Monthly Archives: February 2018

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!