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Logbook 3.0 Documentation

Confirmations

The QRZ system is continually searching the database for matches.   A match is declared when two separate records in the database match these key details:
 
  • Call Signs - both QSO reports must name the same two call signs
  • Date/Time (UTC) - both QSO reports must have the same timestamp, +- 30 minutes
  • Band - both QSO reports report the same band in use
  • Mode - both QSO reports report the same mode in use

Of course, there are a lot of additional fields in a QSO report, but these are the key values for QSO matching.  If a match is found, the QSO will be confirmed.   There is nothing else to do.

The QRZ Logbook is a double-blind system.  This means that both QSO parties must log the contact separately.  In order for a QSO to be confirmed, both parties must use the QRZ Logbook, and each must input the details of the QSO as they observed them.   One side is never told what the other side has reported.  The system will then decide if both reports match, and if they do, a confirmation is awarded.

If you have some QSOs waiting for confirmation, you can poke the other party to remind them that you're waiting.  This is done by sending a Confirmation Request.  A Confirmation Request sends a message to the other user telling them that you are waiting for a QSO to be confirmed.  The QSO is immediately confirmed if they can supply the standard matching criteria (date, time, band, mode).  Note that this isn't a simple Yes/No confirmation.   The other party must provide the matching data so that both parties can be confirmed.

Many users do not use this system, preferring instead to upload ADIF files periodically. Any pending confirmation requests will automatically be fulfilled when they upload their logs. Additionally, we will automatically identify any matching QSOs in the system and mark them as confirmed, even if confirmation has not been requested.

As you build up a list of confirmations in your Logbook, you earn credit towards QRZ Operating Awards.  You may apply for awards directly within the Logbook, as it contains a full-featured awards analyzer subsystem.


This page was last updated April 12, 2024 14:22