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Cabrillo File Format

Cabrillo refers to a universal log submission format for electronic logs that is widely used by all major contests.

There are two versions of the Cabrillo log file format. The WW Digi DX Contest accepts both Cabrillo v2 and v3 format files. One of the major changes from v2 to v3 was in the way categories are specified. We strongly request that you submit logs using the Cabrillo v3 format if possible.

Example File

Below is an example of a Cabrillo v3 file for the WW Digi DX Contest.

START-OF-LOG: 3.0
CONTEST: WW-DIGI
CALLSIGN: HC8N
LOCATION: DX
CATEGORY-OPERATOR: MULTI-OP
CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER: TWO
CATEGORY-BAND: ALL
CATEGORY-POWER: HIGH
CATEGORY-MODE: DIGI
CATEGORY-STATION: FIXED
CLAIMED-SCORE: 8686317
CLUB: NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CONTEST CLUB
CREATED-BY: WT4I Contest Tools
NAME: BOB SMITH
ADDRESS: 100 Main St
ADDRESS: OXFORD, TX 65003
OPERATORS: K6AW, W6OTC, W0YK
SOAPBOX: Fun contest!
QSO:  3595 DG 2019-08-31 1711 HC8N             EI00   W1AW             FN32   0
END-OF-LOG:

Editing the Cabrillo File

When manually entering Cabrillo header information, please follow the format below. The format for each entry is a key (LABEL:) followed by a space.

START-OF-LOG: 3.0

END-OF-LOG:


The intervening lines between the two lines above are:

CONTEST:

CALLSIGN: callsign

CATEGORY-BAND:

The band-category must be one of the following: ALL, 160M, 80M, 40M, 20M, 15M or 10M. If you are entering an all band category, use ALL, otherwise select one of the individual bands shown. If you are entering as a single band but have QSOs on other bands, those QSOs must be included in the log. However, the log will be scored on the basis of your single-band designator in the CATEGORY-BAND line.

CATEGORY-MODE:

CATEGORY-OPERATOR:

CATEGORY-POWER:

CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER:

CATEGORY-ASSISTED:

This item is optional. Not used by WW-DIGI contest.

CATEGORY-STATION:

CLAIMED-SCORE: n [optional]

CLUB: text [optional]

CREATED-BY: text [optional]

EMAIL: text [optional]

LOCATION: [required for US, optional for others]

NAME: text
ADDRESS: text
ADDRESS-CITY: text
ADDRESS-STATE-PROVINCE: text
ADDRESS-POSTALCODE: text
ADDRESS-COUNTRY: text

OPERATORS: callsign1 [callsign2 callsign3...]

SOAPBOX: text [optional]

QSO: qso-data

                              ------info sent------- ------info rcvd-------
QSO: freq  mo date       time call          exch     call          exch        t
QSO: ***** ** yyyy-mm-dd nnnn ************* ******** ************* ********    n
QSO:  3595 DG 2019-08-31 1711 HC8N          EI00     W1AW          FN32        0
000000000111111111122222222223333333333444444444455555555556666666666777777777788
123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901

Explanation of QSO Fields

Each line must begin with “QSO:” followed by a space. The QSO template shows each item at a specific column. WW Digi will accept the fields in any column as long as there is a space between each item.

freq is frequency or band:

mo is mode:

date is UTC date in yyyy-mm-dd form

time is UTC time in nnnn form (0000 – 2359)

call is callsign (only A-Z, 0-9 and / characters permitted)

exch is contest exchange (grid square in the form xxnn)

t is transmitter id. Used to identify RUN1/RUN2 stations in two-transmitter category. It is a single digit of 0 or 1.

Please ensure that your Cabrillo file includes this information. For the Multi-Two category, the last column in the log indicates which transmitter made the QSO, a 0 or a 1.

 

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