[amsat-bb] Re: Satellite QSO's and LoTW

Jeff Welsh jhwelsh at gmail.com
Thu Oct 27 09:04:08 PDT 2011

Thanks for the clarification! Now I need to go correct my logbook.


On Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 11:29 AM, Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK) <
amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net> wrote:

> Hi Jeff!
> > I was curious what the standard was for Logbook of the World (LoTW)
> > reporting. Which band do you log your QSO with, Uplink or Downlink?
> The standard should be what is shown in N5JB's helpful PDF
> for satellite operators using LoTW.  It is available from the
> ARRL web site:
> http://www.arrl.org/files/file/LoTW%20Instructions/N5JB.pdf
> The BAND field should be the uplink band.  The FREQ field is
> not mandatory for LoTW, but it can also be uploaded to show
> the uplink frequency you used.
> > I've been seeing mix results coming back via LoTW, where HRD Log defaults
> to
> > using the downlink frequency although I've had some QSO's report back
> using
> > the uplink. I do also log the satellite, mode and propagation type.
> The PROP_MODE and SAT_NAME fields must be present for a
> QSO to be a satellite QSO in LoTW.  Make sure the satellite
> name matches with the list at the bottom of the LoTW FAQ page:
> https://p1k.arrl.org/lotw/faq
> Otherwise, LoTW may try to match that up as a non-satellite QSO.
> Again, N5JB's document does a great job of explaining things
> related to satellite operators using LoTW.
> When I made my first uploads to LoTW earlier this year, I only
> uploaded the seven fields as listed on the top of page two in
> N5JB's PDF.  I had several thousand satellite QSOs I wanted
> to upload, along with the setup in TQSL for dozens of station
> locations and getting all the certificates for my call signs.
> Once the initial setup was done, and I had those QSOs in the
> system, it has been easy to keep up with the uploads for
> subsequent activity.  I now include the 3 optional fields (uplink
> frequency, downlink band and frequency) in my LoTW uploads
> to have a more-complete QSO record - even though those
> additional fields have no effect on what becomes a QSL in LoTW.
> 73!
> Patrick WD9EWK/VA7EWK
> http://www.wd9ewk.net/
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