Cabrillo format logs are received by a log processing robot. If your log has been submitted correctly, the robot will reply with an e-mail containing a tracking (confirmation) number. If there is a problem with your log, the robot will send you an error message containing suggestions for how to fix your log. Read this e-mail carefully. Most log submission problems are minor and can be corrected in one pass. Submit your log as many times as needed. Once you get the tracking number, your log has been accepted.
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT THE CALLSIGN YOU USED IN THE CONTEST (THE ONE IN YOUR LOG) APPEARS IN THE SUBJECT LINE OF THE E-MAIL. If this information is not there, your log will be rejected by the robot.
Completely fill out the header information in the Cabrillo file. You can do this while you are setting up the contest information in the logging program, or afterward using a well-behaved text editor like Notepad or the DOS editor.
Check the Cabrillo file header closely before submitting your log. Items may have been omitted or may be incomplete. If you did not answer all of the questions correctly when you set up the contest in the logging program or have changed your mind about your category, or the operator list has changed and you do not correct these items, the wrong information WILL get posted to the Cabrillo file. Whatever is recorded in the header of your Cabrillo file at the time you submit your log is how we will process your entry.
The only way to change your log entry once the robot has accepted it is for you to submit another log.
CQ WW VHF Log Format
For those of you that like to role their own, and as a guide to those setting up their logging program, here's the format that the robot treasures. Lines that are filled in are required.
START-OF-LOG: 2.x CREATED-BY: CALLSIGN: W1XX CONTEST: CQ-VHF LOCATION: CT CATEGORY-OPERATOR: MULTI-OP - SINGLE-OP - ROVER - HILLTOPPER - CHECKLOG (THESE ARE THE ONLY OPTIONS) CATEGORY-BAND: ALL 50 144 (THESE ARE THE ONLY OPTIONS) CATEGORY-POWER: HIGH OR QRP (THESE ARE THE ONLY OPTIONS) CLAIMED-SCORE: OPERATORS: W1XX KV1JXP NAME: [one name only in multi-op section] ADDRESS: [one address only in multi-op section] ADDRESS: SOAPBOX: SOAPBOX: QSO: 50 CW 2001-07-17 1817 W1XX FN31 W2AJM fn21 QSO: 50 PH 2001-07-17 1819 W1XX FN31 N1DMJ fn32 END-OF-LOG:
The following template applies to this contest:
--------info sent------- -------info rcvd-------- QSO: band mo date time sent call sent QRA rcvd call rcvd QRA QSO: ***** ** yyyy-mm-dd nnnn ********* **** ********* **** QSO: 144 PH 2000-11-26 0711 W1XX FN41 JT1Z/P IN56 000000000111111111122222222223333333333444444444455555555556666666666777777777788 123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901
The format is relatively free (no fixed column widths) but the following restrictions do apply:
A skeleton Cabrillo log file can be found here (download by right clicking on the link).
CQ WW VHF Log Categories
The following are the only categories accepted for the contest.
SINGLE-OP HILLTOPPER ROVER MULTI-OP CHECKLOG
POWER should be either HIGH or QRP
BAND = ALL, 50 or 144 only
FM QSOs Should be logged as PH
North American Stations Not Operating From The Home QTH
If you are not ROVER nor HILLTOPPER please use the ARRL-SECTION line in the Cabrillo format to put the state (preferably) or US call area you operated from (since using QRA locators to determine this can be ambiguous in some cases). If the address in the Cabrillo ADDRESS lines reflects the operating QTH, you can ignore this request.
Web Form for Typing in Paper Logs
WA7BNM has created a web page where you can type in your paper logs and convert them into Cabrillo format.
The form will allow you to enter your log and have it submitted directly to the robot at email@example.com.