Cabrillo Log Format

Cabrillo refers to a universal log submission format created by Trey Garlough, N5KO. This is the preferred format for all electronic logs.

There are two versions of the Cabrillo log file format.  The CQ WPX 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.

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Cabrillo File Version 3 Header for the CQ WPX Contest

Here is an example of a Cabrillo v3 file for the WPX Contest.

START-OF-LOG: 3.0
CALLSIGN: AA1ZZZ
CONTEST: CQ-WPX-CW
CATEGORY-OPERATOR: SINGLE-OP
CATEGORY-ASSISTED: NON-ASSISTED
CATEGORY-BAND: ALL
CATEGORY-POWER: HIGH
CATEGORY-MODE: CW
CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER: ONE
CATEGORY-OVERLAY: TB-WIRES
CLAIMED-SCORE: 24
CLUB: Yankee Clipper Contest Club
LOCATION: WMA
CREATED-BY: WriteLog V10.72C
NAME: Randy Thompson
ADDRESS: 11 Hollis Street
ADDRESS-CITY: Uxbridge
ADDRESS-STATE-PROVINCE: MA
ADDRESS-POSTALCODE: 01569
ADDRESS-COUNTRY: USA
OPERATORS: K5ZD
SOAPBOX: Put your comments here.
SOAPBOX: Use multiple lines if needed.
QSO: 7005 CW 2009-05-30 0002 AA1ZZZ 599 1 S50A 599 4
QSO: 7006 CW 2009-05-30 0015 AA1ZZZ 599 2 EF8M 599 34
END-OF-LOG:

The format for each line is <LABEL>: followed by a space.

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

CALLSIGN: callsign
The callsign used during the contest.

CONTEST: contest-name
The contest-name must be one of the following.

Be sure to use hyphens as shown. DO NOT PUT THE YEAR OR USE PH INSTEAD OF SSB.

CATEGORY-OPERATOR:
The category-operator must be one of the following. (If you do not want your score included in the listings, you must set this field to CHECKLOG.)

CATEGORY-ASSISTED:
The category-assisted must be one of the following.

CATEGORY-MODE:
The category-mode must be one of the following.

CATEGORY-BAND:
The category-band must be one of the following. If you are entering an all band category, use ALL, otherwise select one of the individual bands shown.

CATEGORY-POWER:
The category-power must be one of the following.

CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER:
The category-transmitter is required for multi-operator entries and must be one of the following.

CATEGORY-OVERLAY: text

IMPORTANT: If you are entering the Rookie or Tribander-Wires categories, you must also provide CATEGORY-OVERLAY information - see below.

For ROOKIE, enter:
CATEGORY-OVERLAY:  ROOKIE

For TRIBANDER/SINGLE ELEMENT, enter:
CATEGORY-OVERLAY:  TB-WIRES

CLAIMED-SCORE:  n
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! (See list of club names.)

CREATED-BY: text
Name and version of the logging program used to create the Cabrillo file. (This field is optional.)

LOCATION: text
USA and Canada stations please put your State, Province, or ARRL Section. All others please put DX. (See list of accepted entries.)

EMAIL: text
A place to put an email address, if desired.

NAME: text
Name. Maximum of 75 characters long.

ADDRESS: text
Mailing address, each line should be a maximum of 45 characters long. Up to 6 address lines are permitted.

ADDRESS-CITY: text
ADDRESS-STATE-PROVINCE:
text
ADDRESS-POSTALCODE:
text
Optional fields for providing mailing address details.

ADDRESS-COUNTRY: text
US Postal Service name for the country of your mailing address. Only required for mailing addresses outside of the United States. (See list of accepted country names.)

OPERATORS: callsign1 [callsign2 callsign3...]
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., W1ABC, W2DEF, W3GHI @W3BGN. NOTE: If you select a multi-operator category and do not enter operator callsigns in this field, the robot will reject your log.

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

X-<anything>: text
Lines beginning with X- are ignored by the robot and log checking software.  Use this for adding comment lines to your log. Exception: See X-QSO below.

QSO: qso-data
The qso-data format is shown below.

                               --------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:  3799 PH 1999-03-06 0711 HC8N          59  001    W1AW          59  001    0
000000000111111111122222222223333333333444444444455555555556666666666777777777788
123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901

Note for Column 81 (transmitter number): For the MULTI-TWO category, the last column in the log indicates which transmitter made the QSO. It must be a 0 or a 1. This column is not required for other categories.

