Do people still use paper logbooks?

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Do people still use paper logbooks?

Post by WeatherWatcher » 15 Nov 2016, 16:07

Just curious as I know a lot of people have software driven ones.
I have 2 unused RSGB logbooks waiting for me to use.

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Re: Do people still use paper logbooks?

Post by Tigersaw » 15 Nov 2016, 16:21

Yes I do.
Then again I only log a handful of interesting QSO's each year, never bother with the day/day stuff.

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Post by andymuza » 15 Nov 2016, 16:33

I still use use them. I tend to log them on my PC first and once a week write them into the paper log. I still use them because my PC hard drive died and all my data went. Lost about 3 years of Log book and the back up was corrupt. Lesson learned.

I also use paper log book when I park up and have a few QSO's. I then enter them in to the PC log book.
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Re: Do people still use paper logbooks?

Post by 2E1IIP » 15 Nov 2016, 16:41

I used to but recently wrote my own log book software to work around my operating convenience, more so during VHF contests - paper logs are still used however the only time I could think of using one would be out portable where no computer was available and then once back at base would enter the paper log in to my sofware.

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Post by MrWeetabix » 15 Nov 2016, 17:36

I use scraps of paper, then write up the keepers on an excel spreadsheet
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Re: Do people still use paper logbooks?

Post by dt307 » 15 Nov 2016, 17:38

i use scraps of paper ,then i leave them around and the good lady bins them
sure there is a better system but this works for me
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Re: Do people still use paper logbooks?

Post by Admiral » 15 Nov 2016, 18:08

I use paper and pen still, but as above, only the interesting ones, I don't bother generally on V/UHF.
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Re: Do people still use paper logbooks?

Post by 2E1IIP » 15 Nov 2016, 18:22

The logs can get pretty messy during the NAC contests when working Meteor Scatter contacts, more so during one of the peak showers and hundreds of QSO can build up very quickly, so the software works best for me as it looks up all the station info using the QRZ API and stores it in the application database.

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Post by Adriano9966 » 15 Nov 2016, 21:59

:) I write in a notebook and then transfer the information onto my actual log sometimes many moths afterwards. It always makes impressive reading for visitors especially the QRPp contacts over long distances . I love those long QSOs with very low power and it never ceases to amaze me how far I can get

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Re: Do people still use paper logbooks?

Post by LeakyFeeder » 15 Nov 2016, 23:41

Yup...dont often operate from my home QTH...normally partner's place signing GW7..

Still have to use a CAP 407 personal paper logbook when flying...

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Re: Do people still use paper logbooks?

Post by VintageTin » 16 Nov 2016, 08:57

I use the QRZ.com log. I always look the contacts up on there anyway so it's always to hand.

Ok, I appreciate not everyone is on there, but I tend to give preference to those who are.
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Re: Do people still use paper logbooks?

Post by DaveP » 16 Nov 2016, 10:31

I do, I use 2. One just for 6 meters and one for every thing else. I generally write everything down onto an A4 pad first and then check (Unless worked previously) on QRZ before entering into my logs. There is for me something about keeping a paper log over a web based one. I am not suggesting for one moment that there is any thing wrong with a web log, just my preference. I find it nice to read them back from time to time and of course, no hard drive to crash and every thing lost, unless of course you have uploaded onto the cloud.

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Re: Do people still use paper logbooks?

Post by porky.69 » 16 Nov 2016, 13:42

QRZ log for me :D
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Re: Do people still use paper logbooks?

Post by WeatherWatcher » 16 Nov 2016, 14:11

Seems people use both then. Just looked in my 1st Logbook Never used more than 1W for 1st 2 years of my licence. 10W ssb 2m to France 180Km best in the mid 80's

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Re: Do people still use paper logbooks?

Post by Transwarp » 19 Nov 2016, 19:38

I think many will still use log sheets/books and either transfer the details onto a PC or just leave in written form. It's all hobby.
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