VK Contest Log
The home of VK Contest Log (VKCL)
specialising in Australasian contests
but also covering some international ones too.
VKCL Version 3.13a
9th March 2016
Ver, 3.13a of VKCL is the latest version for all contests at this time.
John Moyle Memorial Field Day
19th-20th March 2016
Mainly a maintenance release No real need to update unless you will be using it in Post-Contest Entry mode (but see the NOTE below).
The date and time display on the VKCL logging window normally matches the format used in your PC, but in Post-Contest Entry Mode, the ISO date and time format is now always used to avoid misinterpreting the display. In previous field days, in a couple of logs, the time was 12-hours off when using the Post-Contest mode to create the log because the operators did not notice the AM/PM text.
(NOTE: There is an anomaly in the GUI library that makes manually selecting CW mode rather difficult. It is necessary to place the mouse pointer at the bottom of the CW circle and then click the left mouse button. Unlike for all other 'radio buttons', no selection is made if the mouse pointer is in the centre of the circle.}
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!)
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 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.