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Proper way to log DX stations in New England QSO Party's in region program

Christopher Scibelli
 

Perhaps somebody who is in New England and participated in the NEQP can help me out.

In the NEQP for those of us in New England stations outside of the USA and Canada give their location as "DX", but the program doesn't accept DX as the location.  The program defaults to the actual country connected to the callsign.  For example, F6BEE is logged as France.  That ensures the multiplier count is accurate because each country counts as a multiplier. However, when I look at the Cabrillo file those DX contacts no longer have the individual country but "DX" as the QTH. F6BEE is not listed as France in the Cabrillo file but "DX".  All countries outside of the USA and Canada show as "DX" in the Cabrillo file.  My score is correct but I want to make sure the Cabrillo file is correct. 

I've been using N3FJP's program for the NEQP since 2012 or 2013 and I guess I just submitted the Cabrillo file without reviewing it. 

Any help would be appreciated.

73,

Chris  NU1O


Field Day Log Version 6.2 Upgrade Required, Together While Apart & Other Important Tips!

Scott Davis
 

Hi All,

I'm already starting to receive lots of Field Day e-mail, which is great!  I'm very glad that you are all planning ahead!  I'm also receiving requests for advice on how groups can best enjoy Field Day (and other contests) together virtually, while staying safely apart.  Here are many of the common questions and my responses...


Must we upgrade to Field Day Log 6.2?

Yes, if you haven't already done so, please be sure all the Field Day PCs have been upgraded to Field Day Log 6.2 (released 1/8/2020).  Previous versions will not accommodate the new Price Edward Island (PE) section, so you will not be able to log those QSOs with PE until you upgrade.  

As always, upgrades are free to registered users.  You'll find the Field Day software here:


And the upgrade steps here:


Please don't wait until the last minute to install the software.  There aren't any planned changes to the Field Day software before Field Day 2020, so go ahead and install it now.  


How can our group enjoy Field Day together virtually, while staying apart?

Our NEMARC club hangs out together virtually for every major ARRL and CQ contest, so I have a lot of firsthand experience to share with this question!  Since we won't be able to physically be together this time for Field Day, operating together virtually is our plan for Field Day 2020 as well.

Some folks enjoy contesting as a lone wolf, spending the weekend in solitary pursuit, but running with the pack and contesting together as a team has more than doubled the enjoyment for many in our club.  We all operate from our individual homes and we each submit our own scores, but we thoroughly enjoy each other's company, as well as the fun of seeing our current club total and individual scores in real time on our leader board virtually.  Very briefly, here's how:

- We have a text chat group that we set up on the free Discord app, which has evolved beyond contesting.  It is our virtual clubhouse.  Guys sign in almost every day to chat, alert members to DX, seek help and offer advice.  This works beautifully during contests too, as there is lots of fun, encouragement, newer guys can ask questions and others can answer when convenient.  Of course we have good natured banter and camaraderie, just as if we were physically together.  The virtual clubhouse has become the backbone of our club in many additional ways that would take too long to explain now, but you can get a little more sense of how we use it from this video here:


-  We use my free Club Score Processor, so we all can see how we are doing as a club, as well as individually, in real time.  The real time leader board display that the processor creates is an automatically refreshing web page.  You can be sure all club members keep the leader board and virtual clubhouse displayed on their desktops all weekend.  Of course, there is friendly competition within the group, but the key, especially for new folks, is that they understand there is zero pressure and that more importantly, we are a TEAM, working together.  Every QSO helps the group, so jump in and have fun!

With ARRL's 1,000 foot Field Day rule, I don't think ARRL will be combining individual scores to create a club total, but there's no reason you can't see how your club fares against other clubs in your region directly.  Comparisons to other clubs aside, it is great fun to see how everyone in your club is doing throughout the weekend, evaluating results with similar setups, seeing if someone needs help, etc.

You'll find my free Club Score Processor here:


I have lots more information on how you can operate together virtually in this article that I wrote for ARRL (published in August 2016 QST) here:


I am very grateful for this question.  These methods have thoroughly revitalized our local club over the last few years.  Our membership is growing and we are more active and vibrant than ever.  I know they will bring positive energy and lots of fun to your group as well! 


Do you have a quick start video for new folks?

Please share this video with anyone looking to get comfortable with the Field Day software in advance of Field Day:

https://youtu.be/DJEIXuoKWqc


Can we use your software to update a common log file, with each of us operating from our individual homes?

Yes, you can configure my software to operate over the Internet and behave just as if all your PCs were on a Local Area Network (LAN) for distributed multiop.  Details are here:


This feature doesn't apply to Field Day though.  Field Day Rule rule 4.1 requires that all equipment (including antennas) must lie within a circle whose diameter does not exceed 300 meters (1000 feet).


Social distancing is unnecessary for our circumstances and we plan to network multiple PCs.  How do we set up networking with your software?

You'll find those instructions here:


Do not wait until Field Day morning to configure your network.  Problems easily solved in a relaxed environment can seem insurmountable when the clock is ticking!


I can't find my Field Day password?!

If you haven't already entered your registration information, please don't wait until the last minute to realize that you can't find your password (or register the Field Day software). If you can't find your password, Kimberly is happy to help, but the week leading up to Field Day gets crazy, so if you can't find yours, please e-mail us now.


I'm planning to operate digital.  How do I set up the Field Day software for direct, automatic entry from the digital software?

