VK Contest Log
The home of VK Contest Log (VKCL)
specializing in Australasian contests
but also covering some international ones too.
VKCL Version 4.4.0
30th December 2017
To align VKCL with the latest rules published for the 2018 Summer VHF-UHF Field Day, bonus points for contacts made by portable stations and/or with portable stations have been removed. Submitted logs created by previous versions of VKCL will be re-calculated omitting portable bonus points. The rules for the contest are here on WIA web site.
However that should not change logging procedures. It is an ACMA requirement that if you are operating away from your registered address for your license, then you should sign as a portable station, and for good logging practice, portable stations should be logged as portable. A /P is sufficient if the portable station is within their home State, but if visiting another State, the prefix of that state should be used, for example, /VK2 for a non-VK2 station visiting NSW. A /2 is ignored and /P2 puts the portable station in Papua-New Guinea. (These portable logging rules apply in all contests supported by VKCL, with State replaced by call sign area as appropriate.)
As promised in the Log Check Reports for those who participated in the Spring 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 this time. Also the penalty for incorrect worked locator will increase from 10% to 25%. Check your logs!
Note the upload log facility available for the VHF-UHF field day, described below.
There is also an error in calculating the points in the Ross Hull Memorial contest if more than one locator is activated. This contests runs throughout January 2018, and if you did activate more than one locator, download this version to create your final log to claim correct points.
Always check for updates for any contest close to the contest date.
Another "local" HF contest will appear early in 2018, the Indonesian DX contest (YBDX), supported by VKCL. Unfortunately in 2018 it will held at the same time as the Summer VHF-UHF field day, but may be of interest to HF only contesters. The rules for the contest are here.
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.)