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Parks on the Air Log


Andrew Justilian
 

Good Afternoon,

Can anyone tell me what log i would use to log Parks on the Air. 
I have purchased the complete Software Suite from Scott.

Yhans in Advance
Andrew - KN4IXT


Joseph Miller
 

Hi Andrew,

I use ACLog with some slight modifications... I renamed one of the "other fields" to POTA and then use that box to record the Park Number. Also, when you go to awards, you can easily get a list of the park numbers that you have worked.

Hope this helps.

73 de Joe KJ8O


On Fri, Nov 13, 2020 at 12:33 PM Andrew Justilian <kn4ixt@...> wrote:
Good Afternoon,

Can anyone tell me what log i would use to log Parks on the Air. 
I have purchased the complete Software Suite from Scott.

Yhans in Advance
Andrew - KN4IXT



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Joe Miller, KJ8O
Desert Hot Springs, CA
Locator DM13sw


Scott Davis
 

Hi Andrew,

Thanks for your e-mail.  There is more good POTA info here:


http://www.n3fjp.com/faq.html#q107

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: Joseph Miller <kj8o.ham@...>
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io
Sent: Fri, Nov 13, 2020 4:05 pm
Subject: Re: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] Parks on the Air Log

Hi Andrew,

I use ACLog with some slight modifications... I renamed one of the "other fields" to POTA and then use that box to record the Park Number. Also, when you go to awards, you can easily get a list of the park numbers that you have worked.

Hope this helps.

73 de Joe KJ8O


On Fri, Nov 13, 2020 at 12:33 PM Andrew Justilian <kn4ixt@...> wrote:
Good Afternoon,

Can anyone tell me what log i would use to log Parks on the Air. 
I have purchased the complete Software Suite from Scott.

Yhans in Advance
Andrew - KN4IXT


--
***  Avoid internet congestion, real radio uses airwaves.  ***

Joe Miller, KJ8O
Desert Hot Springs, CA
Locator DM13sw


n5ib_2
 

I also use ACLog for POTA activities. I set up the "other" fields as:
Other 6: STATION_CALLSIGN (needed in the ADIF when submitting activation logs to POTA)
Other 7: my NPOTA site (park number when I am an actvator, the "N" is a relic of the NPOTA days)
Other 7: NPOTA site (park number of the station I'm chasing, or for park-to-park when activating)
In addition, I have "Other 1" labelled as "Event" and always enter "POTA" in that field so I can easily pull out any POTA activities.

The "EVENT" "STATION_CALLSIGN" and "My NPOTA Site" fields are set up to auto-fill from the previous record.
"NPOTA site" is set for no auto fill. The entry box will show a flag if I enter a new, unworked park number there.

When chasing from the home QTH I just log in my main station log. When activating I create a new log file with the park name and number.
i.e. "Lake Norman State Park K-2740.mdb"

After an activation, be sure if you upload to LoTW to make an appropriate station location entry in TQSL

Hope to hear you on POTA - I'll be at K-4473 over the Thanksgiving Holiday

Jim, N5IB


Ken Bell
 

Join the Parks on the Air Facebook page.  Look in the files section and there is a great description of how to setup ACLog for POTA.  Direct link to one of the best below:    https://www.facebook.com/groups/parksontheair/permalink/1925816157709242

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Ken - K4EES


Jim Shorney
 

That actually won't work as needed for activating. You need to use SIG_INFO for the P2P park worked and MY_SIG_INFO for your park activated. Also ensure that your operator callsign is in the OPERATOR field in the program setup.


73 & 44,

-Jim
NU0C

Zero District POTA Area Coordinator
http://www.parksontheair.com/
Zero and Seven Districts WWFF-KFF Log Manager
https://wwffkff.wordpress.com/
73

-Jim
NU0C

On Fri, 13 Nov 2020 15:13:59 -0800
"n5ib_2" <n5ib@juno.com> wrote:

I also use ACLog for POTA activities. I set up the "other" fields as:
Other 6: STATION_CALLSIGN (needed in the ADIF when submitting activation logs to POTA)
Other 7: my NPOTA site (park number when I am an actvator, the "N" is a relic of the NPOTA days)
Other 7: NPOTA site (park number of the station I'm chasing, or for park-to-park when activating)
In addition, I have "Other 1" labelled as "Event" and always enter "POTA" in that field so I can easily pull out any POTA activities.

