Question about who to log and who not to.

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by KX5ALC, Jan 15, 2022.

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  1. KX5ALC

    KX5ALC Ham Member QRZ Page

    Been sitting here listening to the radio..................listening to ragchews. Was just listening to one that I thought I could "add" to and was just about to break in when this question hit me. If I do break in, which of the operators do I enter into my log.................or do I not log anyone since it wasn't me calling CQ or me answering a CQ call? Just a bit confused.
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  2. W9BRD

    W9BRD Ham Member QRZ Page

    It's up to you, because there's no longer a logging requirement for US hams.

    So that being the case, the question becomes "How much about your on-air doings do you want to record for your later use, fun, and nostalgia?" In a decade or three, or even just a year or two, you might well value having jotted down the call signs of everyone present in the discussion whether you addressed them directly or not. You're the boss!

    Pssst: Also consider including notes, even really short cryptic ones, about the gear and antenna you were using; the weather/propagation at the time -- extra credit for including the current geomagnetical/solar indices from maybe including who else you heard while tuning around; and so on.

    And holy carp -- in checking the space weather just now to get that URL, I now know why RBN reported my signal so poorly in some CQs I called an hour ago:


    Woo hoo! Time to head outside to look for auroras, and then come back inside to tune around for strange and wonderful signal effects and enhancements...
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2022
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  3. W4IOA

    W4IOA Ham Member QRZ Page

    I don't log roundtables
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  4. KX5ALC

    KX5ALC Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hi Hi, I just broke into a ragchew "roundtable" and asked them the question. They basically said to join in the group and then ask if you could log one of them and have them log you. Then they proceeded to all give me their callsigns and said they'd all log it. Guess I should have just quit worrying about "bothering" folks and call in. Nice bunch of folks.
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  5. WZ7U

    WZ7U Ham Member QRZ Page

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  6. W9BRD

    W9BRD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Ding! :)
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  7. KX5ALC

    KX5ALC Ham Member QRZ Page

    As a newbie, I'm concerned about ruffling the feathers of the "more experienced" hams. There is so much tradition in protocol. It's like when you have to tell a person not to touch a beautiful motorcycle in a parking lot. NOT APPRECIATED OR EVEN TOLERATED!!!:D
  8. WA4ILH

    WA4ILH Subscriber QRZ Page

    I log all contacts. Not officially required to log anymore but I do anyway. I can remember when we were required to log while mobile. Now that was a pain. Also, back in the early 70s, repeater control stations were required to log all contacts through the repeater. On our repeater in Norfolk, one of the control stations (K4IIV) had a long play reel to real tape recorder that recorded the audio from the repeater whenever it was keyed.
    Tom WA4ILH
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  9. W9BRD

    W9BRD Ham Member QRZ Page

    You ain't kiddin.' Several years back I'd taken my daughter up to an ice-hockey showcase in Vermont, and on heading down to breakfast after our first overnight we saw that the inn parking lot had filled up with gorgeous current and classic Corvettes, lovingly maintained and restored. I went out to admire them, and one of owners saw me from the restaurant and came out and stood silently by their Vette, just in case I started getting touchy-feely.
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  10. WB2WIK

    WB2WIK Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    That was a nice and fortunate experience.

    Some ops hate when anyone breaks in. You found a good bunch.
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