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Great Lakes QSO Party


Great Lakes stations are:
Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, New York, Pennsylvania and Ontario (ON). Quebec is not a GL station (2004 rules). Your state or province, entered in the {State/Prov field} of the set-up screen, tells GenLog which end of the QSO you are operating from and where. DX stations enter `DX` in the {State/Prov field}.

GL stations work everyone and send Name, State/Province and County. When working a non-GL station, just hit <Enter> or <Space> at the `County` field since non-GL stations do not transmit one. If you have something in that field by mistake, GenLog will treat it as a GL station and probably count it as a multiplier. In this case, remember the station`s name and state, then enter {DL} to delete the last QSO. Enter {L} to recall the last callsign entered, and continue.

Non-GL stations work only GL stations and send Name and State/Province/DXCC prefix. Since you are working only GL stations, you will enter the operator`s name, the state/province and the county for all QSOs. Therefore, you will have a 6 or 7 character field in your log for each multiplier input. When roving or portable, make sure you change the state/province in the TX exchange field of the logging screen. If you re-load the log, your last QTH is inserted in the state/province field. 

Note: Name/Nickname fields are limited to 10 letters.

QSO points:
PH = 1. CW, RTTY and PSK 31 = 2. Mobile or QRP = 3 (not 6 points for both).
Digital can be RTTY or PSK 31. If you work a station on PSK 31, you may not work the same station again on RTTY. The logger does not enforce this.

Multipliers for everyone are the 701 GL counties, counted only once overall.

Score = ( total QSO points  X  total multipliers ) + bonus points. Work stations on both modes. Click the [Multi/Bonus] button to enter the MDXA club call bonus points and Mobile bonus points. Then re-load the log file to update the score.

Entry classes:
A: Over 100 Watts
B: Between 5 and 100 Watts
C: QRP - 5 Watts or less
D: Club and Multi Op Submissions
E: CW only
F: Mobile
G: PSK 31 or RTTY 

GenLog will write a Cabrillo file [urCall.log] for your log submission. The logger will also write a GLQP summary sheet [urCall.sum]. Both of these files can be sent to the sponsor via an E-Mail attachment, or printed for your use. Use the Log menu to select either. Be sure to edit all the appropriate information like E-Mail address, Power level, etc. Copy NOTEPAD to your logging folder to have GenLog open these files after writing them. If you edit a file, re-save it, while making sure you know where you saved it. For your own use, a standard summary is also selectable from the Log Write menu, also named [urCall.sum].

About the Counties:
Counties are normally the first 4 letters of the county, except where duplicates occur (or where the county is only 3 letters). Counties can be viewed using the Counties menu or by clicking the `Counties` button. In cases where the county abbreviation is not the first 4 letters, they are indicated by an asterisk following the county { MGRY Montgomery * }. Actually MGRY is one to remember, since it is a county in 5 of the 8 GL states. 

Keep a printed list handy while logging. Use my COUNTIES software to view or print the GL QP counties. Select the View more menu, then scroll down to the bottom of the file. Or <Enter> the 3-character state or province identifier (ONT, WIS etc.). Set your laser printer for {Landscape} printing and select Print Counties from the File menu.

Since the same county can be in multiple states, the state/province you enter is appended to the county before it is saved to the log file. Otherwise you would only get credit for one multiplier when MGRY (for example) is worked the first time. 

Use the 3 `County` buttons on the right to see `All`, {To Work} and {Worked} per state. The state/province being viewed is the state/province of the last QSO worked, or the state/province of the QSO clicked in the log window. Double clicking a QSO in the log window will also display the counties for that state/province. The functions of these 3 buttons are disabled when not viewing the 8 GL states or the Ontario province.

If you have the `Counties` button selected {Red} and enter a GL state/prov into the State/Pr field, the counties for that state or province are displayed. Without using the mouse, <Enter> `SC` to show the counties for the state of the last QSO, which also turns `On` the `Counties` button. When you use the Counties menu, that state or province is applied to the `Counties` button text.

Note:
This contest uses different county abbreviations than normally used in standard QSO Parties for those states. Also remember that the <Tab> key does not enter the data, it only moves the cursor. You must use <Enter> or <Space> to initiate GenLog`s routines.

Datafile required: [ greatlks.dat ].