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The files were last updated on 24 May 2011.


This is the home of the contest country files. These files are used by amateur radio contest logging software (and other related programs) to help determine country multipliers from a callsign. The files are updated regularly throughout the year and changes are announced on the various contest and logging software reflectors.

You must use the file that is appropriate for your software. Even though the files are similar, each contains different features that your particular software may take advantage of.


Installation Instructions

Clicking on any of the country file links below should prompt you to save (download) the file. If the file is displayed in the browser window instead, come back to this page and follow these instructions to save it:

Chrome: Right-click on the file name and choose "Save link as..."

Firefox: Right-click on the file name and choose "Save Link As..."

Internet Explorer: Right-click on the file name and choose "Save Target As..."

Netscape Navigator: Hold the SHIFT key down while clicking on the hyperlink (file name) and your browser will prompt you to save the file.

Safari: Hold the CTRL key down while clicking on the hyperlink (file name) and choose "Download Linked File As..."

NOTE: All links below are to the current version of the files. To download a ZIP file containing all the files in the current or an older version, follow the Revisions link on the left.

NOTE: There are two different versions of CTY.DAT, CTY_WT.DAT, CTY_WT_MOD.DAT and WL_CTY.DAT. Beginning with CTY-1805, full callsigns in the file are prefixed with the '=' character. Some older logging programs will ignore these callsigns, so "old" format versions of the files (without the '=') are available. If you click on the appropriate link below for your software, you will get the correct version of country file.


Version Information

To see the country file change history, click on the Revisions link on the left.

Once the file is downloaded and installed, there are several ways to tell what version of the country file you have:

  1. In your logging program, try to log the callsign "VERSION" (on a DX cluster node, use the SH/H VERSION or SH/SUN VERSION command). Each version of the country files will return a different country (except for Win-Test, see #3 below). That country will be indicated in the release notes for that version.
     
  2. Open the country file using a text editor like Notepad. Find the entry for Canada, VE. In the list of prefixes/callsigns, you'll find a "callsign" that looks like:

    VERyyyymmdd

    where "yyyymmdd" is the date of the release. For example, CTY-1812 was released on 10 November, 2008 so the version string in this case is "VER20081110".

  3. The Win-Test files (cty_wt.dat and cty_wt_mod.dat) have their own version information at the top of the file. You can see the version number only by going to Options | Data Files | Country Files. You can not log the callsign VERSION, it will just come up as Canada, regardless of the country file version.

Except for Win-Test, the CTY file name (i.e. CTY-1812) can not be found in the file.


A Note about USA Callsign Exceptions

Many USA callsigns are not in the CQ or ITU zone indicated by the number in the callsign. For example, K5ZD is in CQ Zone 5, not Zone 4. The country files do list a number of these callsigns with the correct zone. However, they don't list everyone, only the most active contesters. Here's how the list is determined:

  1. Using the Super Check Partial Database of active contesters, build a list of callsigns that are found in 100 or more logs. 100 is an arbitrary number, but it tends to limit the number of callsign/zone exceptions to around 500, which seems like a reasonable number of active contesters.
     
  2. For each callsign that met the criteria in #1 above, predict the CQ and ITU zones based on the number in the callsign. For example, '1' is CQ zone 5, '5' is ITU zone 7, etc.
     
  3. For each callsign that met the criteria in #1 above, look up the callsign in the current FCC database, and determine the CQ and ITU zones based on the state (as listed). For example, Wyoming is CQ Zone 4, California is ITU zone 3. The ITU zone is determined from the state only for states that reside entirely within a single ITU zone (like Indiana, not Illinois).
     
  4. If the CQ or ITU zone from step #2 does NOT match the CQ or ITU zone from step #3, add an exception to the country file, showing the actual CQ and/or ITU zones.

That's the process, plain and simple. It's fully automated, and rewards the most active contesters. If you want to "get on the list", then "get on the air"!

If you do not live in or operate from the state listed as your callbook address, let me know if it would result in a change to your CQ or ITU zone. Many states cross ITU zone boundaries, so it's harder to get the ITU zone exceptions correct. If your ITU (or CQ) zone is incorrect, let me know and it will be fixed in the next release.


