Just received the stickers to upgrade my DXCC CW certificate for 200 countries. I took a slightly different route to get to the 200 county level. I had about 170 countries on Logbook of the World and another 30 QSL cards that didn’t show up there. So I had the cards checked by a DXCC card checker after entering them all via the online DXCC system that ARRL has put in place. When that check sheet was reviewed by the DXCC staff at ARRL, I got credit for all the QSL cards. Then I placed my application with the additional QSO’s that were required to get to 200. That application was then approved within about 24 hours. A couple of weeks later, the stickers arrived in the mail for my CW and Mixed certificates.
All in all, it’s a very slick system that the ARRL has put in place to integrate paper QSL card processing with the Logbook of the World processing. I will note that this is probably the extent of my DXCC pursuit on CW. My 100 watts and verticals have just about reached their limits. Even so, I am starting all over on RTTY. This time I’m pursuing not only Logbook of the World but also paper QSL cards so that I can qualify for the CQ DX RTTY Award. Right now I’m at 60 countries via LoTW and have about 20 cards that have arrived. It might take me a while to collect the needed 100 cards!