The "EVENT" "STATION_CALLSIGN" and "My NPOTA Site" fields are set up to auto-fill from the previous record.
"NPOTA site" is set for no auto fill. The entry box will show a flag if I enter a new, unworked park number there.

When chasing from the home QTH I just log in my main station log. When activating I create a new log file with the park name and number.
i.e. "Lake Norman State Park K-2740.mdb"

After an activation, be sure if you upload to LoTW to make an appropriate station location entry in TQSL

Hope to hear you on POTA - I'll be at K-4473 over the Thanksgiving Holiday

Jim, N5IB






nb7o
 

There is a good video on setting up ACL for use with POTA on YouTube.  the title is N3FJP ACLog for POTA Activators.  the VLogger is Matt Heere.  Here is a link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VePKcyP8ppw

I think all is covered in this video very well.

seven three de Kevin/NB7O


John AJ1R
 

I like to work contests very casually by just making contacts, no interest in my score.
Also like to work POTA stations.

I setup first "other" field for this. I named it "Contest/event".
I positioned it so it is convenient and visible when adding a new contact.
For POTA entries i enter "POTApark#".
For contests I enter contest name or abbreviation & year.

That way i can retrieve a list of either.

I hope this nhelps.


Russ Johnson
 

I am not into POTA but this video should be “required viewing” for anyone new to ACL for an understanding of the Other Fields, creating/positioning fields on form, setting up tabbing, other ACL behavior.  Would save a few hours of trial and error & headaches.  
Well done video!

73
Russ K3Pi 



On Nov 14, 2020, at 7:16 AM, John AJ1R <JRoe43@...> wrote:

I like to work contests very casually by just making contacts, no interest in my score.
Also like to work POTA stations.

I setup first "other" field for this. I named it "Contest/event".
I positioned it so it is convenient and visible when adding a new contact.
For POTA entries i enter "POTApark#".
For contests I enter contest name or abbreviation & year.

That way i can retrieve a list of either.

I hope this nhelps.


Bill Grover
 

There is a field called Contest ID, I haven't checked if it is visible or not.  If you use any of N3FJP's contest programs he uses this field in the main log to fold the name of the contest log you imported.  You should be 
able to use this field to hold the contest name or your POTA number as needed.

Bill, N3EYF


From: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io <N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io> on behalf of John AJ1R via groups.io <JRoe43@...>
Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2020 7:16 AM
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io <N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] Parks on the Air Log
 
I like to work contests very casually by just making contacts, no interest in my score.
Also like to work POTA stations.

I setup first "other" field for this. I named it "Contest/event".
I positioned it so it is convenient and visible when adding a new contact.
For POTA entries i enter "POTApark#".
For contests I enter contest name or abbreviation & year.

That way i can retrieve a list of either.

I hope this nhelps.


Joseph Miller
 

The Contest ID field is visible, but once you edit a record, then click 'more' and the screen opens up to almost a full page, and it's there in the the first rox of boxes right under 'Comments'

I would not recommend using Contest ID for recording POTA contacts though. as sometimes the entrants in the State QSO Parties activate a POTA site. I have had this happen a few times already. Also, if POTA is in a separate field, you can run an Awards Report to see how many of the parks you have worked.

Just my thoughts, thanks for reading.

73 de Joe KJ8O Desert Hot Springs CA

On Sat, Nov 14, 2020 at 7:05 AM Bill Grover <bgrover@...> wrote:
There is a field called Contest ID, I haven't checked if it is visible or not.  If you use any of N3FJP's contest programs he uses this field in the main log to fold the name of the contest log you imported.  You should be 
able to use this field to hold the contest name or your POTA number as needed.

Bill, N3EYF

From: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io <N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io> on behalf of John AJ1R via groups.io <JRoe43=outlook.com@groups.io>
Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2020 7:16 AM
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io <N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] Parks on the Air Log
 
I like to work contests very casually by just making contacts, no interest in my score.
Also like to work POTA stations.

I setup first "other" field for this. I named it "Contest/event".
I positioned it so it is convenient and visible when adding a new contact.
For POTA entries i enter "POTApark#".
For contests I enter contest name or abbreviation & year.

That way i can retrieve a list of either.

I hope this nhelps.



