Michigan QSO Party

Tips for users of N1MM Logging Software

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Every year, we receive a number of logs for the Michigan QSO Party which erroneously show the state (MI) instead of the entrant's county in the exchange which they sent during the contest.  For example, the file will show (error marked red for emphasis):

    QSO: 7231 PH 2016-04-16 2005 K8MQP 0333 MI   K9TM 1 OH

Instead of (correction shown in green):

    QSO: 7231 PH 2016-04-16 2005 K8MQP 0333 LIVI K9TM 1 OH

Many of these logs come from MiQP participants using the N1MM logging software, but the problem is not limited only to the N1MM program.  But in the case of the N1MM program, the problem is caused not by a program bug, but by how the program is set up by the user.

What appears to be happening is that N1MM is actually pulling the default value for the sent location from the ARRL Section field under Config Change Your Station Data, which is where you enter in your general station information when you initially set up N1MM. Obviously, the ARRL Section isn't correct for Michigan stations who are sending their four-character county abbreviation.

Here is how the problem can be avoided:

When creating your MiQP file, start the N1MM program and select File New Log in Database as in Figure 1 below, then:

  1. Set "Log Type" = QSOPARTY

  2. Set "State for Log Type QSOPARTY" to: MI

  3. Set "Sent Exchange" to: 001 and your four-letter country abbreviation (e.g., 001 LIVI)

  4. Click "OK" to close the form which will take you back to the main entry window from where you can begin logging the contest.

When correcting an existing N1MM MiQP log file which was set up incorrectly, start the program and select File Open Log in Database as in Figure 1 below. then select the existing log you want to correct as in Figure 2:

  1. Make sure the "Log Type" is set to  QSOPARTY

  2. Make sure "State for Log Type QSOPARTY" is set to: MI

  3. Set "Sent Exchange" to: 001 and your four-letter country abbreviation (e.g., 001 LIVI)

  4. Click "OK" to close the form which will take you back to the main entry window where you can select File Generate Cabrillo File to bring up the form shown in Figure 1 and you can have N1MM create a new Cabrillo file of your (corrected) log.

In both cases, step #3 is the crux of the change you must make.

 

Figure 1

 

Figure 2

 

Our thanks to Mike, AA8IA down in Ohio whose note to the OhQP reflector was the original basis for this advice.

Also thanks to Michiganders Glen, WA1UJU in Houghton County, who contributed the figures and procedure for correcting

an existing file, and Ian, K8MM in Genesee County who contributed other clarifying comments.

 

Please note that the screen images and procedures shown above came from the "classic" or "original" version of the

N1MM software.  The exact procedure for the newer "plus" version of the N1MM program may be different, but the item

which must be changed should be the same.  If N1MM+ users need further help, they should contact the N1MM E-mail

Support Group through the "Support" tab on the N1MM Web Site at http://www.n1mm.com.

 

 

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