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Author Topic: LOTW furiously processing logs  (Read 12104 times)
AB8MA
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« Reply #105 on: February 03, 2013, 01:09:04 PM »

When I submit my annual application, the only cards I submit are the ATNO's not included with the LOTW QSL's. With the LOTW submission I throw all my confirmations into the mix, regardless of the Award catagory.

I am not yet at the point I want to chase band fills with green stamps. Smiley
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N2RJ
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« Reply #106 on: February 04, 2013, 10:30:23 AM »

Paper applications didn't have a per QSO fee except after the first 120 QSOs.

The new fee structure for paper applications is now 15 cents per QSO for everything over 101 QSOs.

And it's 8 cents for online apps.

Point still stands, LoTW apps are more likely to net more in fees.

Let's say you have 101 QSOs. Here are the fees (excluding certificates and shipping):

LoTW: $5 + 101x$0.12  = $17.12
Paper: $15 (101 QSOs free)
Online: $7.50 (101 QSOs free)

LoTW brings in $2.12 more in fees than paper and almost $10 more in fees than an online app. As for the margin, I have no idea what it costs ARRL to process each of these apps but given that the DXCC staff is likely salaried and not hourly and the LoTW servers cost about the same amount to run whether or not people are submitting LoTW apps, those are fixed costs.

Also AB8MA's point is a good one. With LoTW I usually just submit all the credits I have instead of cherry picking for awards. Since LoTW is automatic I get more of these than I do actual QSL cards. So even more in fees is sent per app as a result.

I don't really care about how much ARRL "profits" from it as I'd rather see the league get the money but make no mistake, LoTW does indeed bring home the bacon.
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AF3Y
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« Reply #107 on: February 06, 2013, 03:49:04 PM »

I applied for the 30 mixed DXCC QSOs which my LOTW awards page showed as pending. Made the application last nite, and they have been moved over to my mixed total of 307 worked / 305 active as of today. QUICK as a wink!

This was my first LOTW application.... Everthing else has been by either sending cards to ARRL, or sending them to a card checker. There was not a card checker type anywhere near me when I was at the S.C. QTH.

I have 5 more ATNO cards, to bring my DXCC total up to 212 and think I will go over to the HAMCATION show in Orlando this weekend and get them checked in and submitted. I dont see anything new coming along that I need, so its as good a time as any to catch up some loose ends.

Anyone going to HAMCATION in Orlando?

73, Gene AF3Y
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NI0C
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« Reply #108 on: February 06, 2013, 04:15:21 PM »

Congrats, Gene.  Yes, the ARRL DXCC desk is doing a great job processing both LoTW and online applications.  My recent online application (with cards checked by a local checker) was completed within two weeks, even with the year end flood of applications.
73,
Chuck. NI0C
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AF3Y
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« Reply #109 on: February 06, 2013, 04:37:19 PM »

This was my first LOTW application....

I have 5 more ATNO cards, to bring my DXCC total up to 212 and think I will go over to the HAMCATION show in Orlando this weekend and get them checked in and submitted.
73, Gene AF3Y

CORRECTION!  Actually, I only have 3 ATNO cards (Mt. Athos, Minami ToriShima and Macquarie Island), which will give me a corrected total of 310 worked/308 current.  (Tried to cut myself short by 100!  YIKES!!)
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NU1O
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« Reply #110 on: February 06, 2013, 09:16:35 PM »

LoTW is working great right now and it worked fine before the bottleneck problem. I absolutely love it.  It really makes verifying a QSO very easy.  In less than two years I have added almost 4,500 verifications I would not have today.

I am going to take AA6YQ's advice and send an email to my section manager. I first joined the ARRL in 1988 (I let my membership lapse when I was inactive) and I believe LoTW is the single most important benefit the ARRL has given me. 

73,

Chris/NU1O
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AD9DX
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« Reply #111 on: February 11, 2013, 09:32:38 AM »

It's periodically screwing up again.
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« Reply #112 on: February 11, 2013, 10:36:14 AM »

It just came back up for me.  It's been up and down since at least 1100Z, and the queue status page didn't show updates past 0100Z

73,

Don, K2DC
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