If you plan to operate any digital modes, please make sure that you've interfaced your digital software with my Field Day software, so that when you log the QSO in the digital software, it is immediately and automatically logged in the Field Day software. Quick setup details on interfacing my Field Day software with a number of digital programs, including WSJT via JTAlert, FLDigi, N7YG, W4ELP and others are here:



Have Fun!
  
Whether your area requires social distancing or not, with the serious consequences of the virus to our demographic, staying apart and operating together virtually will likely be the most sensible and responsible choice for many of us in 2020.  Please be safe, have fun, take this opportunity to learn to operate together virtually and Lord willing, I hope to work you on Field Day!


And in response to the questions we always receive when we neglect to include the following in our e-mail announcements...    


Package Upgrade Information...   

If you have registered one or more individual programs and would like to upgrade to N3FJP's Software Package for full use of all our Amateur Radio software, we would be glad to apply the amount that you have registered so far as a credit towards that purchase. Please send us an e-mail directly and we'll let you know your balance.   

N3FJP's Software Package includes more than one hundred programs for contesting, net management and general logging Amateur Radio applications. In addition to full use of all these programs, registered package customers are also entitled to receive free passwords for any new software that we add to the package and free upgrades to existing programs. There are no annual / maintenance costs of any kind.  Simply register once and you are set with N3FJP Software for life!  You'll find all the details on the Register Now page here: 



Donations are Gratefully Accepted! 

And in response to the often asked question for which Kimberly and I are very grateful...  

"I know your upgrades are free, but I also realize how much time and effort coding these enhancements and new programs take and that your pricing policy doesn't fully reflect that. Can I send you something to show my appreciation for your continued efforts?"   

Yes, thanks so much, your continued support in any amount is very welcome and deeply appreciated! You can use this page:  


or send your contribution by mail, payable to Affirmatech Inc., to:  

G. Scott Davis
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Thank you so much for your continued support!  


Thanks!  

As always, thanks for your kind words, support, linking to our web site and spreading the word about our software. Kimberly and I really appreciate it!  


73, Scott
N3FJP
 
Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.
 
1 Peter 3 vs 15: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...

 
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73, Scott
N3FJP

Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.

1 Peter 3 vs 15: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...


Re: eQSL Callsign Matching

Jim Shorney
 

On Tue, 5 May 2020 13:13:59 -0400
"Mark Erbaugh" <mark.election@...> wrote:

I guess I should have been more specific. One station was N8GU/4 indicating that he was operating out of the call area. Another was OZ75MAY/73, which I think is related to a special or an operating event.

 

If I go back and remove the slashed info (and put it in the comment), will that mess up LoTW matches?

 

73,

Mark

 

 

 

From: Mel Marcus
Sent: Tuesday, May 5, 2020 12:25 PM
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io
Subject: Re: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] eQSL Callsign Matching

 

Mark

 

The only reason a person would sign as an /AE was to show that he is allowed in the portion of the band. he took the extra test passed, but the fcc has not updated the database yet. aclog, eqsl, lotw could care less about it.

therefore logging his callsign without the /AE would be approprieate

 

Mel

NE9A

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] eQSL Callsign Matching
From: "Mark Erbaugh" <mark.election@...>
Date: Tue, May 05, 2020 10:43 am
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io

I just started using eQSL with ACLog. I downloaded my inbox and noticed that a few calls were not matching and being flagged as confirmed by eQSL (with an E). In all cases, I think the problem was that I logged the contact with a /<extra> info, which is what the station was signing, but the record in the eQSL inbox didn't have the extra information.  Is there a way to make the match ignore the extra or should I not enter the extra. FWIW, ACLog had no problem properly identifying the country, although it did not properly find the HamCall record.

73,
Mark
 


Re: eQSL Callsign Matching

Jim Shorney
 

The rule is that you log what you hear. If it does not match it means the other op likely did not upload correctly. His problem, not yours.

73

-Jim
NU0C

On Tue, 5 May 2020 13:13:59 -0400
"Mark Erbaugh" <mark.election@...> wrote:

I guess I should have been more specific. One station was N8GU/4 indicating that he was operating out of the call area. Another was OZ75MAY/73, which I think is related to a special or an operating event.

 

If I go back and remove the slashed info (and put it in the comment), will that mess up LoTW matches?

 

73,

Mark

 

 

 

From: Mel Marcus
Sent: Tuesday, May 5, 2020 12:25 PM
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io
Subject: Re: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] eQSL Callsign Matching

 

Mark

 

The only reason a person would sign as an /AE was to show that he is allowed in the portion of the band. he took the extra test passed, but the fcc has not updated the database yet. aclog, eqsl, lotw could care less about it.

therefore logging his callsign without the /AE would be approprieate

 

Mel

NE9A

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] eQSL Callsign Matching
From: "Mark Erbaugh" <mark.election@...>
Date: Tue, May 05, 2020 10:43 am
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io

I just started using eQSL with ACLog. I downloaded my inbox and noticed that a few calls were not matching and being flagged as confirmed by eQSL (with an E). In all cases, I think the problem was that I logged the contact with a /<extra> info, which is what the station was signing, but the record in the eQSL inbox didn't have the extra information.  Is there a way to make the match ignore the extra or should I not enter the extra. FWIW, ACLog had no problem properly identifying the country, although it did not properly find the HamCall record.

73,
Mark
 


Re: eQSL Callsign Matching

Larry Banks
 

Hi Mark,
 
The best way to be sure is to upload them both ways.  Then, no matter how they uploaded you would have it.

73 -- Larry -- W1DYJ

 

Sent: Tuesday, May 05, 2020 13:13
Subject: Re: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] eQSL Callsign Matching
 

I guess I should have been more specific. One station was N8GU/4 indicating that he was operating out of the call area. Another was OZ75MAY/73, which I think is related to a special or an operating event.

