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Log field day contacts on DXKeeper

Herb Garcia
 

My local radio club has us operation from home. I'm fairly new to DXLabs software, would I log field day as I normally do? Is this a contest? how do I log that to count for my club.

-Herb

Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below

My local radio club has us operation from home. I'm fairly new to DXLabs software, would I log field day as I normally do? Is this a contest? how do I log that to count for my club.

+ The rules for Field Day are here:

<http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Field-Day/2020/1_61-2020%20Rules.pdf>

+ These rules state that the objective of Field Day is

"To work as many stations as possible on the 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 Meter HF bands, as well as all bands 50 MHz and above, and in doing so to learn to operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions. A premium is placed on developing skills to meet the challenges of emergency preparedness as well as to acquaint the general public with the capabilities of Amateur Radio."

+ Section 5 of the above document specifies the "exchange" for each QSO:

"Stations in ARRL / RAC sections will exchange their Field Day operating Class and ARRL / RAC section. Example: a three transmitter Class A station in Connecticut which also has a GOTA station and the extra
VHF station would send "3A CT" on CW or Digital, or "3 Alpha Connecticut" on Phone. DX stations send operating class and the term DX (i.e. 2A DX)."

+ Contesters use an abomination of a format called Cabrillo to report submit results; inexplicably, each contest employs a different Cabrillo template. DXKeeper can export Cabrillo for many contests, but this requires logging the exchange is specified in the large table in

<https://www.dxlabsuite.com/dxkeeper/Help/Contesting.htm>

+ At minimum, you should set the "Contest ID" selector to ARRL-FIELD-DAY on DXKeeper's Configuration window's Contest tab.

+ This ARRL page indicates that you can submit a Cabrillo log, but without specifying the Cabrillo template to be used:

<https://field-day.arrl.org/fdentry.php>

+ Thus I don't know whether or not DXKeeper can generate Cabrillo for your Field Day QSOs.

+ If it turns out that DXKeeper supports the required Cabrillo Template, then I strongly suggest logging a few test QSOs before the contest and generating a test Cabrillo file from them to be sure that you are logging the exchange correctly.

+ Alternatively, you can log your Field Day QSOs with a contesting application like N1MM, generate Cabrillo from that, export an ADIF file, and import that ADIF file into DXKeeper.

+ Hopefully someone more familiar with Field Day and Contesting will fill in the many blanks left above.

73,

Dave, AA6YQ

John Brier
 

I just subscribed so I could share some info I found regarding Cabrillo and ARRL field day:

Here is word from Dan Henderson from the ARRL contest branch on using Cabrillo for your log submission.

Field Day is not included in the Cabrillo format. It has no way to mark/indicate power sources, GOTA station callsigns, bonus points, NTS traffic messages, etc. Also, Field Day only requires Dupe Sheets, not full logs. It is perfectly acceptable to include the Cabrillo log in lieu of the Dupe Sheets, but Field Day must have a completely filled out Summary sheet that includes all necessary information. This can be done with a “reasonable facsimile” electronically. However, since “proofs of bonus” (i.e. copies of letters to newspapers, visitor logs, photos, etc) are abundantly provided, most people find it easier to do Field Day via the regular mail – and use a combined system of part-electronic added to the paper summaries. Anything received electronically for Field Day will be receipted but we may have to manually follow up if we can’t get the basic required information from the email.

73′ Dan Henderson, N1ND

Above quote from: https://n1mmwp.hamdocs.com/manual-supported/contests-setup/setup-hf-contests/#FD

I logged my contacts on paper and ended up using N1MM+ to create my Cabrillo file for ARRL Field Day. I will include it below in case it helps.

I tried to use DXKeeper initially but when I followed your instructions and went to export the Cabrillo file it said "ARRL-FIELD-DAY not supported."

After I finished using N1MM to submit my logs to ARRL I found this wiki page:

https://www.dxlabsuite.com/dxlabwiki/ARRLFieldDay

That method seems to use a different method to gather the info ARRL expects (a report). I haven't tried it.

If it helps here is the Carbillo file for ARRL Field Day that N1MM+ produced. Maybe you can use it to add support for Cabrillo export of ARRL FD logs.

https://pastebin.com/qSrhFk7t

N1MM+ is one of the logging programs that ARRL lists under "Field Day Logging Software" on their web page as supporting FD.

https://www.arrl.org/field-day/

73, John Brier KG4AKV

Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below

I just subscribed so I could share some info I found regarding Cabrillo and ARRL field day:

+ Thanks!

Here is word from Dan Henderson from the ARRL contest branch on using Cabrillo for your log submission.

Field Day is not included in the Cabrillo format. It has no way to mark/indicate power sources, GOTA station callsigns, bonus points, NTS traffic messages, etc. Also, Field Day only requires Dupe Sheets, not full logs. It is perfectly acceptable to include the Cabrillo log in lieu of the Dupe Sheets, but Field Day must have a completely filled out Summary sheet that includes all necessary information. This can be done with a “reasonable facsimile” electronically. However, since “proofs of bonus” (i.e. copies of letters to newspapers, visitor logs, photos, etc) are abundantly provided, most people find it easier to do Field Day via the regular mail – and use a combined system of part-electronic added to the paper summaries. Anything received electronically for Field Day will be receipted but we may have to manually follow up if we can’t get the basic required information from the email.

73′ Dan Henderson, N1ND

Above quote from: https://n1mmwp.hamdocs.com/manual-supported/contests-setup/setup-hf-contests/#FD <https://n1mmwp.hamdocs.com/manual-supported/contests-setup/setup-hf-contests/#FD>

I logged my contacts on paper and ended up using N1MM+ to create my Cabrillo file for ARRL Field Day. I will include it below in case it helps.

I tried to use DXKeeper initially but when I followed your instructions and went to export the Cabrillo file it said "ARRL-FIELD-DAY not supported."

+ That's because there's no Cabrillo template for Field Day.


After I finished using N1MM to submit my logs to ARRL I found this wiki page:

https://www.dxlabsuite.com/dxlabwiki/ARRLFieldDay

That method seems to use a different method to gather the info ARRL expects (a report). I haven't tried it.

+ As noted in the Wiki article, the ARRL does not process submitted files; it just wants evidence that an attempt was made to prevent duplicate QSOs. DXKeeper already provides that capability.

73m

Dave, AA6YQ

John Brier
 

On Wed, Jul 1, 2020 at 03:14 PM, Dave AA6YQ wrote:
As noted in the Wiki article, the ARRL does not process submitted files; it just wants evidence that an attempt was made to prevent duplicate QSOs. DXKeeper already provides that capability.
Okay I didn't read that carefully, just the process to generate the report. Interesting. Maybe I should have seen them a picture of my paper log. hehe

BTW thanks for an amazing software suite!

73, John Brier KG4AKV