2018 January Contest Links

Members,

In preparation for the January Contest, El, K3JJZ pointed out that many of the neat programs we use for contesting have been discussed including links in many emails from various sources over the last few months. It's all great info, but to save you the frustration of having to locate all those emails, We will attempt to put all the info here in one place.
*Logging Programs:* W3KM VHF Log Link www.qsl.net/w3km/
N1MM+ Logger Link http://n1mm.hamdocs.com/tiki-index.php?page=Full+Install
*Contest Assistance Programs:* Pack Rats Members Only Chat www.w3ccx.net Used by Pack Rats Only to arrange schedules during the contest. An easy way to get a Pack Rat you have not worked yet.

W3SZ PackRatFinder http://www.nitehawk.com/w3sz/PackRatFinder.html#Downloads Download this program to replace the retired paper versions of the "Pack Rats to Look For", "Rovers to Look For"(Pack Rats & Non- Pack Rats), and "Non-Pack Rats-DX Stations to Look For" lists. PRF can be used stand alone manually on your computer with any logging program, or in conjunction with the N1MM+ logging program automatically checking off Pack Rats as you work them. You can also see other Pack Rats frequencies they are operating on spotted in real time so you can "find" them! For more details on the PRF program go to: http://www.nitehawk.com/w3sz/PackRatFinder.html#GettingStarted

ON4KST Chat http://www.on4kst.com/chat/start.php ​Note: Select 144 & 432 IARU Region 2 Chat​. Log In if you have a password or register. During the contest everyone uses this to arrange schedules for all bands. N5TM Ping Jockey Client http://www.n5tm.com/pjclient-quick-start-guide/ ​Used to arrange contacts on the WSJT-X modes (MSK144 & FT8, etc)​ *WSJT-X Program:* https://www.physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/K1JT/wsjtx.html K1JT's program for MSK144 & FT8 plus other modes. Latest full release, Version 1.8: wsjtx-1.8.0-win32.exe. <https://www.physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/K1JT/wsjtx-1.8.0-win32.exe> (runs on Win XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win10, both 32- and 64-bit).

*​K1RZ / W3SZ Database Entry/Update Link:*
http://w3sz.x10.mx/k1rz/getUpdateForm.htm
​Don't forget to enter or update​ your station info and January contest dates  in the database so the PackRatFinder lists reflect your plans accurately​.  The correct dates and times for the contest are:
*2018-01-20 1900 UTC to 2018-01-22 0400 UTC.*

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact us before the next meeting on January 18th.

Tnx es 73,
Bob W2SJ & Bill K3EGE Your January Contest Event Team