Special Convention Instructions

In order to expedite the LoTW account creation process we will often check the credentials of new LoTW users at conventions and issue a special passcode that allows them to bypass the validation process.  This can save a considerable amount of time by eliimiating the need to send information through the regular mail.

You will need your special password that you received at the convention to use these instructions to expedite the account creation process.



  • Step 1 - Download and install the software

    Logbook of the world uses software called TrustedQSL.  

    The software is free to download and use.

    Trusted QSL contains two programs TQSL Certificates and TQSL.

    Trusted QSL works with MS Windows and there is a version for Mac OSX.

    Click here for illustrated instructions to download and install software.


    If you are using anti-spyware programs such as Bit Defender you must configure your software to allow Trusted QSL to run.  Click here for instructions to configure Bit Defender.


    Download the software for Windows here.

    ** Windows Vista and Windows 7 (64 bit) users must download and save the TQSL 113.exe program then run the installation program as administrator.


    Download the Trusted QSL software for Mac here. (Universal binary for PPC and Intel processors and OS X versions 10.4 and later.)


    Linux users can build the software from the source code for the tqsllib library and the TrustedQSL applications. (ARRL does not maintain packages for the plethora of Linux distributions. For assistance with obtaining a packaged version for your Linux distribution, contact your distribution's maintainer.)


  • Step 2 - Request a certificate for your callsign

    Requesting a certificate is a simple process of entering some basic information and saving a file that you will send to LoTW.  You will need the special password given to you at the convention.
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  • Step 3 - Load your certificate (TQ6 file)

    At this point you have received an e-mail from LoTW with your TQ6 file.  This e-mail also contains your username (your call sign) and a password to log onto the LoTW userpage.  This information is lower in the text of the e-mail message.


    These instructions will show you how to load the TQ6 file and more importantly how to save the certificate.  The TQ6 file by itself is not your complete certificate so please be sure to use the instructions to load and save your certificate.

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  • Step 4 - Create a station location

    The station location contains all of the geographic information for your operation.  This includes ITU and CQ zones, grid square, US State and county and IOTA number if you operated from an IOTA island.


    Please be accurate and complete when entering the information in this step because this is how the other station will receive credit for your geographic positions from a QSO with you.
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  • Step 5 - Sign upload your log files

    Logbook of the world accepts digitally signed files call Trusted QSL files.  You have already used these type of files in the certificate process - TQ5 and TQ6.


    When you digitally sign an ADIF or Cabrillo log file you are making a new file called a TQ8 file.  The information in this new TQ8 file is much like what is on a QSL card.  Your call sign and DXCC entity is taken from your certificate, the QSO information comes from your ADIF or Cabrillo log file and all the geographic information is in your station location in TQSL.


    Some logging programs feature a shortcut for signing and uploading your log.  Check with your logging program developer's page for information on features like this.


    Signing logs only takes a few mouse clicks.
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