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. K7KKV

    K7KKV Ham Member QRZ Page

  2. W6ECE

    W6ECE Ham Member QRZ Page

    In the 1940's we were required by law to keep a log for a year. I did. You should see all the pages with CQ after CQ and no answer. But I logged them all. The FCC Man was just outside watching and I did not want to get caught generating modulated hertzian waves without logging it.

  3. K7JBQ

    K7JBQ Moderator Volunteer Moderator QRZ Page


    Just Google it. You can't buy it -- it's freeware (though donations are always accepted).


  4. CT2JUT

    CT2JUT Ham Member QRZ Page

    I use electronic logging program on my laptop at home.

    When running mobile or portable I still do logs, but this time on paper, and later transfer to the PC.
  5. AE1PT

    AE1PT Ham Member QRZ Page

    HRD logbook. Beginning with v5, it is a standalone application and works perfectly with QRZ XML subscription...
  6. KF7ATL

    KF7ATL Ham Member QRZ Page


    I use a paper log. Don't get me wrong, I have a computer and know how to use it, but I prefer paper. The power never goes out, and the hard drive never crashes!
  7. KA5ROW

    KA5ROW Ham Member QRZ Page

    I keep my log on a custom made Lotus spreadsheet. And I keep the normal info. + I almost always get the brand and model of radio used just for fun and future reference so I can look back and see what was popular at the time. :D
  8. KD0JZI

    KD0JZI Ham Member QRZ Page

    I personally use paper to jot down the info. Once I get so many or as time permits, I have a database I created on my PC that I transfer them to.
    From there I upload them to and LOTW, plus my personal website.
  9. KF5CSW

    KF5CSW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Since I got my tech license last year, I've been using a MS Word file (2003?). If I forget to save, autosave takes care of it for me. Works for me at the moment.
  10. KB3LAZ

    KB3LAZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I use a paper log. I have a whole box of older unused logs. IDK about 20 years old or so. I also have notebooks this old. I really like paper, particularly old paper. You know how an old paperback book gets a yellow tarnished color on the pages(not from nicotine either)? Well my logs and notebooks are the same way. I just love how they paper feels and the smell of the paper when I flip the pages.

    Did I mention that I like paper?:D

    Besides, I am 22 years old and use excel at work, school, and home all of the time so it gets monotonous. A computer not very intimate it doesn't give the same emotional response. Then again I'd much rather read a book than to watch TV. I guess I'm just of a different breed....

    Sorry about the mile long post but I really like paper.:p
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