Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by W3SY, Nov 21, 2020.
Gotta run, but will return. Thanks for the nice comments and for sharing nice memories, guys.
Man, ain't it a small world!
Fine business, OM.
Old ARRL Logbook format.. ..Instructions on the inside cover, directing you to legend that explained your station "is represented by X."
Navy TCS-12 Input 30W. Many notes in comment column: "Lost him"
Paper logs to this day, logbook NRs. 1-17 still in existence and available to pick up in my hand including UA1KAE/8 operator Valery
at the South Magnetic Pole Vostok Station.
Computerized log records certainly have advantages, but it's the difference between holding and touching a photograph of someone or some place that's
important in your life, or seeing it on an electronic screen . Many cultures believe taking a photograph is taking a part of the subject's soul.
Neil Young said that listening to digitally-archived music is experiencing ice cubes pouring out of a speaker.
Congrats. I was 13 years behind you but then I was 7 50 years ago and didn't have much idea about radio except that it sat on a shelf.
Yes. For exactly your reason.
I prefer DIGITAL myself - although it's still fun to "log on paper and then enter into computer"
I just lost all my old Novice/General logs in a fire. NONE were on disc. Just paper.
At least if on computer you can make backups but you have to remember to do it. ALL my electronic logs upload to Google Drive "on the cloud". Have for YEARS.
But all my paper logs? Lost in the fire. Maybe one or two survived but the vast majority are lost to history and never got transcribed to digital
Awesome, I was first licensed in 1971, I was 13, WN0ETE... Don't recall working the novice roundup though...
Yes, I use a paper logbook. Nowadays my log entries are interspersed with notes and schematics and measurement results and other scribblings in the W9BRD lab notebook -- light-green quadrille paper, sequentially numbered pages, the works.
amateur radio W9BRD
first licensed as WN9CJS, Norridge, IL (a Chicago suburb), in August 1969
I truly miss the novice class.... 5wpm CW hehehe, crystals, and 75 watts, peak and dip, learning to be radio operators as we went. I think it's passing has been a loss to amateur radio. Miraculously, I still have my old novice 2NT transmitter and HQ 110 receiver, I need to get them on the bench for a go-over and get 'em on the air for a novice rig roundup... I've been meaning to for a long time.
Those were some of the best days of my life, I miss them.
Yes, the Novice days. I think I might still have my Novice logbook. I have all of my dad's from 1949 to 1983, when he became a silent key, and I think mine are in that pile somewhere. Unfortunately, along with too many cool things from my early radio days, all of this was stored in a corner of the garage. They survived a big house fire, but soon became the favorite nesting material for a bunch of roof rats. So, today, I have them, but they have an obnoxious odor to them. I really lament the loss of the cool 'spy radio' that was stored in the same corner, along with several ARC5 radios. I also have dad's QSL card collection, except for his DXCC card collection that he kept separately.
I'd really like to see us bring back the Novice class, focused on HF. A period of time using non-voice communications would be good for newbies.