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Submitting Your Log

The CQ 160 Contest Committee asks everyone who participates in the contest to submit their log in electronic format by email. Even small logs are very helpful in the log checking process and are greatly appreciated.

Electronic Logs

Please submit CQ WW 160-Meter Contest logs via e-mail to 160CW@cq160.com for CW logs and 160SSB@cq160.com for SSB logs. Logs must be in the Cabrillo file format.

You can view the current list of logs received: CW Logs Received or SSB Logs Received.

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 may 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.

Editing the Cabrillo File Header

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

START-OF-LOG: version-number X.X
Must be the first line of the log submission. The current version-number is 3.0. 

Must be the last line of the log submission.

CALLSIGN: callsign
The callsign used during the contest.

ARRL-SECTION: US & VE stations please put your ARRL Section. All others please put DX.

CATEGORY: operator-category power-category [mode-category]

The power-category must be HIGH, LOW or QRP.

The only possible category combinations for the CQ WW 160-Meter contest are:


The claimed-score of the log submission, in integer form such as 1217315 or 19113 or 12. DO NOT USE COMMAS

CLUB: text 
Name of the radio club with which the score should be aggregated. PLEASE SPELL OUT THE CLUB NAME

CONTEST: contest-name
The contest-name must be one of the following: CQ-160-CW or CQ-160-SSB
Be sure to use hyphens as shown. DO NOT PUT THE YEAR

Name and version of the logging program used to create the Cabrillo file. (This field is optional.)

NAME: text
ADDRESS: text 
Name and address, each line can be a maximum of 75 characters long. 

OPERATORS: callsign1 [callsign2 callsign3...] DO NOT USE COMMAS
A space-delimited list of operator callsigns for multi operator stations, or single operator entries who wish to show they operated at another station. If you operated at another station, you may list it by prepending an @ sign, e.g., W3GHI @W3BGN.


Enter as many lines of soapbox text as you wish. Each line is 75 characters long and must begin with SOAPBOX: followed by a space.

QSO: qso-data

Cabrillo QSO template for  CQ WW 160

                              --------info sent------- -------info rcvd--------
QSO: freq  mo date       time call          rst exch   call          rst exch   t
QSO: ***** ** yyyy-mm-dd nnnn ************* nnn ****** ************* nnn ****** n
QSO:  1861 CW 2009-01-24 0310 K5ZD          599     MA N2NT          599    NJ  0
QSO:  1861 CW 2009-01-24 0313 K5ZD          599     MA HA6NL         599    15  0 


A Checklist for Sending E-mail Logs

1) Your callsign is in the message subject and in the log. 

2) Your log is in Cabrillo format. If you don't know how to put it in Cabrillo or aren't sure the format is correct, send your log anyway. If you get an error message, send E-mail to questions@cq160.com 

3) The log begins with START-OF-LOG:  and has both dashes with a colon at the end.

4) The contest name in the log looks like this:
CONTEST: CQ-160-CW or CQ-160-SSB
These are the only names that will be accepted.

5) The category is one of the standards shown above. 

6) The last line in the log is END-OF-LOG:

7) The time and date (UTC) must be within the contest period. If not, the robot may think the log is for the wrong contest. 

8) Check the header area of the log to be sure there are spaces after the colons and the item names are properly hyphenated.

9) Be sure each line in the header has a key. If you need more lines for your address or for your comments , add as many ADDRESS: and SOAPBOX: lines as you need.

Paper Logs

E-mail logs via the robot are encouraged. If you cannot send an electronic log, you may mail your log to CQ 160 Contest, P.O. Box 481, New Carlisle, OH 45344, USA. Please mark the envelope plainly as CQ 160 SSB or CQ 160 CW.

Web Form for Typing Paper Logs

WA7BNM has created a web page where you can type in your paper logs and submit them electronically in Cabrillo format.

Click here to go to the web form. Select CQ WW 160-Meter Contest for the appropriate mode.


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