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How do I submit a log for a contest?

Submitting a log for an amateur radio contest is an essential part of participating in the event. Properly submitting your log ensures that your contest score is accurately calculated and contributes to the overall results of the competition. While specific submission procedures may vary depending on the contest, here is a general guide to help you submit your log:

  1. Check the contest rules: Before submitting your log, carefully review the contest rules to ensure that you have met all the requirements for participation, including operating within the specified contest period, adhering to the contest’s category, and following any specific rules related to power output or mode of operation.
  2. Use appropriate logging software: Many amateur radio contests require logs to be submitted in a specific electronic format, typically the Cabrillo format or the ADIF format. There are several logging software programs available that can help you generate logs in the required format. Popular choices include N1MM Logger+, WriteLog, and DXLog.net, among others. If you have used paper logs during the contest, you will need to transfer your data to an electronic log using one of these programs.
  3. Verify your log data: Before submitting your log, carefully review your entries to ensure that all the required information is accurate and complete. This includes checking your call sign, contest category, band, mode, time, and date of each QSO (contact), as well as the exchange information, such as signal report or grid square.
  4. Create a Cabrillo or ADIF file: Once you have verified your log data, use your logging software to generate a Cabrillo or ADIF file, depending on the contest requirements. This file will include all your QSO information in the required format, as well as additional details, such as your personal information, station details, and any additional contest-specific information.
  5. Check submission deadline: Each contest has a specific submission deadline, which is usually a few days or weeks after the end of the contest. Make sure to submit your log before the deadline to ensure that your score is included in the final results.
  6. Submit your log: The contest rules will specify the preferred method for submitting your log, which typically involves either emailing the log file as an attachment or uploading the log file through a web form on the contest organizer’s website.
    • Email submission: If the contest rules specify email submission, send your Cabrillo or ADIF file as an attachment to the specified email address. The subject line of the email should typically include your call sign and the contest name. Some contests may also require you to include specific information in the email body, such as your claimed score or contest category.
    • Web form submission: If the contest rules specify web form submission, visit the contest organizer’s website, and locate the log submission page. You may be required to create an account or provide your personal information before uploading your log file. Follow the instructions on the website to upload your Cabrillo or ADIF file and submit any additional required information.
  7. Confirmation and log checking: After submitting your log, you may receive an automated email confirming the receipt of your log. Contest organizers may take several weeks to process logs, check for errors or inconsistencies, and calculate the final scores. Some contests provide a log checking report (LCR) that details any errors or issues with your log.
  8. Review the contest results: Once the contest organizers have processed all the logs and calculated the scores, they will typically publish the final results on their website or in an amateur radio publication. Review the results to see how you performed in the contest and identify areas for improvement in future contests.

By following these steps and submitting your log according to the contest rules, you can ensure that your contest participation is accurately recorded and contribute to the overall success of the event.

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