Just an up date on the SARnet Tallahassee, 442.1 UHF repeater. The Power Amplifier in the unit failed on June 9. I have taken the repeater off line and making repairs. Until the finals are replaced the SEOC 443.5 will be the only point of contact for SARnet in the region. As a reminder the antenna pattern on this machine favors the South (Wakulla, Franklin Gulf Counties in concert with the Sumatra repeater. Mobiles in Leon will have the best ability for reliable communications, portables will be very limited. I will keep you posted with any updates
Please read this message from the ARRL. It will help answer many of the questions being asked about Field Day.
Many people still use paper logs, both for every day use and for contests. Most, however, have found that computer logs are much more efficient and offer a wealth of benefits. Simply type the contact information into the logging screen and you have a permanent copy of your log that you can use to keep track of your WAS and DXCC status, upload to various QSL sites and produce many other listings, depending on the software used. If you set up CAT control, the computer can input the time and frequency for you making logging as simple as typing in the callsign. Following a contest, you can upload a Cabrillo formatted log to the contest website to “officially” enter in the contest and see you score along with others after the scores have been tabulated.
There are many software loggers available. Asking which is the best is like asking which is the best automobile.
N1MM Logger Plus – The most popular contest logger is N1MM Logger Plus, which is free to download (https://n1mmwp.hamdocs.com/). It is the most powerful and, therefore, most complicated. In addition to logging, it has CW macros and can decode RTTY with the aid of MMTTY or 2Tone. There are many YouTube videos and other tutorials on how to use it. N1MM+ is not designed to be an everyday log, although some hams do use it that way.
N3FJP Logging Software – Also very popular is a group of loggers from N3FJP (http://www.n3fjp.com/index.html). This is the logger used by TARS when we do a group Field Day. It is easy to install and easy to use. The Field Day logger is a one-time $8.99. Each separate logger for different contests is also $8.99. However, for $49.99 you can get all the contest loggers, plus the every-day ACLog (a $24.99 value), with free life-time updates. This is a real value. ACLog is very useful for daily use with many listings available and the ability to automatically upload your log to Logbook of the World (LoTW), eQSL and ClubLog.
There are a number of other logs that you may use. A few popular logs include:
DXKeeper – DX Labs has a suite of free software for managing an amateur radio station. DXKeeper (http://www.dxlabsuite.com/dxkeeper/) is the logging module. (Modules may be installed independently). It is very easy to use and is useful for daily use as well as contests.
WriteLog – WriteLog for Windows (https://writelog.com/) is very powerful contest logging software for CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. Registration is $30. There is a free demo copy. It is for contest use only.
Win-Test – Win-Test (http://www.win-test.com/) is another very powerful contest logger. It also has CW macros and a RTTY decoder as well as an integrated voice keyer. It costs 50 Euros (converted to dollars by PayPal) and has a free demo copy. It is for contest use only.
DXLog – DXLog (http://www.dxlog.net/) is a full-featured contest logger. It is free and is for contest use only.
FDLog – FDLog (http://www.fdlog.info/more-about) is a free set of software programs for logging contacts during Amateur Radio Field Day operations. This program cohesively ties together the stations in the Field Day activity, maintaining copies of all data on all computers via a wireless network. It has several features for managing the Field Day activity. It is capable of preparing nearly the whole FD Entry form for ARRL submission, making it much easier to actually send in the results.
See the N5PA Website (https://www.n5pa.com/contest.software.php) for a longer list of loggers with links to their websites.
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