I just managed to finish off my second ARRL Amateur Radio logbook today while making some contacts in the RAC Winter Contest. The reason this sticks out for me is the date range of the QSOs contained in that logbook.
August 1993 through December 2018. That’s 25 years between the first and last contact. I knew I had been relatively inactive for some time as work and family pressures ate up more of my time, but this large date range was a bit shocking to me.
My first logbook covered 1985-1993, a mere 8 years. These years included just getting started in Amateur Radio and my active years while a student at the University of Texas ARC station (W5EHM, now N5XU). The second logbook does have a few more pages than the first, but the time span is shocking. I hope my renewed interest means logbook #4 will not be rolled out in 2043!