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Creating the output files for log submission and further processing has become an easy task. Win-Test supports Cabrillo files for most HF contest submissions, Reg1Test for VHF/UHF submissions, ADIF for transferring the log to your personal log and two generic ASCII formats if everything else fails.

To open up the following dialog, go to the top menu and then select File | Create log files..., or you can type the MAKELOG text command in the callsign entry field.

The "Create Log Files..." dialog box

Most HF contest sponsors require your log to be sent in the Cabrillo format that was defined by N5KO in the late 1990's.

Note: Contest sponsors generally are not happy with ADIF files.

Open the Create logs dialog; this menu option is visible only when a Win-Test file is open
The "Create Log Files..." dialog box


Cabrillo is the de-facto standard log submission file today. All of the major HF contest sponsors accept entries in the Cabrillo format. Please find details on Cabrillo in The Cabrillo file for the CQ WPX, CQ WW DX, NAQP and NA Sprint Contests are created after the v3 specification, all others in v2. Other contests to follow.

Cabrillo options avilable before creating the log

In the Cabrillo file you may chose to create the log as a check log (tick the contol log item), export only a specific band, or suppress the club header line in order to avoid problems with the ARRL log robot (ARRL does not accept Cabrillo files which mention clubs not affiliated to ARRL).

Note: Win-Test cannot create a Cabrillo file, when it has not been specified by the contest sponsor. So for example, since there is no Cabrillo definition for DXpedition type logs, Cabrillo output is not available here.

Win-Test also allows importing Cabrillo files so that old log files may still be loaded and used as a reference or to create a target file. Please look here for further information.

In CQ WW and CQ WPX Multi-Single, Win-Test uses an indicator (0/1) depending on if the QSO was made by the RUN or by the MULT station.


REG1TEST is the format proposed by the IARU Region I VHF Committee (mainly driven by EDR) and has been widely adopted by national amateur radio organizations. REF, DARC and probably others fully accept electronic logs in this format for all of their contests above 30 MHz. Before creating the file, you will have to fill in some information like equipment used, location, antenna height etc.

For further details on Reg1Test see on the WEB.

Additional information for the Reg1Test


ADIF (Amateur Data Interface Format) is used as a way to exchange amateur radio logging data between different applications. Most logging software will accept and can create this format.

For further details see the ADIF WEB site

Options for creating ADIF files

With the ADIF files you may select to include the contest name or transmitter power with every record for later reference. Include the contest name into the INFO field of the ADIF file.


LogSearch format to comply with 5B4WN log search php script. Useful for DXpeditions who wish to provide online logs during the expedition.

Options for creating Logsearch files

In the options dialog, you can specify a range of QSOs to be exported, and zip the output file (so its name will be "blahblah.LGS.ZIP").

Text and CSV Files

These formats are the last resort when nothing else is available. For the text and CSV file type you may select or unselect columns, different date formats and have a choice to add empty fields to the output. You can open the Text version of the output in any Editor like Notepad or Wordpad, or even MS-Excel, since it is a fixed column format. The CSV format is designed to open the file in MS-Excel.

Options for creating Text files
Options for creating CSV files