[CQ-Contest] LoTW confirmation rates

Ktfrog007 at aol.com Ktfrog007 at aol.com
Tue Feb 11 11:49:32 EST 2014

I should have qualified my "runs so poorly" statement, or left it out  
entirely as it was peripheral to my point.
The uploading log-jam problem was fixed a while back and there is new TQSL  
software which is slick as can be and doesn't leave .tq8 files cluttering  
my  computer.  
However, there are other problems and I've encountered many of  them.   The 
ARRL recognizes this and has set up a subcommittee to deal  with 'the 
"technical debt" owed because Logbook's success has  outrun its original design.' 
 Go to the LoTW home page and look at the news  items along the left side, 
particularly those from
Jan 30, 2014
Apr 28, 2013
Apr 17, 2013
Also look at W4TV's reply (below).  He states it better than I  can.
Thanks for all the LoTW confirmations.
Ken, AB1J
In a message dated 2014-02-11 3:56:27 P.M. Coordinated Universal Tim,  
w5gn at mxg.com writes:

I was  going to post a reply, but decided to keep it private; I'm surprised 
your claim of "run so poorly".  I just renewed my certificate and  it was 
a completely user friendly experience, and I find the TQSL single  program
interface from which you can do everything is far better than prior  tools.

I uploaded 3000 Qs and within a day they had been posted to my  account.

What did you find wrong?


Barry  EI/W5GN
In a message dated 2014-02-11 3:50:18 P.M. Coordinated Universal Tim,  
lists at subich.com writes:

>  Its too bad there isn't as much reflector traffic praising LotW now
>  as  there has been (in the past) complaining about it.

It's easy  to hide a problem by spending $$$ to move it to faster
hardware.  To  date nothing significant has been done to resolve what
the LotW Advisory  Committee calls LotW's "substantial technical debt."
A second developer has  not been hired to focus specifically on fixing
basic issues with the LotW  code and implementing new awards (e.g. WAZ).
Now staff wants a *second*  system (why don't they fix the disk system
and use the old hardware?) as a  test platform, etc. and the current
IT Manager is wasting time on things  like the ARRL Centennial QSO
Party ... and disabling features that don't  work correctly.

LotW will get praise when it is fixed ... putting a  bigger engine in
front of a transmission that is inefficient doesn't fix  the problems
in the transmission even though the car goes faster for a  while.


... Joe,  W4TV

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