I know many people are eager to start on this award. This message is to explain a little of how you enter your S2S logs and why you can’t enter them yet.
The S2S Award is seen as a chasing award from the database’s point of view. The S2S data is entered along with your chasing data. There is no change to entering activation data, do it exactly as you did it before.
When the S2S features are enabled you will find the “Submit Chaser Entry” page is slightly different. As before you enter the details for the summit you chased, then you enter the details for the QSO (date, time, band, mode, callsigns). There is an additional box to tick if the QSO was an S2S QSO.
For a normal chase you leave this box blank and continue confirming the details just as now and the data is added to your chase log. But if this QSO was an S2S QSO you must tick the box. Now you get the chance to enter the summit you were activating in the same way as the chased summit. From this point on you confirm the QSO as before and it will get added to your chaser log and to your S2S log.
That’s all there is to entering an S2S QSO! You have to enter the chaser data, indicate it’s an S2S QSO and then enter the summit you were activating.
You will be able to see your chaser log as before. But you will also be able to see your S2S log and your S2S award scores. There are 2 separate pages for these displays as the awards for chasing and S2S QSOs are separate. Each entry in your chaser and S2S log will have a delete button along side. You can use that to delete an entry in error. When you select delete you will see all the details for QSO displayed as before but you will also be told if the QSO is an S2S QSO and the activation summit as well. This is so you are aware that if you delete chase you will delete the S2S data for it as well. Of course if you delete the S2S QSO then the corresponding chase log entry is deleted too.
Now the question many want to know is when can they enter their S2S QSOs. Well I could turn it all on now ready for tomorrow. You will be able enter your chases, activations and S2S data, view your logs and delete erroneous entries. But (there’s always a but), testing the more extreme cases has thrown up a few bugs. None are serious but they’re annoying and unless you know how the our system works in detail they may confuse you or make you think something is wrong. So you’ll have to wait till sometime next week before you can enter your data. That gives me a chance to ensure the behavior of the software is consistent.
The fact you cannot enter S2S log data does not affect the validity of the award. You can go out are start having contacts from 0000Z 1-Feb-2013. You just wont be able to log them for a few more days. Sorry.
If you have any questions then I’ll be happy to answer them in this thread. If you wish to insult me for not delivering on time then you can do but that may have a negative impact on me turning on the new features!