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Cabrillo Version 3 Format

Cabrillo Formats

Logs submitted to WSSTVC Contests must be in the Cabrillo file format, and preferably conforming to Version 3.0, which is the current standard - see e.g. http://www.arrl.org/cabrillo-format-tutorial, or http://www.cqwpx.com/cabrillo.htm for examples and further details.

Cabrillo Version 3.0

Cabrillo Version 3.0 is the current standard Cabrillo version.

Example Version 3.0 format:

START-OF-LOG: 3.0
CALLSIGN: AA1ZZZ
CONTEST: WS15DASH-S
CATEGORY-OPERATOR: SINGLE-OP
CATEGORY-POWER: LOW
CATEGORY-MODE: SSTV
CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER: ONE
CLAIMED-SCORE: 1154
CLUB: Our Big Contest Club
CREATED-BY: MMSSTV Ver 1.13A
NAME: Bill Davis
ADDRESS: 4711 East Pacific Drive
ADDRESS: Up to 4 ADDRESS: lines are permitted
ADDRESS: for streetnames, city districts, etc.
ADDRESS-CITY: Oxnard
ADDRESS-STATE-PROVINCE: CA
ADDRESS-POSTALCODE: 84075
ADDRESS-COUNTRY: USA
OPERATORS: NZ9ZZZ
SOAPBOX: Put your comments here.
SOAPBOX: Use multiple lines if needed.
QSO: 21375 PH 2012-10-06 0018 AA1ZZZ       599 1     S50A       599 3  
QSO: 21375 PH 2012-10-06 0034 AA1ZZZ       599 2     EF8M       599 5  
END-OF-LOG:

The format for each line is:   FIELD-NAME followed by a colon and a space, and then the line information.

Example for the CLAIMED-SCORE line:
CLAIMED-SCORE: 1154

Required Cabrillo 3.0 header fields

The following Cabrillo Version 3 fields are mandatory for the WSSTVC 15-Meter Dash Contests:

  • START-OF-LOG: <version number>
    This must be the first line in the Cabrillo file.
    Example:
    START-OF-LOG: 3.0
  • CALLSIGN: <the callsign used in the Contest>
    Example:
    CALLSIGN: AA1ZZZ/KP4
  • CONTEST: <standard Contest abbreviation>
    Allowable abbreviations for the WSSTVC 15-Meter Contests are:
    • WS15DASH-S   (WSSTVC 15-Meter SSTV Dash Contest - Spring)
    • WS15DASH-F   (WSSTVC 15-Meter SSTV Dash Contest - Fall)
    Example:
    CONTEST: WS15DASH-S
  • CATEGORY-OPERATOR: <whether the station is single- or multi-operator>
    Allowable operator categories for the WSSTVC 15-Meter Contests are:
    • SINGLE-OP   (Single operator performs all contest duties)
    • MULTI-OP   (More than one operator performing contest duties)
    • CHECKLOG   (Contest entry to be used ONLY for cross-checking of results)
    Example:
    CATEGORY-OPERATOR: SINGLE-OP
  • CATEGORY-POWER: <measure of maximum station RF power output>
    Allowable power categories for the WSSTVC 15-Meter Contests are:
    • HIGH   (total output power must not exceed 1500 watts.)
    • LOW   (total output power must not exceed 150 watts)
    • QRP   (total output power must not exceed 10 (ten) watts)
    Example:
    CATEGORY-POWER: LOW
  • OPERATORS: <comma-delimited list of all station operators>
    If you are a Single-Op station, enter here your normal callsign. So, if the callsign you used in the Contest has a portable prefix/suffix like "VE2/AA1ZZZ", or "AA1ZZZ/6", you would enter "AA1ZZZ" here.
    Multi-Op stations just enter a comma-delimited list of all station operators here.
    Example 1 (Single-Op station):
    OPERATORS: AA1ZZZ
    Example 2 (Multi-Op station):
    OPERATORS: AA1ZZZ, AA2ZZZ, K3ZZZ, W4ZZZ
  • QSO: <one line for each Contest QSO>
    The data format for QSO lines is given here:
    000000000111111111122222222223333333333444444444455555555556666666666777777777788
    123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901
    
