VK Contest Log
The new home of VK Contest Log (VKCL)
specialising in Australasian contests
but also covering some international ones too.
VKCL Version 3.10
8th June 2014
Ver, 3.10 of VKCL is the latest version for all contests at this time.
VHF-UHF Field Day Division 2 rules:
The rules for the VHF-UHF Field Day contests have been extended to provide an alternative scoring based on distance to the worked station instead of their Maidenhead locator. The old rules, now called Division 1, are still available and may be used. The new rules are called Division 2 and you can switch between any time during the contest.See the full rules on the WIA web site here. In effect two contests are being run in parallel and you may submit a log for either one or both. Operationally the only difference is that Division 2 requires 6-char Maidenhead locators for working out the distance to the worked station, whereas 4-char locators are sufficient for Division 1.
VKCL has been revised to add Division 2 rules to the VHF-UHF Field Day module. All other contests remain unchanged so Ver 3.10 can be installed as an upgrade to any previous version 3.
In the Config window there is a pair of radio buttons for Division selection. The selection can be changed at any time before, during, and after the contest. On saving the configuration, the log is re-evaluated according to the selected division, But for division 2 to be meaningful, you must always log 6-char Maidenhead locators for every contact. Distance is calculated using the 6-char locators and no points are given for a contact if either locator is only 4-char. (If you work a Division 1 station rhat only knows their 4-char locator, ask him for his location and work it out later.)
In Division 2 repeat contacts can be made if you move to a another location at least 10 km away. That is not checked by VKCL and it is assumed that you did move 10 km if your 6-char locator has changed. For Division 1 repeat contacts can be made if you change to a different 4-char locator, with no distance being specified as to how far you have to move. It is possible to move less that 10 km to change the 4-char locator, which creates a problem with inter-working between Division 1 and Division 2 stations, as pointed out by Iain VK5ZD. To resolve the problem, Division 2 manager has tentatively agreed to accept a move of less than 10 km IFF the 4-char locator is changed by that move, but please check on the WIA website for any further updates.
A Division 2 station only changing 6-char locator will still be a duplicate contact for a Division 1 station but that is no problem as there are no penalties for duplicate contacts (in any contest). The contact will become valid for you too if you change divisions. Even if you do not intend to participate in Division 2, please do not refuse contacts for other stations just to avoid duplicates in your log.
You can submit both 8 hour and 24 hour logs for both divisions. Create log(s) for one division, change the division in Config, and create log(s) for the other. The logs are identified by <your callsign> followed by _8h or _24h, and then _div1 or _div2 as required and then file extension of .TXT. Send div1 and div2 logs to the respective contest managers.
A word about the processing of Division 2 logs after the contest. Division 2 rules were very much based on the previous Division 1 rules, in particular the variety of log formats acceptable to the contest manager because he uses mainly manual processing to create the results. Division 2 manager will be using a early version of contest management software that will only accept text logs for processing. Hence a log in any other format will need to be converted by him to a text log before it can be used, and that is a time consuming process that can also introduce errors.
If you use VKCL for logging, please do not then convert it to a .doc, .pdf or any other format. Just send the text file as generated by VKCL. If you use manual logging (and for some reason still read this) please use Notepad to type up your log using column format similar to that from VKCL, and ideally use VKCL in "post-contest entry mode" to create your log. That will save the manager a lot of your and will get the results out more quickly and more accurately.
A slash-0 font is now available which differentiates letter-O and digit-0 more unambiguously.
The installation process for the new version is identical to the previous version. The new version installs into a different folder, C:\VKCL3 by default, and a shortcut labeled VKCL3 will appear on your desktop. The two versions can co-exist in the same computer, and if necessary, run at the same time without interference to each other.
The help files for Version 3 are still a work in progress, but the operation of the new version is very similar to the previous version, except that it is no longer limited to a fixed size and does provide a few additional auxiliary windows that can be used during the contest. Their intent and use was described on the Preview and Beta and Beta 1 pages. It may be worth perusing those pages if you have not seen them before. The help files even though not updated at this time are still included as most of the information in them is still relevant. Additional pages has been prepared describing the logging of portable stations and the contents of the worked station list display. These pages will be moved to the help files eventually.
After several requests, a very simple "station log" has been implemented in VKCL. The page here describes what is implemented and how it works.
As always, please report any problems in installation or use of VKCL.
NOTE: There is a small change in database for this version, so please create a new empty folder for this contest. DO NOT use any existing empty database.
Please email comments, suggestions, and problems to
(The email address is an image file to prevent harvesting of email addresses - sorry for any inconvenience.)
(Your default email agent already addressed may be launched from the VKCL About page.)
(You can check for new versions of VKCL from there too.)
Contests omitted from VKCL Version 3:
If I am wrong in any of the above, I would appreciate receiving information from the contest managers about their intentions for the future.