FT Roundup Cabrillo Page

The Cabrillo log file format is a text file that can be opened, examined and modified with any text editor such as Notepad, MS Word, etc. Most contest logging programs export this file format. However, if the logger is mis-configured for the FT Roundup, then the Cabrillo file output can have errors. Therefore, the first step in creating a proper Cabrillo file is to setup your logger software for the FT Roundup. When the Cabrillo file is created in the logger software, there may be some informational data it asks for, so of course that needs to be entered correctly.

After the file is submitted by emailing to ft8-ru@cqww.com, another software program called the “robot” examines the file for formatting errors. These errors are described at the bottom of an email message sent by the robot to the submitter. It is important to read and understand these errors, correct them and resubmit the log. The log can be re-submitted any number of times. Only the most recent submitted file is used in log checking. All prior submissions are ignored. Often, it is easiest to simply open the file in a text editor, as mentioned above, and make the simple edits before re-submitting.

The Cabrillo log file is composed of two components: a header and the individual QSO line data. A typical header looks like this:

START-OF-LOG: 3.0
LOCATION: SCV
CALLSIGN: W0YK
CATEGORY-OPERATOR: SINGLE-OP
CATEGORY-ASSISTED: ASSISTED
CATEGORY-BAND: ALL
CATEGORY-POWER: LOW
CATEGORY-MODE: RTTY
CATEGORY-STATION: FIXED
CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER: ONE
CLAIMED-SCORE: 31442
CLUB: LOMA PRIETA CONTEST CLUB
CREATED-BY: WriteLog V12.55G
NAME: Ed Muns
ADDRESS: POB 1877
ADDRESS-CITY: Los Gatos
ADDRESS-STATE-PROVINCE: CA
ADDRESS-POSTALCODE: 95031-1877
ADDRESS-COUNTRY: USA
EMAIL: ed@w0yk.com
OPERATORS: W0YK
SOAPBOX: Lots of great activity worldwide. Thanks for the fun!

These header lines can be in any order after the first line above. The information to the right of the colon must conform exactly to the Cabrillo specification which is maintained by the WWROF at https://wwrof.org/cabrillo/.

These header lines are followed by QSO lines for each contact made in the contest. After the last QSO line is the final line of the file:

END-OF-LOG:

Here are example QSO lines for the FT Roundup:

QSO: 14080 DG 2020-12-05 1833 W0YK 539 CA KL7DE 559 0007
QSO: 14080 DG 2020-12-05 1833 W0YK 539 CA KB9S 569 WI

One or more character-spaces are required between each element of the QSO line. The specification of each element is delineated in the WWROF Cabrillo Specification above. Any errors can be fixed in the original logging software, then a new Cabrillo log file exported. Alternatively, especially for simple errors, a text editor can be used as noted above and the corrected file re-submitted. If there are errors that are repeated in every QSO line, e.g., RY instead of DG for the mode element, use a column editor such as Crimson Editor to quickly make corrections. Some multiple errors like this can also be handled by the Find/Replace function of the normal text editor.

If you have problems or questions, please contact Don AA5AU or Ed W0YK.