[amsat-bb] Logging and Recording Passes

skristof at etczone.com skristof at etczone.com
Sat Aug 13 22:21:27 UTC 2016

My experience is rather limited, but I'll gladly share. 

My set-up for SO-50 is two Baofeng HTs, an Arrow Antenna and an Olympus
digital voice recorder with a plug-in microphone. I have a lanyard from
which I hang the receiving HT. Just above the HT I clip on the external
microphone so it picks up the audio from the HT.  

It's not a perfect system, and I'm sure I make quite the sight for the
neighbors when I'm out in my backyard pointing my antenna at "nothing"
in the air, but it works. 

After the pass, I listen to the QSOs through my computer (the voice
recorder has a USB plug) and just jot them down. I use a homemade
spreadsheet for my satellite QSO log. Nothing automatic. 

I agree that getting certified, or whatever it's called, for LoTW is a
bit of a hassle, but I think that once you done it, you find that it's
worth it. A LOT of QSLs are taken care of through LoTW. I still exchange
cards with anyone that wants one, but I have lot more QSLs on LoTW than
I have QSL cards. 

Once you are confirmed through the LoTW system, the tQSL program you use
to upload QSOs isn't that complicated. I do them individually by hand,
but I believe that the LoTW system will take whole logs if they are in
the correct format. Someone else will have to speak to that part of the

Anyway, LotW is a hassle to get started, but not so bad and worth it (in
my opinion) once you've got it started. 

Steve AI9IN

On 2016-08-13 13:33, Gerald Payton wrote:

> In studying videos on the internet and reading emails on the BB, I have noticed a frequent mention of "recording" passes, and eventually "uploading to LoTW."
> My questions are:   What is the most common used way of audio recording: a digital handheld recorder or computer software of some kind?  I will have a stationary station; not portable handheld.
> Is it common to keep a personal log and then upload it to LoTW?  If so, what personal log program is commonly used?
> I normally do not use a logging program and certainly not familiar with LoTW.  I looked at it on the ARRL website and it looked complicated.  I really do not understand the process
> I listened to a AO-85 pass with my IC-2730A and a Comet GP-6 dual band base antenna, without any preamp, and was very good copy considering.  That was encouraging.
> Any help will be appreciated .
> 73,
> Jerry AB5R
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