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Author Topic: Newbie question -- "serial number" -- ho  (Read 857 times)
VA7CPC
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« on: December 31, 2003, 10:37:03 PM »

Better to ask the dumb question than to assume the answer.

I'll be in the ARRL RTTY Roundup, and need to understand "consecutive serial number" for DX stations.

As i understand it:

    Each DX station I contact, I give a serial number,
    starting from 1.

    Each DX station that contacts me, gives me _his_
    serial number, starting from one.

So each QSO has two serial numbers attached (I think).  That lets ARRL match them up, yes?

In my logging program (N1MM Logger), _where do I enter these numbers? _  

And, is there a way to automatically track them within the software ?

[PS -- I've looked at the N1MM Logger manual.  Clear as mud.  I think there's something very fundamental, that I don't understand, about this process.  I'm putting this query on the N1MM logger group, too.]

Thanks.
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N8UZE
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« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2004, 11:57:37 AM »

As a Canadian station, you always give a signal report and your PROVINCE regardless of the location of the other station.  You do not hand out serial numbers.  From DX stations (but not the US), you will receive a signal report and a serial number.  Enter the serial number that they give you into the box labeled "Exch" for exchange.  From other Canadian stations, you will enter the province that they give you.  From US stations, you will enter the state or section that they give you.
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N8UZE
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« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2004, 11:59:04 AM »

Note that this applies only to the ARRL RTTY contest.  Each contest has its own rules.
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VA7CPC
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« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2004, 03:26:44 AM »

Thanks.  It's simple - I just didn't have a clue !! <g>

After a lifetime in database design and "data analysis", it's hard to accept a field which can contain _either_ a numeric value or a state/province name.

When in Rome . . .

And I got N1MM Logger working with MMTTY -- I think I'm ready.
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N8UZE
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« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2004, 09:43:56 AM »

I'm not 100% sure but I think that the serial number is actually treated like text for the program data.
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N2MG
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« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2004, 09:54:08 AM »

It's not uncommon for contest exchanges to be different in structure depending on location.

In ARRL DX Contests, US and VE stations give out RS(T) and State/Province; DX sends RS(T) and power

Mike N2MG
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N8UZE
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« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2004, 08:46:03 PM »

To VA7CPC,

So how did your effort at RTTY contesting go?
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VA7CPC
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« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2004, 12:20:29 AM »

Everything (N1MM Logger / MMTTY / IC-706) worked fine.  

I was only on the air for about 4 hours.

Worked 19 states and provinces, 6 DX countries (including my first Japanese QSO).   Total score was only 1612 points.

I was very happy.  As a new ham, I feel like I'm "out of the playpen" now.

Thanks for the help.
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« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2004, 12:26:23 AM »

Charles, I have lost your email address.
Please reply to me at
spatin51@msn.com
Sidney
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