.W.A.R.A.C. West Allis Radio Amateur Club
A Non-Profit Educational Organization

Wisconsin QSO Party
Tips for N3FJP's WIQP Program
Version 3.x

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This version was released in January, 2014. The biggest change is that there are two versions of the programs now: in-WI and out-of-WI, so you need to make the appropriate choice. Otherwise, there are no major new features, so you don't need to upgrade unless you're running a version of the program earlier than 2.0 or a newer version of Windows that can't handle the older version.

The Setup screen
Setup screen The Setup box has been simplified. If you have installed the in-WI version, the program assumes you are in Wisconsin, so it no longer asks. Also, the rover/mobile feature for changing counties is always enabled in the in-state version, so you don't need to indicate if you are a rover. The only important items in this box are Call and County.

County needs to be your home county - the county your home QTH is located in (unless you live outside Wisconsin). Entering the correct county is important for you to get proper bonus points.

Using the program
Using version 3.1 is similar to previous versions but there are a few differences. Be sure to read N3FJP's instructions under Help.

As before, use TAB or SPACE to move through the Call, SPC (State/Prov/Country) and WI Cnty fields. Use Enter to log the contact. When you work a station in Wisconsin, enter WI in the SPC field and the county in the WI Cnty field.

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.

Investing some practice time can save you a lot of frustration during the contest. Practice logging QSO's until you're comfortable with it.

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!

Another small change is that the program now allows you to log dupes. It does warn you, but you can still log 'em. Logging dupes is fine because we check for and remove dupes as part of the log-check process.

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. Practice this!

If you do not have your radio connected to your computer, it is highly recommended. Otherwise you need to remember to select the right band and mode every time you change.

Preparing your log
OK, you've just finished WIQP and you want to save and submit your log.

Select File and click on Write Cabrillo (Contest Submittal) File. A Cabrillo Summary Form page will appear (see below). Here are the important items to fill in:

  • Line 1:
  • Category - If you're operating from home, select SOF. For other category definitions, see Rules.
    Power - Choose your power level
  • Line 2:
  • Operators - If you are Multi-Op, list callsigns of all operators
    Club Name - Needed so that your score will be credited toward your club's aggregate score. Please enter name, not callsign of club.
  • Line 3:
  • Name
    Email
    Callsign - Must be the callsign used in the contest
    Location - State, Province or 'DX'
    Soapbox - Your comments are welcome and will be included in the published results
  • Line 4:
  • Address Line 1 - Your QTH address (also use Address Line 2 if needed
    Address Line 2 - City, state and zip (use Address Line 3 if necessary
    Address Line 3 - Use if necessary
    Home County - Enter your home QTH county. This is important for you to get proper bonus points

Filling in this form completely and accurately makes our log checking much easier. Thanks for your help!

When your information is all entered, click Write Cabrillo Summary File. You will then see a SaveAs dialog box. Press Save. Your submission file will be saved in the default location: (My )Documents\Affirmatech\N3FJP Software\WI QSO Party\<your callsign>.log.

After pressing Save, you will see a File Written Successfully message with further instructions. Basically, you need to find the saved file, <your callsign>.log, attach it to an email addressed to wiqp-logs@warac.org, and send it. If you have problems with your log or the submission process, please contact us for help. We want your log!

Summary Sheet
Additional Information
Canadian Province List
Call PrefixProvince/TerritoryAbbr
VE1 VA1Nova ScotiaNS
VE2 VA2QuebecQC
VE3 VA3OntarioON
VE4 VA4ManitobaMB
VE5 VA5SaskatchewanSK
VE6 VA6AlbertaAB
VE7 VA7British ColumbiaBC
VE8Northwest TerritoriesNT
VE9New BrunswickNB
VO1, VO2Newfoundland & LabradorNL
VY0NunavutNU
VY1Yukon TerritoryYT
VY2Prince Edward IslandPE
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