[WriteLog] Digital mode differentiation in logs?
john at johnhuggins.com
Thu Dec 24 08:51:54 PST 2009
jim at w8wts.com wrote:
> An increasing number of digital contests consider different digital formats to be separate modes for scoring purposes. Similarly, LoTW recognizes PSK31, PSK64, Olivia, MFSK16, etc., as different modes.
> WriteLog appears to lump all digital modes together as RTTY in ADIF and Cabrillo files, as well as in the internal log. This is clearly not desirable.
> Does anyone have a work-around to that causes WriteLog to save the actual digital mode identifier and export the actual identifier in output files? If not, this might be a useful addition to the WriteLog development list.
This is an excellent point to bring up and a good time to highlight
Cabrillo's QSO mode specifier supports just four possibilities in v.3.0:
CW, PH, FM, RY as described here...
On the other hand ADIF appears to be trying very hard to support the
various Digital types and Writelog may in time support this as the ADIF
developers release new versions of their specification. This should
help solve LoTW issues in time.
I would not propose Writelog, or any other logging program, support
anything other than RY for all Digital contacts when exporting Cabrillo
until and when Cabrillo decides to support more digital mode
identifiers. After all the whole point of using Cabrillo is to flow log
data to the contest scoring engine and both need to speak the same language.
Since your original point is digital contests are starting to
differentiate digital types and since Cabrillo is a good contest
submission format, we should lobby the ARRL keepers of the Cabrillo
format to expand the MODE to include more digital types or add a new
sub-mode identifier so the original MODE field remains backwards compatible.
It is funny isn't it that Cabrillo makes a distinction between PH and
FM, but lumps all digital into RY.
Some logging software authors often make up their own attributes for the
MODE field in the QSO lines such as DG instead of RY for digital
contacts. Sometimes revolution has its place. However, let's all lobby
the ARRL to make v4.0 (or v3.1) of the Cabrillo format include more
digital formats in the two character QSO mode attribute. If they do so,
the Software authors will have a uniform document they can program to.
Here is one possible redo of the Cabrillo v3.0 mode attributes...
P3 = PSK31
P6 = PSK64
OV = Olivia
O1 = Olivia 1000/32
O5 = Olivia 500/16
O2 = Olivia 250/8
M1 = MFSK16
F4 = FSK441
JT = JT6M
J5 = JT65
Obviously with only two letters, this list can get very cryptic, but
software can handle this easily so long as it is codified in the next
Cabrillo standard and programmers (logging software authors and scoring
engine software authors) design to this standard.
The unfortunate reality is until the ARRL comes up with a contest that
needs to differentiate digital modes, they have little need to change
the Cabrillo format to support other contests. Perhaps a maverick
version of the Cabrillo format is in order. Revolution? Anyone... Anyone?
Thanks for bringing this up Jim.
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