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Wisconsin QSO Party
Tips for N3FJP's WIQP Program
Version 2.0 of N3FJP's program was released in January, 2013.
If you are running a version earlier than 2.0, you are encouraged to upgrade. It'll
make life easier both for you and our log checkers.
The Setup Information screen
Most of the Setup Information is straightforward but there some important details.
If you will not operate in Wisconsin, leave the county-related fields blank. If you will be in Wisconsin, the two county fields are important to assure that your submitted log is complete and correct.
Home County Abbr: This field must
contain the abbreviation for your Home QTH county.
A drop-down List button has been added to help you.
Operating County Abbr: This field is for the name of the Wisconsin county you will actually operate in. If you select Rover operation, you may ignore this field since the county operated from can be changed in the main screen.
Are you operating as a Rover? A Rover is a mobile. Select Yes only if you will be operating from more than one Wisconsin county. This selection enables the Change County menu bar option on the main logger screen that allows you to change your sent county exchange.Using the program
First, be sure to read N3FJP's instructions under Help. Also, we suggest that you print out the master list of county abbreviations that's on the WIQP website, and keep it handy. Having the list will allow you cross the full county name with the correct abbreviation.
If you do not have your radio connected to your computer, it is highly recommended that you do so. Otherwise you need to remember to select a band and mode every time you change.
When you're ready to go, Click Log Time On on the lower left of the screen. Use TAB or SPACE to move through the Call, St/Prv/Country and WI County fields. Use Enter to log the contact. When you work a station in Wisconsin, enter WI in the S/P/C field and the county in the County field. Practice this!
Entering the county can be tricky until you get used to it. If you know the exact 3-letter abbreviation for the county, type it in. If not, begin typing the full name of the county. The program will fill in the full name as soon as it can. Important: verify that the county name is correct before moving on. Practice this!
Watch out for county names starting with MAR-, WAU- or WAS-. Also, Green and Green Lake counties are confusing. For Green county, type "Green", then delete Lake off the end. Practice this!
Note that the program can be operated without a mouse by using shortcut keys. The only exception is editing previous QSO's.Changing counties
If you plan to change counties during WIQP, you need to select Yes to Are you operating as a Rover? on the Setup Information screen. If you select Rover, you will see a Change County option on the menu bar that will allow you to change counties. Practice this!
Preparing your log
Select File and click on Write Submission File. A Summary Sheet Information page will appear on the screen. Fill in Your Name, street address in Address Line 1, and your city, state and zip in Address Line 2. Continue with your Email Address and Club Affiliation. Use the full name of your club - no abbreviations or callsigns. Select your Entry Class and Power. If you are part of a multi-op effort, the callsigns of all operators need to be entered on the Operators field.
When your information is all entered, click Write Cabrillo File. When you are notified that your file has been successfully written, the message includes the file name and its location on your computer. You might want to make a note of this. Click on Done, and you will then see a Thank You announcement.
Sending in your log
With v2.0, the submission log file is located in your Documents (My Documents) folder. Open Documents (My Documents) and look for N3FJP Software. Click on it, then look for Wisconsin. Click on this and you should see your callsign. This is the log file that you need to email to us.
On older program versions that are running on Windows XP, the standard location of the submission log file is "C:\Program Files\WI State QSO Party 1.x" . For older program versions that are running on Windows Vista or later, K4DGW's YouTube video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wriLnpzqop4) explains how to find your submission log file.
To submit your log electronically, create an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and attach your log file. Put your callsign on the Subject line and send it. That's it! If you have problems with your log or the submission process, please contact us for help.
We want your log, even if you only made a few Q's! Electronically submitted logs are much preferred but we gladly accept handwritten paper logs for those who don't use a computer. But we still have paper printouts of computer log files showing up in our mailbox. Unfortunately, we must type them in just like handwritten logs. Again, if you need help emailing your log, please contact us!
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