The WAEDC CW and SSB contests have a unique feature termed QTCs that involves a complex set of rules for increasing your score by sending or receiving information about previous QSOs during the contest. Entrants outside Europe may send QTCs only to entrants inside Europe, so logging software support depends on whether you are inside Europe (receiving QTCs) or outside Europe (sending QTCs). The components of a QTC series are the QTC series number, the count of QTCs in the series, and the fields of of each QTC (derived from a prior QSO made by the sender of the series): time, call, and received serial. The series number and count are expressed as a pair separated by a forward-slash; for example, 21/10. Time is expressed as two hour digits juxtaposed with two minute digits; for example 0123.
There are some intricate details:
The maximum number of QTCs that a sender may transmit to a particular receiving entrant is 10. They may be distributed across as many as ten QTC series.
A QSO with a receiver may not be sent to that receiver as a QTC.
A QSO may be sent only once as a QTC.
The exchange of a QTC series does not count as a contest QSO unless serial numbers are exchanged in the normal fashion. In that case, normal duplicate rules apply. It is not required to log a contact made for the sole purpose of exchanging QTCs; that information is embedded in the QTC series records.
The Activity ► Call Refused QTC command adds the call in the active QSO entry box to a list of calls that refused when you asked to exchange QTCs. Calls in that list appear in Activity tables flagged with the prohibited emoji: 🚫 . The command is hidden except for the WAEDC contest. The list is emptied when you start SkookumLogger, reset the log, or change to a different log.
The prohibited symbol is also displayed for activities that have exchanged 10 QTCs with you. Otherwise, if the call can exchange QTCs with you, the activity is flagged with the sharp character: #. This condition is true if the mode for the activity matches the log‘s mode and one of you or the activity is in Europe and the other is not.
SkookumLogger supports both sending and receiving QTC series with a special window, opened via Window ▶ QTC Series . This menu item is disabled when the log’s contest type isn’t WAEDC. You should keep the QTC Series window open during the contest. The status line at the top of the window updates each time you change the content of the current call entry field, showing important information about potential QTCs for that station.
When the QTC Series window is active, SkookumLogger changes the commands associated with some function keys. In CW mode, there are many WAEDC-specific messages that can be customized in the QTC tab of Messages preferences. Immediate Morse Mode is available when the QTC Series window is active, but only when no table cell is selected for editing.
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