For more information, contact:
Harold Kramer (WJ1B)
Chief Operating Officer
ARRL - The national association for Amateur Radio
(860) 594-0200 / wj1b at arrl.org
Richard Ross (K2MGA)
CQ Communications, Inc.
(516) 681-2922 / k2mga at cq-amateur-radio.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 24, 2012
ARRL & CQ Sign Agreement to Provide ARRL’s Logbook of The World Support for CQ’s Awards
(Hicksville, NY and Newington, CT - Jan. 24, 2012) -- CQ Communications, Inc.
(CQ) and ARRL -- the national association for Amateur Radio, have signed an
agreement to begin providing support for CQ-sponsored operating awards
by the ARRL's Logbook of the World (LoTW) electronic confirmation system.
The agreement was announced jointly today by ARRL Chief Operating Officer
Harold Kramer, WJ1B, and CQ Communications President Richard Ross,
CQ's awards will be the first non-ARRL awards supported by LoTW and will be
phased in, beginning with the CQ WPX award. Additional CQ awards will
follow. The ARRL’s LoTW system, an interactive database recording contacts
between radio amateurs was created in 2003 and has been adopted by
47,500 radio "hams" worldwide. It already has records of 400 million contacts
and grows weekly. The target date for beginning LoTW support for WPX is
April 1, 2012. Amateurs will be able to use LoTW logs to generate lists of
confirmed contacts to be submitted for WPX credit.
Standard LoTW credit fees and CQ award fees will apply.
ARRL Chief Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ, observed that this step
gives radio amateurs throughout the world an inexpensive and convenient
means of gaining credits toward CQ’s popular operating awards. "LoTW has
significantly increased interest and participation in the ARRL’s DXCC, Worked
All States and VUCC awards programs. We anticipate a similarly positive
response to the addition of the CQ WPX award. Amateurs will be able to
spend more time operating and less time chasing QSL cards."
CQ President Richard Ross, K2MGA, said he is very pleased to be able to
move forward with Logbook support for CQ awards. "We have had excellent
results with electronic confirmations for several years," he said, "and I am
glad that we are now able to begin expanding that convenience to those
participants in our award programs who use Logbook of the World.
We look forward to a smooth launch for WPX, and to the expansion of LoTW
support to include the rest of our award programs as well."
ARRL (www.arrl.org) is the national association for Amateur Radio in the United States and publisher of its membership journal QST. CQ Communications, Inc. (www.cqcomm.com) is publisher of CQ Amateur Radio and several other magazines. There are currently over 700,000 Amateur Radio licensees in the USA and approximately 2.5 million worldwide.
To learn more go to <www.arrl.org/logbook-of-the-world>