(Thanks to Rich, VE3KI (ex-VE3IAY) for providing these notes. Any errors
are the responsibility of the editor, W0YK)
In order to create a proper Cabrillo format log, MixW must be properly configured
before stations are worked and logged. Otherwise, extensive text editing will
be required to transform the Cabrillo file that MixW produces after the contest.
Here are the steps for using MixW in CQ WPX RTTY and creating a correct Cabrillo
2.0 format file:
Set up for the contest using MixW's "View -> Contest mode"
or "Logging -> Contest mode" menu item. Create a new contest
setup using the "Add new" button. Be sure to fill in the correct
UTC start and end dates and times for this year's running of the contest
in the Contest settings dialog. Check the "AutoInc" check box.
Log the received exchange for each contact into the following two fields:
Exch_recvd (serial number)
After the contest, invoke the Cabrillo export function in MixW to create
your Cabrillo file for submission.
Select the "Simple (RST & exch number)" Cabrillo format.
Open up the Cabrillo file in a text editor (Notepad, Wordpad, MS Word,
etc.) and verify that it conforms to the Cabrillo specification, particularly the
QSO data format. Both the sent and received exchange must have two
elements: RST and serial number). Note that some of the Cabrillo header
lines are different between version 2.0 created by MixW and version 3.0
shown above. This is OK because after emailing your log (see next step 6.),
the server will convert those lines to version 3.0 which you will see in
the reply email.
After submitting your Cabrillo file to
firstname.lastname@example.org, you will receive a reply
email message saying that your log format is OK, or listing the specific
problems that you must correct and then re-submit to