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Inputting Paper Logbooks to PC

Since I started logging electronically in the early 2000s, it certainly has been a made ham logging much more versatile and is considered a required tool for most hams today. There is so much you can do, with LoTW, QRZ.com, HRDLog, Clublog, etc. for tracking awards, confirming QSOs, and contest logging.

Since I got started a bit late with electronic logging, I actually went back and wanted to log past contacts that were done on paper. When I initially started with this idea, I only went back to when I received my current callsign, K2AS, in 1997. So I only needed to go back maybe 10 years or so, and a big chunk of that time I had moved QTHs and was off the air for a while.

I couldn’t see an automated process working, as my handwriting was not great and I have trouble figuring out callsigns I wrote down in my log, much less expecting an OCR to be able to read it.

Initially I tried to utilize the current electronic logbook I use, Ham Radio Deluxe, but it proved to cumbersome for the task of transferring paper logs to PC. I tried a few other ones as well, but they have too many features and are designed for real-time logging.

The tool that I finally came across which makes the manual transfer of written logs to PC is called Fast Log Entry by DF3CB.com. It is a simple program that saves files in plain text format, and also will export to ADIF format. It has a simple method of log entry that includes a number of simple shortcuts to make it as easy as possible.

There may be other methods out there I’m unaware of, but from my searching, this one worked best for me.

Luckily, the number of QSOs I needed to enter were probably in the neighborhood of 1000, so if you have thousands to enter, I hope you have a lot of time. I did it in chunks, doing 1997-2008 or so in one chunk, then went back a coupe years later and over a couple of days did from my novice days in 1971 up until 1997.

I’m guess very few if any of these contacts will be confirmed on LoTW, but it will be nice to have all of my QSOs logged electronically. I have them in my HRD logbook now, and QRZ.com logbook as well.

Maybe one day one of these old QSOs will get matched up with the other end and I’ll get an email from a contact from back in 1971.

Fall 2020 XARC Fox Hunt

Folks,

We’re announcing our fall 2 Meter Fox Hunt Saturday, November 7th at Mendon Ponds Park.

All four foxes will be within walking distance of the start, so there will be no driving involved. This will enable participants to be far enough apart to be Covid-19 safe. Nevertheless we will require everyone to have (and use) a mask.

Tentatively the hunt will start from the Canfield Road parking lot. Registration will be at 9:00 AM with the hunt starting at 9:30. We ask everyone to bring a lunch. After the hunt we plan to meet at one of the shelters for awards. The rain date for the hunt will be November 14th.

The hunt is free and opened to everyone. You can hunt alone or with a team (so long as you obey Covar-19 distancing requirements).

Frequencies and hunt rules will be distribute in about a week.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

We hope you can join us.

73

Bob Karz, K2OID
Ned Asam, W2NED

Hunt Masters

June XARC General Meeting – Gone Virtual

We have scheduled our June general meeting as a virtual meeting.  The meeting date will be the usual 2nd Thursday (June 11), but instead of our 6PM start time, we will start at 8PM, and it will be online (NOT AT WEBSTER REC).


We will be using Zoom.  You should be able to get audio via phone or PC.  A good USB headset with a mike is a plus on a PC.


One topic will be plans for Field Day.  As of this moment, it is still on as far as we know.  We will likely need to develop some additional plans/procedures this year.


Details on how to access the meeting will be sent out in a separate e-mail. If you do not receive that e-mail, message any of the board members.

Rich, K2RAH

May XARC General Meeting – gone Virtual

We had a successful Board Meeting using Zoom earlier this month so we decided to go ahead and schedule our May general meeting as a virtual meeting.  The meeting date will be the usual 2nd Thursday (May 14), but instead of our 6PM start time, we will start at 8PM, and it will be online (NOT AT WEBSTER REC).


We will be using Zoom.  You should be able to get audio via phone or PC.  A good USB headset with a mike is a plus on a PC.


One topic will be plans for Field Day.  As of this moment, it is still on as far as we know.  We will likely need to develop some additional plans/procedures this year. We also hope to have a few virtual shack tours during the meeting.  I’m sure there will be a few bugs, but we think things will go fairly smooth.


Details on how to access the meeting have been sent out in a separate e-mail. If you did not receive that e-mail, message any of the board members.

Rich, K2RAH

April XARC General meeting – cancelled

There will be no meeting at Webster Rec this Thursday April 9.  Webster Rec is closed due to the pandemic. They have cancelled all reservations of meeting rooms for the first half of the month.


However, we will have our usual Thursday night 2M net on the club repeater starting at 8:00PM local time. Hope to hear you the air.

XRX Amateur Radio Club 2 Meter Repeater

  • Callsign: W2XRX
  • Output Freq: 145.29 MHz
  • Input Freq: 144.69MHz
  • Yaesu System Fusion DR-1X
  • Usually set to Auto Mode Select
  • PL Tone for FM Analog: 110.9Hz

Repeater Update

Harry W2HRY and myself replaced our 2 meter DR1X repeater with a new DR2X model. All went well and settings are the same for the moment. We will likely move from a CTCSS Tone Squelch to a DCS (Digital Coded Squelch) system in a couple of months.

DCS is a newer and better system from a performance standpoint. It will hopefully eliminate squelch hang and noise.

Here is a photo Harry took –

March XARC General Meeting

Reminder – The monthly meeting of the XARC will be held Thursday, March 12 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at the Webster Recreation Center in Webster, NY. Check our Calendar for details and a map.

Agenda

  • Attendance
  • Approval of Meeting Minutes
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Membership Report
  • 2M/440MHz Repeaters Status
  • Net Reports  (Fusion, 2M, and CW)
  • FT8 Usage (virtual presentation), Brian (K2AS)
  • Hamfests, Contests, other Events Review- Past or Present
  • Other Business
  • Electronics  Show and Tell, what have you done this past month – bring photos of your shack this meeting!
  • Meeting Adjournment

Rich, K2RAH

XARC / W2XRX

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