When I was first licensed as a Tech in September of 2016, I did not know that there was such a thing as ‘contact logging software’ so I set up my own ‘contact spreadsheet’ using Microsoft Excel. I’m happy I did, since it helped me to keep track of Hams I first met on local Mid-Hudson repeaters and to meet some helpful Hams who have since become friends and it’s nice to be able to look back and remember how we first met.
By November 2016 I had earned my General and the following month I upgraded to Amateur Extra since I was totally enjoying the ‘HF world’. While not a ‘contester’ or even a passionate ‘DXer’ I did want to keep my record going and learned that there were several different software packages available. After trying several on a ‘free trial basis’ I settled on the Amateur Radio Contact Log created, distributed and supported by Scott N3FJP and his wife Kimberly KA2SEQ.
The features I most appreciate about this logging software are:
· It very easy and intuitive to you. The minute you look at the screen you know what do without having to read through reams of instructions and documentation.
· It loaded on to my Windows computer with no issues and all and has continued to function flawlessly for the past four years.
· When you hear someone calling CQ if you enter their call sign into the space provided and hit the ‘tab’ key, the software automatically populates the log with data from QRZ or Ham Call Internet services.
· You can upload your contacts at any time you like directly to Logbook of the World (LoTW) and also take advantage of the built-in Amateur Data Interchange Format (ADIF) import and export feature for communicating with eQSL and other ADIF based sites.
· There is a Field Day version of the software package that is used by many amateur radio clubs. So if you participate in Field Day you may already be familiar with how to use the logging software.
· If and when you have questions, as I did at first, Scott and Kimberly usually reply personally by email within a few hours or a day. They provide superior user support.
You can learn more about the this product at https://www.n3fjp.com and there is a 45 day ‘free trial’ period before you have to decide on whether this product is worth the $24.99 one time charge which entitles you to updates whenever they are produced.