 

If I go back and remove the slashed info (and put it in the comment), will that mess up LoTW matches?

 

73,

Mark

 

 

 

From: Mel Marcus
Sent: Tuesday, May 5, 2020 12:25 PM
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io
Subject: Re: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] eQSL Callsign Matching

 

Mark

 

The only reason a person would sign as an /AE was to show that he is allowed in the portion of the band. he took the extra test passed, but the fcc has not updated the database yet. aclog, eqsl, lotw could care less about it.

therefore logging his callsign without the /AE would be approprieate

 

Mel

NE9A

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] eQSL Callsign Matching
From: "Mark Erbaugh" <mark.election@...>
Date: Tue, May 05, 2020 10:43 am
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io

I just started using eQSL with ACLog. I downloaded my inbox and noticed that a few calls were not matching and being flagged as confirmed by eQSL (with an E). In all cases, I think the problem was that I logged the contact with a /<extra> info, which is what the station was signing, but the record in the eQSL inbox didn't have the extra information.  Is there a way to make the match ignore the extra or should I not enter the extra. FWIW, ACLog had no problem properly identifying the country, although it did not properly find the HamCall record.

73,
Mark

 


Re: eQSL Callsign Matching

Scott Davis
 

Hi Guys,

Please keep this thread on topic and specific to software support.  

Thanks!


73, Scott
N3FJP

Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.

1 Peter 3 vs 15: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...


-----Original Message-----
From: Mel Marcus <melm@...>
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io <N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io>
Sent: Tue, May 5, 2020 3:10 pm
Subject: Re: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] eQSL Callsign Matching

I was shocked to see that one of the call groupings in Canada is an X.

Mel
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] eQSL Callsign Matching
From: "Frank MacKenzie-Lamb" <maclamb@...>
Date: Tue, May 05, 2020 2:05 pm
To: <N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io>

I HATE the fact the call number in a call doesn’t tell anything  about a location anymore…….had a KH6 only to find he was from PA probably as he wanted a two x one call 
 
From: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io <N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io> On Behalf Of Mike Olbrisch
Sent: Tuesday, May 5, 2020 2:50 PM
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io
Subject: Re: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] eQSL Callsign Matching
 
I will add an additional note to this.  And sorry in advance, it does sometimes seem confusing.  Once you get it figured out, it really isn’t hard at all.  Will someone familiar with E-QSL comment on how this is handled there?
 
I think by now everyone knows having a PREFIX or a SUFFIX added to your call sign on the air makes a difference as to how LoTW sees it.  For example, I presently have six active LoTW certificates for KD5KC, DL/KD5KC, HB9/KD5KC, HB0/KD5KC, OE/KD5KC and OK/KD5KC.  So if I appended the /P to those calls, I would now need an additional six more certificates for KD5KC/P, DL/KD5KC/P, HB9/KD5KC/P, HB0/KD5KC/P, OE/KD5KC/P and OK/KD5KC/P.   This is just the start, now lets go mobile with /M and here come six more certificates for KD5KC/M, DL/KD5KC/M, HB9/KD5KC/M, HB0/KD5KC/M, OE/KD5KC/M and OK/KD5KC/M.  And then there is /QRP etc etc……  Beyond this, you can never be sure how people are going to log you, so you might decide to upload twice, once with no suffix and once with the active suffix.
 
If you are a SOTA “SUMMIT ACTIVATOR” or a “SUMMIT CHASER”, you may or may not know this.  There are a few SPOTTING programs out in the field that makes spotting SOTA summits easy.  And some of these programs will automatically append a /P to the spot.  This used to be required in Germany, but is no longer.  I am not certain of the rest of the world, and I see /P a lot when chasing SOTA summits in Europe, but very few in the USA.  My thought was that if I am signing DL/KD5KC you can pretty much figure out I am a portable station.  But some stations may be signing /P and not realize it, or even knowing it may not upload with the suffix.
 
Never say never, but as I have often said, I do not log a /anything to my call sign.  Or at least not so far.  The program I use will stop appending the /P on my call sign if I add a PERIOD to the end of the call sign ( KD5KC. ).  In the last few weeks I have run into two SOTA summits where I saw the activator signing /P on one spot and not signing /P on another spot.  Before uploading to LoTW and SOTA, I E-mailed that station and asked which would be uploaded, and I was told NO SUFFIX, they forgot to add the period to one spot.

I do not use E-QSL, they make it way too difficult to upload portable locations.  Perhaps someone who is expert in E-QSL can tell us if what I have indicated above also applies to E-QSL.  I really have no clue about E-QSL, but this information can be the difference between confirming and not confirming in LoTW.
 
As ever, I am willing to help anyone over the finer points of using LoTW with multiple certificates and multiple portable locations.  With a little forethought, and a little care, it really isn’t as daunting as it seems.  Call me out on the list, or direct. Just be patient, I may be on shift and short on time.
 
Mike – KD5KC -- El Paso -- Texas.
 
The canyons are calling, colorful and deep.  But I have promises to keep.
And miles to go still in my Jeep...   And miles to go still in my Jeep...
 
 
ADVENTURE:  The respectful pursuit of trouble.
 
 
 
 
From: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io <N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io> On Behalf Of Scott Davis via groups.io
Sent: Tuesday, May 5, 2020 11:30 AM
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io
Subject: Re: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] eQSL Callsign Matching
 
Hi Mark,
 
The affect that it will have on LoTW confirmations will depend on how the person uploading set up his call in TQSL.  If you want the confirmation, when in doubt, it is always good to ask during the QSO.
73, Scott
N3FJP
 
Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.
 