--
***  Avoid internet congestion, real radio uses airwaves.  ***

Joe Miller, KJ8O
Desert Hot Springs, CA
Locator DM13sw


Jim Shorney
 

There is also documentation in the files section of the POTA Facebook page and you can always find help in the potahelp Slack channel.


73 & 44,

-Jim
NU0C

Zero District POTA Area Coordinator
http://www.parksontheair.com/
Zero and Seven Districts WWFF-KFF Log Manager
https://wwffkff.wordpress.com/


On Fri, 13 Nov 2020 23:00:52 -0800
"nb7o" <khedgepe@presys.com> wrote:

There is a good video on setting up ACL for use with POTA on YouTube.  the title is N3FJP ACLog for POTA Activators.  the VLogger is Matt Heere.  Here is a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VePKcyP8ppw

I think all is covered in this video very well.

seven three de Kevin/NB7O





Jim Shorney
 

That would be OK for just chasing but activators need to use the SIG fields for P2P redundancy.


73 & 44,

-Jim
NU0C

Zero District POTA Area Coordinator
http://www.parksontheair.com/
Zero and Seven Districts WWFF-KFF Log Manager
https://wwffkff.wordpress.com/


On Sat, 14 Nov 2020 15:05:14 +0000
"Bill Grover" <bgrover@lindavistaestate.net> wrote:

There is a field called Contest ID, I haven't checked if it is visible or not. If you use any of N3FJP's contest programs he uses this field in the main log to fold the name of the contest log you imported. You should be
able to use this field to hold the contest name or your POTA number as needed.

Bill, N3EYF
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From: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io <N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io> on behalf of John AJ1R via groups.io <JRoe43=outlook.com@groups.io>
Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2020 7:16 AM
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io <N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] Parks on the Air Log

I like to work contests very casually by just making contacts, no interest in my score.
Also like to work POTA stations.

I setup first "other" field for this. I named it "Contest/event".
I positioned it so it is convenient and visible when adding a new contact.
For POTA entries i enter "POTApark#".
For contests I enter contest name or abbreviation & year.

That way i can retrieve a list of either.

I hope this nhelps.






Rick - W0ZAP
 

Andrew:

As Jim Shorney has suggested, I have posted detailed instructions on the POTA Facebook page in the Files Section for how to modify ACLog for POTA-specific use. If you have issues setting it up, contact me directly offline. My info on QRZ is good....

Rick Parent
W0ZAP 


Jim Shorney
 

You really are everywhere, Rick! :D


73 & 44,

-Jim
NU0C

Zero District POTA Area Coordinator
http://www.parksontheair.com/
Zero and Seven Districts WWFF-KFF Log Manager
https://wwffkff.wordpress.com/


On Sat, 14 Nov 2020 08:32:04 -0800
"Rick - W0ZAP" <W0ZAP@arrl.net> wrote:

Andrew:

As Jim Shorney has suggested, I have posted detailed instructions on the POTA Facebook page in the Files Section for how to modify ACLog for POTA-specific use. If you have issues setting it up, contact me directly offline. My info on QRZ is good....

Rick Parent
W0ZAP


Andrew Justilian
 

Thanks everyone,  I have it figured out thanks to all of the answers. The videos really helped.


On Sat, Nov 14, 2020, 1:12 PM Jim Shorney <jshorney@...> wrote:

You really are everywhere, Rick! :D


73 & 44,

-Jim
NU0C

Zero District POTA Area Coordinator
http://www.parksontheair.com/
Zero and Seven Districts WWFF-KFF Log Manager
https://wwffkff.wordpress.com/


On Sat, 14 Nov 2020 08:32:04 -0800
"Rick - W0ZAP" <W0ZAP@...> wrote:

> Andrew:
>
> As Jim Shorney has suggested, I have posted detailed instructions on the POTA Facebook page in the Files Section for how to modify ACLog for POTA-specific use. If you have issues setting it up, contact me directly offline. My info on QRZ is good....
>
> Rick Parent
> W0ZAP






Steve <n6qek@...>
 

Finally!!!  I now know where the associations take place between the "OTHER" fields and the ADIF specification.  Really great video, humorous too.

It would be nice if aliases could be set up in ACL so in my case, I am interested in the other op's CITY the newly renamed "OTHER" field/box would say CITY rather than THEIR_CITY (or whatever the ADIF spec calls the other other end of the RF path)

Steve
N6QEK/KL7