I agree. One of the reasons I don't use my computer is that it takes too much
time logging my contacts from my paper log. That's time that I could be
operating. Also, the noise that my computer makes is distracting. Like you,
I work on a computer all day long. I like to work on my computers at home and
I also build my own which I'm sure that most of us do. Computers are fun and
ham radio is fun but, I don't like to mix the two.
I've been a ham for 25 years and it's nice to look back through my logs and
see how my handwriting has changed, who I worked, notes etc. Like you said, I
don't need a computer to do it. There's a certain spiritual aspect to it that
you can't record with a computer. I'm an artist and I tell my students that
when they draw or paint, part of them is in the painting. For me, it's the
same with log books.
On Wed, 08 Oct 2008 21:11:05 -0600
"Dr. Gerald N. Johnson" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> On Wed, 2008-10-08 at 14:15 -0400, george wrote:
>> Best suggestion I could make. Start computer logging. If you don't already!
>> There are so many good free logging programs out there for you to choose
> Yah, dat's nice, until the computer croaks. My 53 year old paper logs
> are still as readable as they day they were made. My 30 year old
> computer media (8" floppy disks) probably isn't readable though I do
> have drives that may work to try them. Many floppies that are younger
> can't be read anymore and the media in the 8" ones wasn't very sturdy,
> some wore out rapidly. And I have a bucket full of hard drives that have
> failed since the first one I bought that held a grand 5 MB died in 29
> days of operation.
> Besides, after all day programming at the computer or building custom
> computer hardware, using a computer in the hamshack is not all that much
> fun, neither is listening to the computer and monitor hash on various
> bands. I live way out in the country to get AWAY from such noises and I
> won't put up with them from my computers, so when I get on, my computers
> (except when working digital modes) get turned OFF which makes them poor
> at logging.
>> It boggles my mind why you would still want to pen each qso. Logging
>> programs do much more than just logging a QSO such as QSL mailed, QSLs
>> received, and on and on.
> Paper works there too, in reasonable quantities though it would be a
> bigger bother doing QSLs by the thousand. But the box of 1000 QSLs that
> I bought in 1977 still has cards in it though the post office has moved
> me several times. A file folder label is just right to change the
> address lines. I don't think my laser printer will pass card stock
> happily, though I've not tried it. Having the cards already cut is handy
> too, though I could cut them with my paper shear if I had to.
> During contests like FD I get along faster with manual logging than
> those using computers. Used to be when I called a station on Sunday they
> could know to come back instantly from the old paper dupe sheet, but now
> it takes seconds, up to 5 or ten for their computer to tell them its not
> a dupe. That slows things down to make it hard to do 120 contacts an
>> I live around the corner from you if you need help. I'd be glad to lend a
>> George W2YJ
> I'll still with paper, thank you.
> 73, Jerry, K0CQ
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