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What QSO time do you log?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by N7TAT, Dec 6, 2021.

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  1. N7TAT

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    Beginning of QSO or End? Or something else?
  2. WG7X

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    Well... I usually log both. That said, when considering coordination of data base's especially for awards, the start time is the most important.

    I use AC log from N3FJP. So when I start a "Q", I enter in the other ham's call sign and hit tab or space. AC Log then fills in the start time. At the end of the conversation or contact I hit the enter key and that logs the contact and fills in the end time.

    A lot of hams also connect their logging programs to the radio so that the band / frequency is also updated automatically. I'm not that high speed yet, maybe someday. Again, for most logging programs and data base's the start time is important but the actual frequency is not, just the band i.e. 20 meters or 15 meters. Mode of operation is also pretty important: CW, RTTY, PHONE (which is sub-divided into AM, FM, & SSB).
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  3. WZ7U

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    UTC for me. I try to note the start but sometimes I'm lucky to get the end. It's not been too big a problem for me yet. I'm not above moving a time around a few minutes if it makes the other guy happy.
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  4. G3EDM

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    Both. Mainly because my paper RSGB log has columns for both. Start time usually rounded to nearest five minutes because I operate CW-only and as a Morse newbie, I am often too busy copying the start of the QSO to note the time. I also use LOTW and it only has a single field for time, so I use the start time.

    73 de Martin, G3EDM/2ZE
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  5. KP4SX

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  6. KT0DX

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    Always log the start time of the QSO.
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  7. K8DO

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    Neither. I don't bother with a log. I find the guys that tell me, we talked in 2012 at so and so time, amusing.
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  8. N2EY

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    Start and end times (if different) in UTC.
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  9. KK9W

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    The end when it is entered into the log. They don't last long enough for the time difference from start to finish to matter.
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  10. WA9SVD

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    That's sad.:(
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