VK Contest Log
The home of VK Contest Log (VKCL)
specialising in Australasian contests
but also covering some international ones too.
VKCL Version 3.14
7th August 2016
ALARA Contest, 27-28th August 2016
The rules for the ALARA contest have been significantly revised recently and you will need to upgrade your copy of VKCL if you wish to use it in the contest. VKCL can now be used to log not only HF bands but also the 2 meter and EchoLink contacts too so that a single log can be submitted for convenience.
If you participated in the field day, please submit your log, irrespective of how many or few contacts you made. (You didn't really participate if you didn't submit your log!)
Voice and CW keying for VKCL
Currently an omission from VKCL is any form of voice or CW keying facilities. Many transceivers have such facilities built-in, but for those that do not, Greg, VK3VT, has developed a comprehensive keying system for both voice and CW using additional free utilities.
The setup of the keying is written specifically for the Remembrance Day contest, but can be adapted for any other contest. You can download the setup instructions and the required scripts from the NERG web site at this link: http://www.nerg.asn.au/?q=node/7
VHF-UHF Field Day Rules Review
It is somewhat disappointing that that the long promised review of the rules has not yet occurred
Always being hopeful that the review will happen one day, some notes have been prepared as input to the review, although what form the review will take is not known. They are probably not exhaustive, but can be used as a prompt for your input to the review.
The notes can be seen on this page, and the page also includes some suggestions and questions regarding the cross-checking of logs after the contest.
The ContestRadar web site has been upgraded to accept 8-char locators. Distance calculations in VKCL are always made using 6-char locators, but use and exchange of higher accuracy locators is useful to give better accuracy for where to point your antennas.
Contest radar may be updated from VKCL when configuring the VHF-UHF Field Day, or directly on ContestRadar map at http://contestradar.com/ before the contest.
There has been some interest in the use of transverters with VKCL. Since it is no longer possible to determine the band from OmniRig input, additional input is required to VKCL for that purpose. The page here (revised Aug 2016) describes what will be implemented in the next major version of VKCL, Ver.4, that will be 'released' when the rules for the VHF-UHF Field Days are finalised and implemented.
Among other enhancements, Ver. 4 will use a much more reliable, albeit a bit slower, database, SQLLite3, which can be fully networked so that multi-operator stations can log all contacts to one database.
NOTE: It is always a good idea to create the database with the version of VKCL you will be using, in case there was a change in database structure. That is, DO NOT use any existing empty database created by a previous version.
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.)
A slash-0 font is now available which differentiates letter-O and digit-0 more unambiguously.
The installation process for Version 3 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.
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.