Renewing a Callsign Certificate
Every Callsign Certificate expires after 3 years. A Callsign Certificate is easy to renew before it expires; after a Callsign Certificate expires, your only recourse is to request a replacement Callsign Certificate.
These instructions for renewing a Callsign Certificate assume that
- your Callsign Certificates reside in the folder
C:\MyLoTWCertificates(if you've stored them in a different folder, adjust the instructions accordingly)
- you are renewing a Callsign Certificate before it expires
- the Callsign Certificate to be renewed is named
If your Callsign Certificate has already expired, you must request a replacement Callsign Certificate.
To initiate the renewal of your unexpired Callsign Certificate,
|1.||Delete the Callsign Certificate Request file
|2.||Start TQSL and select the Callsign Certificates tab, which lists your Callsign Certificates.|
|3.||In the Callsign Certificates tab, click on the certificate to be renewed:|
|and then click the Renew the Callsign Certificate button.|
|4.||The Request a New Callsign Certificate window will appear, showing that you are creating a new Callsign Certificate Request file; click the Next button.|
|5.||The Request a New Callsign Certificate window will now show your Callsign and DXCC entity (both grayed out because they can't be changed):|
|5.a||the QSO begin date should already be set to the begin date specified on your current certificate|
|5.b||for an active callsign, the QSO end date should be remain blank; for an inactive callsign, the QSO end date should already be set to the end date specified on your current certificate|
|5.c||click the Next button|
|6.||The Request a New Callsign Certificate window will now show your name and address; make any necessary corrections, and click the Next button.|
|7.||The Request a New Callsign Certificate window will now show your email address; make any necessary corrections, and click the Next button.|
|8.||The Request a New Callsign Certificate window will now prompt you to specify a password for the Callsign Certificate you're requesting.
If you're using a shared computer, you should protect the Callsign Certificate by entering the same password in both textboxes; you'll be asked to provide this password each time you direct TQSL to digitally sign a log file using the requested Callsign Certificate.
If you control access to the computer you're using, you can leave both textboxes empty, thereby avoiding the need to provide a password each time you direct TQSL to digitally sign a log file.
Then click the Finish button.
|9.||An Upload window will appear, asking if you want to upload the request to LoTW; click the Yes button:|
|10.||If the Callsign Certificate you've selected to renew is password-protected, you'll be prompted to specify the password:|
|Enter the pasword and click the OK button. If you've forgotten the password, click the Cancel button and request a replacement Callsign Certificate.|
|11.||TQSL's Callsign Certificates tab will display an entry for your new certificate request with a pending icon: ; you can terminate TQSL by opening its File menu and selecting the Exit command (on OS X, by selecting the Application menu's Quit tqsl command).|
When you receive email from the ARRL message with an attached file named
|12.||Save the attached file into the folder
|13.||In the folder
|14.||To protect your renewed Callsign Certificate(s), direct TQSL to create a Backup File.|