Posts Tagged ‘Amateur Radio Logging Programs’

Jumped though the hoops… LoTW here I come

September 6, 2012

Tonight I sat down and finally got my LoTW (Logbook of the World) account working (I think??)  Tomorrow am I head over to the post office and photocopy the needed documents and mail them out to the ARRL in the hopes that a post card will return from them with the info I need so I can start uploading my log files to LoTW.

I guess it will take the rest of the month before you will see the following on my QRZ Page …

73bob

Logging Programs… Your suggestions

March 31, 2009

Hi Guys,

Today we aim towards the “interactive” side of blogging and for that I need your participation…

As you know from reading the last few entries on the CQ WPX Contest I have found a few things lacking in my previous logging program.  This in fact was my spreadsheet which needed lots of manual information inputted but for my regular use seemed fine…

The contest has proven to me I need more features and I am now looking for a new logging program….   I would prefer to operate only one program that would look after my daily QSO’s along with supporting some of the more popular contests.  Something that also takes some information directly from the radio such as frequency and mode would be nice.  This means it would have to support the 4 Yaesus that I currently use. 

 The FT 847, FT 897, FT 857 and the FT 817. 

After the contest I have decided to take some time and do more DXing and so better record keeping would be an asset.  The advantages of computer logging for a DX Contest were quite obivious to me  last weekend…

Right now I am using a Dell Laptop 2.2GHZ (I think thats the speed as the sticker on the fron says inspiron 2200)  so the software should be able to f;unction on a minimum of that speed.  The next upgrade is not planned for a few years from now…

The software should be FREE or at least low cost.  Thats the funny thing about us hams… CHEAP….  Like most of you I will happilly drain the bank account, mortgage the farm and sell the kids to buy a “big ticket item” but will haggle with you at a hamfest for a couple of hours on the price of a smaller item…  Therefore I don’t want to pay for something I could do with a spreadsheet…  Granted not as good and definatly not as fast but it could be done…  We used to do this with paper logs before they invented computers so….

So there you have it….  Leave me a comment and all will be able to read them…  I will not edit or delete any comments UNLESS I concider them to be derogatery to a person opinion or a product…  Say that you prefer a certain brand over the one Bill likes but don’t say anything nasty about Bill and don’t call Bill’s choice a piece of Crap or whatever… 

Tell me why you like your choice but don’t run down someone elses choice…

So there you have the guidleines….Interfaces with the current Yaesu line, Multi Purpose (Ragchews, DXing and Contesting), Computer requirements and most importantly COST….

I would like to get something set up and running in early May so lets get cracking and let me know your preferences…

73bob


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