LotW for free…?

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I often hear “LotW is for free“. It is not true. There is no free lunch!

LotW software needs servers, domain, code writing and maintaining and nothing is for free.

I do not know LOTW business plan but I guess you pay for it in at least three ways:

  1. Buying YAESU equipment who is the sponsor. Of course they include sponsorship in equipment price.
  2. Applying for ARRL award and plaques. In price you pay is cost of LotW.
  3. Paying monthly/yearly contribution to ARRL you also pay for LotW.

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