What does LOTW do for you?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by KD9MPK, Jul 22, 2021.

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  1. WD0BCT

    WD0BCT Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    My printed version of my college diploma and engineering license were required by only two clients. Both were government entities. Employers obtained records directly from my college or the state. I was asked to keep diplomas and licenses in my office for the sake of clients. Not to impress myself. How many folks will be impressed with your ham awards? Do you require a printed award to be impressed with yourself?
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  2. WA9SVD

    WA9SVD Ham Member QRZ Page

    How do you CONFIRM a contact that may have occurred days, weeks, sometimes even YEARS ago? (You DO confirm, don't you? Or do you just take the other op's word for it? If THAT's the case and common practice, I could have DXCC in a few days...:rolleyes:)
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  3. K6CLS

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    "Security" is often the opposite of useability and convenience, independent of intentions. That's the issue for many people.

    Many honest people have tried to use LotW and failed, so have given up.
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  4. KE3FG

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    Both QRZ logbook and eQSL are as secure as LOTW unless both parties to a QSO want to cheat, and QRZ & eQSL are less cumbersome to use. Why do I bother with LOTW? I endure the hassle because LOTW is the most respected confirmation site among hams, here and abroad.
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  5. W5IEI

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    I just talk to the guy.
    Good enough for me.
    Same as when I talk to someone at the grocery store.
    I don't log that either.
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  6. KG5UN

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    I know you weren't asking me this question but I can answer it from my perspective.
    If I get a request I take the other op's word for it and confirm it. If he is willing to cheat to get a contact from Taylor County Texas, or Hancock County Mississippi so be it. Lets be honest, these awards that so many chase are useless. In the real world they really mean nothing. In the end, we all know who we worked and who we haven't. Getting a piece of paper changes or means nothing. If someone will cheat and lie just to decorate their "I Love Myself Wall" they have to live with the knowledge of what that really means.
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  7. KC2SIZ

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    If you're a contester (I'm not), then I can see how LOTW is a game changer. I respect that.

    For me, LOTW is something that has made ham radio a lot more convenient, but a little less interesting. Lots of folks don't QSL anymore because of LOTW and also eQSL. I find that sad.
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  8. W5ESE

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    The pursuit of the awards requires the amateurs that pursue them to learn a lot more about antennas, propagation; generally how to have a more effective shack, and be a more knowledgeable operator.

    Getting DXCC or even WAS, for example, on 160 meters is quite an undertaking for most hams. Similarly for 5 Band DXCC/WAS.
  9. KD9MPK

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    For sure it is, though certainly not the only tool out there.
  10. W2NAP

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    Not really, I could care less about awards and paper, and you don't need paper/awards to learn/build antennas or understand prop or have a good station.
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