] Software Questions

Jim Pierson jimp at summitekinstruments.com
Mon Jul 23 16:59:39 EDT 2001

How well does TR handle the rovers???  Can it keep track of the grids a
rover has visited and  tell me what bands I need him on? OR does it just
tell me, yea I see that he is "in the log".
CT does not do this very well....it would be nice to see this info,
rather than just the first grid I worked him in. 


Jim, N1SZ
 -----Original Message-----
From: 	vhfcontesting-admin at contesting.com
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Sent:	Monday, July 23, 2001 3:44 PM
To:	Donald M. Ross
Cc:	VHF Contest Reflector
Subject:	Re: [VHFcontesting] Software Questions

On Mon, Jul 23, 2001 at 04:23:53PM -0500, Donald M. Ross wrote:

> The ideal software package (in our minds) would be able to get
frequency and
> mode data from the radio (like Log Windows does) allowing us to type
> callsigns and grids only to speed up the exchanges.  The software
> dupe check and keep a running score for a particular contest (like

What radios are you using on each band?  The interfacing capability
of radios varies widely.
> And we want to do this from four concurrent operating stations (one
for each
> band) while LANed together and retaining the ability to do instant
> banner-type messages to pass stations between bands.  Use of a
> server with printer and backup capability is a capability that we do

If you have a separate station for each band, you really do not need the

logging software to be able to read the radio's frequency.  TR Log and
most other contest logging programs don't require you to enter a band or

frequency at each contact (i.e. once you're set to 2SSB, it will log all

subsequent contacts on two meters, mode SSB - until you manually change
Contest sponsors only need the band and mode - not exact frequency.

I've used TR Log (http://www.qth.com/tr/) like before in many single-op
multi-op contests.  TR can be networked, you just type call and grid 
to work each station, nothing more, and you can send "talk" messages to 
individual stations in the network, or to everyone.  TR has real-time
scoring and dupe checking, and a real-time color-coded grid map, letting

you see which grids you've worked.  In TR, you can also type in a grid
to six digits) and it will give you forward and reverse beam headings 
from your (up to six digits) grid.  It understands rovers logged as
call/R, and scores/dupes them correctly.  It will interface with a whole

slew of radios.  You can even use it as your CW memory keyer, which
youcan eliminate the need for four keyers at your multi.

I believe NA has many similar features, but I'm not familiar with the NA

program.  CT also has many similar features.  Plus, all three logging 
programs also support a wide variety of HF contests, too.

> The current thought process involves logging to paper sheets at each
> with a central computer operator entering data into VHF-DX as the
> become full.
> Do we have the wrong concept?
> Does such a software package already exist?
> What have you done to accomplish similar things?
> The EM04 gang.
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