ADIF File Format

QcPOTA will accept log files in ADIF format. You can find specifications for ADIF files on the ADIF.org web site.

The activator must submit separate log files. Do not include more than one activation in a single log file.

Your Amateur Data Interchange Format file must be a valid ADIF file in .adi format as defined by the ADIF Developers Group.  The ADIF standard defines a large number of fields and enumerated data types.  However, the majority of these fields and values are not required by QcPOTA.

Submit your QcPOTA log file by email. Your file must have an extension: .adi , Check your file for bad callsigns by checking it here: https://www.qsomap.org/ do not include /p, /VE8, /QRP, etc. Clean up your file with: ADIF Master https://www.dxshell.com/adif-master.html and keep the minimum information: <station_callsign:5>VA2OE <call:6>WX1ABC <qso_date:8>20210402 <time_on:4>1902 <band:3>40m <mode:3>SSB <my_sig:6>QCPOTA <my_sig_info:7>QC001 <operator:5>VA2OE <eor>

Required/Optional ADIF Fields for QcPOTA

Header Fields:

<programid>
Optional field that identifies the name of the logger, converter, or utility that created or processed this ADIF file.

<programversion>
Optional field that identifies the version of the logger, converter, or utility that created or processed this ADIF file.

<adif_ver>
Optional field that identifies the version of ADIF used in this file in the format X.Y.Z;  where:

  • X is an integer designating the ADIF epoch,
  • Y is an integer between 0 and 9 designating the major version,
  • Z is an integer between 0 and 9 designating the minor version.

<eoh>
Optional field that marks the end-of-header in the ADIF file.  The <eoh> tag appears in an ADIF file after the header and before the start of the QSO records.

QSO Fields:

<station_callsign>
Callsign used when activating the park.  Required.

<call>
The contacted station’s callsign.  Required.

<qso_date>
Date on which the QSO started in UTC (in YYYYMMDD format).  Required.

<time_on>
Time on which the QSO started in UTC (in HHMM or HHMMSS format).  Required.

<band>
QSO Band.  If you don’t include the <band> field, you must include the <freq> field.

<freq>
QSO frequency in Megahertz.  If you don’t include the <freq> field, you must include the <band> field.

<mode>
An enumerated value specifying the QSO mode.  Required.

<rst_sent>
Signal report sent to the contacted station for readability, signal-strength and for CW, tone. See RST.

May be omitted for satellite contacts when <sat_name> tag is present.

<rst_rcvd>
Signal report from the contacted station for readability, signal-strength and for CW, tone. See RST.

May be omitted for satellite contacts when <sat_name> tag is present.

<my_sig> and <my_sig_info> or <stx> or <stx_string>
Required. fields that used to report contest information transmitted such as park number.

<sig> and <sig_info> or <str> or <str_string>
Required. fields that used to report contest information received such as park number.

<operator>
Operator's callsing, not his name or club callsign.  Required.

<sat_name>
Optional name of satellite.  If present, <rst_sent>  and <rst_rcvd> tags may be omitted.

<eor>
Required tag that marks the end of each QSO record in the ADIF file.


Sample ADIF Log File

Sample file for QcPOTA
<eoh>
<station_callsign:5>VA2OA <call:4>W1AW <qso_date:8>20201620 <time_on:4>1600 <freq:2>14 <mode:3>SSB <rst_sent:2>59 <rst_rcvd:2>59 <my_sig:6>QCPOTA <my_sig_info:5>QC001 <operator:5>VA2OA <eor>
<station_callsign:5>VA2OA <call:5>VA2OE <qso_date:8>20201620 <time_on:4>1618 <band:3>20m <mode:2>CW <rst_sent:2>59 <rst_rcvd:2>59 <my_sig:6>QCPOTA <my_sig_info:5>QC001 <operator:5>VA2OA <eor> <eor>
<station_callsign:5>VA2OA <call:6>VE2EFD <qso_date:8>20201620 <time_on:4>1655 <band:3>40m <mode:3>FT8 <rst_sent:2>59 <rst_rcvd:2>59 <my_sig:6>QCPOTA <my_sig_info:5>QC001 <operator:5>VA2OA <eor>
<station_callsign:5>VA2OA <call:6>VE8FTE <qso_date:8>20201620 <time_on:4>1707 <band:3>60m <mode:3>SSB <rst_sent:2>59 <rst_rcvd:2>59 <my_sig:6>QCPOTA <my_sig_info:5>QC001 <operator:5>VA2OA <eor>
<station_callsign:5>VA2OA <call:5>VA4AB <qso_date:8>20201620 <time_on:4>1709 <band:3>80m <mode:3>SSB <rst_sent:2>59 <rst_rcvd:2>59 <my_sig:6>QCPOTA <my_sig_info:5>QC001 <operator:5>VA2OA <eor>
<station_callsign:5>VA2LQ <call:6>VE3DQO <qso_date:8>20201620 <time_on:4>1712 <band:3>20m <mode:3>SSB <rst_sent:2>59 <rst_rcvd:2>59 <my_sig:6>QCPOTA <my_sig_info:5>QC001 <sig:6>QCPOTA <sig_info:5>QC123 <operator:5>VA2OA <eor>

<station_callsign:5>VA2OA
<call:5>VA2OC 
<qso_date:8>20201620
<time_on:4>1802 
<band:3>20m 
<mode:3>SSB 
<rst_sent:2>59
<rst_rcvd:2>59
<my_sig:6>QCPOTA
<my_sig_info:5>QC001
<operator:5>VA2OA
<eor>

<station_callsign:5>VA2OA
<call:6>VE2DNH 
<qso_date:8>20201620 
<time_on:4>1924 
<band:3>20m
<freq:2>14  
<mode:3>SSB 
<rst_sent:2>59 
<rst_rcvd:2>59 
<my_sig:6>QCPOTA
<my_sig_info:5>QC001
<sig:6>QCPOTA 
<sig_info:5>QC129
<operator:5>VA2OA
<eor>
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