Re: Special Event Calls and Cards

Jerry N9AVY

Still have about 500 or so blank QSLs left.  Requests are getting fewer these days and most are LoTW or Eqsl.  The cost of postage seems to be getting increased every year. When I worked for QSL Bureau my monthly shipments dwindled from a thousand of more to just  100-200 a month.  LoTW/Eqsl has taken the bulk of the cards away from bureaus and direct mailing.  In time, the bureaus may all disappear.

What I don't understand is the need for QRZ and others to feel the need to confirm contacts. All it seems to do is add extra work to making a contact. If a station says confirm via QRZ they get ignored by me.  My logging program only has 2 buttons for QSLs:    1)  LoTW  and 2) Eqsl . Simplify, simplify in he words of Henry David Thoreau.

Went overboard and didn't allow for crummy band conditions when I ordered last batch of cards.  Think Barry might have waited a year before ordering cards  so he would get a better idea of how many to order. That may be what ARRL did with the Centennial QSLs.

Jerry  n9avy

From: Rick - N7WE <n7we1980@...>
Sent: Monday, February 26, 2018 11:48 AM
Subject: Re: [070Club] Special Event Calls and Cards

No suggestion about what would work for you...but I stopped doing paper cards quite some time ago.  Can't remember exactly when but it has to have been about 10 years.  Since then I think I have only had maybe two or three on-air requests for paper cards that I had to say "Sorry, don't have paper cards anymore."  I do upload all QSOs to LoTW, eQSL, and Logbook.  I think anymore most people (even DX) use one or more of those three. I have on maybe two or three occasion received a paper card requesting a QSL.  When that happens, I go to eQSL Outbox, do edit, display as card, open in new tab, and print one for them. Hope that helps. 
Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602

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