1 Peter 3 vs 15: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Erbaugh <mark.election@...>
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io <N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io>
Sent: Tue, May 5, 2020 1:13 pm
Subject: Re: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] eQSL Callsign Matching
I guess I should have been more specific. One station was N8GU/4 indicating that he was operating out of the call area. Another was OZ75MAY/73, which I think is related to a special or an operating event.
 
If I go back and remove the slashed info (and put it in the comment), will that mess up LoTW matches?
 
73,
Mark
 
 
 
From: Mel Marcus
Sent: Tuesday, May 5, 2020 12:25 PM
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io
Subject: Re: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] eQSL Callsign Matching
 
Mark
 
The only reason a person would sign as an /AE was to show that he is allowed in the portion of the band. he took the extra test passed, but the fcc has not updated the database yet. aclog, eqsl, lotw could care less about it.
therefore logging his callsign without the /AE would be approprieate
 
Mel
NE9A
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] eQSL Callsign Matching
From: "Mark Erbaugh" <mark.election@...>
Date: Tue, May 05, 2020 10:43 am
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io

I just started using eQSL with ACLog. I downloaded my inbox and noticed that a few calls were not matching and being flagged as confirmed by eQSL (with an E). In all cases, I think the problem was that I logged the contact with a /<extra> info, which is what the station was signing, but the record in the eQSL inbox didn't have the extra information.  Is there a way to make the match ignore the extra or should I not enter the extra. FWIW, ACLog had no problem properly identifying the country, although it did not properly find the HamCall record.

73,
Mark
 


Re: eQSL Callsign Matching

Mel Marcus
 

I was shocked to see that one of the call groupings in Canada is an X.

Mel

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] eQSL Callsign Matching
From: "Frank MacKenzie-Lamb" <maclamb@...>
Date: Tue, May 05, 2020 2:05 pm
To: <N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io>

I HATE the fact the call number in a call doesn’t tell anything  about a location anymore…….had a KH6 only to find he was from PA probably as he wanted a two x one call 
 
From: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io <N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io> On Behalf Of Mike Olbrisch
Sent: Tuesday, May 5, 2020 2:50 PM
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io
Subject: Re: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] eQSL Callsign Matching
 
I will add an additional note to this.  And sorry in advance, it does sometimes seem confusing.  Once you get it figured out, it really isn’t hard at all.  Will someone familiar with E-QSL comment on how this is handled there?
 
I think by now everyone knows having a PREFIX or a SUFFIX added to your call sign on the air makes a difference as to how LoTW sees it.  For example, I presently have six active LoTW certificates for KD5KC, DL/KD5KC, HB9/KD5KC, HB0/KD5KC, OE/KD5KC and OK/KD5KC.  So if I appended the /P to those calls, I would now need an additional six more certificates for KD5KC/P, DL/KD5KC/P, HB9/KD5KC/P, HB0/KD5KC/P, OE/KD5KC/P and OK/KD5KC/P.   This is just the start, now lets go mobile with /M and here come six more certificates for KD5KC/M, DL/KD5KC/M, HB9/KD5KC/M, HB0/KD5KC/M, OE/KD5KC/M and OK/KD5KC/M.  And then there is /QRP etc etc……  Beyond this, you can never be sure how people are going to log you, so you might decide to upload twice, once with no suffix and once with the active suffix.
 
If you are a SOTA “SUMMIT ACTIVATOR” or a “SUMMIT CHASER”, you may or may not know this.  There are a few SPOTTING programs out in the field that makes spotting SOTA summits easy.  And some of these programs will automatically append a /P to the spot.  This used to be required in Germany, but is no longer.  I am not certain of the rest of the world, and I see /P a lot when chasing SOTA summits in Europe, but very few in the USA.  My thought was that if I am signing DL/KD5KC you can pretty much figure out I am a portable station.  But some stations may be signing /P and not realize it, or even knowing it may not upload with the suffix.
 
Never say never, but as I have often said, I do not log a /anything to my call sign.  Or at least not so far.  The program I use will stop appending the /P on my call sign if I add a PERIOD to the end of the call sign ( KD5KC. ).  In the last few weeks I have run into two SOTA summits where I saw the activator signing /P on one spot and not signing /P on another spot.  Before uploading to LoTW and SOTA, I E-mailed that station and asked which would be uploaded, and I was told NO SUFFIX, they forgot to add the period to one spot.

I do not use E-QSL, they make it way too difficult to upload portable locations.  Perhaps someone who is expert in E-QSL can tell us if what I have indicated above also applies to E-QSL.  I really have no clue about E-QSL, but this information can be the difference between confirming and not confirming in LoTW.
 
As ever, I am willing to help anyone over the finer points of using LoTW with multiple certificates and multiple portable locations.  With a little forethought, and a little care, it really isn’t as daunting as it seems.  Call me out on the list, or direct. Just be patient, I may be on shift and short on time.
 
Mike – KD5KC -- El Paso -- Texas.
 
The canyons are calling, colorful and deep.  But I have promises to keep.
And miles to go still in my Jeep...   And miles to go still in my Jeep...
 
 
ADVENTURE:  The respectful pursuit of trouble.
 
