Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by KD9MPK, Jul 22, 2021.
Exactly the reason I'm not.
The UI isn't the best in the world, but it's certainly not the worst. Have you ever used SAP? That *SUCKS*.
The signup procedure is rather fiddly and getting/synchronising certificates is messy, but the ARRL seem to turn around new certificate requests quickly enough.
But overall, LOTW saves me LOADS of time, money and hassle. It works for me.
Don't log contacts so need to use it. I still sleep well knowing I'm still a 5-9 no matter what the conditions are.
In my country an operator HAS to log every QSO except done when mobile or handportable.
I got same day service on a new LoTW certificate. The surplus computer I was using died so I moved the SSD to another computer to recover all my data files.
The easiest way to restore LoTW uploads was to just get a new certificate with the "new" computer I used for LoTW uploads.
I use N1MM+ for all contests.
At the end of each contest, I have N1MM+ generate a Cabrillo log. The Cabrillo file is uploaded to the contest organizer as directed in the contest rules, and also to LOTW using TQSL.
Then the file is opened using Wordpad and I print a paper version that goes into a 3 ring binder with paper logs.
Easy and fast.
73 de Jim, N2EY
Ask not what LoTW does for you
Ask what you can do for LoTW
I did that for years after I went computer logging (starting with a C64). But almost a decade ago I asked myself "why?" Flash drives, the cloud, automatic backups on the PC from my logging program, and LOTW itself made that no longer necessary. Did save me from a busted 5 1/4- inch floppy a time or two, but that was a long, long time ago.
I do it because I've kept paper logs since the day my Novice license arrived in 1967.
And because I've seen every form of digital storage go bad for no apparent reason. Floppies, hard drives, flash drives, CDs, DVDs, etc.
Plus it's cheap to do.
Many of my logs were disposed of by my ex-XYL. I do treature the old logs I still have...but continuing to print out pages from the computer I'll never look at? No more. It's far quicker and easier to search out a QSO in the log with the computer. And if everything went south--hard drive, flash drive, cloud, LOTW--I suspect we'd have far more pressing problems than, "Didn't I check into the Lumbago Net on 75 regularly back in the 80s?"