Moderated Re: WAC Award
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+ AA6YQ comments below
OK, how about providing an LoTW API or function that lets [authorized] awards managers submit lists of entrants’ QSOs for validation?
If this was available, potentially any award could start accepting LoTW confirmations … and LoTW would suddenly become even more popular.
Contest logs might also be validated in the same way, although the volume of checks could be problematic unless they were rate-limited (e.g. by charging for each QSO submitted?) and/or the validation function was slick as a well-oiled Teflon coated pan.
+ The ability to enable an ARRL-authorized award sponsor or contest sponsor to submit an ADIF file containing QSO records and receive an ADIF file indicating whether or not each submitted QSO is confirmed via LoTW was suggested years ago, and was prototyped by ARRL staff. To my knowledge, no subsequent progress was made, but I don’t know whether the status is the result of a policy issue (“Should we allow this? How much should we charge?”) or a development/documentation resource issue.
+ I would love to see a mechanism like this fully developed/documented and released, as I believe it would greatly extend the use of LoTW by organizations from small local radio clubs running weekend sprints to large national organizations offering awards to hams worldwide. As a side effect, more ops would participate in LoTW, to everyone’s benefit.
From: ARRL-Awards@... <ARRL-Awards@...> On Behalf Of Bart Jahnke
Hello John et al,
Bart Jahnke, W9JJ
ARRL - Radiosport and Field Services Manager