 
 
 
From: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io <N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io> On Behalf Of Scott Davis via groups.io
Sent: Tuesday, May 5, 2020 11:30 AM
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io
Subject: Re: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] eQSL Callsign Matching
 
Hi Mark,
 
The affect that it will have on LoTW confirmations will depend on how the person uploading set up his call in TQSL.  If you want the confirmation, when in doubt, it is always good to ask during the QSO.
73, Scott
N3FJP
 
Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.
 
1 Peter 3 vs 15: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Erbaugh <mark.election@...>
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io <N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io>
Sent: Tue, May 5, 2020 1:13 pm
Subject: Re: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] eQSL Callsign Matching
I guess I should have been more specific. One station was N8GU/4 indicating that he was operating out of the call area. Another was OZ75MAY/73, which I think is related to a special or an operating event.
 
If I go back and remove the slashed info (and put it in the comment), will that mess up LoTW matches?
 
73,
Mark
 
 
 
From: Mel Marcus
Sent: Tuesday, May 5, 2020 12:25 PM
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io
Subject: Re: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] eQSL Callsign Matching
 
Mark
 
The only reason a person would sign as an /AE was to show that he is allowed in the portion of the band. he took the extra test passed, but the fcc has not updated the database yet. aclog, eqsl, lotw could care less about it.
therefore logging his callsign without the /AE would be approprieate
 
Mel
NE9A
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] eQSL Callsign Matching
From: "Mark Erbaugh" <mark.election@...>
Date: Tue, May 05, 2020 10:43 am
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io

I just started using eQSL with ACLog. I downloaded my inbox and noticed that a few calls were not matching and being flagged as confirmed by eQSL (with an E). In all cases, I think the problem was that I logged the contact with a /<extra> info, which is what the station was signing, but the record in the eQSL inbox didn't have the extra information.  Is there a way to make the match ignore the extra or should I not enter the extra. FWIW, ACLog had no problem properly identifying the country, although it did not properly find the HamCall record.

73,
Mark
 


Re: eQSL Callsign Matching

Frank MacKenzie-Lamb
 

I HATE the fact the call number in a call doesn’t tell anything  about a location anymore…….had a KH6 only to find he was from PA probably as he wanted a two x one call 

 

From: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io <N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io> On Behalf Of Mike Olbrisch
Sent: Tuesday, May 5, 2020 2:50 PM
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io
Subject: Re: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] eQSL Callsign Matching

 

I will add an additional note to this.  And sorry in advance, it does sometimes seem confusing.  Once you get it figured out, it really isn’t hard at all.  Will someone familiar with E-QSL comment on how this is handled there?

 

I think by now everyone knows having a PREFIX or a SUFFIX added to your call sign on the air makes a difference as to how LoTW sees it.  For example, I presently have six active LoTW certificates for KD5KC, DL/KD5KC, HB9/KD5KC, HB0/KD5KC, OE/KD5KC and OK/KD5KC.  So if I appended the /P to those calls, I would now need an additional six more certificates for KD5KC/P, DL/KD5KC/P, HB9/KD5KC/P, HB0/KD5KC/P, OE/KD5KC/P and OK/KD5KC/P.   This is just the start, now lets go mobile with /M and here come six more certificates for KD5KC/M, DL/KD5KC/M, HB9/KD5KC/M, HB0/KD5KC/M, OE/KD5KC/M and OK/KD5KC/M.  And then there is /QRP etc etc……  Beyond this, you can never be sure how people are going to log you, so you might decide to upload twice, once with no suffix and once with the active suffix.

 

If you are a SOTA “SUMMIT ACTIVATOR” or a “SUMMIT CHASER”, you may or may not know this.  There are a few SPOTTING programs out in the field that makes spotting SOTA summits easy.  And some of these programs will automatically append a /P to the spot.  This used to be required in Germany, but is no longer.  I am not certain of the rest of the world, and I see /P a lot when chasing SOTA summits in Europe, but very few in the USA.  My thought was that if I am signing DL/KD5KC you can pretty much figure out I am a portable station.  But some stations may be signing /P and not realize it, or even knowing it may not upload with the suffix.

 

Never say never, but as I have often said, I do not log a /anything to my call sign.  Or at least not so far.  The program I use will stop appending the /P on my call sign if I add a PERIOD to the end of the call sign ( KD5KC. ).  In the last few weeks I have run into two SOTA summits where I saw the activator signing /P on one spot and not signing /P on another spot.  Before uploading to LoTW and SOTA, I E-mailed that station and asked which would be uploaded, and I was told NO SUFFIX, they forgot to add the period to one spot.

I do not use E-QSL, they make it way too difficult to upload portable locations.  Perhaps someone who is expert in E-QSL can tell us if what I have indicated above also applies to E-QSL.  I really have no clue about E-QSL, but this information can be the difference between confirming and not confirming in LoTW.

 

As ever, I am willing to help anyone over the finer points of using LoTW with multiple certificates and multiple portable locations.  With a little forethought, and a little care, it really isn’t as daunting as it seems.  Call me out on the list, or direct. Just be patient, I may be on shift and short on time.

 

Mike – KD5KC -- El Paso -- Texas.

 

The canyons are calling, colorful and deep.  But I have promises to keep.

And miles to go still in my Jeep...   And miles to go still in my Jeep...

 

 

ADVENTURE:  The respectful pursuit of trouble.

 

 

 

 

From: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io <N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io> On Behalf Of Scott Davis via groups.io
Sent: Tuesday, May 5, 2020 11:30 AM
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io
Subject: Re: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] eQSL Callsign Matching

 

Hi Mark,

 

The affect that it will have on LoTW confirmations will depend on how the person uploading set up his call in TQSL.  If you want the confirmation, when in doubt, it is always good to ask during the QSO.

