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LoTW Satellite Name Research and TQSL Source Code Names.

I went through this exercise recently myself. I believe I did it correctly.
Unfortunately, out of about 1690 satellite contacts I uploaded; I only got 1
match! Thanks to KB8VAO for his matching upload.

Below is information posted to the AMSAT WEB site. Be sure to see my notes
after this before drawing any conclusions. 

Logging Satellite Contacts via ARRL's Logbook of the World from
http://www.amsat.org/amsat/news/ans2003/ans03271.html .

ARRL's Logbook of the World (LoTW) system is a repository of log records
submitted by users from around the world. When both participants in a QSO
submit matching QSO records to LoTW, the result is a QSL that can be used
for ARRL award credit.

To minimize the chance of fraudulent submissions to LoTW, all QSO records
must be digitally signed using a digital certificate obtained from ARRL.
Obtaining such a certificate requires verification of the licensee's
identity either through mail verification (US) or inspection by ARRL of
required documentation (non-US).

Software developed by ARRL can be used to convert a log file (in ADIF or
Cabrillo file format) into a file of digitally signed QSO data, ready for
submission to LoTW.

LoTW began operation on September 15, 2003. Many details, as well as the
required Trusted-QSL (TQSL) software are available at

Below is some information specific to entering satellite QSO data for use by

BAND field should show the satellite uplink band

BAND_RX field should show the satellite downlink band

Both the uplink and downlink bands of the two QSO records (yours and the
other station's) must match in order for LoTW to connect the two into a
"QSL" record. Also, LoTW infers the satellite mode from the two band fields,
and any future mode-specific awards will take notice of that.

FREQ and FREQ_RX fields can also be used in addition to or in place of BAND
and BAND_RX for the uplink/downlink.

The FREQ fields are used to infer the BAND fields if the BAND fields are not
present. Otherwise, the FREQ field values are ignored. If BAND is provided,
the FREQ fields need not even be consistent with the BAND fields: the BAND
fields are authoritative. If neither FREQ_RX nor BAND_RX is provided,
BAND_RX is assumed to be the same as BAND (that is, both uplink and downlink
are assumed to be in the same band).

Since the SAT_MODE field is not used by LoTW. The only way to record the
transponder mode is to use the BAND and BAND_RX fields.

PROP_MODE field should be set to SAT.

SAT_NAME field should indicate the satellite name in the format cc-nn (i.e.
AO-40, FO-29) (Note added by NJ1H on 20040720: The cc-nn format is not
always correct! See notes on extract from ARRL LotW WEB site below.)

The specific list of satellites can be viewed in the TQSL program's ADIF
editor. Satellites that aren't on that list will not be accepted by LoTW.

[ANS thanks Jon, KE3Z, for the above information]


Below is an extract from a TQSL source file, COMFIG.XML, that I located on
the ARRL WEB site. I used the satellite names between the "", i.e. "AO-10".
Note that "Arsene" and the single digit satellites, "AO-6" violates the
format "cc-nn" listed in the AMSAT note above. I tested the ADI creation
tool in TQSL and it outputs <SAT_NAME:4>AO-6<EOR> for AMSAT-OSCAR 6 in the
satellite selection. I recommend that all use the below list as it seems to
be the only valid reference for LotW satellite names. BTW, the DXlab suite
DXkeeper logging software appears to follow these satellite naming
conventions correctly. That is the logging program I use.

COMFIG.XML is located in one of the tar archives, tqsllib-1.4.tar.gz or
TrustedQSL-1.10.tar.gz located at URL http://www.arrl.org/lotw/#download. I
had to use a DOS extraction tool and don't wish to duplicate the effort
right now to determine which of the two contained it.

