The Logger’s Bark

As many of you know, I write and send out a free monthly column for amateur radio club newsletters. One of fun things about doing this is that I get to read newsletters from all over the country, as many put me on their electronic mailing lists.


This month, Mike, W7MWF, sent me the latest edition of The Logger’s Bark, the newsletter of the Radio Club of Tacoma (WA). In his “From the Editor” column, Mike explains how the newsletter got its name:

An interesting (to me, anyway) tidbit came along a few weeks ago. How did The Logger’s Bark get its name??

As it was explained to me, way back in the olden days before computer logging, contesting was a bit more different and hectic. A crew of folks were on duty supporting the operators by maintaining old- fashioned paper logs. Since during contests penalties were sometimes assessed for duplicate entries, an important function of the logger was to advise the operator when his or her contact was a “dupe.”

Upon hearing a call sign that had already been recorded, the Logger would bark out loudly “DUPE” to the operator, thereby passing on the information that the QSO could be curtailed. Thus arose the term “Logger’s Bark.”

Well, Mike, I found that tidbit interesting, too.

Mike also mentioned that his club is celebrating its 100th anniversary in October of 2016, and I gleaned from their newsletter that their membership is right around the 300 mark. Sounds like a great club to me!

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