Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is ham radio?


Amateur Radio (ham radio) is a popular hobby and service that brings people, electronics and communication together. People use ham radio to talk across town, around the world, or even into space, all without the Internet or cell phones. It's fun, social, educational, and can be a lifeline during times of need.

How do I get a ham radio license?



What is a QSO?


An amateur radio contact, more commonly referred to as simply a "contact", is an exchange of information between two amateur radio stations. The exchange usually consists of an initial call, a response by another amateur radio operator at an amateur radio station, and possibly a signal report. A contact is often referred to by the Q code QSO.

What is a QSL Card?


A QSL card is a written confirmation of either a two-way radio communication between two amateur radio stations or a one-way reception of a signal from an AM radio, FM radio, television or shortwave broadcasting station. It can also confirm the reception of a two-way radio communication by a third party listener.

What is a PDF?


The Portable Document Format is a file format developed in the 1990s to present documents, including text formatting and images, in a manner independent of application software, hardware, and operating systems.

What is a Cookie?


Cookies are small files which are stored on a user's computer. They are designed to hold a modest amount of data specific to a particular client and website, and can be accessed either by the web server or the client computer.

How do I delete or edit a logged contact (QSO)?


Not possible at this time and not a planned feature.

How do I register/login?


No registration or login is required.

How can I get/reset my password?


No password is required.

How much does this cost to use this?


Free of charge (and will always be) for all licensed ham radio operators.

Will I get spam/ads by using this website?


We don't have advertisements on our website.

Will my personal information be sold or used?


All information in a logged contact (QSO) is available to the public and I make no attempt to secure this information. Probably the most nefarious activity that might happen as a result is someone will try to sell you a ham radio or something. If you are the paranoid prepper type then you might consider keeping logs on paper and burning them instead of using this website. There is intentionally no login or registration system in use on this website. No highly sensitive personal information is ever collected and therefore can't be stolen, or sold.

Who runs this website?


Nathan Smith-Manley

Developer, Administrator, and Owner of all intellectual assets of hamradiolog.com.

Nathan Smith-Manley, KC8MTQ
P.O. Box 54
Harbert, MI 49115-0054
United States