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Remembrance Day Contest

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The Remembrance Day Contest rules have gone through an extensive revision with a new contest manager and the new rules are available on the WIA website here.

Fundamental changes are:

  • There is no separate sections for HF and VHF/UHF any more, it is just one contest now with all bands (except WARC) being useable.
  • Team participation -- you can arrange with the contest manager before the contest to have your score pooled with one or more other contest station for a team effort.

As before for multi-operator category stations with all operators using VKCL on PCs or laptops that are networked, it is possible for each operator to monitor what bands and frequencies are being used by other operators in the group, so that they may switch to an unused band, for example, or announce on air what other bands or frequencies are in use by the multi-operator station.

VKCL can still only log for one call sign with one installation, but that is now all that can be used under the new general WIA contest rules here.

 

Links to other known logging programs that support the RD Contest:

VK5DJ RD Logging Program

VK6FJA RD Contest Logging WinRD+

SD by EI5DI

 

 

Brief tutorial on RD Contest logging using VKCL.

The exchange of RS(T) is optional, but if given, they should represent a true estimate of the conditions. The logging of contacts in VKCL with or without RS(T) is very easy, as the following brief tutorial shows.

 

In the image above of the logging area of VKCL, the input cursor is in the Call Sign: field, the normal resting place for the cursor. If you were lucky enough to work VK3AVV in the contest who gave you 7 as his serial number in return for your serial number of 11, the entry sequence to log that contact, without exchanging RS(T), would be just:

3AVV<Enter>7<Enter>

The VK prefix would be assumed and added to the display in this case, as only VK, ZL, and P2 stations can participate in the RD contest. ZL and P2 call signs must be entered in full. Of course you can enter VK call signs in full as well if you like, and you have to for special VK prefixes such as AX or VI.

If you did want to record say 57 in each direction as the readability and signal strength, the entry sequence would become:

3AVV<Enter><Enter>57<Enter>57007<Enter>

The double <Enter> after the call sign moves the input cursor to the empty Exch Sent: field which holds the sent 57. The following <Enter> moves the cursor back to the Exch Rcvd: field, where the received RS(T) and the received serial number are entered. At least 5 digits for SSB and 6 for CW must be entered here for the leading digits to be recognized as RS(T), so the serial number of 7 must be zero extended to the left to make up the required number of digits. It is not necessary to record both, you may record the sent or the received RS(T) only if desired. Using the mouse or the function keys, you can also go back to any field to add RS(T) before saving the contact.

To record a comment or a name in the last field, it is necessary to put the cursor in that field before hitting the final <Enter>. You can do that either by a left click with the mouse pointer in that field or (to comply with my requirements that all logging operations must be possible just from the keyboard) by pressing F8 function key, hitting the <Enter> after finishing the comment or name. If you put a check in the check box above the start of that field, the cursor will always move to that field after the last <Enter> above, and another <Enter> is then needed to log the contact.

 

 

Page last updated: 27/02/2012