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Reviews Categories | Ham Software - Logging | ARRL - Logbook of the World - LoTW Help

Reviews Summary for ARRL - Logbook of the World - LoTW
ARRL - Logbook of the World - LoTW Reviews: 600 Average rating: 3.3/5 MSRP: $00.00
Description: LoTW ... is a repository of log records submitted by users from around 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.
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K1PJR Rating: 5/5 Apr 6, 2015 21:57 Send this review to a friend
Works for me  Time owned: more than 12 months
I've been using it since I got back into ham radio about two years ago. I had no trouble setting it up and it's a snap to upload and download to my logging software. I just achieved DXCC and just followed the instructions to get my certificate. It's very straight forward to use. I dont understand why there are so many disgruntled users. Just take your time and read the appropriate instructions. Kudos to the ARRL.

NG0Z Rating: 4/5 Apr 6, 2015 17:06 Send this review to a friend
Getting a Lot Better  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
Here is my first review of LOTW some time ago:

"There is no excuse in this day and age for a website to have this many outages and blank page responses when trying to check your QSL's or upload QSO's from your logging program. What a joke. The ARRL should be embarrassed. eQSL is flawless and perfect every time."

Since then, I have seen the web site become much more reliable - kudos to the ARRL.

I use the subscribed version of QRZ for my logging software and upload to LOTW every time I go QRT.

I have not experienced the issues above for a long time now. I have my WAS now, and am working towards DXCC, both LOTW-only, by choice.

I don't use e-QSL any more although I wish the ARRL would accept verified QSL's from them as well as I'd probably have my DXCC by now.

WZ4K Rating: 5/5 Mar 29, 2015 12:20 Send this review to a friend
LoTW is not a logging program - it's an Awards Validation Prog  Time owned: more than 12 months
That's right, folks! No one is advocating the use of LoTW as your logging program. To review LoTW as a logging program demonstrates an utter lack of understanding of its purpose. There are many loggers out there - I use HRD and enjoy a 'highlight QSOs and 2 click upload' feature to LoTW! A child could learn this in about 5 minutes!

Digitally signing your uploads results in a very high integrity awards program, administered by the ARRL; I salute them. No, registering and getting your certificates is not a single mouse-click easy effort(although close) - but well worth the learning curve. Get a LoTW Elmer to help you get this right - it is worth the effort!

At minimal cost, I have achieved DXCC, several WAS awards, WAS Triple Play, CQ WPX and others through LoTW. BTW, the league's Centennial event, centered on logbook uploads to LoTW was, perhaps, the greatest ham radio event in recent memory. Major kudos to the League for both the event and for LoTW as an amazing enabler to the Centennial Celebration. Just ask anyone who has been looking for hard-to-get states like ID!
KD2FIP Rating: 0/5 Mar 28, 2015 21:19 Send this review to a friend
Absolute crap  Time owned: more than 12 months
After using it for a little over a year I have discovered how bad this 'software' really is. Much like a lot of people's impression of Ham Radio as a whole, this kludge of a logging program is something from the days of TRS-80s and Basic Programming. No facility for making corrections? No facility for deleting duplicates or errors? Really? The sad part is that too many people are still using it. A dinosaur that should have been there for the asteroid strike. If you're NOT using it, DON'T Start. There are far better loggin programs out there. is light years ahead of LOTW.
KX5M Rating: 1/5 Feb 24, 2015 15:18 Send this review to a friend
User unfriendly.  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I know my way around the block when it comes to software and computers. I had this software running and uploaded my log in just a few minutes. The main problem that I can see is LOTW software is user unfriendly for the folks that are not computer whiz-kids. If I had to assign a letter grade for it I think an F+ would be fair. No wonder everyone is either not using LOTW or switching to eQSL. Just my 2 cents worth.
VE1YY Rating: 4/5 Feb 17, 2015 14:52 Send this review to a friend
Trouble Tickets Handled Well  Time owned: more than 12 months
If you have one call then you need not read.

I have merged two calls due to a move from one district to another in Canada.

TQSL found an old signing authority and bombed.

LoTW read my email, looked at the attachments, and dispatched a fix not shown in the FAQs.


Happy Ham!

NG0K Rating: 2/5 Feb 10, 2015 19:17 Send this review to a friend
Still Not Good  Time owned: more than 12 months
I'm just starting to get active in radio again now that my kids are in college and I have time. I'm in the process of getting LOTW set up on a Win 8 machine and am discovering it is the same pile as it was a few years ago.

W3OU Rating: 5/5 Jan 26, 2015 06:33 Send this review to a friend
Really Improved  Time owned: more than 12 months
When I started with LoTW, would do an annual load for the first few years. Really easy with logs now. Since there is an electronic contest log to submit, not much more effort to load into LoTW. Uploaded contest logs this season the Monday morning after contests. There were 100s of QSLed contacts coming right up. Also the speed is up there. Rather than the old wait, I noticed this year that when I switch from Trusted QSL to LoTW, the QSOs are waiting there.
KS4TL Rating: 4/5 Jan 8, 2015 07:48 Send this review to a friend
It's Getting Better  Time owned: more than 12 months
Thought it was time to revisit my initial (and very harsh) assessment after two years of using LoTW.

ARRL seems to have fixed the problems with system performance that once plagued LoTW. I haven't had any issues at all with upload processing over the last year, even right after contests. My logging software now integrates LoTW almost seamlessly. And LoTW certainly is a boom for those chasing WAS and DXCC.

Just two issues need resolving before I'd give LoTW a 5:

- ARRL and RSGB need to sort out their differences so that LoTW can be used for IOTA awards;

- obtaining the initial certificate and getting your LoTW account validated still seems to be a needlessly arcane process.
W8JAS Rating: 5/5 Jan 1, 2015 06:10 Send this review to a friend
Excellent and Easy - Thanks ARRL!  Time owned: more than 12 months
My installation of LoTW was just incredibly easy. Too about 5 minutes. When I see people having problems, it is probably one of several things. They cannot follow instructions, the are very unfamiliar with their computer and installing software, or they are just too lazy or incapable of figuring out the obvious. If you cannot figure out how to install something as easy as LoTW, how did these people get a license? But that being said, I have my Ham Radio Deluxe installation linked to the LoTW software (again easy) so that every QSO is easily uploaded to the ARRL LoTW application with a few quick mouse clicks. It is quick and easy and does not cost anything in postage. I am getting about 45% confirmation rate now with over 3,000 QSLs. Just think of the postage I have saved by not having to mail QSL cards! LoTW is great, easy and everyone should be using it if they want to earn operating awards.
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