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LOTW Slide Show

  1. 2. What is Logbook of The World? ARRL's Logbook of the World (LoTW) system is a repository of log records submitted by users from around the world.
  2. 3. What is Logbook of The World? When both participants in a QSO submit matching QSO records to LoTW, the result is a QSL that can be used for ARRL award credit.
  3. 4. What is Logbook of The World? <ul><li>Logbook of the World can accommodate every possible user scenario. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Home </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Portable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mobile </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maritime </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>QSL Managers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DXpedition or whatever, </li></ul></ul><ul><li>LoTW can be setup to properly process your logs and match QSOs for all of your operations. </li></ul>
  4. 5. Is LoTW Secure? To minimize the chance of fraudulent submissions to LoTW, all QSO records must be digitally signed using a digital certificate obtained from ARRL.
  5. 6. What about software? <ul><li>LoTW uses software called TQSL. </li></ul><ul><li>TQSL is free to download and use. </li></ul><ul><li>TQSL works with: </li></ul><ul><li>MS Windows (95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista) </li></ul><ul><li>Mac OS X </li></ul><ul><li>Linux </li></ul>
  6. 7. What about software? <ul><li>Trusted QSL contains two programs </li></ul><ul><li>TQSL CERTIFICATES </li></ul><ul><ul><li>TQSL CERT is for requesting and managing your digital certificates </li></ul></ul><ul><li>TQSL </li></ul><ul><ul><li>TQSL is used to electronically sign your logs and manage you stations geographic information such as US State, County, Grid square, Zones, IOTA, etc. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 8. How much does it cost? Logbook of The World is FREE to all radio amateurs around the world. Membership in ARRL is not required. Users may upload logs and view data anytime with no charges or fees .
  8. 9. What About Application Fees? When applying for awards users pay the appropriate application fees and QSO fees. This is no different than when making a paper application for an award.
  9. 10. What About QSL Cards? LoTW does not replace QSL collecting. ARRL QSL Bureau is still a member benefit.
  10. 11. What About QSL Cards? <ul><li>LoTW saves money and time. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No postage or IRCs. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No QSL card printing expense. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No waiting for QSL cards </li></ul></ul>
  11. 12. How is LoTW different than e-QSL or other online QSL services? Because LoTW uses private key and public key technology, users are verified and data uploaded to the system is secure. LoTW is constantly comparing uploaded data for matches. There are no paper cards printed that have the potential to be altered.
  12. 13. What can I do with LoTW?
  13. 14. What can I do with LoTW? <ul><li>Apply for awards </li></ul><ul><li>Track DXCC credits </li></ul><ul><li>View DXCC Matrix </li></ul><ul><li>Track WAS Credits </li></ul><ul><li>Search QSOs and QSLs </li></ul><ul><li>View QSL Details </li></ul>
  14. 15. <ul><li>Search your QSOs and QSLs </li></ul><ul><li>View your awards accounts. </li></ul><ul><li>Find out if a station has uploaded logs to LoTW </li></ul><ul><li>Upload a signed log or certificate request file </li></ul><ul><li>View your account activity, certificates, change password, change e-mail information </li></ul>Use the tabs to:
  15. 16. Track DXCC Credits
  16. 17. Track WAS Credits
  17. 18. What do the columns mean?
  18. 19. What do the columns mean? <ul><li>Award </li></ul><ul><li>These are the awards that you are working towards. </li></ul>
  19. 20. What do the columns mean? <ul><li>Selected </li></ul><ul><li>These are the QSOs that LoTW has selected for the particular awards. </li></ul>
  20. 21. What do the columns mean? <ul><li>Applied </li></ul><ul><li>These are the QSOs that you have applied to the award after you have made an on-line application. </li></ul>
  21. 22. What do the columns mean? <ul><li>Awarded </li></ul><ul><li>These are the QSOs that have been awarded to you after your applications have been processed. </li></ul>
  22. 23. What do the columns mean? <ul><li>Total / Current </li></ul><ul><li>These are your totals. </li></ul><ul><li>Total includes deleted DXCC entities. </li></ul><ul><li>Current is only current entities. </li></ul><ul><li>The DXCC Challenge award only counts current DXCC entities </li></ul>
  23. 24. Viewing Your DXCC Credit Matrix 1. 2. 3 .
  24. 25. Viewing Your DXCC Credit Matrix
  25. 26. QSO Search Form Quick Searches
  26. 27. QSO Query <ul><li>No QSL information in QSL box </li></ul><ul><li>means this contact is NOT confirmed </li></ul>Information in QSL box means this contact is confirmed
  27. 28. QSO Query <ul><li>Download an ADIF file of your confirmed contacts. </li></ul><ul><li>LoTW is NOT a backup or storage of your entire log. </li></ul><ul><li>You cannot download your entire log. </li></ul><ul><li>Please make regular backups of your log files to external media </li></ul>
  28. 29. QSO Detail Notice the QSL time/date stamp. This contact has been confirmed in LoTW
  29. 30. QSO Detail No QSL time/date stamp. This contact has not been confirmed.
  30. 31. QSL Card Detail. Information was imported from an older DXCC account when a QSL card was submitted. This record does not contain as much detail as LoTW QSL. QSO Detail
  31. 32. Find A Call Use this to see if a LoTW user uploaded a log recently.
