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2.1.5.1 Setup General Contest Logging

1. General Information

When a contest has a specific mode (SSB, CW or RTTY) then the Mode Category is automatically changed to that mode. So when you select CQWWSSB for the CQ World Wide SSB contest the Mode Category will be set by the program to SSB. You can change this but that will give wrong Cabrillo output and maybe even erroneous behavior of the program, so don't!!
If the selected contest doesn't have a specific mode the program will set the Mode Category to MIXED.
If the radio is interfaced, its mode will be changed. The frequency is not changed; it is up to the user to ensure that the radio is tuned to the correct part of the band.

This is a contest program, but for general logging you can use DX as the selected contest. Dupes are allowed and an exchange is not necessary.
To import a contest into your regular logging program use ADIF export (and ADIF import in your general logging program).

When going through the possible contests you will see a "contest" DELETEDQS.
This is not actually a contest. QSOs deleted from other contests will be put in here by the program. This is especially important for multi-user support.

The maximum received serial number is 99999 (for serial number contests). Check out info about the serial number server in the Contest Setup Dialog chapter .

 Read the Contest Instructions!

Always read the instructions from the contest committee prior to the contest. Then you know how to set up the program, what exchange to give and what to expect in return, which hours to operate etc.

2. Generic Contest Types


2.1. DX Log

Window: Select Log type

  • Log Type: DX
  • Mode Category: MIXED if you want to log both SSB and CW contacts, MIXED+DIG to add digital modes as well

For general or DX logging.

  • Entered QSOs in General log (or DX log) don't need to have an exchange
  • Dupes are shown by the word Dupe! but the qso can be logged


2.2. DXpedition

Window: Select Log type

  • Log Type: DXPEDITION
  • Mode Category: MIXED if you want to log both SSB and CW contacts, MIXED+DIG to add digital modes as well

For DXpedition logging

  • Entered QSOs in the DXPEDITION log don't need to have an exchange
  • Dupes are shown by the word Dupe! but the QSO can be logged

 Working with split VFOs on a DXpedition - Rx on VFOa, Tx on VFOb

Most DXpedition operators will leave VFOb on a stationary transmit frequency while tuning the pile-up with VFOa in receive. For optimal results in N1MM+ perform the following three actions: Set >Config >Hardware for SO2V (Single Op 2 VFO) operation. Place the program and the radio in Split mode by typing ctrl+S. Disable Run/S&P auto-toggle by pressing alt+F11.


2.3. DX Serial

Window: Select Log type

  • Log Type: DXSERIAL
  • Mode Category: MIXED if you want to log both SSB and CW contacts, MIXED+DIG to add digital modes as well

For general Serial Number contest logging

  • Entered QSOs in DXSERIAL don't need to have an comment
  • Dupes are shown by the word Dupe! but the QSO can be logged
  • 'Standard' points calculation; 1 point per qso, DXCC countries are counted
    • All other kind of multiplier and point calculations have to be done by hand
    • This for all not supported serial number contests


2.4. DX Satellite

Window: Select Log type

  • Log Type: DXSATELLIT
  • Mode Category: MIXED if you want to log both SSB and CW contacts, MIXED+DIG to add digital modes as well

For Satellite logging.

  • Entered QSOs in the DXSATELLIT log don't have an exchange and don't need to have a grid
  • When a grid is entered it needs to be 4 or 6 characters long
  • Dupes are shown by the word Dupe! but the QSO can be logged


2.5. VHF DX

Window: Select Log type

  • Log Type: VHFDX
  • Mode Category: MIXED if you want to log both SSB and CW contacts, MIXED+DIG to add digital modes as well

For VHF and up logging.

  • Entered QSOs in VHFDX don't need to have a grid
  • When a grid is entered it needs to be 4 or 6 characters long
  • Dupes are shown by the word Dupe! but the qso can be logged
  • Bearing info is shown in the log window and saved in the Misc field
  • Distance info is shown in km in the log window and saved in the Points field


2.6. VHF Serial

Window: Select Log type

  • Log Type: VHFSERIAL
  • Mode Category: MIXED if you want to log both SSB and CW contacts, MIXED+DIG to add digital modes as well


Comments need to be added using Ctrl+N. There is no room left in the Entry Window to add a separate field. Comments will be shown in the log window and added to the Cabrillo and generic output reports

For VHF and up logging

  • Entered QSOs in VHFSERIAL don't need to have a grid
  • When a grid is entered it needs to be 4 or 6 characters long
  • Dupes are shown by the word Dupe! but the QSO can be logged
  • Bearing info is shown in the log window and saved in the Misc field
  • Distance info is shown in km in the log window and saved in the Points field


3. Deleted QSOs

DELETEDQS "contest"

QSOs which are deleted from other logs using 'Edit Contact' are moved to this 'contest'.
This is especially important for multi-user support. The moved QSOs can be exported.

Last Modification: 24 November 2014 14:21:43 EST by K8UT.