This day in History. 11/21/1970.

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  1. N2EY

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    ARRL Logbook?


    In MY Novice days (1967) I used home made paper log sheets. On USED paper (back side wasn't used).

    Still have them all, right back to the day the license arrived.

    It was the STYLE! And we LIKED it!

    As for computer logging - I always print out the Cabrillo file (on used paper), punch holes and put in a 3 ring binder. That way there's a record no matter what.

    73 de Jim, N2EY
  2. N7NIT

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    On 11/21/1970 I was 282 days old...
  3. W4NNF

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    Encouraged? We were required. I hated logging a CQ I didn't get a call out of...but I was paranoid about the RADIO INSPECTOR.

    I just knew he'd be after me the day Novice me accidentally ran my HW-16 at 90 watts input instead of 75. :eek:
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  4. N1YR

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    Good Grief! That's 0.79 dB over the legal limit! That's over 1/8 of an S unit! Smoke must have poured out of the meters at the FCC monitoring facility.
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  5. KP4SX

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    We ran scared back then - haha. My ARC-5 had the VFO (OMG!). Very well calibrated dial too so I stayed on 5 or so certain frequencies in case the FCC was monitoring ME!
  6. W9WQA

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    and just what was the purpose of logging?
  7. WZ7U

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    Early form of doxxing perhaps? :p
  8. K5ABB

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    I dunno, but we were required to log every transmission, even unanswered CQ's. Like the others I was deathly afraid of committing an infraction and getting sent to prison by the FCC.

    We all ran scared back then. Also most of us were teenagers and I for one would have never said any of the stuff to an adult of the sort we see commonly nowadays.

    I still respected authority at that point in my life.
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  9. WZ7U

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    My understanding is that one facet of logging was so if someone claimed interference to a tv/radio/telephone at a particular time and you weren't on the air at that time you had deniability. Useful for other interference complaints, I imagine, as well.

    I've never had to keep a log by law but have kept one from day 1 to help me remember who/when as well as holding to tradition.
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  10. WA1GXC

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    Because Federal regulations required you to do so.

    Every test transmission, every CQ, every response to a CQ which went unanswered.
    On-the-air identification required including your callsign and the callsign of the other station engaged in the communication.
    Identification in the English language with "...the words THIS IS or FROM or DE sent in code".
    License renewal after 5 years required 1 hour of cumulative Amateur operation in the past 2 years. (logged, of course, or it didn't exist)

    Amateurs back then, even slow-witted ones, knew the rules backwards and forwards and complied. Then, as now, if the rules are too annoying you can always surrender your license grant.

    Want to win a Dunkin' Donuts coffee bet? Ask the next Big Signal you hear on the air what the current Federal identification requirements are for SSB and CW Amateur contacts.
    Anybody know?
    Guess not.

    Happy trails.

    Last edited: Nov 23, 2020
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