  32. 33. Find A Call As a security measure, you cannot see the other station's log entry unless you provide a matching log record. This prevents &quot;trolling&quot; for busted call signs.
  33. 34. Your Account – Your activity Click on RESULT to view details
  34. 35. Activity Details <ul><li>TQ8 File Name </li></ul><ul><li>Certificate that signed the file </li></ul><ul><li>Number of QSOs processed </li></ul><ul><li>Number of QSL matches </li></ul>
  35. 36. Download is ONLY for users who cannot receive a TQ6 file attachment in their e-mail. This is not a complete certificate and cannot be used to recover your certificate. Your Certificates
  36. 37. What can I do with LoTW? <ul><li>Apply for Awards </li></ul>
  37. 38. Award Application <ul><li>After checking the APPLICATION button select the QSOs that you wish to have credited in this application. </li></ul>It is best to CHECK ALL to receive all credits that your have earned. Click CONTINUE 1. 2. 3.
  38. 39. Award Application <ul><li>The next screen allows you to select the awards that you are applying for. </li></ul><ul><li>This example shows that endorsements for CW, Phone, 20m and 40m will be awarded. </li></ul><ul><li>On this screen you will enter your name as you want it on the award and the address to send the award. </li></ul>
  39. 40. Award Application <ul><li>The last screen is where you make your payment. </li></ul><ul><li>There is a text box for additional comments or instructions. </li></ul><ul><li>Once you have made an application you cannot make another until the previous application is completed. </li></ul>
  40. 41. How Do I Get Started?
  41. 42. How Do I Get Started? GET STARTED New Users begin here.
  42. 43. How Do I Get Started? <ul><li>Four easy steps. </li></ul><ul><li>Download the instructions </li></ul><ul><li>Download Software </li></ul><ul><li>Upload the certificate request </li></ul><ul><li>Upload your postcard password </li></ul>
  43. 44. With instructions translated in nine languages LoTW really is the Logbook of the world. Step 1. Click the link on the GET STARTED page… …download the instructions in your language.
  44. 45. Getting Started The following screens are an overview of the LoTW process. Please use the illustrated instructions in the GET STARTED tab at
  45. 46. Getting Started <ul><li>Download free software </li></ul><ul><li>Request a certificate </li></ul><ul><li>Verify your location </li></ul><ul><li>Load your certificate </li></ul><ul><li>Make you station location </li></ul><ul><li>Digitally sign and upload your log </li></ul>
  46. 47. Download the free software for your operating system
  47. 48. Download the free software for your operating system <ul><ul><li>The program is available for Microsoft Windows, Linux and Mac OSX. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trusted QSL is downloaded from Sourceforge website. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The program is self extracting. </li></ul></ul>
  48. 49. Trusted QSL <ul><li>Trusted QSL has two programs: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>TQSL Cert - Used to request and manage digital certificates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TQSL - Used to digitally sign log (ADIF or Cabrillo) log files so they can be sent to the LOTW server at ARRL HQ </li></ul></ul>
  49. 50. Request A Certificate Use TQSL CERT to request certificates.
  50. 51. Request A Certificate Your primary certificate will be UNSIGNED
  51. 52. Request A Certificate If done correctly you should have a red slashed circle with your call and DXCC entity.
  52. 53. Request A Certificate Click the link from the GET STARTED page. Upload your TQ5 file.
  53. 54. Verify Your Location You will receive a postcard in the mail.
  54. 55. Verify Your Location Enter your callsign and the postcard password on the LoTW website. Click the link from the GET STARTED page.
  55. 56. Load your Certificate Load the TQ6 certificate file that you receive in an e-mail. This e-mail will also contain your LoTW user page logon and password.
  56. 57. Load your Certificate When properly loaded the red circle will change to a gold ribbon.
  57. 58. Create A Station Location Your station location contains all of your geographic information.
  58. 59. Sign And Upload Your Log LoTW will sign ADIF and Cabrillo files. TQSL include an ADIF file creator.
  59. 60. Sign And Upload Your Log When you sign your log you will be creating a TQ8 file to upload to LoTW.
  60. 61. Think of a TQ8 as a complete QSL card. <ul><ul><li>The TQ8 File contains: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your call and DXCC entity. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>QSO information. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your geographic information. </li></ul></ul>
  61. 62. What Makes Up A TQ8 file? Your callsign and DXCC entity is provided by your certificate.
  62. 63. What Makes Up A TQ8 file? The QSO info such as the station worked, date, time, band and mode is extracted from the ADIF file.
  63. 64. What Makes Up A TQ8 file? Geographic information is provided by your station location.
  64. 65. Sign And Upload Your Log Select the station location to use for signing the log.
  65. 66. Sign And Upload Your Log Select the log file that you wish to sign.
  66. 67. Sign And Upload Your Log Save the TQ8 File.
  67. 68. Sign And Upload Your Log Upload the TQ8 File.
  68. 69. Your Account – Your activity See the files that you have uploaded and the results of your uploads.
  69. 70. Your Account – Your activity Click on RESULT to view details
  70. 71. Logbook of The World It’s so easy…