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ARRL Log Checking Reports Now Online

from The ARRL Letter Vol. 21, No. 20 May 17, 2002
Website: on May 21, 2002
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Log Checking Reports For ARRL Contests Now Available Online:

Log Checking Reports (LCRs) now are available for selected ARRL contests. These documents provide a detailed error analysis of a contest entry. LCRs will be available for selected events commencing with the 2001 ARRL November CW Sweepstakes. ARRL members may access the available reports on the ARRL Web site To access your reports, you must be registered on the ARRL Web site as a League member.

ARRL Contest Branch Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND, said that while the League recognizes that it's useful for participants to review errors found in their contest logs, the ARRL has established firm guidelines regarding how it will address inquiries.

"Simply put, we will not enter into discussions or debates over individual QSOs," Henderson said. "All electronic log data is checked using custom software. All logs are judged by the same criteria." Henderson said the policy was dictated by the need to minimize staff time and avoid any inequities in the treatment of individual contest entries.

Henderson said the log-checking software can--and does--perform a good job of impartially adjudicating the logs. While audio tapes or files of particular QSOs, e-mail confirmations from others or other types of "documentation" can be useful for a contester's research and learning, they "usually are not definitive and will not be considered" in the event of a dispute.

The only exception might be in the rare event that a log file was corrupted during transmission to the ARRL. "We will deal with these problems as necessary," Henderson said.

Reports may be accessed as soon as the results for the ARRL contest become available. For single operators, your log-in username (call sign) must be the same as the one that appears on the log submitted for the event. If you were a guest operator at another station or part of a multioperator entry, you may access the LCR for that entry if your call sign appears as an operator in the Cabrillo header (summary) for that log. ARRL members without Internet access may request their LCR free of charge by sending a request and an SASE to LCR Request, ARRL, Contesting Branch, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111.

Non-ARRL members may obtain LCRs by mailing a request along with $3 and an SASE for each event (eg, the Phone and CW weekends of the ARRL November Sweepstakes count as separate events). For each request, include the name and year of the contest as well as the call sign of the entry.

Henderson said the style and format for each LCR may differ from contest to contest, since the various operating events are checked and processed by different software. For more information, contact Henderson via e-mail or by telephone 860-594-0232.


The ARRL Letter Vol. 21, No. 20 May 17, 2002

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