Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by KD9MPK, Jul 22, 2021.
Once you have your account setup, LoTW is simple and handy.
This is one of the neat things about LoTW; a confirmation just rolled in Thursday. For a contact that took place 17 years ago (years before LoTW was put online).
So it can be worthwhile to enter those contacts made before LoTW was put together.
Call Sign W5ESE
DXCC UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (291)
CQ Zone 04
ITU Zone 07
State Texas (TX)
DXCC MONTSERRAT (96)
CQ Zone 08
ITU Zone 11
Date/Time 2004-12-11 22:53:00
Mode CW (CW)
QSL 2021-08-19 16:08:07
Record ID 260319829 Received: 2020-08-23 17:31:13
It provides two major benefits. First - it provides an indisputable electronic confirmation of a QSO unlike some other systems, along with creating some targeted radio related goals to pursue. The second being an additional way to continue to support the only effective national amateur radio advocacy group in the the U.S.A.
The only logs I use are the ones for my fireplace…just an old cw ragchewer
Yeah great reason if inflating one's ego with paper awards makes one feel good
Even so__Glad you're a happy camper with all those cards and awards.
What does LOTW do for me?
Keeps me outta the bars...
There's a more than a few on 80 meters at night that must not be LoTW users because they sound like their shacks are in in a bar.
I use LOTW solely for the benefit of stations that QSO with me. I have no 'serious' interest in awards - I'm happy knowing what countries I've worked, and I don't need to prove it to anyone else.
Some hams upload log data to LoTW after each QSO, and that can be a lot of fun. Example: I recently had a contact with a VK7 with my power well under 5W (and a scrap of wire for an antenna). That's a 10,000 mile contact from my QTH. I found it astonishing, and doubt started creeping in, but the VK7 used LoTW to confirm in near-real-time. That was fun.
It gave me a CW contact. I don't do CW, so I guess I better get relearning!