What is a ‘Standard ADIF’ – M0OXO OQRS

After getting errors when trying to upload QSL Cards requests using an ADIF file of your QSO’s, we are asked ‘what do we mean by Standard ADIF?’.

Many logging programs these days have so many ADIF fields that many are just wasted and clog up the system with very large and unrequired files. Log4OM has 90+ ADIF fields and so have many others. I have no doubt these fields are useful to some operators but for my purposes they are just unwanted. I don’t need to know your House Number on your Street, similarly I don’t need your Azimuth Heading. So what do I need for the purposes of using the adif file as part of your QSL request?

A ‘Standard ADIF’ is what you see below, just the bare bones of the contact QSO.

The only other fields we need are CALL, QSO_DATE, TIME ON, BAND, MODE, RST_RCVD, RST SENT. Also,

“Station_Callsign” Tells our OQRS where to upload the ADIF, and

“Operator” DXpeditions have multi operators so for this reason we ask for the operator call sign. This can be used for statistics and also for error chacking and is also added to the QSO label.

All other fields are just noise and this is why they sometimes can fail to upload to OQRS.

I hope that helps to clarify the situation for you.

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Charles M0OXO

I was born in the 1960’s and have lived all my life in the Coal Mining Town of Barnsley in South Yorkshire, Northern England. My parents were all from this area of Yorkshire and my father worked in the main Industry of the local Collieries as a face worker. I have been married to my wife Debbie for 35+ years and we have two children and two grandchildren.

I have been licensed for around 20 years after my interest was re-kindled when I retired from my role as a Police Officer within South Yorkshire Police Force. The latter few years were spent as Radio Operator in the Force Operations Control Room at Sheffield, before my career ended.

IOTA chasing is (and always has been) my real passion, as climbing the ladder to reach Honour Roll status was always my main aim. The 1000 Islands Trophy is still out of reach but I am heading in the right direction. I am currently a Board Member of IOTA Ltd and IREF.

In my free time I am a keen Photographer of Wildlife, Aviation, (anything really) but the QSL Manager role is my main passion within Ham Radio.