Also contained within the box hiding my recently-mentioned 160m QRP kit were the old logbooks from my Novice days.
Man, talk about a trip down Memory Lane…
I haven’t used paper logging since 1994. That’s when I bought DX4WIN and set about the tedious grunt-work of inputting all my old contacts into it.
I love the convenience of an electronic log – everything you might need to know is right there at my finger tips.
It’s also very sterile and completely lacking in the character that filled the pages of my old paper logs. Data is supposed to be that way, I reckon. At no point in the obscure future will I ever peruse my electronic log and think “I remember that QSO” due to the notes made in a side margin.
An old logbook provides us with a look at our younger selves. As I entered a contact into my log as a new Novice I never could have imagined that 35 years later I would chuckle at my naivete at comments like:
- “Going too fast” at what most likely was a 6 or 7 wpm QSO.
- “Lois in GA – has daughters 17 and 18 years old” That must have piqued my interest back then – enough to log it anyway…
- Worked VE6OY and was excited to have “worked my 1st DX”.
In August of ’78, with the test for my General ticket looming, K4ZXJ told me to “have a positive attitude for the test” and I appreciated that encouragement from someone I’d never met, sent via slow CW.
I appreciated it enough to give it its own line in the logbook.
Thanks, Rainey – I made it.