Michigan QSO Party

Submitting An Electronic Entry

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Entries for the Michigan QSO Party can be submitted in either electronic or paper form.  Both types of entries are treated equally.  Paper logs are typed into electronic form by volunteers on the MiQP committee, then all entries are subject to the same level of scrutiny in checking to determine the final, official score.

Obviously, the MiQP committee would prefer to receive electronic logs.  This saves us the effort to type logs into electronic form and thus reduces the time required before the results of the MiQP can be published.  Electronic file submittal also benefits the entrant in that typing errors from the manual entry are avoided.

Several of the popular contest logging programs can be used to operate in the MiQP.  K8CC's NA Logging Program, N6TR's TRLog, W5XD's WriteLog, and the N3FJP & N1MM logging programs all offer MiQP support.  Other programs may be used as well as long as the file submitted is in the form of a Cabrillo format text file, and all of the necessary information is present.

In 1999 the ARRL developed the Cabrillo File Specification in an effort to bring some standardization to the process for the electronic submittal of contest log files.  Cabrillo offers the contest sponsor a single, consistent format of the log data which can be reliably brought into the sponsor's log checking process.  It also benefits the entrant with the confidence that the Cabrillo file contains all of the necessary data to define their entry.  Cabrillo has been the required format for electronic file submittal for all ARRL contests since November 2001, and it is the preferred (though not mandatory) format for electronic MiQP logs.

Cabrillo files usually (but not always) have the filename extension .LOG.  The files can be viewed or opened with any ASCII text editor such as Windows Notepad.  A typical Cabrillo file is shown below.  

CREATED-BY:    NA Version 10.55
CLUB:          Mad River Radio Club
NAME:          David Pruett
ADDRESS:       2727 Harris Road
ADDRESS:       Ypsilanti, MI 48198
QSO:  7000 CW 2002-04-20 1822 K8CC    0001 AREN K8DX      76 OH 
QSO:  7000 CW 2002-04-20 1824 K8CC    0002 AREN N8CQA     48 WASH 
QSO:  7000 CW 2002-04-20 1826 K8CC    0003 AREN W9MSE     23 WI 
QSO:  7000 CW 2002-04-20 1827 K8CC    0004 AREN K8KIC     20 LENA 
QSO:  7000 CW 2002-04-20 1827 K8CC    0005 AREN AD8J      29 PA 
QSO:  7000 CW 2002-04-20 1827 K8CC    0006 AREN K9CW      12 IL 
QSO:  7000 CW 2002-04-20 1828 K8CC    0007 AREN K9PL      25 IL 
QSO:  7000 CW 2002-04-20 1829 K8CC    0008 AREN WA3HAE    73 PA 
QSO:  7000 CW 2002-04-20 1829 K8CC    0009 AREN K5IID     27 WV 
QSO:  7000 CW 2002-04-20 1830 K8CC    0010 AREN K8AA     237 LENA 
QSO:  7000 CW 2002-04-20 1831 K8CC    0011 AREN W3HDH     41 IL 
QSO:  7000 CW 2002-04-20 1832 K8CC    0012 AREN K8AE      33 WAYN 
QSO:  7000 CW 2002-04-20 1833 K8CC    0013 AREN K8VFR      8 MACO 
QSO:  7000 PH 2002-04-20 1836 K8CC    0014 AREN W3HDH     43 IL 
QSO:  7000 PH 2002-04-20 1837 K8CC    0015 AREN K8DX      88 OH 
QSO:  7000 PH 2002-04-20 1838 K8CC    0016 AREN VA3SWG     1 ON 
QSO:  7000 PH 2002-04-20 1840 K8CC    0017 AREN AA8SN     88 GRTR 
QSO:  7000 CW 2002-04-20 1843 K8CC    0018 AREN N9RV      81 IN 
QSO: 14000 CW 2002-04-20 1845 K8CC    0019 AREN K4BAI     56 GA 

The Cabrillo file starts with START-OF-LOG: and ends with END-OF-LOG:The first lines in the file include important summary information about the entry, such as the callsign used, the category and the return address so that we can mail the entrant his plaque or certificate :-).  Every QSO in the log starts with QSO: and includes all the required information about that QSO: frequency, mode, date, time, your call and sent information, the station worked and received information.  There are no notations for duplicate QSOs or multipliers as the intent is that the Cabrillo log will be completely rescored by the contest sponsors.

Again, the five major contest logging programs mentioned above (NA, TRLog, WriteLog, N3FJP and N1MM) all can generate Cabrillo format files for Michigan QSO Party.  There may be other programs which can do so as well.

Submitting an electronic file is easy via the MiQP Log Submittal Page at the following URL:  http://www.miqp.org/submitLogFileMiQP.html.  Simply access the page, select the proper choices to describe your entry from the drop-down lists on the page, and finally press the "browse" button to locate your electronic file on your computer and upload your entry.

Paper logs may still be submitted.  The entrant must make sure all of the necessary information is present.  Here are the important points to check:

  1. Does your paper log include a summary sheet containing all the information to properly classify your entry?  This would include your callsign, and entry category (including power sub-category if single-op).  Don't forget your address and operator's callsigns (if this is a guest or multi-op entry).

  2. Does each QSO line in your paper log include all of the information necessary to define that QSO (i.e., date, time, band, mode, your callsign, sent exchange, station worked, and receive exchange)?

Paper logs should be mailed to:

Mad River Radio Club

c/o Dave Pruett

2727 Harris Road

Ypsilanti, MI 48198

MiQP entries must be received within thirty days of the event.  In the event of logs with damaged files or missing information, the Committee will make every attempt to contact the entrant to obtain corrections, however the responsibility of the file submittal lies with the entrant. 


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