Aether
Save CTY.CSV to the /Library/Application Support/Aether folder. Safari may to add a .TXT extension to the file that it downloads. Aether will only see the country file if it is named exactly CTY.CSV
 
CQPWin
Save CTY.DAT to the main CQPwin folder with the executable.
 
CT Win
Save CTY.DAT to your CT Win directory, which by default is C:\Program Files\K1EA Software\CtWin
If you did not install CT in the default location, save CTY.DAT in the same directory as CTWIN.EXE
 
CT 10 (DOS)
Save CTY.DAT to your CT directory (the same directory where CT.EXE is found)
 
CT 9.91 and later
Save CTY.DAT to your CT directory (the same directory where CT.EXE is found)
 
CT 9.90 and earlier
Save CTY.DAT to your CT directory (the same directory where CT.EXE is found)
 
CT 8 and earlier
Save ARRL.CTY, CQWW.CTY and IARU.CTY to your CT directory (the same directory where CT86.EXE, CT286.EXE and/or CT386.EXE is found)
 
Fldigi
Linux: download CTY.DAT to the directory ~/.fldigi
Mac OS X: download CTY.DAT to the download folder. Open Fldigi and click on File/Show Config - then drag and drop CTY.DAT into the open .fldigi folder
Windows XP: download CTY.DAT to the folder C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\fldigi.files
Windows Vista: download CTY.DAT to the folder C:\Users\<username>\fldigi.files
 
JL
Save CTY.DAT to the jl/data directory.
 
KLog
Save CTY.DAT to the ~/.klog/ directory.
 
MixW
Save CTY.DAT to your MixW directory.
 
N1MM 8.6.2 and later
Save WL_CTY.DAT to your N1MM Logger directory and run Tools | Import Country List from downloaded file into the database you plan to use.
 
N1MM 8.6.1 and earlier
Save WL_CTY.DAT to your N1MM Logger directory and run Tools | Import Country List from downloaded file into the database you plan to use.
 
N3FJP

cqwwpre2.txt
arrlpre2.txt
ADIFCnt.txt

  1. Click on one of the file names above.
  2. In IE, click on the Save button. In Firefox, select the "Save File" button then click on OK.
  3. Navigate to the directory of the program that you are updating.
  4. Click Save.
  5. Each file above must be saved to each and every logger (program) directory.

IMPORTANT: If you are running Windows Vista or Windows 7, and you installed your N3FJP programs into C:\Program Files, then you must follow these instructions to locate the folder where your country files are.

If you prefer to download a single .ZIP file containing all three files, from which you can extract all files into each logger (program) directory, you can click on the N3FJP link on the Revision History next to the version you want to download.

NA
Save COUNTRY.DAT to your NA directory and run NAU.
 
RCKLog
Save CTY.DAT to your RCKLog directory.
 
RCKRtty
Save CTY.DAT to your RCKRtty directory.
 
SD
SD uses multiple .CTY files derived mainly from CTY.DAT. They are updated in advance of major contests, and are available from ww.ei5di.com/sd/cty.zip. I have no control over what is in cty.zip, please direct your queries to Paul, EI5DI.
 
TLF
Save CTY.DAT to /usr/local/share/tlf
 
TR LOG 6.90 and later
Save CTY.DAT to your TR directory.
 
TR LOG 6.89 and earlier
Save CTY.DAT to your TR directory.
 
TR4W
Save CTY.DAT to your TR4W directory.
 
WF1B
  1. Save WF1B.DAT to your WF1B RTTY folder
  2. Run COUNTRY.EXE
  3. Choose "Read CTY.DAT"
  4. At "Identify the K1EA Country File(.DAT)", type in WF1B.DAT then CTRL-Enter
  5. Select Contest Files: "Only CQWW & WAE"
  6. Exit
 
Win-Test 4.1 and later
Save these two files to the following directory:
CTY_WT.DAT
CTY_WT_MOD.DAT
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Win-Test\countryFiles\
 
Then in the program, go to Options | Data Files | Country Files to select the file you wish to use.
 
