WAC via LoTW


WAC via LoTW

LoTW and Worked All Continents

LoTW and the WAC Program-

At this time LoTW is not configured for the WAC program. Contacts in LoTW themselves therefore cannot be used towards this award.

However, there is a way to do this in a way that satisfies the requirements for making a WAC application.

First, you must verify that you have at least 6 confirmations in LoTW that will give you 6 individual continents:

North America
South America

Next you must do an application in the DXCC section to move these credits over to a DXCC account in the DXCC software. (Application procedure covered below).

Once you submit this application and the application is closed out you can now apply for WAC using these credits.

To make an application to move credits from LoTW to the DXCC program follow these simple and easy steps exactly as noted:

Sign in your LoTW account
Click the ‘Awards’ link
On the left ‘Select DXCC Award Account’
On the left click ‘Application’
On screen Part One select the QSOs you want to apply towards the six continents

(Here you can do just what you need or, if you want you can select more QSOs here to begin your participation in the DXCC award program)

Follow the screens to Part Four

In Part Four you can use the Comment box where you note that your application is only to apply for WAC and that the paper application is forth coming.

Below this is the payment screen. You can enter your credit card information here and your application will be processed within a few working days, or, if you choose ‘Paymeny By Mail’ you have 30 days to make payment to ARRL. If payment is not recevied after 30 days your application will expire and may be subject to cancellation.

The fee for making an application to bring DXCC QSOs in the DXCC program using LoTW is:

$5.00 – All ARRL members plus $0.12 per QSO
$10.00 – All non-USA non-ARRL members plus $0.12 per QSO

Once this is completed applicants can then prepare their WAC application. The fees for this are noted in the WAC rules and on the current WAC application form.

Remember, in order to apply for the WAC award applicants MUST be a member of an IARU society. For the USA ARRL is the IARU member society for the United States. The complete list of IARU member societies can be found at:



Worked All Continents and LoTW

At this time the IARU WAC award is not supported in the LogBook of The World (LoTW) system and there are no immediate plans for this. But, there is a way to use LoTW to get applicable QSOs from LoTW into a DXCC account so that you can claim credits without the need for sending cards to ARRL. Currently, if you have a DXCC account (award/certificate) in lieu of sending QSL cards along with the WAC application applicants can complete the application form and note QSO that are in a current, active DXCC account in the DXCC (not LoTW) system on their application and send the application by e-mail attachment or fax with payment noted.

If an applicant has in their LoTW account sufficient contacts (good matches with 6 continents) they can make an application to DXCC. Once the LoTW application is completed and the QSOs are now moved into a DXCC account, applicants can now submit a WAC application.

Please follow these steps exactly as shown:

Sign into LoTW
Click the ‘Awards’ link
on the left click ‘Select DXCC Award Account’ in the gray box
On the left again click ‘Application’
The first screen (Part One) is the complete list of good matches of QSOs for you to choose from

CAREFULLY scroll down and click the white box for the 6 continents you would like to apply. Remember, choose credits carefully and be sure to apply those credits you want towards the various award(s) and/or endorsement(s) that are available in WAC. If you need a continent reference please visit the text version of The ARRL DXCC List at http://www.arrl.org/files/file/DXCC/2013_Current_Deleted.txt which shows all entities with associated continents.

Next, follow through with parts two, three and four.

Part Four has 2 parts. The upper portion is for sending notes to staff. You can place a note here that you are just doing this to apply for the WAC award. This is not your application for WAC, just a note that upon completion of LoTW that you will be submitting a WAC application.

The lower part is where you make payment. If you place your credit card information here your application will be completed in 1-2 working days. If not, payment must be received within 30 days or the application will expire.

Next, submit your application

This completes the LoTW portion and gets the QSOs selected into a DXCC account in the main
DXCC system.
Now that you’ve done this it is time to prepare your WAC application
Visit the WAC web page at http://www.arrl.org/wac
Take a moment to review the rules and other information
Download the form and complete it (An interactive form is planned for the future) Complete ALL spaces asking for information

Be sure to note your name EXACTLY as you want it to appear on your certificate
In the lower portion you must fill in the callsigns of the QSOs from your DXCC account
Sign and review the form to make sure all areas have been completed

If you are sending the form by fax or e-mail payment must be on the form. Or, if not you can choose to send the form by regular mail.
Or, if you choose you can note your permission for staff to refer to the credit card that was placed when you submitted your application via LoTW.

We cannot bill you
Payment methods:
Cash (not recommended and ARRL not responsible for any cash sent by mail)
Most major credit cards. For more on payment methods please see the bottom of the DXCC
fee schedule screen at http://www.arrl.org/dxcc-awards-fees

If you are Diamond Club or Maxim Society please note this on the credit card line. (There is no charge for Level 4 (gold) or higher only). For LoTW on Part Four for payment there is also a check box for this.

Fee for LoTW portion of application process:
$5.00 LoTW application fee for all ARRL members
$10.00 LoTW application for all non-USA non-ARRL applicants
$0.12 LoTW fee per QSO
$2.00 For DXCC credit slip and matrix USA
$3.00 For DXCC credit slip and matrix non-USA 

Fee for WAC application:
$13.00 per certificate
$7.50 per endorsement. (Note: if you submit multiple endorsements on one application there is only one fee of $7.50)

If you send an application by mail with cards, return postage or an SASE with 3 stamps is required for the return.

Postage for card return (does not include traceable methods): USA – $1.50 for every 6 cards
Non-USA – $3.50 for every 6 cards
Send questions to: wac@arrl.org
Send form by e-mail to bmoore@arrl.org or wac@arrl.org
Send form by FAX to (860) 594-0346

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