Since the amateur radios have come into existence, the amateur radio operators have communicated with each other by written confirmed contacts. These confirmed contacts are in the form of cards known as QSLs. They are available online, with most operators being logged in with their computers.
What is in the Amateur Radio Log?
A log is like a personal collection of information on the radio about all the people and places you have contacted through it and the contests you have signed up for. The log basically asks for two major information about you: the contacted station and your operation.
For operation, it records- Frequency, date, mode, output.
For Contact Station, it records- Time, call sign, contact start, and end.
Computer logging programs are widely available. Since they are configured, they are designed to store a good amount of information.
How do the Logging and Confirming work?
It is quite simple. An amateur operator sends in a digital log signed to The Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) log serve (U.S based). Their duty is to verify the log sent in.
When the log is confirmed by both sides of the parties, the contact is simply verified and confirmed, thus adding it to the logbook. This ensures a certain level of security over contacts added.
The contact can remain invalid unless both sides confirm that the contact details are correct and have no errors, which quite common with typographical errors, operating error, or call-sign errors.
For non-U.S based operators, they enroll into logbook of the world with their license and other required documents such as passport and ID to create a certificate. The ARRL’s duty is to either accept and save the log or reject it.
What is the Logbook of the World?
Logbook of the world is an online service site that helps in digitally sending in your logs for confirmation and to view your QSOS and DXCC, the result of confirmations, and other logging related updates such as the Award Credit.
It is not necessary to be a member of ARRL for LOTW. It basically requests participation. A Call-Sign certificate will get issued, and you can access your account via the web. A call sign certificate authenticates the source of QSO submitted to the logbook.
There is no fee charged to gain a Call-Sign certificate, for viewing the QSOs or to use your LOTW account unless you wish to submit award credits.
How to make your first Contact?
The best method is to watch how other ham radio operators make contacts and get well versed with the steps involved.
There are videos and vlogs made available to ensure your easy operation of the product. The idea is you should be bold and not feel scared in making your first connection.
To Sum Up
The alphabet configuration is to be strictly followed, and you should be able to understand the other operator, and the same goes for the calling and answering CQ. Adjust your conversations accordingly, and you are ready to go.