| FM is a mode I started to use less than
10 years ago
and then only for repeater operation and, occasionally,
2-meter simplex operation during the VHF contests.
In the last 10 years, I think I can say
honestly -- and
my computer log confirms it -- my FM operations on repeaters have
been more extensive than all of my other modes combined.
I have operated FM repeaters on 10 meters,
2 meters, 70 centimeters and even 23 centimeters with 2 meters the most
common and extensive.
By the way, according to my computer log,
Autumn of 1961 and January 2003, I have made more than 19,200 QSOs.
Of course, I didn't have access to computers
1976; so, when I got my first personal computer, after an initial
but exceedingly steep learning curve, I took all of my old manual logs
and entered the data into the compu- ter log. As you probably well imagine,
it took quite some
time for me to place the thousands of entries into the computer
log, and I really didn't enjoy it. Frankly! Data-
entry is not my thing! Also, I had some serious problems
when the Calendar changed to the 21st Century. Though the
computer gave me some problems, the biggest prob- lem came from the Log
program itself. Initially, it tried to put all entries on January
1, 2000 as "'00" or a date before 1961. The problem corrected itself when
some adjustments to the computer clock.