Topband: ARRL DXCC - 160 Meters

w5zn at w5zn at
Sat Nov 17 08:45:23 EST 2018

Thanks JC. LoTW does in fact require a QSO check from the other station for the confirmation to occur. Unless the other station uploads QSO details a confirmation does not occur. 

I’m not suggesting there hasn’t been bogus activity but I can tell you if there is proof a flaw or breach has occurred with the LoTW system ARRL will address it.

73 Joel W5ZN

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> On Nov 17, 2018, at 7:28 AM, <n4is at> <n4is at> wrote:
> Hi Joel
> I have the same impression as Bill mentioned. 160m paper QSL requires a card
> checker, however LOTW confirmation does not have the same process, no QSO or
> QSL check at all. We've seen 160m " QSO's"  on Club Log  and subsequent
> confirmation on LOTW on plain day light.
> 73's
> JC
> N4IS
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Topband <topband-bounces at> On Behalf Of w5zn at
> Sent: Saturday, November 17, 2018 8:12 AM
> To: topband <topband at>
> Subject: Re: Topband: ARRL DXCC - 160 Meters
> Folks - I'm not exactly understanding the LoTW comments on this thread. 
> If it is referring to the LoTW screen shot totals listed by OK1RD on his
> website then that is the combined totals in his DXCC record, not the totals
> confirmed solely via LoTW so a "hack" has not necessarily occurred.
> Regardless, there is convincing evidence some bogus QSL cards were reviewed
> and accepted by a DXCC card checker somewhere and then entered into his DXCC
> record!
> 73 Joel W5ZN
> On 2018-11-17 05:29, Bill Tippett wrote:
>>>> Doesn't say much for the DXCC checking process either.  73 Clive 
>>>> GM3POI
>> Guys this was probably done by OK1RD to embarrass ARRL/DXCC, in 
>> retaliation
>> for ARRL (correctly) removing his bogus listing over 10 years ago.  He
>> probably found a way to hack LOTW and no human monitored the result.  
>> I'm
>> sure they will correct the listing but it does raise some serious 
>> issues
>> about the security of their system.
>> 73,  Bill  W4ZV
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