73, Scott

N3FJP

 

Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.

 

1 Peter 3 vs 15: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Erbaugh <mark.election@...>
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io <N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io>
Sent: Tue, May 5, 2020 1:13 pm
Subject: Re: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] eQSL Callsign Matching

I guess I should have been more specific. One station was N8GU/4 indicating that he was operating out of the call area. Another was OZ75MAY/73, which I think is related to a special or an operating event.

 

If I go back and remove the slashed info (and put it in the comment), will that mess up LoTW matches?

 

73,

Mark

 

 

 

From: Mel Marcus
Sent: Tuesday, May 5, 2020 12:25 PM
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io
Subject: Re: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] eQSL Callsign Matching

 

Mark

 

The only reason a person would sign as an /AE was to show that he is allowed in the portion of the band. he took the extra test passed, but the fcc has not updated the database yet. aclog, eqsl, lotw could care less about it.

therefore logging his callsign without the /AE would be approprieate

 

Mel

NE9A

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] eQSL Callsign Matching
From: "Mark Erbaugh" <mark.election@...>
Date: Tue, May 05, 2020 10:43 am
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io

I just started using eQSL with ACLog. I downloaded my inbox and noticed that a few calls were not matching and being flagged as confirmed by eQSL (with an E). In all cases, I think the problem was that I logged the contact with a /<extra> info, which is what the station was signing, but the record in the eQSL inbox didn't have the extra information.  Is there a way to make the match ignore the extra or should I not enter the extra. FWIW, ACLog had no problem properly identifying the country, although it did not properly find the HamCall record.

73,
Mark

 


Re: eQSL Callsign Matching

Mike Olbrisch
 

I will add an additional note to this.  And sorry in advance, it does sometimes seem confusing.  Once you get it figured out, it really isn’t hard at all.  Will someone familiar with E-QSL comment on how this is handled there?

 

I think by now everyone knows having a PREFIX or a SUFFIX added to your call sign on the air makes a difference as to how LoTW sees it.  For example, I presently have six active LoTW certificates for KD5KC, DL/KD5KC, HB9/KD5KC, HB0/KD5KC, OE/KD5KC and OK/KD5KC.  So if I appended the /P to those calls, I would now need an additional six more certificates for KD5KC/P, DL/KD5KC/P, HB9/KD5KC/P, HB0/KD5KC/P, OE/KD5KC/P and OK/KD5KC/P.   This is just the start, now lets go mobile with /M and here come six more certificates for KD5KC/M, DL/KD5KC/M, HB9/KD5KC/M, HB0/KD5KC/M, OE/KD5KC/M and OK/KD5KC/M.  And then there is /QRP etc etc……  Beyond this, you can never be sure how people are going to log you, so you might decide to upload twice, once with no suffix and once with the active suffix.

 

If you are a SOTA “SUMMIT ACTIVATOR” or a “SUMMIT CHASER”, you may or may not know this.  There are a few SPOTTING programs out in the field that makes spotting SOTA summits easy.  And some of these programs will automatically append a /P to the spot.  This used to be required in Germany, but is no longer.  I am not certain of the rest of the world, and I see /P a lot when chasing SOTA summits in Europe, but very few in the USA.  My thought was that if I am signing DL/KD5KC you can pretty much figure out I am a portable station.  But some stations may be signing /P and not realize it, or even knowing it may not upload with the suffix.

 

Never say never, but as I have often said, I do not log a /anything to my call sign.  Or at least not so far.  The program I use will stop appending the /P on my call sign if I add a PERIOD to the end of the call sign ( KD5KC. ).  In the last few weeks I have run into two SOTA summits where I saw the activator signing /P on one spot and not signing /P on another spot.  Before uploading to LoTW and SOTA, I E-mailed that station and asked which would be uploaded, and I was told NO SUFFIX, they forgot to add the period to one spot.

I do not use E-QSL, they make it way too difficult to upload portable locations.  Perhaps someone who is expert in E-QSL can tell us if what I have indicated above also applies to E-QSL.  I really have no clue about E-QSL, but this information can be the difference between confirming and not confirming in LoTW.

 

As ever, I am willing to help anyone over the finer points of using LoTW with multiple certificates and multiple portable locations.  With a little forethought, and a little care, it really isn’t as daunting as it seems.  Call me out on the list, or direct. Just be patient, I may be on shift and short on time.

 

Mike – KD5KC -- El Paso -- Texas.

 

The canyons are calling, colorful and deep.  But I have promises to keep.

And miles to go still in my Jeep...   And miles to go still in my Jeep...

 

 

ADVENTURE:  The respectful pursuit of trouble.

 

 

 

 

From: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io <N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io> On Behalf Of Scott Davis via groups.io
Sent: Tuesday, May 5, 2020 11:30 AM
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io
Subject: Re: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] eQSL Callsign Matching

 

Hi Mark,

 

The affect that it will have on LoTW confirmations will depend on how the person uploading set up his call in TQSL.  If you want the confirmation, when in doubt, it is always good to ask during the QSO.

73, Scott

N3FJP

 

Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.

 

1 Peter 3 vs 15: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Erbaugh <mark.election@...>
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io <N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io>
Sent: Tue, May 5, 2020 1:13 pm
Subject: Re: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] eQSL Callsign Matching

I guess I should have been more specific. One station was N8GU/4 indicating that he was operating out of the call area. Another was OZ75MAY/73, which I think is related to a special or an operating event.

 

If I go back and remove the slashed info (and put it in the comment), will that mess up LoTW matches?

