VK Contest Log
The home of VK Contest Log (VKCL)
specializing in Australasian contests
but also covering some international ones too.
VKCL Version 4.5.1
5th June 2018
This minor release is just for an update of the shires database. There is NO change to VKCL itself. It is not actually very important, as apart from indicating that a shire code is "Unknown", VKCL handles it exactly the same as any known shire code.
A significant improvement has been implemented in VKCL for pre-loading locators for stations already worked in the contest. Previously when a call sign was entered and the locator for that station pre-loaded, the locator was not updated if the call sign was edited, resulting in the wrong locator being pre-loaded for the edited call sign for the rest of the contest if not corrected. The pre-loaded locator is now revised if the call sign changes, or deleted if the station was not previously worked.
The rules for the Winter contest are here on WIA web site.
As was done in the Summer field day, penalties will be applied for logging time stamps that differ by more than 5 minutes. Up to and including 10 minutes, half the points will be lost, and total loss for greater than 10 minutes for the station at fault. In most cases the station at fault can be determined, but if not, then no penalty will be applied.
The penalty for incorrect worked locator will remain at 25%. That is, the points calculated for the correct distance to the worked station are reduced by 25%. Check your logs!
Note the upload log facility available for the VHF-UHF field day, described below.
Always check for updates for any contest close to the contest date.
VKCL Version 4 Installation
The installation process for Version 4 is identical to the previous versions. The new version installs into a different folder, C:\VKCL4 by default, and a shortcut labeled VKCL4 appears on your desktop. Both versions can co-exist in the same computer, and if necessary, run at the same time without interference to each other. (The shortcut image is the same as before, only with a new label. To avoid confusion it may be useful to delete the VKCL3 shortcut. You can always activate Ver 3 by navigating to the installation folder C:\VKCL3 and double clicking on the VKCL3.exe there.)
The help files for Ver 4 are reasonably complete and should be perused as time permits or when in doubt how to proceed. If a satisfactory answer is not found, email to the author as above. Suggestions as to what else should be included in the help files, or what parts could be elaborated, are welcome. (No promise that every suggestion will be implemented, but it will be appreciated.)
After several requests, a very simple "station log" has been implemented in VKCL. The page here describes what was implemented in VKCL3, but it has been extended in VKCL4 and better described in the help files.
As always, please report any problems in installation or use of VKCL.
VHF-UHF Field Day Log Uploads
(For other contests, follow instructions given in the rules for the contest.)
Thanks to Marc, VK3OHM (yes, he is on the cover of the 2017 Call Book, and yes, he is also on the cover of the March 2017 Amateur Radio magazine), who wrote and installed the necessary software at the WIA web site, VKCL can now directly upload your log(s) to the WIA web site without you having to find the log files on your computer.
After creating a log and returning to the Contest Log Output dialog window, a large button on bottom left appears labeled Upload Existing Log. Pressing that button opens the following upload dialog;
After entering a description of the log being uploaded, press the UPLOAD button to perform the upload. More information is available in the help files. Please use this facility, and if you do not care about the results, just describe your log as a 'Check Log' as in the example above. It will help in cross-checking other logs and give the contest manager a better overview of what happened during the field day. (Add "No report" if you do not wish to receive a Log Check Report either.)
Still being hopeful that the review will happen one day, the notes prepared some time ago, although probably not exhaustive or complete, may still be useful as a prompt for your input to the review. The notes can be seen on this page (recently revised), and the page also includes some suggestions and questions regarding the cross-checking of logs after the contest.
Please submit your logs! You didn't really participate if you didn't submit your log!
Voice and CW keying for VKCL
Currently an omission from VKCL is any form of voice or CW keying facilities. Many transceivers have such facilities built-in, but for those that do not, Greg, VK3VT, has developed a comprehensive keying system for both voice and CW using additional free utilities.
The setup of the keying is written specifically for the Remembrance Day contest, but can be adapted for any other contest. You can download the setup instructions and the required scripts from the NERG web site. (According to the web site, "It has been tested with Version 4 of VKCL and it works great.".)
The ContestRadar web site has been upgraded to accept 8-char locators. Distance calculations in VKCL are always made using 6-char locators, but use and exchange of higher accuracy locators is useful to give better accuracy for where to point your antennas.
Contest radar may be updated from VKCL when configuring the VHF-UHF Field Day, or directly at ContestRadar map before the contest.
There has been some interest in the use of transverters with VKCL. Since it is no longer possible to determine the band from OmniRig input, additional input is required to VKCL for that purpose. The page here (revised Aug 2016) describes what will be implemented in the next major version of VKCL, Ver.4, that will be 'released' when the rules for the VHF-UHF Field Days are finalised and implemented.
Among other enhancements, Ver. 4 will use a much more reliable, albeit a bit slower, database, SQLLite3, which can be fully networked so that multi-operator stations can log all contacts to one database.
A slash-0 font is distributed with VKCL which is easy to install and differentiates letter-O and digit-0 more unambiguously. (The font file is also distributed withVKCL4.)