    QSO: freq  mo date       time call          rst exch   call          rst exch   t
    QSO: ***** ** yyyy-mm-dd nnnn ************* nnn ****** ************* nnn ****** n
    QSO: 21375 PH 2012-10-06 0018 AA1ZZZ        595 001    S50A          595 001    0
    
    Examples:
    QSO: 21375 PH 2012-10-06 0018 AA1ZZZ        595 1      S50A          595 003
    QSO: 21405 PH 2012-10-06 0043 AA1ZZZ        595 2      M9ZZZ         595 17
    
  • END-OF-LOG:
    This must be the last line in the Cabrillo file.
    Example:
    END-OF-LOG:

Optional Cabrillo 3.0 header fields

The remaining Cabrillo Version 3 fields are optional for the WSSTVC 15-Meter Dash Contests:

  • CATEGORY-MODE: <transmission mode used in the Contest>
    This should be set to "SSTV".
    Example:
    CATEGORY-MODE: SSTV
  • CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER: <number of transmitters used by the station in the Contest>
    This should always be set to "ONE".
    Example:
    CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER: ONE
  • CLAIMED-SCORE: <final score claimed by the station in the Contest>
    This must be an integer (whole-number) value like, e.g. 2 or 650 or 12548.
    Example:
    CLAIMED-SCORE: 1234
  • CLUB: <name of the radio club with which the score should be aggregated>
    If you are a member of a Club, and you wish your score to be aggregated with the Club score, write your full club name here. If you are not a member of a club, please remove the CLUB line from your Cabrillo header or leave it blank.
    Example:
    CLUB: KANSAS CITY DX CLUB
  • NAME: <operator's name>
    This field is always optional.
    Example:
    NAME: Joe Soap
  • ADDRESS: <operator's postal address>
    Multi-line field which is always optional. Each new line in this field consists of the "ADDRESS: " header, followed by a line, of maximum 60 characters in length, of the postal address. Any, or all, of the lines may be left blank, or removed.
    Example:
    ADDRESS: 1140 South Bend Road
    ADDRESS: Parkside
    ADDRESS: Outer City Limits
    ADDRESS:
    
  • ADDRESS-CITY:
    ADDRESS-STATE-PROVINCE:
    ADDRESS-POSTALCODE:
    ADDRESS-COUNTRY:
    These fields for further postal address details are always optional.
    Example:
    ADDRESS-CITY: Fort Worthsville
    ADDRESS-STATE-PROVINCE: Kansas
    ADDRESS-POSTALCODE: 11111
    ADDRESS-COUNTRY: USA
    
  • SOAPBOX: <your thoughts, comments or observations on the contest.>
    Multi-line field which is always optional. Each new line in this field consists of the "SOAPBOX: " header, followed by a block of text, of maximum 70 characters in length, of the next section of your soapbox text. Any, or all, of the lines may be left blank, or removed.
    Soapbox comments are a nice way to tell others how you felt about the Contests - and remember, all Contest Soapbox comments will be published in the Soapboxes page, so you can compare your thoughts with those of other Contest participants.
    Example:
             0000000001111111111222222222233333333334444444444555555555566666666667   (70 chars.
             1234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890    maximum)
    
    SOAPBOX: Had a great time in the contest, but the conditions were really bad on
    SOAPBOX: the first day, and only got better toward the end of the contest.
    SOAPBOX: Working conditions: Icom 7600, 100W, 4-element tribander at 50ft. See
    SOAPBOX: you next year!
    SOAPBOX:
    
  • CREATED-BY: <name of software used to generate Cabrillo file>
    This field is always optional, but it's used by the log-checking robot to identify any problems caused by the software used to generate the Cabrillo file.
    Example:
    CREATED-BY: MMSSTV Ver 1.13A