The contest highest rate monitor

We have implemented a new feature – the highest QSOs per hour rate monitoring. This feature is activated for all contests longer 1 hour. Every hour we calculate everyone’s 60 minutes rate from top of the previous hour , find out the best and put on the top right side on the board page header.

By clicking on the “Highest rate” monitor module you will get a new page “The contest best rates list” where will be all the current contest board participants list sorted by a personal best hour rate. It refreshes automatically every hour to reflect latest rates updates.

We don’t know if that does make sense to implement the contest highest rate monitor for mini contests by using 10 minutes rate. If you have some opinion please place as comment to this post. Thanks ))

Overriding categories

We have implemented few category overriding rules.

  • If a logger sends a mode attribute different comparing to a contest mode it will be overridden by a contest mode value.

For example: If I have mistakenly configured my CQ WW CW log with a MIXED  mode in a header my mode MIXED to be overridden by CW and to be shown  in CW group on the CQ WW CW board

  • If a contest doesn’t have assisted (or unlimited) and non-assisted subcategories all the provided by a logger ASSISTED subcategory value will be replaced by NON-ASSISTED. So the all assisted and non-assisted scores will be in the same group – NON-ASSISTED.

We wish to  consolidate all the users scores in a group in accordance with  a contest organizers definition. Splitting scores by unnecessary sub-groups just makes board visibility worse.

Please leave your comment if you have some other suggestions.

Working with callsign aliases

We have designed our score board server to accept a user main call as well as any user’s call aliases. We just improved our scripts to accept ANY combinations of them during authentication.

For example I have the following callsignes registered:

  • VA2WA – the main one.
  • VA2WDQ – an alias
  • VC2A – an alias
  • VC2W – another one alias

So I have my N1MM+ logger credentials configured to post my score by using VA2WA credentials.  If I set new contest log with my another call VC2A for WPX I don’t not need to change my credentials with  N1MM+ .

Anyway to see INSTANT RATE graphs you have to be logged in the Contest Score Board server with your currently active call. In the above mentioned example I should be logged as VC2A. The password is the same for all calls.

New tool added: QSO/hour, Mult/hour and Score/hour instant rate graphs

We are announcing  a new option INSTANT RATE GRAPHS. Here is the screenshot from the latest CWT mini test:


That’s a true instant analyzing feature providing 10 minutes rate for min tests running 1 hour or less or 1 hour rate for all other longer contests. It starts working since the first minute and available for logged in users just by clicking on a competitor’s call on the board. That requires you to be logged in with your currently active in the contest call.

It’s a new feature and we would be appreciated for all the feedbacks and suggestions on improving it.

Rumors about breakdowns and our polling experience

We didn’t expect so many critics targeting our decision to suspend breakdowns for some particular contest considering this data as an external assistance to a single op.

Just to clarify what exactly our HAM community wants we’ve launched an online poll on EasyPolls. The results we’ve got seemed very discouraging. There are two huge groups having opposites opinions:


Anyway, as you see the second group which is not supporting disabling of breakdowns is slightly bigger. So we decided to follow the majority and since today there will not be any limitations on bands breakdown data.

Bands breakdown view is ready

We have activated bands breakdown view. To see all the QSOs numbers spitted by band a “Breakdown” link on the top menu  bar should be clicked.

To come back and to hide bands data a “Simple view” link should be clicked.

After consultations with NAQP contest organizers we decided to implement one simple feature – blocking breakdown view for some contest considering this feature as an assistance.

The next two NAQP contests boards for  NAQP CW and NAQP SSB will come up with the breakdown view feature being disabled for these contest.

Hello world! We’ve launched Contest Online Board!

We have finished and launched our Score Board pilot version.

It’s coming up with some limited options ( no bands breakdown, no private room and some others). Also board filter is not fully functional – results could be filtered only by Single OP- Multy category and Assisted – NON Assisted). Anyway it’s a functional server so multiple contests score could be  uploaded and viewed.