[WriteLog] P49X Prefill file & Message Info for ARRL RTTY Roundup today
Dean St. Hill
dmsthill at gmail.com
Sat Jan 3 11:09:43 EST 2015
Won't be able to participate fully so may operate assisted and try to hand
out the 8P mult to as many as possible.
Problem is once you go to computers for contesting where do you draw the
line. We have come to accept SCP as a useful aid which also probably
contributes to errors but I have always used the prefill based on my past
logs and it was always a useful exercise.
Now a couple folks are sharing their databases and I can't see anything
wrong with it.
Some contests actually exchange information that is discernable based
solely on the callsign and the software already knows the exchange.
In the end its all great fun and each operator will decide over time what
helps and what hinders his score.
Dean St. Hill
Counterpoint Communications Inc.
sent from my BLU smartphone
On Jan 3, 2015 11:09 AM, "Randy Thompson K5ZD" <k5zd at charter.net> wrote:
> I am sorry, but I have to say this.
> The nature of a contest is to improve our skills and have fun by working
> other stations and exchanging information. The purpose of the exchange is
> add some skill building and confirmation to the QSO process.
> The game is perverted when you use prefill databases to help with the
> exchange information.
> The jury is still out on whether prefill databases help or hurt your
> accuracy over the course of the contest. All so you can save a few key
> strokes when logging?
> Build your skill and pride of accomplishment by not using a database. Part
> of the fun is that nervous anticipation of whether the QRM will happen
> before or during the time the guy is sending his exchange!
> There, I feel better now.
> Randy, K5ZD
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: WriteLog [mailto:writelog-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of Don
> > Hill AA5AU
> > Sent: Saturday, January 03, 2015 3:00 PM
> > To: 'WriteLog Reflector'
> > Subject: [WriteLog] P49X Prefill file & Message Info for ARRL RTTY
> > Roundup today
> > First off, thanks to Ed, W0YK/P49X, for allowing us to use his prefill
> > file. It can be downloaded here:
> > http://www.rttycontesting.com/files/p49x-prefill-thru-2014.zip
> > 1. Download the file to a location on your hard drive and unzip it
> > (remember where you unzip it to).
> > 2. Open WriteLog and set up for the ARRL RTTY Roundup.
> > 3. Go to the Tools menu and select Preset Exchange from ADI file...
> > 4. Navigate to the location of the file you unzipped (it should be called
> > p49x-prefill-thru-2014.ADI)
> > 5. A small window will open that shows QTH, Country and C. Click OK and
> > the file will load. After loading, a window will pop up saying 5223 calls
> > loaded. Click OK. Now when you populate the entry window with the
> > callsign of a station in the USA or Canada that is in the file, the QTH
> > field will populate.
> > Warning, do not depend on what is populated to be 100%. You must copy the
> > report and verify it's correct. There will be some errors so watch for
> > them.
> > If you are new to RTTY and will be operating the contest today, I have
> > started writing a page on RTTY Contest Messages. It's not complete, but
> > you can find it here:
> > http://www.rttycontesting.com/lagniappe/rtty-messages/
> > Also, if you need help creating your RTTY messages for the contest, you
> > can find some examples at the link below but this is an old page and
> > these messages do not adhere to the rules set forth in the above link,
> > but they will work.
> > http://old.rttycontesting.com/messages/buffers_arrlru.htm
> > I'll be available to answer questions up until about 1600Z, then I will
> > probably be shutting email down and concentrating on final contest
> > preparations.
> > 73 & GL!
> > Don AA5AU
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