From the ARRL Letter of 3/24/06:
==>LOGBOOK OF THE WORLD NOW SUPPORTS WORKED ALL STATES AWARD
Users of the ARRL’s Logbook of the World (LoTW) now may apply their LoTW credits to applications for the League’s Worked All States (WAS) award. Once registered and logged in, users may set up a WAS account on the Logbook Awards page, configuring the account to automatically select QSLs to use or selecting them manually via the Your QSOs page.
LoTW is a repository of logbook records submitted by users from around the world. When both participants in a contact submit matching QSO records to LoTW, the result is an electronic “QSL” that can be used for award credit.
As part of this addition, administration and maintenance of all WAS awards is now perfomed using an LoTW module. US Amateur Radio licensees must be ARRL members to apply for the WAS award. In addition to WAS, LoTW supports the ARRL DX Century Club (DXCC) award.
Since its inauguration in September 2005, LoTW has more than 95 million QSO records on file, with nearly 5.15 million QSL records resulting. The system boasts just over 12,000 registered users, and there are more than 18,100 certificates–each representing a particular user call sign–on file.
It’s about time. This may even spur me to sign up for LOTW.