- + On the Air: Logbook of The World Marks 50,000 Users
On May 1, Dragan Pavlovic, YT3PDT, completed his registration process for
Logbook of The World (LoTW), becoming the 50,000th person to take advantage
of the ARRL's online QSL confirmation system. According to ARRL Membership
and Volunteer Programs Manager Dave Patton, NN1N, there are more than 3500
individuals from outside the US in the process of obtaining a digital
certificate, and more than 1800 individuals inside the US who have started
the certificate process, but not yet finished.
Earlier this year, the ARRL and CQ Communications announced that the ARRL
will provide support for CQ-sponsored operating awards by LoTW, beginning
with the WPX Award. This project has entered the beta testing phase with a
select group of hams and, barring any unforeseen circumstances, is on track
to be launched to the Amateur Radio community this month.
"Radio amateurs around the world consider LoTW to be the 'must have' awards
and electronic confirmation system," Patton said. "We look forward to
planned improvements and upgrades, and we are gratified that so many people
have helped the system grow and become more and more useful."