[amsat-bb] Re: moving Sat contacts to LOTW and DXLab
Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK)
amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net
Sun Feb 12 12:08:59 PST 2012
> I will be very interested to see what "QSL rate" you get after uploading
> 16K contacts. I highly encourage others to utilize LotW for satellite
> confirmations. I personally love paper and always QSL via mail but enjoy
> the "instant gratification" of a Logbook of the World QSL.
I'm with you on that. I like receiving cards, don't mind sending them
out, and also like LOTW. I'm doing my part to support office-supply
stores for the cardstock and printer supplies, as well as my local
post office. :-)
> Out of roughly 1200 satellite contacts I've uploaded, I am seeing a 4% QSL
> rate via Logbook of the World. Most of those are repeat contacts who
> regularly upload to LotW like me.
For my 11K+ satellite QSOs made from all locations, I'm seeing
about 13% confirmed in LOTW. I know it helps that I'm operating
from different places, but I'm putting every QSO into LOTW - even
if it is the umpteenth QSO with the same station. Then I have a
complete copy of my log I can access online, in addition to the
spreadsheet copies that are on backups here at home and on a
flash drive with me.
> Just for other statistics... I have only confirmed 63 grids of the 200+ I
> have confirmed on paper. And the majority of those 63 LotW confirmations
> are from stations like WD9EWK or K8YSE who have gone rover.
I need to run through my log to see how many grids I have confirmed,
on paper and in LOTW. I think it is near 500 now, and 134 of those are
confirmed in LOTW, for my Phoenix-area activity.
> My advice is to ensure your satellite names and grids (yours and theirs)
> correctly match up for all contacts. It is critical for LotW satellite
> confirmation. If you did any portable or rover satellite work outside your
> home grid, this becomes very critical.
And make sure to include your grid when you define a station location
in the TQSL program! Otherwise you get confirmation for the QSO, but
it is useless toward a VUCC award. Multi-grid QTHs work fine in LOTW,
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