QRZ Logbook Now Offering Reciprocal Confirmation Credit and LoTW Download
QRZ Logbook now recognizes contact confirmations from ARRL’s Logbook of The World (LoTW). QRZ Logbook users now can download their contacts from LoTW directly into their QRZ Logbook. Contacts that exist in LoTW but not in QRZ Logbook will be added to your QRZ Logbook. LoTW automatically puts contacts made under a previous call sign into a user’s current call sign account. QRZ will automatically put contacts into the logbook associated with the call sign used when the contact was logged.
“Not only will this improve your confirmation rates, because you are receiving credit for your confirmations on LoTW, but it will also import records that exist on LoTW and not QRZ Logbook,” QRZ.com said in announcing the new service. “Those QSOs may match another record on QRZ, resulting in even more confirmations.”
In addition, all contact data in your LoTW database — whether or not the contact is new to your QRZ account — will include the LoTW QSL Received Date, as well as the LoTW Sent (Y/N) flag set in the QRZ Logbook. Contacts confirmed in LoTW, whether or not they are new to QRZ, will automatically be confirmed in your QRZ Logbook.
Regarding duplicate contacts and because some hams log multiple contacts with the same station within a short period, QRZ defines a duplicate as a QSO with matching dates, bands, modes, call signs, and time (to the minute). If those criteria match an existing QRZ Logbook record, QRZ Logbook will update the matching record instead of creating a new QSO record.
QRZ.com pointed out that LoTW supports a “PHONE” mode, which is not compliant with the Amateur Data Interchange Format (ADIF) specification. QRZ said that LoTW contacts showing PHONE mode will be automatically changed to an ADIF-compliant mode based on the band and frequency of the contact. When the process completes, any affected contacts coming into QRZ Logbook will be listed in the report.