[amsat-bb] WD9EWK and LOTW - coming soon

Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK) amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net
Mon Jan 17 09:39:33 PST 2011


With the news last week that ARRL's Logbook of the World now supports 
the VUCC award, I have started the work to get my satellite QSOs 
uploaded to LOTW.  As I previously mentioned, the ability to associate 
up to 4 grids with a station location will make my work so much easier.  
Grid-boundary QSOs won't require any extra work to upload.  QSOs from 
other boundaries will still require a little extra work to properly 
represent them in LOTW, but that is a small number I can manage.  I 
just renewed the LOTW certificates for all of my calls, and they 
dropped into my e-mail in-box this morning.  Once I load the renewed 
certificates into the TQSLCert program, I will take my spreadsheet log 
and start making ADIF files for all of my calls and locations I have 
worked from. 

I have received QSL cards over the years where my callsigns have /P after 
them, and a couple where the XE2 comes after my US call and not before it 
as is it listed on my Mexican ham permits for QSOs when I was in Mexico.  
Since I operate portable almost all the time, I do not identify on the air
as "portable" or "/P".  If you have logged QSOs with WD9EWK (or my other 
calls) with a "/P" in LOTW, you will need to correct those entries in 
order to have QSLs in LOTW with me.  

Based on e-mail exchanges with ARRL when I set up my LOTW account in 
2008, there are 5 key elements that have to match in any two LOTW QSO 
records to make a QSL.  The call sign is one of those key elements. 
The others are date, time, band, and mode.  

I will soon upload satellite QSOs to LOTW for these calls:

WD9EWK     (two QSOs from 2000, one from 2003, and a bunch since 2005)
VA7EWK     (used on my July 2010 trip to Canada)
CJ7EWK     (used on my November 2008 trip to Vancouver - CJ was a 
            one of the special prefixes available at that time to 
            Canadian hams)
XE2/WD9EWK (for my 3 trips to Mexico since February 2009)

I have also operated with other call signs in January 2007 (W7W) and 
May 2008 (K7RDG).  Since I do not hold those calls, I am not able to
upload anything to LOTW for those satellite QSOs.  

QSOs made from other boundary lines - county, state/province, or 
national - will require uploading two QSO records to LOTW by *both*
stations to confirm the contact from both sides of that line.  Each 
of my QSO records for these contacts will be from a station location 
on each side of the boundary line.  I have worked satellites from 
these non-grid boundary lines:

Apache/Navajo county line in Arizona (August 2009)

Indiana/Ohio state line (several times since 2006)
Arizona/New Mexico state line (October 2009)
Illinois/Wisconsin state line (October 2010)

Canada/USA international border (July 2010)

Since the QSO records for the county-line and state-line QSOs would 
have the same 5 key elements matching, I will vary the QSO time for 
QSOs from one side of the county or state line by one minute (i.e., 
QSO at 2300 UTC from Indiana and 2301 UTC from Ohio).  Otherwise, 
the second QSO record with the same 5 key elements will overwrite 
the first QSO record in LOTW with those elements.  The Canada/USA 
border QSOs won't have that problem, since the calls in the two QSO 
records won't match (VA7EWK for one QSO record from Canada, and 
WD9EWK for the other QSO record from the USA).  

I still need to make my initial satellite VUCC application, but want
to get my satellite activity into LOTW so others may be able to use
QSOs with me toward future award applications.  I've waited for VUCC
to be supported in LOTW since I first set up my LOTW account almost 3 
years ago, and it is great that it has finally happened.  



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