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Do I have to post a Check Log? KM4FOS 2 weeks, 4 days ago
I left a more detailed reply under a different thread, but the short answer is no, you do not need to submit any kind of log for the stations that you work to receive credit for your contest QSOs.

LOTW is not used for any contests, by the way, though you may still wish to submit your contest QSLs there if you wish to receive DXCC credit for them.

Mark AI4BJ
LOTW and QSL cards KX1W 2 weeks, 4 days ago
They don't have to be postmarked, but yes, you do need to present a physical QSL card for QSOs that are not in LOTW. You can either mail the cards to the ARRL to be checked, or you can have them checked by an official card-checker at many hamfests.

Mark AI4BJ
General contesting question N8WNG 2 weeks, 4 days ago
Most contests operate on the honor system. However, in some of the big contests (e.g. CQ WW), the sponsors do closely examine the logs of the top finishers to check for irregularities. For instance, if one contestant has a statistically large number of unique calls in their log, this would certainly raise suspicions. But let's say you casually work half a dozen stations during a contest and do not submit a log. Your call will show up in (probably) several logs, so you wouldn't be causing any problems.

Big contests are now routinely recorded using SDRs, so trying to log bogus QSOs is pretty risky business.

Bottom line: Don't feel guilty about not submitting a log. The stations you work are happy to have you in *their* log.

Mark AI4BJ
FD Operating Class Question WA4JM 2 weeks, 4 days ago
Class 1B. Same as me, except I'll be in the backyard. :-)

Mark AI4BJ
FT-DX 3000 or ????? KD0UHN on 25/5/15
You're really comparing apples (Elecraft, Yaesu) and oranges (Flex). All three rigs provide very good performance, but the ergonomics involved in driving a traditional "buttons and knobs" radio vs a PC-controlled rig are entirely different. I spend 40+ hours a week sitting in front of a PC at work, so when it comes time to play radio, the last thing I want is to be spending even more time with a mouse in my hand staring at a monitor! But that's just me. This is really a matter of personal preference, and I cannot tell you what's best for you.

Mark AI4BJ

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