Most of the time, a single new-band sheet will contain
records from only a single band string. In that case,
code a band prefix record (see Section 6.5, “Band prefix line”) just after the sheet header,
and code each new band number with a line starting with
N” (upper- or
lowercase) and having this format:
the last two digits of the band number. If a digit is
illegible, code it as a question mark (“
The format of the rest of the record is described in Section 6.13, “The encounter body section”.
If the bander mixes band strings on a sheet, you have two options for encoding it:
You can code a new band prefix line whenever the
prefix changes. Lines starting with “
N” always get their prefix from the
closest preceding band prefix line.
If bands from different strings are heavily
intermingled, you can code some or all of them using
G (general) format, which allows
you to enter all nine characters of the band number.
See Section 6.9, “The general (
G) new-band record”.