Friday, December 21, 2012

ARRL Offers Daily/Hourly LoTW Updates After Major Malfunction

A bug in the ARRL's Logbook of the World (LoTW) online confirmation system that came to light during the weekend of the CQ World Wide CW DX Contest has been fixed, according to League CEO Dave Sumner, K1ZZ. However, logs submitted before 2100 UTC on November 25 might have been accidentally overwritten, so users should check their logs.

As of mid-December, log processing continued to be very slow, with some 26,000 logs waiting in the queue at any given time. New hardware to resolve this problem was ordered in December and was expected to be up and running by early-to-mid February. Meanwhile, the Logbook website now includes pages with both hourly and daily updates so that users can see how many logs are waiting to be processed and the dates on which the logs currently being processed had been uploaded.

It is not known how these problems with LoTW may impact the projected date of mid-2013 for adding LoTW support for CQ's Worked All Zones (WAZ) award.