Sunday, April 10, 2016
Modest Ham Radio Milestone (LoTW)
My Logbook of the World (LoTW) account just turned 2,000. That's the number of confirmed "electronic QSLs". My digital log stretches back to the 1980's at least. (I wish I still had my earliest logs, starting in 1958 or so!)
This will not set the world of amateur radio on fire. Many folks are a lot more active than I am. With a little grit, you can get 2,000 contacts in a single weekend contest! But it's meaningful to me, in a Sunday-driver kind of way.
Another interesting statistic is that my percentage confirmed on LoTW is just about 50% now, a big improvement over the last few years. Largely, that is due to a lot of JT65 / JT9 contacts, where LoTW confirmations are very common. (The folks who are able to set up for digital modes are also likely to be able to handle the still-somewhat-arcane LoTW procedures.)
I still like to send and receive the traditional paper QSL cards, but I confess I have not solved the problem of how to store and/or display them.