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How do you log your contacts?

Discussion in 'Survey Center' started by W6GQ, Nov 17, 2008.


How do you log your amateur radio contacts?

  1. Paper

    90 vote(s)
  2. Electronic

    152 vote(s)
  3. I keep them in my noggin!

    0 vote(s)
  4. I do not keep a log

    15 vote(s)
  5. W6GQ forgot one (LIST BELOW)

    4 vote(s)
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  1. KR2D

    KR2D Ham Member QRZ Page

    DXKeeper for normal logging.

    N1MM for contests. Contest logs copied to DXKeeper immediately after contest (export/import ADIF).

    DXKeeper logs uploaded to LoTW and eQSL frequently (immediately after contests).
  2. AB8MA

    AB8MA Premium Subscriber QRZ Page


    I use both paper and electronic. Back up electronic to a stick every week.

    LOTW too, so that makes three.

    Willkommen bei der Online-Hilfe von Armap32.
  3. AC0FP

    AC0FP Ham Member QRZ Page

    wire antennas

    I have two wire antennas and a 100 watts so I don't have that many contacts, its still the old paper pad for me! Someday, should the sunspots come back I may try and get one of the logging programs to work on my computer. :rolleyes: That's assuming the improved propagation will increase my contact numbers.


  4. KE7MH

    KE7MH Ham Member QRZ Page

    Can I ask as a new person, is there a reason for using multiple logging software, especially one for contests? Isn't there a single software program that would work for all logging, including contests? Just wondering because I'm trying to decide which software I want to get myself.
  5. N9ZMO

    N9ZMO Ham Member QRZ Page

    Both the XYL and myself use Logger32 and a paper log as a secondary backup. The Logger32 file is also backed up.

  6. WM3O

    WM3O Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have been using Logger32 since first licensed in 2003. Periodically I will print off the log to have a hard copy. When that copy is replaced, it is reused to copy code on the back side.

    For contests I use CTWin. I convert the CT .bin file to an .adi and then import that into Logger32.

    I have been looking as a Linux based solution for contesting and general logging as I am using that O/S more and more these days. One program is CQRLog for general logging and for contests there is TLF.

    -Steve, WM3O
  7. WS2L

    WS2L Guest

    I have been logging my contacts the exact same way and the exact same format as I have for the past 30 years ........ Paper Log's.

    I have tried going electronic but I just don't trust it. So in my shack I have a pile of paper logs giving every detail of my stations and their modifications going back to March 1978.
  8. KI4TWB

    KI4TWB Ham Member QRZ Page

    I'm a fairly new ham and an old-time (pre-DOS) computer guy and I log using paper. Gives me a place to make notes about antennas and any ideas I get while chatting and it's easy to work with.

    I still write letters on paper and put them into envelopes and mail them, too! :eek:
  9. K8JD

    K8JD Ham Member QRZ Page

    computerlog nightmare

    I have to agree, due to the fragility of hard drives, that I have had crash with all my database for SKCC and FISTS contacts, losing thousands of QSOs and dozens of hours of typing :eek:!!!, I continue to use paper logbooks.
    Lately I hve been using those big, thick spiral notebooks I get from WalMart or K-Mart. I think they have about 300 pages and are good for 2 or 3 years of my QSOs.
    I still have My old Ameco logbook from my novice months of 1961 ...
    I have just too many miles of logbook entries to convert to any kind of computer logging now .:D

    Last edited: Sep 20, 2009
  10. KB2FCV

    KB2FCV Ham Member QRZ Page

    I prefer paper logs. Having paper makes them feel a little more permanent. It would take some sort of catastrophic failure (fire, flood, locusts, etc) to damage/destroy them and it's not something that I would lose. As software, hardward will change over the course of my lifetime.. will logging software work today on computers 20 years from now? It's hard to say. Will I have that data in 25 years or will it be lost somewhere on a disk, CD, memory stick, etc? My log books from 20 years ago are sitting on the shelf. I can still flip through them and look at them any time I want. It's fun to read my notes on some of my 'firsts' - first qso using a particular radio, or a certain mode, etc. I use the same type log book as I've been using over the years - the ARRL log book. And this should come to no surprise - I only use paper QSL's. I love to hold the card in my hand, and it's always a crowd pleaser to see a card from an exotic place.
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