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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. There are several possiblilities that can cause this to occur.


The first possibility 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 possibility is no CQ Zone in the QSO data. QSO data from paper cards that are submitted for DXCC, WAS, or VUCC Awards will not be used by LoTW for WAZ Awards because the CQ Zone is not a part of the QSO data that is submitted for DXCC, WAS, or VUCC. In a related matter when completing the TQSL Station Location Form if the CQ Zone field is left blank, this will cause the same issue as paper cards that are submitted for DXCC, WAS, or VUCC. For LoTW to create a QSL match for any QSO, LoTW must know the CQ Zone.


The third possibility is the incorrect CQ Zone number in TQSL. If the CQ Zone number that was entered in the Station Location field is the incorrect Zone number a QSL match will result for the wrong Zone.


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 that the Station Location be edited to reflect the correct Station CQ Zone and reload the Station Log or you can submit the QSO as a part of hybrid application. In all cases paper cards are always acceptable. Before submitting paper cards for any WAZ Award please read the information on submitting WAZ applications using the digital WAZ application found on this website.


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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.