[WriteLog] ADIF export includes bonus (unclaimed?) QSOs

Mike Heideman mike_heideman at hotmail.com
Tue Oct 7 11:31:59 EDT 2014

Thanks for the replies, Ed and Gary.  I hadn't thought of logging pre-contest and non-contest QSOs and marking them as unclaimed so that they could go into the ADIF but not the Cabrillo.  When a DX station calls during SS I'll have to remember that.

Still, it would be a nice option to be notified that there are unclaimed QSOs in the log at the time of ADIF creation so that the bogus QSOs or those made using a pre-contest callsign could be removed.

-Mike, N7MH

> Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 07:19:47 -0800
> Subject: Re: WriteLog] ADIF export includes bonus (unclaimed?) QSOs
> From: al9a at mtaonline.net
> To: ed at w0yk.com; mike_heideman at hotmail.com
> CC: writelog at contesting.com
> If memory serves me correctly when you mark a QSO as Unclaimed it appears in the adi file, but not the Cabrillo.  This way any entries mid-contest that are glitches can be kept for QSL purposes, but ignored for scoring.  I get this all the time when I am worked by non-contest ops who want the AK QSO, but have no clue what the exchange is.  If I am using a contest module that doesn't have a Cabrillo output and I use a adi2cabrillo converter then these records are included in the Cabrillo and I must manually delete them before submission. 
> Gary AL9A
> Sent from my Kindle HDX
> On October 7, 2014, at 7:07AM, Ed Muns wrote:
> There is probably not a perfect solution.
> You could argue that pre-contest warm-up QSOs (marked "Unclaimed") should be
> left in the ADIF log file so that QSL credit can be assigned in LotW or
> paper QSLing.
> OTOH, mid-contest logging errors that are marked "Unclaimed" probably should
> probably be omitted from the ADIF log file.
> The problem is that there is no easy way for the software to distinguish
> between these cases.
> I think the way WriteLog works now is the best trade-off.  If you don't want
> the logging errors in your ADIF, then you can take the log off the network
> and actually delete those QSOs.
> Ed W0YK
> -----------------------------------------------------------------
> Mike N7MH wrote:
> I just exported the ADIF file for the W1AW/6 effort in the California QSO
> Party from W6YX and noticed that there were 3 QSOs in the ADIF file with
> times about 10 minutes before the contest started.
> I just checked the Cabrillo file that I created before leaving the W6YX
> shack and it does not have these 3 extra QSOs.  I don't have the WL file and
> a copy of WriteLog available at home so I can't investigate further without
> returning to W6YX.
> I suspect that one of our operators accidentally logged these 3 stations
> while warming up a frequency with the W6YX callsign and that they were
> probably marked as unclaimed.
> Is there a way of preventing unclaimed QSOs from being exported into the
> ADIF file?  These are often mistakes that can't be deleted during the
> contest when operating with networked computers.
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