Last update: 18 November 2016
Each contact in the log is reported using the QSO tag. Some items on this line will be different for each contest depending on the exchange information.
--------info sent------- -------info rcvd-------- QSO: freq mo date time call rst exch call rst exch t QSO: ***** ** yyyy-mm-dd nnnn ************* nnn ****** ************* nnn ****** n QSO: 3799 PH 1999-03-06 0711 HC8N 59 700 W1AW 59 CT 0 QSO: 3799 PH 1999-03-06 0712 HC8N 59 700 N5KO 59 CA 0
Explanation of Fields
Each line must begin with “QSO:” followed by a space. The QSO templates show each item at a specific column. All of the major contest sponsors will also accept the fields in any column as long as there is a space between each item.
freq is frequency or band:
- 1800 or actual frequency in KHz
- 3500 or actual frequency in KHz
- 7000 or actual frequency in KHz
- 14000 or actual frequency in KHz
- 21000 or actual frequency in KHz
- 28000 or actual frequency in KHz
mo is mode:
- (in the case of cross-mode QSOs, indicate the transmitting mode)
date is UTC date in yyyy-mm-dd form
time is UTC time in nnnn form (0000 – 2359)
call is callsign
- only A-Z, 0-9 and / permitted
exch is contest exchange. Each contest will have its own exchange elements. Check with the contest sponsor for their requirements and formatting.
t is transmitter id. Used to identify RUN/MULT, RUN1/RUN2 stations in two-transmitter categories (SO2R, M/2, and CQWW M/S). Not used in M/M.
QSO Template and Log Examples
Contest sponsors are encouraged to include template and log file examples on their web page along with the rules. This will help entrants to format the log correctly for that contest.
An example of the Cabrillo log submission format for CQ WW DX Contest is available at http://www.cqww.com/cabrillo.htm
ARRL provides information for their contests at http://www.arrl.org/cabrillo-format-tutorial
RSGB provides examples for their contests at http://www.rsgbcc.org/hf/formats/templates.shtml
Template for the North American QSO Party is available at http://ncjweb.com/NAQP_Cabrillo_Template.txt