[VHFcontesting] LOTW uploads from wsjt-x adi files

Marshall-K5QE k5qe at k5qe.com
Mon Oct 16 22:11:18 EDT 2017

Hi to everyone interested in this topic....I was told by someone that I 
trust that the problem is that LOTW was implemented on the back of a 
defective standard....namely, the .adi "standard".  That "standard" does 
not have your grid in it, so LOTW has no idea where you were when the 
contact was made.  The .adi standard works best when you are a fixed 
station so that your grid does not change.  The Cabrillo files DO have 
your grid in them, but apparently, you can't get LOTW to accept a 
Cabrillo file(maybe it will, I don't know).  This is why if you operate 
from 10 grids, you have to separate the contacts into 10 different 
files, sign them, and submit 10 different submissions rather than one.  
For me, this is an AAAAAAAaaaaaaaRGH!!!

I have posted before that the ARRL has the clout to have announced that 
there will now be a new .adi standard, we will call it .ad2 that solves 
these problems, but they did not.  I have no idea what a .ad2 file 
should look like, but it should not be too hard for the computer jocks 
to work it out.

To paraphrase Tim, "LOTW was not designed.....".

73 Marshall K5QE

On 10/16/2017 4:49 PM, K7XC Tim Marek wrote:
> Nope, that remains the standard as LOTW wasn't designed to easily implement
> Multi Grid VHF Operations.
> I wish I knew code to implement an automatic parser that would separate all
> the Grids automatically then submit them for each separately.
> In this day of lightning fast super computers on everyone's desk it remains
> a mystery why such laborious manual tasks still exist when submitting a log
> to LOTW.
> Then again it was created with an HF bias with VHF added as an
> afterthought.
> 73s de Tim - K7XC - DM09jh... sk
> (PS: My log contains 6M operations from over 127 different grids and I have
> yet to manually sort all that out and submit it, so don't feel bad)
> On Mon, Oct 16, 2017 at 5:17 PM, Mark Spencer <mark at alignedsolutions.com>
> wrote:
>> Hi:
>> I've been procrastinating about uploading my logs to the LOTW site (:
>> Part of the reason I tend to put this task off is the need to go thru the
>> go thru the .adi files on each of the computers I run wsjt-x on and
>> generate separate .adi files for each grid that I have operated from.  Once
>> I have these files I can then sign them and upload them to LOTW.
>> Has anyone figured out any easy way to do this and if so would you mind
>> sharing this with me ?
>> Thanks and 73
>> Mark S
>> mark at alignedsolutions.com
>> 604 762 4099
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