Topband: LOTW

Jim Brown jim at
Fri Feb 17 09:16:55 PST 2012

> It's simple why some don't use LOTH it's called $ $ $ $

What are you possibly talking about?  LOTW is FREE for all users. So is 
logging software that makes is very easy to use.  I use DXKeeper for my 
main log, which uploads to LOTW and eQSL at the push of a couple of 
buttons. DXKeeper is free and easy to use.  After a contest, you can 
export your contest log from your contest logger to DXKeeper, and let 
DXKeeper send it to LOTW and eQSL. Or, you can have the LOTW program 
sign an ADIF from your logging program and send that to LOTW attached to 
an email. Either method is very easy, and FREE.

The only possible cost for anyone with an internet connection is the 
postage for a single letter to ARRL to get signed up if you're outside 
the US. That's the cost of a single QSL send  through the mail. And even 
without an internet connection, you can generate the LOTW file once a 
year, burn it to a CD, and mail that to ARRL. That's no more than the 
cost of mailing two or three cards to the US, and it can be your entire 
log for as many years as you have in your logging program!

So $ $ $ $  is no excuse for not using LOTW.  Indeed, $  $  $  $ is one 
of the best reasons for using LOTW. The other great reason is TIME -- 
the time it takes to send QSLs.

73, Jim K9YC

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