The N1MM contest logging program has a lot of features and the price is
right, but it may not be for everyone. If you're taking your first
plunge into it, be prepared to spend some time getting a
grip on how to use it effectively. This write-up is about tips for using
the program for WIQP - it does not go into the basics. Also, as
N1MM users know, there are frequent releases of new versions. Version
12.10.3 was used for this write-up.
To start a new contest log, select File > New Log in Database.
For state QSO parties, selecting the contest is done in two steps. For
Log Type select QSOPARTY. Then, for State For Log Type QSOPARTY,
You may fill in the correct Start Date (03-10-2013) if desired.
The Category information you provide on this screen is important to
create a correct log file. Of the five drop-down Category
boxes, Operator Category and Overlay Category are the
tricky ones - see table. Also it's important to select your correct
Power Category - QRP, LOW or HIGH. Band Category and
Mode Category don't matter - leave 'em at the defaults.
Use this table to make selections for Operating Category
and Overlay Category.
||N1MM Operating Category
||N1MM Overlay Category
||** - Select MULTI-ONE, MULTI-TWO or MULTI-MULTI as appropriate
But, as you can see, there's a bit of a problem for mobiles. They need to select Rover in order to be able to change counties during the contest, but then there's no way to select Single or Multi. So if you're a MMF or a MMM, please use this work-around: indicate MMF or MMM in the SOAPBOX comments. This problem will be fixed when we go to Cabrillo 3.0 log files which should happen next year (2014).
As mentioned in the last paragraph, the N1MM logger supports changing county names for mobiles (Rovers). Section 2.12.3 Mobile/Rover Support in the N1MM on-line Help provides details on the use of this feature. Another on-line Help section, 188.8.131.52 Setup QSO Parties has several pages on QSO Parties. Check it out.
Saving Your Log
Make sure your Category selections described above are correct. Then select File > Generate Cabrillo File. Use the dialog box to select the location of your log file. Be sure to email it to
If you select the LOW power category, the N1MM logger will not compute your claimed score correctly. Since it doesn't handle non-integer multipliers (1.5 in this case), the multiplier isn't applied. HIGH and QRP power levels work fine. Since all WIQP logs are rescored when they are processed, this issue does not affect the official contest results.