Logging

Earlier on I wrote about logging software. I still use MacLoggerDX from Dog Park software. It’s a fine program and all my logs up to now have been made with MacLoggerDX.
However, I don’t like logging in a local application. For a couple of reasons:

– local logging makes the logbook unavailable from another location;
– it’s hard to show your logs online somehow;
– it’s hard to match your logs with someone else’s logs.

That’s why I was looking for an online log application. At first I thought such an application wasn’t yet available until I stumbled upon HamLog.eu, which was exactly like what I wanted! I’m going to upload my logs to this site and see if I like it. If I only had a local widget which collects my radio data from my rig and adds it to the logging information, then I will be in logging heaven 😉

Update:

Last night I tried to import my log from MacLoggerDX to HamLog. It wasn’t working very well, HamLog only recognized 5 entries of my log. I didn’t put more time in it because I was very tired. This morning I opened my mail and there was a mail from Csobádi Zoltán (the webmaster of HamLog.eu, HA9RQ).
He wrote very nicely that he had noticed that I was trying to upload my log and that things didn’t work out. So he looked into it and detected that I was using a Mac and HamLog didn’t interpret the Mac ENTER right. So he converted my log by hand! Now that’s what I call: good service!

Thank you Zoli, keep up the good work!

Antenna’s are up!

Last fridaynight after a good Italian meal and a few glasses of nice wine it happend: I’ve temporarely overwon my fear of heights and climbed on our roof to put up the antenna!
First I’ve mounted my Diamond V2000A for 6m, 2m and 70 cm.
After a few local QSO’s I heard there were extremely good conditions on HF. Hmmm, still no antenna for HF….

One more glass of wine and there I went up again to put up my open dipole in an inverted L-shape. A few hours later I was on the air on 20m, 40m etc.
Still need to do a lot of work to the shack, but with the antenna’s up I think we can say: PA1JIM is on the air again!

Hope to hear you on the bands soon!

New callsign

Agentschap TelecomToday when I arrived at home, there it was: the letter with the confirmation of my F-license. I immediately logon the site of Agentschap Telecom (the Dutch Authority who hands out the licenses) and requested my new callsign: PA1JIM !

From now on this website will be also available under the domain: http://www.pa8e.nl