Logging and Log Submissions

I thought it would be worthwhile to do a short post about log submissions.

You can do your logging just about any way you want, personally I find it easiest to just jot down who I’ve worked, what park they were in and the other qso details on a notepad while operating. Then, I can type the log in later.

Sometimes it’s easier to just log directly in the computer (like during a pileup). If conditions are good or it’s a big contest, that’s how I’ll normally do it. N1MM or similar contest logging programs make it easy.

We’ve provided ways to submit logs however you choose to record them. If they are on paper, you can type them after the fact into the provided web form for submission (link at the bottom of this page), scan in and email your logsheet, or even mail the paper copies to us for scoring. (If you can, use the web form, it makes life easier for the scoring guys 🙂

If you use a computer for logging during the event, you can export a cabrillo file (a common file format for contest logging) and email it to us.

Whichever way you choose to send in your logs, we do require that you fill out a contest Summary Sheet for each park you activated during the event. This has your location and callsign details, total calculated score as well as details on any bonuses you earned. You can email that file to us at logs@flspota.org, using your callsign in the subject line.

The Summary Sheet lets us quickly sort through each contestant, and your actual qso logs (in whatever format) lets us verify your score, claimed bonuses, etc. so be sure to include both!

That’s the basics, check out flspota.org/logs for everything you need to log and submit your scores for Florida State Parks on the Air! The Summary sheets and a PDF logging template are provided at the top of the page.

Don’t forget to email us your activation plans so we can let other participants know where to look for you on the air! Check out flspota.org/activations for details.

73,

Matt, nj4y

Getting ready for 2018 FLSPOTA, April 7…. and 8th!

Hey everybody! There’s just a couple of months to go before this years contest on April 7-8. We’ve been working to get everything updated on the website to reflect a few changes. Based on participant input from last year, we’ve tweaked a few things in the rules for this year:

Yes you read that right. April 7-8…based on comments from last year, we decided to make this year’s a 2 day event! 8 hours each day (during park hours) on Saturday and Sunday, the first full weekend in April.

Added digital modes! Hopefully this should help with the downturned solar cycle. There are now categories for Digi, SSB, CW and Mixed.

Bonus scoring has changed. Bonus points are now added separately after totaling your QSO points/multipliers. This includes the K4LKL +10 bonus. This will simplify the scoring process for both you as participants, and also the awards committee. It also allows us to add other bonus opportunities like…

A satellite bonus! +35 points for making a satellite qso either from the park you’re activating, or with a station in a park (for chasers).

See http://flspota.org/rules/ for the full details.

Additionally, I’ll be setting up a regular mailing list for operators, and migrating the yahoo group to there over the next week or so. Yahoo has had enough issues where I think we’d be better served using a mailman system like QRP-L etc.

Updates will be posted here and on Facebook at https://facebook.com/FLSPOTA/

And as always, send your activation plans to activations@flspota.org and we will feature them on our activations page.

A big thanks to Corey, N1COR for helping out with a lot of the work behind this. Looking forward to this years event!

Finally – Results from the First Annual FLSPOTA!

I must start this by apologizing for the unintentional delay in getting the scores and certificates put together.  It’s been a  hectic few months since April, but either way…..here they are! Certificates will be mailed shortly for the top places.

Thanks for participating in our first event! We’ve got some ideas for improvements for next year, and are looking for some feedback from participants. Over the next few days I’ll circulate some of the ideas we are thinking about both here and on the Yahoo group…so stay tuned.

73,

Matthew nj4y

In Park

Low Power

Single op

  • Mixed
    • 1) KW4MG
    • 2) N4KGL
    • 3) N6MRS
  • SSB
    • 1) N1COR
    • 2) W8RD
    • 3) KD2JA

Multi-Multi

  • SSB
    • 1) W4OT
    • 2) W4AVM

QRP

Single op

  • CW
    • 1) N8NN
    • 2) W8RDG

Home Station – Florida

Low Power

Single op

  • Mixed
    • 1) KM4BAO

DX

Low Power

Single op

  • Mixed
    • 1) VE2GT

Full score breakdown:

Callsign QSO Bonus Mults Score QTH FL PARK POWER MODE CATEGORY
KW4MG 147 10 3 471 OLR LOW MIXED SINGLE
W4OT 35 20 2 110 PRC LOW SSB MULTI
N1COR 92 92 LOU LOW SSB SINGLE
W8RD 43 43 HNY LOW SSB SINGLE
VE2GT 4 10 3 42 QC LOW SSB SINGLE
N4KGL 16 10 2 42 SGI LOW MIXED SINGLE
N6MRS 13 13 CCR LOW MIXED SINGLE
N8NN 11 11 GRF QRP CW SINGLE
KD2JA 7 7 OLE LOW SINGLE
KM4BAO 2 2 4 FL LOW SSB SINGLE
N4XDI 3 3 CFG LOW MIXED SINGLE
N4BLH 3 3 SEB LOW SSB SINGLE
W4AVM 3 3 HIL LOW SSB MULTI
W8RDG 2 2 OSC QRP CW SINGLE

Web-to-Cabrillo log submission

Participants using paper logs now have another option to submit their logs after the contest!

The preferred method for submitting paper logs is by using the Web-to-Cabrillo form provided by Bruce, WA7BNM at http://www.b4h.net/cabforms/fspota_cab3.php.

This form will be activated for log submissions after the contest is over.

