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State QSO Parties


County line QSOs:
Work county-line QSOs as separate QSOs - a QSO for each county exchange. The logger will throw a dupe pop-up if you enter a dupe call., but the pop-up should tell you to change the county to have the QSO accepted as a non-dupe QSO. If this feature doesn`t exist or you have duping problems, just add a /county abbreviation to the call (W3KM/BUX for example) - then remove the /county suffix in the Cabrillo before submission.

The logger decides which end of the QSO your station is, based on the state entered in the setup screen. Normally the county abbreviations are the first 3 or 4 letters of the county, except where duplicates occur. The county input field is length limited, depending on the contest. Looking at the county abbreviations for that contest will indicate the field length.

It is important to realize that the logger does not verify the county abbreviations that you enter - it is a competition after-all. Hopefully, the station sends the correct county abbreviation spelling. Having the printed list of abbreviations in front of you will reduce the multiplier errors. Use a highlighter to identify those county abbreviations that are not the first 3 or 4 letters. Run W3KM`s COUNTIES application while logging to help with county names. For the county abbreviations that are not the first few letters, I make a paper note of the call and the whole county name so I can verify them post contest.

See a nice counties list and colored maps of each state at the County Hunting web site: http://www.countyhunter.com/counties.htm.

Use the COUNTIES application to print the abbreviations.

Or - open {Counties.txt} file and copy/paste the state counties/abbreviations of interest into NotePad or EditPad and print them before a QSO Party.

Stations operating in a QSO Party that is not their state, can check the county multipliers by using the {Worked} and {To Work} functions. If the logger shows 17 county multipliers, when you click {Worked}, there should be 17 shown. If not, you probably spelled one wrong. By the same reasoning, the {To Work} number should be the total minus the {Worked} number.

Stations operating in a QSO Party that is their state, can select `Counties`, `States`, `St/Prov` and `Prov` from the combo-box on the right to show {Worked} and {To work} for each item. I probably used the ARRL RAC provinces for those look-ups. Hints: If you have a mouse with the selector roller, you can click the combo-box and change the selection with the roller knob. When using the above sorted outputs, use keystroke shortcuts {SC} and {SL} to `show counties` and `show log` respectively.

Stations operating in a contest (except Great Lakes QP) where the QSO party is for their state, you can`t use the {Worked}, {To Work} functions as explained above, since other multipliers are used in addition to counties. The {Worked}, {To Work} functions are only useful to see when you worked all the counties. Note: This function only shows {Worked} and {To Work} per log, not per band (which is correct for Great Lakes QP and a few others). 

If the contest uses a Cabrillo file for log submission, the sponsor will calculate your score correctly. Otherwise sponsors are urged to migrate to Cabrillo files. See my Cabrillo Evaluator application at: http://www.qsl.net/w3km/cabrillo.htm

See State QSO Party mults for more information.