 

73,

Mark

 

 

 

From: Mel Marcus
Sent: Tuesday, May 5, 2020 12:25 PM
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io
Subject: Re: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] eQSL Callsign Matching

 

Mark

 

The only reason a person would sign as an /AE was to show that he is allowed in the portion of the band. he took the extra test passed, but the fcc has not updated the database yet. aclog, eqsl, lotw could care less about it.

therefore logging his callsign without the /AE would be approprieate

 

Mel

NE9A

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] eQSL Callsign Matching
From: "Mark Erbaugh" <mark.election@...>
Date: Tue, May 05, 2020 10:43 am
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io

I just started using eQSL with ACLog. I downloaded my inbox and noticed that a few calls were not matching and being flagged as confirmed by eQSL (with an E). In all cases, I think the problem was that I logged the contact with a /<extra> info, which is what the station was signing, but the record in the eQSL inbox didn't have the extra information.  Is there a way to make the match ignore the extra or should I not enter the extra. FWIW, ACLog had no problem properly identifying the country, although it did not properly find the HamCall record.

73,
Mark

 


Re: eQSL Callsign Matching

Scott Davis
 

Hi Mark,

The affect that it will have on LoTW confirmations will depend on how the person uploading set up his call in TQSL.  If you want the confirmation, when in doubt, it is always good to ask during the QSO.

73, Scott
N3FJP

Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.

1 Peter 3 vs 15: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...


-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Erbaugh <mark.election@...>
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io <N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io>
Sent: Tue, May 5, 2020 1:13 pm
Subject: Re: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] eQSL Callsign Matching

I guess I should have been more specific. One station was N8GU/4 indicating that he was operating out of the call area. Another was OZ75MAY/73, which I think is related to a special or an operating event.
 
If I go back and remove the slashed info (and put it in the comment), will that mess up LoTW matches?
 
73,
Mark
 
 
 
From: Mel Marcus
Sent: Tuesday, May 5, 2020 12:25 PM
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io
Subject: Re: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] eQSL Callsign Matching
 
Mark
 
The only reason a person would sign as an /AE was to show that he is allowed in the portion of the band. he took the extra test passed, but the fcc has not updated the database yet. aclog, eqsl, lotw could care less about it.
therefore logging his callsign without the /AE would be approprieate
 
Mel
NE9A
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] eQSL Callsign Matching
From: "Mark Erbaugh" <mark.election@...>
Date: Tue, May 05, 2020 10:43 am
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io

I just started using eQSL with ACLog. I downloaded my inbox and noticed that a few calls were not matching and being flagged as confirmed by eQSL (with an E). In all cases, I think the problem was that I logged the contact with a /<extra> info, which is what the station was signing, but the record in the eQSL inbox didn't have the extra information.  Is there a way to make the match ignore the extra or should I not enter the extra. FWIW, ACLog had no problem properly identifying the country, although it did not properly find the HamCall record.

73,
Mark
 


Re: eQSL Callsign Matching

Mark Erbaugh
 

I guess I should have been more specific. One station was N8GU/4 indicating that he was operating out of the call area. Another was OZ75MAY/73, which I think is related to a special or an operating event.

 

If I go back and remove the slashed info (and put it in the comment), will that mess up LoTW matches?

 

73,

Mark

 

 

 

From: Mel Marcus
Sent: Tuesday, May 5, 2020 12:25 PM
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io
Subject: Re: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] eQSL Callsign Matching

 

Mark

 

The only reason a person would sign as an /AE was to show that he is allowed in the portion of the band. he took the extra test passed, but the fcc has not updated the database yet. aclog, eqsl, lotw could care less about it.

therefore logging his callsign without the /AE would be approprieate

 

Mel

NE9A

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] eQSL Callsign Matching
From: "Mark Erbaugh" <mark.election@...>
Date: Tue, May 05, 2020 10:43 am
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io

I just started using eQSL with ACLog. I downloaded my inbox and noticed that a few calls were not matching and being flagged as confirmed by eQSL (with an E). In all cases, I think the problem was that I logged the contact with a /<extra> info, which is what the station was signing, but the record in the eQSL inbox didn't have the extra information.  Is there a way to make the match ignore the extra or should I not enter the extra. FWIW, ACLog had no problem properly identifying the country, although it did not properly find the HamCall record.

73,
Mark

 


Re: eQSL Callsign Matching

Mel Marcus
 

Mark

The only reason a person would sign as an /AE was to show that he is allowed in the portion of the band. he took the extra test passed, but the fcc has not updated the database yet. aclog, eqsl, lotw could care less about it.
therefore logging his callsign without the /AE would be approprieate

Mel
NE9A

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] eQSL Callsign Matching
From: "Mark Erbaugh" <mark.election@...>
Date: Tue, May 05, 2020 10:43 am
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io

I just started using eQSL with ACLog. I downloaded my inbox and noticed that a few calls were not matching and being flagged as confirmed by eQSL (with an E). In all cases, I think the problem was that I logged the contact with a /<extra> info, which is what the station was signing, but the record in the eQSL inbox didn't have the extra information.  Is there a way to make the match ignore the extra or should I not enter the extra. FWIW, ACLog had no problem properly identifying the country, although it did not properly find the HamCall record.

73,
Mark


eQSL Callsign Matching

Mark Erbaugh
 

I just started using eQSL with ACLog. I downloaded my inbox and noticed that a few calls were not matching and being flagged as confirmed by eQSL (with an E). In all cases, I think the problem was that I logged the contact with a /<extra> info, which is what the station was signing, but the record in the eQSL inbox didn't have the extra information.  Is there a way to make the match ignore the extra or should I not enter the extra. FWIW, ACLog had no problem properly identifying the country, although it did not properly find the HamCall record.

