One of the built-in features of fldigi is basic contesting support. The contesting setup is not that difficult, but may be a little confusing for first-time users. Here are the basic steps needed to get up and running in a contest.
From the main fldigi window select Configure > Contest/Logging > Contest.
In this group you will need to enter the text exchange that you want to send. This varies by contest and could be your name, QTH, LOC, etc. You will want to check the RST always 599 box. This will facilitate logging since you will not need to capture that data. Check the Send CW cut numbers if you are going to be in a CW contest.
This can be used in conjunction with the above or stand-alone, depending on the contest requirements. Check the Use leading zeros box and set the Start to 1 and Digits to 3. You must click the Reset button! Do not forget this step; it is important and, if missed, fldigi will not send a serial number.
If you do not want to work duplicates, check the boxes that meet your requirements.
When you have the setup as you like, save and close.
Finishing touches for contesting. Select Configure > Contest/Logging > Contest. At the bottom of the tab select the contest you are interested in. The Generic will be used the most. Save and Close. Next, View > Rig/Log controls, and select Partial.
View > DX Cluster. If you don't have a favorite cluster you normally use, then you are welcome here:
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Some further suggestions that you may find useful when using fldigi in contest mode:
For more in-depth information on contesting as well as fldigi itself, see the on line fldigi contest help.
Contributed by Ed, W3NR