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I am receiving a large number of inquiries about LoTW confirmations that are the result of paper cards that were accepted by DXCC but are not being accepted by LoTW for WAZ awards. I know of three possiblilities that can cause this to occur. The first is the QSO date, all WAZ Awards have a starting date and QSOs with dates prior to the starting date of the award will not be accepted by LoTW or by me. The second, the QSO partner did not enter the station's CQ Zone in the CQ Zone field when completing the TQSL Station Location. DXCC, VUCC, or WAZ applications do not include the CQ Zone as a part of the QSO data. When TQSL signs the QSO, if the CQ Zone is left blank the QSO will be accpted for DXCC but a QSO match will not be made for any WAZ Award. The third possibility is that the CQ Zone was entered in the Station Location field, but the incorrect Zone was entered. This will cause a Zone match but for the incorrect Zone. To verify that either of last two condition are the cause, use the Query Form on "Your QSOs" page in LoTW and then click the "details" link for the QSO in Question. If the CQ Zone is not present or if the incorrect Zone appears in the "View QSO" dialogue box then you have found the reason for the "missing" QSL.


There is no way to correct the incorrect QSO date except to submit another QSO that is within the correct date range. For QSOs that are in the second or third catageory then there are two ways to correct the Zone error. You can contact the the QSO Partner and ask him to edit his TQSL Station Location to reflect the correct Station CQ Zone and reload the Station Log. As a last resort in all three situations paper cards are always acceptable.


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All Amateur Radio opeators may now use LoTW to track and apply for CQ WAZ Awards. For those who are not familiar the CQ Award Program please visit the CQ Website. The menu links to the CQ Awards are on the left side of the page. The WAZ rules page contains rules in several languages, application forms, and a current listing of the five WAZ Awards that may be endorsed for additional zones. If you would like to receive a WAZ information packet by email please send an email to john@kc5lk.com with "WAZ info packet" as the subject line.


If you are looking for help in configuring your LoTW account for use with WAZ, or preparing WAZ applications select the "CQ WAZ Award" tab on the menu bar above then select "LoTW-WAZ help" from the drop down menu. If you want to update your LoTW account using WAZ QSO credits that you obtained by using paper cards or eQSL.cc please read and follow the instructions in The Updating Procedure section of LoTW-WAZ info page. Any updates of your 160M, 6M, Satellite, EME, or 5 Band WAZ award(s) should be done prior to submitting an endorsement application using LoTW as the update will simplify the selection of QSOs.


The use of eQSL.cc has not been affected and no changes to the eQSL application procedure will be needed. LoTW-Admin notifies me when a WAZ Application has been filed but eQSL does not. Please notify me by email when a eQSL application that you wish to use for an award has been filed.


If you are a LoTW user and you wish to use paper cards for any WAZ application and want your WAZ Account Status page to reflect the credits earned from the cards, one additional step has been added to the application procedure. If you do not follow these instructions you will still be awarded a certificate or zone endorsement but your LoTW account will not be upated. Hybrid applications are gladly accepted and may contain any combination of LoTW, eQSL, or paper cards for QSL confirmations. If you submit a hybrid application using paper cards to keep the WAZ Manager happy please follow the instructions on filling out the paper card application found on the LoTW-WAZ info page on this website.


If you would like to contact me about any WAZ related question that you may have, my email address is at the bottom of this page.