I'm inspired to do this latest blog by the work of Dan KB6NU. KB6NU's Ham Radio Blog is a steady stream of useful information, clippings from the net and from the press, and especially operating notes.
The idea of doing operating notes is to write down what just happened while it's still fresh so that you have a log of your activity and something to refer back to when you scratch your head and wonder how you can solve a problem that you remember solving previously. Writing things down as they happen is a time-honored tradition, and keeping an operator's log is part of good radio practice.
The notes for this morning revolve around figuring out how many 2 meter local channels I can monitor simultaneously with my current rigs. I think I'd be able to listen to 4 at once, minimum - 2 over the air on my Baofeng UV-5R doing simultaneous dual band monitoring, one Echolink channel via Internet on my Android phone, and one Echolink channel via Internet on my MacBook. Still TBD is figuring out the best way to use my NooElec RTL-SDR card to monitor more over the air channels from my MacBook, which could give me the whole local area and which would free up the Echolink channels for repeaters that I can't reach with my current radio and antenna.
thanks and 73