[CQ-Contest] LoTW confirmation rates

Robert Chudek - K0RC k0rc at citlink.net
Thu Feb 13 12:51:48 EST 2014

Some of the "fishing" contacts might actually be busted calls. You only 
need to look at your contest UBN report to see this. In Larry's case, 
and other desirable DX, it's not out of the question that some SLIM was 
operating just for the pile-up "jollies", therefore creating QSL 
requests that appear to be fishing expeditions. The only difference is 
actually "seeing them" on eQSL but not on LoTW. These situations are 
independent of any perceived security of either system.

73 de Bob - KØRC in MN


On 2/13/2014 6:16 AM, Larry wrote:
> I upload to both LoTW and eQSL. I have gotten a few "fake" QSOs 
> against both my home call (130K QSOs) and my XV calls (3W2NWS - 5K 
> QSOs - and XV2W -20K QSOs). Most of the fake ones were for my XV2W 
> call and for a time I was not in XV. In total maybe 15 fake QSOs.
> Confirmation rate is nearly the same (within 1 per cent) for both LoTW 
> and eQSL at around 20 per cent overall for my home call which has many 
> QSOs before 2003 (roughly the start of LoTW and eQSL).
> Confirmation rate for my XV2W call has recently changed with LoTW now 
> around 37 per cent and eQSL around 28 per cent. These used to be much 
> more like my home call in range and spread between the two services. 
> Paper QSL rate is about 25 per cent for the XV call. There is overlap 
> in these numbers in that some stations are confirmed in all three 
> categories (eQSL, LoTW, paper), some in two categories, and others in 
> only one category.
> There is a difference between continents for my XV2W QSOs. NA is 
> decidedly more LoTW oriented with 52 per cent confirmed LoTW vs 22 per 
> cent eQSL. AS OTOH is 32 vs 22 per cent (LoTW and eQSL respectively) 
> and EU at 38 vs 32 per cent.
> 73, Larry  W6NWS
> -----Original Message----- From: XV4Y (Yan)
> Sent: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 6:08 PM
> To: cq-contest at contesting.com
> Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] LoTW confirmation rates
> Hi Dale,
> Well, DXKeeper is free and has a very good integration with LotW.
> I use N1MM for actually logging the QSOs at my operating position, but 
> transfer them to DXKeeper for all the "log managing" and QSLing.
> I have 193 confirmed countries with LotW for 223 worked. Only CW and 
> SSB, really few DIGI.
> I was more than surprised of that confirmation rate, but it I confirm 
> you receive more confirmation from contesters and CWers than from SSB 
> DXers...
> I don't look at eQSL anymore as I receive far to more fake QSO requests.
> 73,
> Yan.
> ---
> Yannick DEVOS - XV4Y
> http://xv4y.radioclub.asia/
> http://varc.radioclub.asia/
> Le 13 févr. 2014 à 00:00, cq-contest-request at contesting.com a écrit :
>> Message: 6
>> Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2014 17:29:05 -0700
>> From: Dale Putnam <daleputnam at hotmail.com>
>> To: Scott Monks <cq_dx_de_aa0aa at yahoo.com>,
>> "cq-contest at contesting.com" <cq-contest at contesting.com>,
>> "rtty at contesting.com" <rtty at contesting.com>
>> Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] LoTW confirmation rates
>> Message-ID: <COL127-W36E6CFB6095EB3A0AAAB46D0920 at phx.gbl>
>> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1"
>> My Winlog32 does the eQSL thing automatically.. it does NOT do LOTW 
>> auto.. far from it.IN FACT.. I have not been successful with LOTW in 
>> well over two years. IF winlog32 or any logging program.. like N1MM 
>> would do the LOTW auto.. I'd be plumb happy...and so would a whole 
>> lotta other folk too. (the ones that need a WY confirmation).
>> Have a great day,
>> --...   ...--
>> Dale - WC7S in Wy
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