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07-25-2009, 09:19 PM
I am wondering how people do log their book.
Since my three strokes within a year and a half, I can't copy the "QSO" information in my log book " NEATLY ".
So I use a scatch piece of paper and then copy the information to my log book as neatly as posible even with my (SHAKY STROKE HANDS). HI-HI
I was curious if anybody else did the same thing, I just do it to make sure I get all of the info especially if I half to have the other operator repeat something that I may have missed.
Thanks in advace for your answers and opinions. :confused:
I used to do that during contests when I used paper logs more to keep the speed up
With computer logging these days messy hand writing isn't an issue.
There is certainly nothing wrong with the way you are doing your logging. I have sometimes done exactly what you are doing, other times I write directly into the log book. Particularly given the current rules, whatever is convenient for you is acceptable.
The only issue I would mention is, if you want to ever claim that the log has some legal value, such as to document your activity in the face of a possible interference complaint, you will want to be able to say that your log entries were made "contemporaneously" with the actual communications. Since you are writing down your log data at the time of the QSO and merely recopying it to ensure neatness, I am pretty sure you would meet that standard, should the issue ever be raised.
07-25-2009, 11:45 PM
When operating mobile, I carry a little tape recorder. I hit the record button and record the information, then at the end of the day, I transcribe the QSO info onto paper.
I know that there will be those who will point out that a log is no longer required by the fcc; HOWEVER I like to keep one if only to look back over the decades and remember those special QSOs.
07-25-2009, 11:54 PM
My handwriting isn't that great and I haven't had a stroke. Although it is no longer an absolute FCC regulation that a written log has to be kept I have had a written log for the 50 years that I have been licensed.
There are several free computer based logs available and you might consider using one of those. Also, you can create a simple log using Microsoft Excel. Or, if you don't have Excel on your computer then there is a similar program in Microsoft Works. Also, Open Office ( http://www.openoffice.com ) has a program that is compatible with Microsoft Excel and Open Office is free.
When you have filled out a page you can print it for a permanent "hard copy".
I have made available to a number of licensed amateurs an Excel based log program that is usually used for printing log sheets to be filled in by hand. But, there is no reason that the same log cannot be filled in on your computer and then printed for a "hard copy". You can also keep the information on your computer as a "back up".
Let me know if you want a copy of the computer file for these log sheets.
07-26-2009, 02:13 AM
I keep a log, even of local 2 fm contacts, always have, for 47 years now.... MY handwritting IS terrible, as it was prior to my stroke last DEC.....I can more or less read it, I doubt if anyone can read all of it. I write down Time in UTC, Frequency (not just band, but actual freq), call, and in the info column I usually have the fellows name, and QTH, Thats about it, I write it on scratch paper as I copy it in the QSO, and put it in the log as I finish the QSO.
07-26-2009, 04:30 AM
Thanks for the info, I appreciate a lot.
Glen, I will get back with you on the software that you offered. I do have Microsoft Works "Spreadsheet" that I'm considering using because I can set it up pretty easily (with the help of my XYL of course).
Everything thus far has been on scratch paper and then copy the info on to my actual logbook. I intend on copying everything on the computer log after I get it set up for a "back up" like Glen said.
I didn't think their was anything wrong with the way I am doing my log so it would be somewhat neater on the actual logbook.
Thanks again Guys and 73.