    <satellite name="AO-10" startDate="1983-06-06">AMSAT-OSCAR
    <satellite name="AO-13" startDate="1988-06-15"
endDate="1996-12-07">AMSAT-OSCAR 13</satellite>
    <satellite name="AO-16" startDate="1990-01-22">AMSAT-OSCAR
    <satellite name="AO-21" startDate="1991-01-29"
endDate="1994-09-16">OSCAR 21/RS-14</satellite>
    <satellite name="AO-27" startDate="1993-09-26">AMRAD-OSCAR
    <satellite name="AO-3" startDate="1965-03-18"
endDate="1965-03-27">AMSAT-OSCAR 3</satellite>
    <satellite name="AO-4" startDate="1965-12-21"
endDate="1966-03-16">AMSAT-OSCAR 4</satellite>
    <satellite name="AO-40" startDate="2000-11-16">AMSAT-OSCAR
    <satellite name="AO-6" startDate="1972-10-15"
endDate="1977-06-21">AMSAT-OSCAR 6</satellite>
    <satellite name="AO-7" startDate="1974-11-15">AMSAT-OSCAR 7</satellite>
    <satellite name="AO-8" startDate="1978-03-15"
endDate="1983-06-24">AMSAT-OSCAR 8</satellite>
    <satellite name="Arsene" startDate="1993-05-13"
endDate="1993-09-10">OSCAR 24</satellite>
    <satellite name="FO-12" startDate="1986-08-12"
endDate="1989-11-05">Fuji-OSCAR 12</satellite>
    <satellite name="FO-20" startDate="1990-02-07">Fuji-OSCAR 20</satellite>
    <satellite name="FO-29" startDate="1996-07-17">Fuji-OSCAR 29</satellite>
    <satellite name="LO-19" startDate="1990-01-22">Lusat-OSCAR
    <satellite name="NO-44" startDate="2001-09-30">Navy-OSCAR 44</satellite>
    <satellite name="RS-1" startDate="1978-10-26" endDate="1979-02-01">Radio
Sputnik 1</satellite>
    <satellite name="RS-10" startDate="1987-06-23"
endDate="2000-11-01">Radio Sputnik 10</satellite>
    <satellite name="RS-11" startDate="1987-06-23"
endDate="2000-11-01">Radio Sputnik 11</satellite>
    <satellite name="RS-12" startDate="1991-02-05"
endDate="2002-02-15">Radio Sputnik 12</satellite>
    <satellite name="RS-13" startDate="1991-02-05"
endDate="2002-02-15">Radio Sputnik 13</satellite>
    <satellite name="RS-15" startDate="1994-12-16">Radio Sputnik
    <satellite name="RS-2" startDate="1978-10-26" endDate="1979-02-01">Radio
Sputnik 2</satellite>
    <satellite name="RS-5" startDate="1981-12-17" endDate="1987-05-10">Radio
Sputnik 5</satellite>
    <satellite name="RS-6" startDate="1981-12-17" endDate="1984-12-09">Radio
Sputnik 6</satellite>
    <satellite name="RS-7" startDate="1981-12-18" endDate="1987-06-01">Radio
Sputnik 7</satellite>
    <satellite name="RS-8" startDate="1981-12-17" endDate="1985-12-16">Radio
Sputnik 8</satellite>
    <satellite name="SO-35" startDate="1999-02-23"
endDate="2001-06-10">Sunsat-OSCAR 35</satellite>
    <satellite name="SO-41" startDate="2000-09-26">Saudi-OSCAR
    <satellite name="SO-50" startDate="2002-12-20">Saudi-OSCAR
    <satellite name="UO-14" startDate="1990-01-22">UOSAT-OSCAR

Perhaps the above was not the best method, but it is the default standard.
The above designators are what I used and if all use them; at least the
satellites will be matching in the LotW database.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-AMSAT-BB@AMSAT.Org [mailto:owner-AMSAT-BB@AMSAT.Org] On Behalf
Of sco@sco-inc.com
Sent: Monday, July 19, 2004 11:32 PM
To: Lee
Cc: amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] LoTW with DX4WIN

But which name is correct?  AO40, AO-40, Oscar 40, Oscar-40? They would all 
be different to a computer (and thus NOT a valid match) but not to a human 
looking at the QSOs (who would see that they are all the same satellite).

At 10:36 PM 7/19/2004, you wrote:
>I've been using Logger32.  It supports all the fields needed for
>with LoTW.  http://www.kc4elo.com/page2.html
>Also from the LoTW FAQ:
>To match, the two QSO records (yours and the other station's) must have:
>   a.. Call of each QSO matches own call of the other (including portable
>        identifiers)
>   b.. The modes are in the same mode group (e.g., SSB and PHONE match
>         because both are PHONE)
>   c.. The date/time values are the same within 30 minutes (all times are
>        UTC)
>In addition, if the QSO is a satellite QSO (indicated by the propagation
>   a.. Both QSOs must be satellite mode
>   b.. Satellite name must be the same
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Bernhard E. Keiser" <keiser@ieee.org>
>To: <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
>Sent: Monday, July 19, 2004 18:43 PM
>Subject: [amsat-bb] LoTW with DX4WIN
> > I am trying to enter my satellite QSOs into LoTW.  My logging software
> > DX4WIN, which logs SAT as a BAND.  LoTW does not accept this.  The
> > people are aware of this problem, but most of their users are HF
>operators, so
> > this problem has only a low priority with them.  Is there a freeware
> > program that I could export my satellite QSOs to, and that has a format
> > acceptable to LoTW?  Thanks for any help/suggestions.
> >
> > 73,
> > Bernie, W4SW
> > ----
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