.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 4.x

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The current version was released in October, 2017. Changes from the previous versions are minor. There are two versions of this program: in-WI operation and out-of-WI operation, so you need to make the appropriate choice.

The log files produced by recent versions all work fine with our log-check software, but not so with older versions. If you're running an older version (especially v2.0 or earlier), please upgrade.

The Setup screen
Setup screen The Setup box is shown at right. The only important items in this box are Call and County.

County needs to be the county you will be operating from. If you are a rover/mobile, you can change counties anytime on the main screen (Alt+C) during the contest.

In addition, note that your Home County must be entered in the Write Cabrillo form when you create your submission log file. This is important - you're bonus points cannot be calculated correctly without this information.

Using the program
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, you need to enter WI in the SPC field and the county in the WI Cnty field.

It's easy to enter the wrong county if you're not careful. 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 try to fill in the full name but it often jumps to the wrong conclusion, so be vigilant! Verify that the county name is correct before moving on.

Watch out for county names starting with:
     MAR - Marathon(MAR), Marinette(MRN) and Marquette(MRQ)
     WAU - Waukesha(WAU), Waupaca(WAP) and Waushara(WSR), and
     WAS - Washburn(WSB), Washington(WAS)
Also, Green and Green Lake counties are confusing. It will default to Green, so for Green Lake county, type "Green L" or "GRL".

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

Also, we suggest that you print out the master list of county abbreviations that is 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. 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!

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