Your expectations of LotW

Discussion in 'General Announcements' started by AA6YQ, Jul 8, 2013.

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  1. N0IU

    N0IU Ham Member QRZ Page

    I know Dave did not start this thread to serve as a "Lets rag on LoTW" post, but I have to ask what logbook program are you using? Personally, I use the free version of HRD (but I am considering upgrading to v6) and all I have to do is highlight a contact in the log and click on the option to upload it to LoTW. It does the ADIF to TQ8 conversion and uploads it to LoTW all in one very quick and easy step. My backlog is ZERO since I also do this after every contact. Why would I wait and do a batch upload when it is so easy to upload each contact this way?

    No, its not completely 100% automatic like uploading to eQSL, but this whole process only takes a few seconds... at most.

    ...as long as the other station pays for the envelope and the postage!
     
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  2. WB3CII

    WB3CII Ham Member QRZ Page

    Scott,
    I use AC log. It also has the feature of highlighting an entry and uploading it to LOTW or E-qsl. However. I usually wait till I am done for the day and then it also has a feature to upload all entrys to LOTW that have not been previously uploaded. I do this every time I turn the radio off, takes about 30 seconds.

    I am not a huge contester or award chaser, but I do feel that a QSL of some type is absolutely a must with every contact. LOTW makes that very easy. I still love QSL cards and send them out to quite a few guys, especially interesting foreign countries. Any one that wants one of mine just needs to ask :)
     
  3. KA9MOT

    KA9MOT Ham Member QRZ Page

    I also use AC Log. Very easy to upload to both eQSL as well as LoTW. I used to love HRD's Logbook but found AC Log to be much better (and now it is much cheaper). Try it.. I think you'll never use another logging program. Well... except N1MM if you're contesting.
     
  4. WB3CII

    WB3CII Ham Member QRZ Page

    Steve,
    Have you tried any of AC Log's contest logs ? I also use N1MM but it would be nice to have everything integrated in one program.
     
  5. KA9MOT

    KA9MOT Ham Member QRZ Page

    I've used their Field Day log in 2009. I was very pleased with it and though we only had 2 stations set up, we were able to network the two logs and that was a wonderful way to keep track as well as submit our logs. Easy, Peasy.
     
  6. W0GDS

    W0GDS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Dave: I am just now able to transfer my paper log to LoTW so I appreciate that it is
    available w/o restricted times. As I am entering QSO's from 2005 to present, I do not
    expect the process time to be any specific period. I am grateful to get these added and
    still have more to do. I only hope that those callsigns I send this information to will ack
    and reply with confirmations. 73! W0GDS Gary
     
  7. KA9MOT

    KA9MOT Ham Member QRZ Page

    I forgot to add in my earlier post that N1MM is such a powerful contest logger, I don't see logging program being better any time soon. The part I can't believe is it is free!

    I use both LoTW and eQSL (eQSL as a courtesy). It has been very rare for LoTW to be down. When it is, it is no biggie, I can upload later. I'm looking forward to the time when most hams are using LoTW. Once you get past the initial setup (which is clunky as well as frustrating) it is almost foolproof....and you can use ACLog to download your confirmed contacts. That makes it easier to keep track.

    I do wish more folks would send cards. I don't require anything but the card..no SASE, No greenbacks... If you send the card, I always respond the same day. I love the freakin' things and some people have some amazing cards.
     
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  8. W4PG

    W4PG Super Moderator Lifetime Member 279 Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Out of curiosity Dave, I'm wondering what answers you seek to what question? As a long-time user of LoTW, I don't really care how fast they process my uploaded logs, just that they get processed. It's like asking, "How quickly should the USPS deliver your QSL card?" I mean, it just doesn't much matter.

    In an ideal world, NO web site or computer server would ever go down. Since we don't live in that world, we accept the best we can get with the resources we have. Maybe you should ask, "How much would you pay to keep LoTW online 24/7/365?" Most folks would probably say very little - they'll take what they can get. My point is a bit of context regarding the reason for the questions might help get more responses!!

    I've uploaded to LoTW since 2005 or there-abouts - 306 worked and 283 confirmed during that time all via LoTW, including 6 band DXCC. I got it done during the good and bad times with LoTW. Gosh if I ever get all my logs back to 1970 entered . . . !!!!
     
  9. KA9MOT

    KA9MOT Ham Member QRZ Page

    This is how I feel about it. It is what it is and it is a befit for all that choose to use LoTW.
     
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