Friday, July 26, 2013

Logbook of the World Troubles Continue

Perhaps a victim of its own success, the ARRL's Logbook of the World online QSO database continues having problems, despite the delayed release in June of a new version of its "Trusted QSL" software (version 1.14.1). At its meeting in July, the ARRL board of directors approved a motion to hire another full-time staffer with "strong IT development and architectural skills" to work on the system, according to the League's website. In addition the board authorized spending $75,000 to hire outside help to improve LoTW's "database implementation."

There had been no indication as of press time as to what impact the ongoing problems and the League's efforts to solve them may have on the addition of LoTW support for CQ's Worked All Zones (WAZ) award, which was targeted for launch in the second half of this year.