73,
Mark


Re: Lost Log data

Scott Davis
 

Hi John,

Thanks for your e-mail.  First, open your full log file by clicking File > Open, navigating to your log file and select it.

Then transfer your contest QSOs as detailed here:


http://www.n3fjp.com/faq.html#q6


If for some reason you need to restore from backup, this will get you going:


http://www.n3fjp.com/faq.html#q57

Enjoy!

73, Scott
N3FJP

Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.

1 Peter 3 vs 15: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...


-----Original Message-----
From: John Brock <brock71@...>
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io
Sent: Mon, May 4, 2020 6:48 pm
Subject: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] Lost Log data

Not sure what I did. I tried to take the ADI file from my New England QSO party log and upload it to my normal ACLog log.
Noe in my normal log all I have is the QSO party records. None of the original QSO's appear.
Any advice?
TNX
John
WA8US


Re: Updates

Scott Davis
 

Hi John,

Thanks for your e-mail.  Tom is correct (thanks Tom).  Once you have taken the installer downloaded from the web site, follow these instructions here:


http://www.n3fjp.com/faq.html#q43

And here:


http://www.n3fjp.com/faq.html#q11

Enjoy!

73, Scott
N3FJP

Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.

1 Peter 3 vs 15: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...


-----Original Message-----
From: Tom Ellis <tl_ellis@...>
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io
Sent: Mon, May 4, 2020 7:06 pm
Subject: Re: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] Updates

John,

You need to take the downloaded installer files and put them onto the flash drive, then use the flash drive to install the programs onto your laptop.

Tom
K5TEE


-----Original Message-----
From: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io [mailto:N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io] On Behalf Of John via groups.io
Sent: Monday, May 04, 2020 3:59 PM
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io
Subject: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] Updates

I have two older computers, 1)  my base station has a Desk computer that is on line and has current versions of N3FJP software.  2) My second computer is a laptop that cannot connect to the web.  I want to use the laptop for portable ham operations.

Because the laptop cannot connect  to the web, I cannot download new versions or versions from N3FJP that I do not already have, like the recent NEQSOP.

I tried backing up the folder “affirmatech”on my Desk computer to a thumb drive, and loading the folder onto the web deaf laptop.

Everything seemed to load as normal except there is no executable program in affirmatech, no NEQSOP.

Is this a security problem? Is this a folder problem?  How can I load N3FJP software from my online Desk computer to my offline laptop?

Probably a cockpit problem on my side….

John Bescher, N4DXI





Re: Updates

Tom Ellis
 

John,

You need to take the downloaded installer files and put them onto the flash drive, then use the flash drive to install the programs onto your laptop.

Tom
K5TEE

-----Original Message-----
From: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io [mailto:N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io] On Behalf Of John via groups.io
Sent: Monday, May 04, 2020 3:59 PM
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io
Subject: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] Updates

I have two older computers, 1) my base station has a Desk computer that is on line and has current versions of N3FJP software. 2) My second computer is a laptop that cannot connect to the web. I want to use the laptop for portable ham operations.

Because the laptop cannot connect to the web, I cannot download new versions or versions from N3FJP that I do not already have, like the recent NEQSOP.

I tried backing up the folder “affirmatech”on my Desk computer to a thumb drive, and loading the folder onto the web deaf laptop.

Everything seemed to load as normal except there is no executable program in affirmatech, no NEQSOP.

Is this a security problem? Is this a folder problem? How can I load N3FJP software from my online Desk computer to my offline laptop?

Probably a cockpit problem on my side….

John Bescher, N4DXI


Re: Lost Log data

Mitch NW0M
 

In the Recent Contacts display bar, do you have 'ALL' checked or 'Last 50'?


Lost Log data

John Brock
 

Not sure what I did. I tried to take the ADI file from my New England QSO party log and upload it to my normal ACLog log.
Noe in my normal log all I have is the QSO party records. None of the original QSO's appear.
Any advice?
TNX
John
WA8US


Updates

John
 

I have two older computers, 1) my base station has a Desk computer that is on line and has current versions of N3FJP software. 2) My second computer is a laptop that cannot connect to the web. I want to use the laptop for portable ham operations.

Because the laptop cannot connect to the web, I cannot download new versions or versions from N3FJP that I do not already have, like the recent NEQSOP.

I tried backing up the folder “affirmatech”on my Desk computer to a thumb drive, and loading the folder onto the web deaf laptop.

Everything seemed to load as normal except there is no executable program in affirmatech, no NEQSOP.

Is this a security problem? Is this a folder problem? How can I load N3FJP software from my online Desk computer to my offline laptop?

Probably a cockpit problem on my side….

John Bescher, N4DXI


Re: MIch QSP

Scott Davis
 

Hi Dave,

Thanks for your follow up.  You opened an old ADIF file with QSOs from 4/18.  Go ahead and recreate the ADIF file with your current data and you will be all set.

Enjoy!

73, Scott
N3FJP

Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.

1 Peter 3 vs 15: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...


-----Original Message-----
From: Dave Tucker Nu4N <dwtucker19@...>
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io
Sent: Mon, May 4, 2020 8:13 am
Subject: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] MIch QSP

What I was meaning that for some reason the program loaded the contest calls for Apr 18. But of course the contest was 5/2.
Anyway to change the date to 5/2 at one time or will i have to change the date for each qso manuely ??
Thanks Dave NU4N