A huge thanks to Bruce for working with us on short notice to incorporate our contest into his log submission system. You are still free to use the hardcopy logsheet and score summary sheet provided on the log submission page at http://flspota.org/logs

However, by using the Web-to-Cabrillo form, the scoring process will be made much easier for contest committee…which for you, means quicker results after the contest is over!

More activation plans!

Here’s the most up-to-date version of the planned activations list! Looks like we are going to  have a really good turnout. Thanks to everyone for sending me their info, keep it coming!

N1COR, Lake Louisa (LOU) – Corey, N1COR is planning to activate Lake Louisa for the contest on April 1, operation on 20m phone, other bands possible. More details on his blog: http://n1cor.com/2017/03/planned-activation-for-florida-state-parks-on-the-air/

W4AVM, Hillsborough River (HIL) – The members of the American Victory Radio Club will be activating Hillsborough River State Park for the contest on April 1.

WD4RCC, Collier-Seminole State Park (COL) – Check spotting cluster for bands/modes.

N4BLH, Indian River Lagoon (IRL), Sebastian Inlet State Park (SEB) – 10m planned.

N8NN, Lake Griffin State Park (GRF) – Operation will be single operator, QRP

W8RD, Honeymoon Island State Park (HNY) – Single operator, low power. 20m and 40m SSB.

KW4MG, Oleta River State Park (OLR) – Single operator.

N4KGL, Saint Andrew’s State Park (AND) – Single operator.

N6MRS, Colt Creek State Park (CCR) – Single operator, low power CW.

KI4NBE, General James A. Van Fleet Trail (VFT) – Single operator, low power SSB.

W8RDG, Oscar Scherer State Park (OSC) – Single op, QRP CW only, 20 & 40 Meters.

N4DXI, Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway (CFG) – Single op, low power. 20 m SSB primary, also 15 and 40 SSB. CW possible if condx demand.

K3TW, Citrus County Area Parks (COO, CRA, CRP, WIT) – Single Operator, concentrating on CW, 40m, 20m and 10m.

*****BONUS STATIONS*****

K4LKL, Daytona Area Parks (Possible TOM, FAV, BCR, WOG) – Single operator, low power SSB. 20m primary, with capabilities for 40m-10m if condx require.

K4LKL, Withlacoochee State Trail (WIT) – Single operator, low power CW. 40m-10m as condx require.

​73​

– Matthew​ kk4fem​

Second K4LKL Bonus Station at Withlacoochee State Trail (WIT)

Here is the final list of bonus station locations for Saturday!

*****BONUS STATIONS*****

K4LKL, Daytona Area Parks (Possible TOM, FAV, BCR, WOG) – Single operator, low power SSB. 20m primary, with capabilities for 40m-10m if condx require.

K4LKL, Withlacoochee State Trail (WIT) – Single operator, low power CW. 40m-10m as condx require.

Planned Activations List Update

Here is the most up to date list of planned activations that clubs and individuals have let me know about. If you have any additions, let us know in the next few days – we’ll add you to the list so chasers know who to look for!

We are planning to have another K4LKL bonus station on the air from at least one, possibly multiple parks, with operations primarily on CW. More details to come as plans are finalized!

You can find this page at http://flspota.org/activations/
———————————————————————————-
N1COR, Lake Louisa (LOU) – Corey, N1COR is planning to activate Lake Louisa for the contest on April 1, operation on 20m phone, other bands possible. More details on his blog: http://n1cor.com/2017/03/planned-activation-for-florida-state-parks-on-the-air/

W4AVM, Hillsborough River (HIL) – The members of the American Victory Radio Club will be activating Hillsborough River State Park for the contest on April 1.

WD4RCC, Collier-Seminole State Park (COL) – Check spotting cluster for bands/modes.

N4BLH, Indian River Lagoon (IRL), Sebastian Inlet State Park (SEB) – 10m planned.

N8NN, Lake Griffin State Park (GRF) – Operation will be single operator, QRP

W8RD, Honeymoon Island State Park (HNY) – Single operator, low power. 20m and 40m SSB.

KW4MG, Oleta River State Park (OLR) – Single operator.

N4KGL, Saint Andrew’s State Park (AND) – Single operator.

N6MRS, Colt Creek State Park (CCR) – Single operator, low power CW.

*****BONUS STATIONS*****

K4LKL, Daytona Area Parks (Possible TOM, FAV, BCR, WOG) – Single operator, low power SSB. 20m primary, with capabilities for 40m-10m if condx require.

​73​,

– Matthew ​ kk4fem​

Update on Paper Log Submissions

Due to an oversight in integrating the FLSPOTA contest with the LM log conversion software, the contest committee has made the decision to allow paper log submissions for the contest next Saturday (April 1st).

To facilitate this update, we have created a paper logsheet and score summary sheet, which can be downloaded and printed by contestants who intend to use paper logging during the contest.

Logsheet: http://flspota.org/files/flspota-logsheet.pdf
Score Summary: http://flspota.org/files/flspota-score-summary.pdf

Instructions for completing and submitting these forms can be found on the log submission page.

Remember, all logs must be submitted (or postmarked) no later than 14 days after the contest date. We hope this change will make the contest more enjoyable for all participants!

Any questions/comments may be directed to kk4fem@flspota.org

73, and look forward to working you on April 1st!

Matt, kk4fem

Let us know your activation plans!

We’re getting close, only about a week until the contest! If you have plans to activate a park for the contest on April 1st, let us know! You can email kk4fem@flspota.org, or use the contact form here on the website. Don’t forget about the yahoo group at https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/flspota, another good place to share ideas and activation plans.

All planned activations that we hear about will be posted to the Activations page here on the website.