Win-Test 3.19 and later
Save these two files to your Win-Test directory:
CTY_WT.DAT
CTY_WT_MOD.DAT
Then in the program, go to Options | Data Files | Country Files to select the file you wish to use.
 
Win-Test 3.18 and earlier
Save these two files to your Win-Test directory:
CTY_WT.DAT
CTY_WT_MOD.DAT
Then in the program, go to Options | Data Files | Country Files to select the file you wish to use.
 
WriteLog 10.78 and later
From the Windows Start menu, navigate to your WriteLog V10 folder and run (double-click on) "Convert CTY to WriteLog". Click the button that says, "Download wl_cty.dat...." and wait for the pop-up that says, "Successfully downloaded wl_cty.dat". Next, click the button that says, "Convert wl_cty.dat". When the conversion is done, it will say "ALL DONE" at the bottom of the text window. Then you can close the window by clicking either "Cancel" or the 'X' in the upper right-hand corner.
 
If for some reason this procedure doesn't work, follow the instructions for WriteLog 10.77 just below.
 
WriteLog 10.77
Save WL_CTY.DAT to one of the following directories, depending on your operating system:
Windows 2000:    
Windows 98:   C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\WriteLog
Windows XP:   C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\WriteLog
Windows Vista:   C:\ProgramData\WriteLog
Windows 7:   C:\ProgramData\WriteLog
Next, run the "Convert CTY to WriteLog" program from the WriteLog program group (Start | Programs | WriteLog v10 | Convert..). If you don't have the shortcut, manually run the REACTY32.EXE program in the WRITELOG\PROGRAMS directory. Click on the "OK" button to convert the country files to a format that WriteLog can use.
 
WriteLog 10.29 through 10.76
Save WL_CTY.DAT to your WRITELOG\PROGRAMS directory and run the "Convert CTY to WriteLog" program from the WriteLog program group (Start | Programs | WriteLog v10 | Convert..). If you don't have the shortcut, manually run the REACTY32.EXE program in the WRITELOG\PROGRAMS directory. Click on the "OK" button to convert the country files to a format that WriteLog can use.
 
WriteLog 10.28 and earlier
Save WL_CTY.DAT to your WRITELOG\PROGRAMS directory and run the "Convert CTY to WriteLog" program from the WriteLog program group (Start | Programs | WriteLog v10 | Convert..). If you don't have the shortcut, manually run the REACTY32.EXE program in the WRITELOG\PROGRAMS directory. Click on the "OK" button to convert the country files to a format that WriteLog can use.
 
You can also update online if you are using a recent version of the program. Files | Web Update Data Files and click on the Download button. Note that there may be a delay between when the country files are announced and when the latest version is available for Web Update. Try test logging the callsign VERSION to see what country file version you received.

AR User
Save CTY.DAT to your "AR User" directory (the same directory that contains ve7cc.exe)
 
AR-Cluster
  1. Save ARRL.CTY to C:\Program Files\AR-Cluster\Configuration
  2. Click on CFG | AUTO-COUNTRY
  3. Click on IMPORT
 
CC Cluster
Save WL_CTY.DAT to your cluster directory. If you are running a recent version of the cluster program, click the "Update WL_CTY" button. If you are running an older version, stop and restart the cluster program.
 
DX Spider
Save CTY.DAT to your spider/data directory. Run spider/perl/create_prefix.pl. Then log into the cluster as administrator and type "load/prefix".
 
RDXCluster
No information available.
 
VE3SUN DX Monitor
In the Help menu select "check for Updates" and click on "Download CTY.DAT" if it shows the availability of a new version. If the "Update CTY.DAT automatically" box is checked in that window, DX Monitor will automatically download the latest CTY.DAT file directly from the country files web site. After the new CTY.DAT file is downloaded, it will be necessary to restart DX Monitor.
 
DX Monitor checks the file header of http://www.country-files.com/cty/cty.dat each time DX Monitor is started. The URL can be changed in the User Preferences | URLs.

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