Logging your SOTA activation.

 

Logging your SOTA activities is very important.  Even if you do not make enough contacts to qualify your activation, there is a chance that a shortwave listener heard you, and will use your activation to claim points.  For this reason alone, you should ALWAYS log your activation.

 

If you have only a few contacts, then type them in from the keyboard.  Just go to the SOTA logging page (CLICK) and select SUBMIT LOG, click SUBMIT ACTIVATOR ENTRY, and log in.  Just follow the steps to select the association, the region and the summit, then fill in the Time in UTC, the Callsign, select the band and mode from the drop-down box, and add any notes you have.  Click ADD when finished with a single entry, click FINISH when you have completed ALL entries. 

 

How to send an activation log as an upload.

 

If you have 10 more more contacts, or if you use a logging program that can output your log to Excel or to a .CSV file, you can upload your log.

Set up an Excel file.  The format is very specific.  Your call sign, Date in dd/mm/yy, time in UTC, Summit designator, Frequency in MHz, Mode, Call sign of the station you worked, and Notes.  Make the file like this.

KD9KC

3/7/2010

16:28

W5/FR-001

18.0 MHz

SSB

KA5RHK

Ken - DEQUEEN,  AR

KD9KC

3/7/2010

16:53

W5/FR-001

50.0 MHz

SSB

KA0PQW

Matt - ELLENDALE,  MN

KD9KC

3/7/2010

17:02

W5/FR-001

50.0 MHz

SSB

K4YA

Myron - GREENEVILLE,  TN

 

Or – make a COMMA SEPARATED VALUES file like this.

 

KD9KC,3/7/2010,16:28,W5/FR-001,18.0 MHz,SSB,KA5RHK,"Ken - DEQUEEN,  AR"

KD9KC,3/7/2010,16:53,W5/FR-001,50.0 MHz,SSB,KA0PQW,"Matt - ELLENDALE,  MN"

KD9KC,3/7/2010,17:02,W5/FR-001,50.0 MHz,SSB,K4YA,"Myron - GREENEVILLE,  TN"

 

Save the file to a place where you can find it again.

 

Go to the SOTA-DATA site.  (CLICK)

 

Click Log-On.  Log on as you.

 

Click SUBMIT LOG.  Click IMPORT ACTIVATOR TSV/CSV

 

Click the BROWSE button.

 

Find the log file you just saved.  Click SUBMIT ENTRY. 

 

Check the little box that you really made the contacts and click SUBMIT ENTRY.

 

Click OK.

 

Click VIEW RESULTS.

 

Click MY ACTIVATOR LOG to check that it uploaded.

 

If you want to see who else activated the summit, click on SUMMITS.

 

Click on FIND SUMMIT.

 

Type in summit designator, like W5/FR-001 or W5/FR-003, or whatever summit you want to check on.