Are You Still QSL’ing? Gone are the days when mailing a card cost 3 cents… QSL’ing today … is expensive ! Paper QSL Card + Envelope Outgoing Postage – $0.96 to the U.S.A. – $1.60 International Return Envelope + Return Postage – “Green Stamps” ($US2 + ) – IRC’s (1 or more @ $3.50/ea) – U.S. Return Postage (72-cent U.S. stamp) Alternatives … QSL Bureaus – Slow » Like, sometimes really slow – Not always reliable – Not everyone uses them – Some countries don’t have them QSL Service – e.g., WF5E A Modern Approach to Confirmations ... Start by keeping an electronic log… Electronic Logging … Electronic QSL Cards … www.eQSL.cc … Using eQSL … Upload your Log in ADIF Format – You can also enter QSO’s manually (not practical) If your contact is an eQSL user, eQSL card left in his Inbox You can eMail your eQSL to non-users – if you know their eMail address ARRL does not accept eQSL’s for their awards – DXCC, WAS, etc. eQSL have their own awards – eDX100, eWAS, etc. – “Authenticity Guaranteed” required for awards ARRL’s Logbook of the World … Using Logbook of The World … Upload your Log in ADIF Format – use secure “digital signature” LoTW attempts to match your QSO’s with other LotW users – each match counts as a verified QSL – no QSL card option LoTW QSL’s count for DXCC and WAS – can be combined with paper QSL’s – LoTW keeps detailed awards statistics Going Electronic… Why Do It ? You might discover some confirmed contacts you didn’t know about You might make someone else happy who needs your QSL You will raise your Amateur Radio contact statistics to a whole new level It’s fun !
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