X-QSO: qso-data
Any QSO marked with this tag will be ignore in your log and credit will be given to the other station.

END-OF-LOG:
Must be the last line of the log submission.

Cabrillo File Version 2 Header for the CQ WPX Contest

Here is an example of a Cabrillo v2 file for the WPX Contest. Use of Cabrillo v2 is deprecated, but still accepted by the log submission robot.

START-OF-LOG: 2.0

CALLSIGN: AA1ZZZ
CONTEST: CQ-WPX-CW
CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP ALL HIGH CW
CATEGORY-OVERLAY: TB-WIRES
CLAIMED-SCORE: 24
CLUB: Yankee Clipper Contest Club
ARRL-SECTION: WMA
CREATED-BY: WriteLog V10.72C
NAME: Randy Thompson
ADDRESS: 11 Hollis Street
ADDRESS: Uxbridge, MA 01569
ADDRESS: USA
OPERATORS: K5ZD
SOAPBOX: Put your comments here.
SOAPBOX: Use multiple lines if needed.
QSO: 7005 CW 2009-05-30 0002 AA1ZZZ 599 1 S50A 599 4
QSO: 7006 CW 2009-05-30 0015 AA1ZZZ 599 2 EF8M 599 34
END-OF-LOG:

The format for each line is <LABEL>: followed by a space.

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

CALLSIGN: callsign
The callsign used during the contest.

CONTEST: contest-name
The contest-name must be one of the following.

Be sure to use hyphens as shown. DO NOT PUT THE YEAR OR USE PH INSTEAD OF SSB.

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

The operator-category must be one of the following. (If you do not want your score included in the listings, you must set this field to CHECKLOG.)

The band-category must be one of the following:

The power-category must be one of the following.

The mode-category must be one of the following.

Examples for CATEGORY:

CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP ALL HIGH CW
This is a single operator, all band, high power, CW entry.

CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP-ASSISTED 80M LOW SSB
This is a single operator assisted, 80 meters single band, low power, SSB entry.

CATEGORY-OVERLAY: text

IMPORTANT: If you are entering the Rookie or Tribander-Wires categories, you must also provide CATEGORY-OVERLAY information - see below.

For ROOKIE, enter:
CATEGORY-OVERLAY:  ROOKIE

For TRIBANDER/SINGLE ELEMENT, enter:
CATEGORY-OVERLAY:  TB-WIRES

CLAIMED-SCORE:  n
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! (See list of club names.)

CREATED-BY: text
Name and version of the logging program used to create the Cabrillo file. (This field is optional.)

ARRL-SECTION: arrl-section
USA and Canada stations please put your State, Province, or ARRL Section. All others please put DX. (See list of accepted entries.)

EMAIL: text
A place to put an email address, if desired.

NAME: text
Name. Maximum of 75 characters long.

ADDRESS: text
Mailing address, each line should be a maximum of 45 characters long. Up to 6 address lines are permitted.

Please put the country name all alone on the last address line using the US Postal Service name for the country of your mailing address. Only required for mailing addresses outside of the United States. (See list of accepted country names.)

OPERATORS: callsign1 [callsign2 callsign3...]
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., W1ABC, W2DEF, W3GHI @W3BGN. NOTE: If you select a multi-operator category and do not enter operator callsigns in this field, the robot will reject your log.

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

X-<anything>: text
Lines beginning with X- are ignored by the robot and log checking software.  Use this for adding comment lines to your log. Exception: See X-QSO below.

QSO: qso-data
The qso-data format is shown below.

                              --------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:  3799 PH 1999-03-06 0711 HC8N          59  001    W1AW          59  001    0
000000000111111111122222222223333333333444444444455555555556666666666777777777788
123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901

Note for Column 81 (transmitter number): For the MULTI-TWO category, the last column in the log indicates which transmitter made the QSO. It must be a 0 or a 1. This column is not required for other categories.

X-QSO: qso-data
Any QSO marked with this tag will be ignore in your log and credit will be given to the other station.

END-OF-LOG:
Must be the last line of the log submission.

 

More Information about Cabrillo

The CQ WPX Contest only recognizes the Cabrillo fields shown on this page. The complete Cabrillo specification can be found at http://www.kkn.net/~trey/cabrillo/.