# How do I sign up for LotW as a new ham?

I installed tqsl to get started with LotW, but the first screen requires me to enter "Date of the first QSO you made or will make using this callsign". I haven't made any yet, and I don't know the future, so what do I put in this field? Is it simply used as the certificate start-of-validity date, so I enter today's date?