12 Easy Steps to LotW Success
- My friend Rick N6RK came up with the following easy 12-step process for joining and using LotW:Simplified Logbook of The World (LOTW) instructions.
Total working time under an hour.
By Rick Karlquist N6RK
First 12 steps you only do once.
Steps 1-6, <15 minutes
1. Create directory My Documents/lotw.
2. Go to
and download Trusted QSL program to My Documents/lotw directory.
3. Start/Run/My Documents/lotw/tqsl-111.exe to install program. Delete
4. Start/Programs/TQSLcert. Menu: File/New Certificate Request. Wizard
5. Fill in your call, DXCC entity, QSO begin date, leave end date blank,
address as shown on FCC license and email address. Leave password blank.
begin date is when you got on the air from your current QTH. (You can do
other QTH's later).
6. Save .tq5 file to lotw directory and email as an attachment to
7. Wait a few days for postcard from ARRL (USA stations only).
Step 8, < 5 minutes
8. Go to https://pk1.arrl.org/lotw/password and enter your call and number
Note "https" not "http" (USA stations only)
9. Wait for email from ARRL.
Steps 10-12, < 15 minutes
10. Open email from ARRL and save attached .tq6 file in lotw directory.
Go to https://pk1.arrl.org/lotwuser/default and type in the password
the text of the email. Click on "Your Account" then "Change Password"
and change the password to something you can remember. Delete the ARRL
delete <your call>.tq5, and throw away the postcard.
11. Start/Programs/TQSLcert. Menu: File/Load Certificate File. Check
My Documents/lotw/<your call>.tq6. Exit program.
12. Start/Programs/TQSL. Menu: Station/Add Location. Wizard starts. Fill
on your current QTH. (You can do other QTH's later).
Each time you want to submit logs to LOTW (< 10 minutes, mostly waiting
A. Export ADIF or Cabrillo file from logging program to My
Open My Documents/lotw/<filename>.adi. Save to My
C. Email <filename>.tq8 to lotw-logs@....
Wait about 4 hours for email from ARRL saying your log was received.
Then go to https://pk1.arrl.org/lotwuser/default and click on
"Your QSO's" to see how many QSLs you got.