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Author Topic: Palm PC for QSO loging  (Read 458 times)
LY1DF
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« on: September 24, 2005, 06:25:36 AM »

Sorry if out of topic:
Has anyone tried to use palm PCs for QSO logging during mobile or /P operation?

I’ve got a super small Toshiba PC, which I have used successfully for 48 hour operation (with spare batteries of course) during the last CQ WW 160m CW constest, from the top of Pentelli mountain, in SV1 land; however it is still something (2kg?) to the total weight on my back when I climb! Paper logs are past.

Would be interested to know what kind of hardware and software you have used. Thanks in advance,

M/LY1DF
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K0BG
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« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2005, 10:48:36 AM »

Here is a place to look: http://www.n0hr.com/

I don't use the program, but from what I hear from the users, it's great for portable operation. I don't think I would want to try it for mobile in motion, however. I personally use a solid state audio recorder for in motion logging.

Alan, KØBG
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VE3WMB
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« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2005, 03:04:17 PM »

I have been using an older Palm III cx running Portalog
( http://www.cyboursoft.com/hamheld/portalog/ ) for casual
operating or Golog ( http://home.earthlink.net/~david.ek/golog/ ) for contesting.

What I like about Portalog is that it has flexible export capabilities (ie you can choose to export only a subset of your QSOs on Hotsync) and the data is automatically converted over to ADIF when it is synched, which makes for an easy import into your main logging program on your PC.

I often operate QRP CW contests Pedestrian (ie walking) mobile with my Elecraft KX1 in my hand with the Palm III attached to the bottom of the rig with an elastic band.

For portable contest  operations from a picnic table I often use a Palm keyboard with the  Palm III as it makes data entry a bit easier. These can be found NIB on eBay for older Palms for as little as $10.

You don't need a high end Palm to run either of these programs and they work very well and give you many, many
hours of logging on a couple of AAA cells.

Michael VE3WMB
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