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I finally have QSL cards as of June 2011. As of 7-25-2011 I have sent out QSL confirmations for all stateside QSLs that I have received between January 2010 and July 2011.

For the DX cards requesting a confirming QSL, please be patient. I need to figure out the process for sending to DX… I’ve never done it before. Fortunately I don’t have too many awaiting a response. The first DX QSLs on my list to confirm are G3TXF, UA9FAR, VE6BF, and DL5ME.

I primarily confirm QSOs via ARRL’s Logbook of the World (LoTW). Additionally, I also upload all logs to eQSL.

LoTW: QSO confirmations via LoTW can be used for the ARRL Awards program [ex: DXCC, WAS, VUCC, FFMA]. Based upon my QSO confirmation rates on LOTW and eQSL, I would say that hands down LOTW is more popular.

eQSL: eQSL provides their own awards system. Certain QSOs confirmed via eQSL can also be applied towards certain CQ awards. Most logging programs support easy uploading to eQSL.

If you are only willing to choose one electronic QSL format, please consider choosing LoTW. LoTW is an ARRL service. It does NOT require you to be an ARRL member in order to use LoTW. It is free to use. It is the most popular. In the minds of many, including myself, it’s the most legitimate of the electronic QSLing services. And, in the end you want to use the service that provides the most QSL confirmations for you. I feel that LoTW currently provides the best QSO confirmation rate. LoTW continues to increase in popularity.

Keep in mind that using an electronic QSL service not only benefits you [by virtue of you having a place for your logs to be stored and by virtue of you being able to compete for awards without sending paper QSLs], but it also benefits those who work you [because they can then get a confirmation from you that they otherwise may not have gotten]. You owe it to yourself and your fellow hams that you contact to be part of an electronic QSL service. This is the new millennium. Times are changing. More and more people have computers and internet access. Less and less people are spending money on paper QSLs and postage, especially when they have no guarantee that they will receive a confirmation QSL from the other party.

Please consider establishing a Logbook of the World (LoTW) account and optionally an eQSL account. Links to both are provided below.

ARRL Logbook of the World (LoTW) – http://www.arrl.org/logbook-of-the-world
eQSL – http://www.eqsl.cc

NOTE: Both Logbook of the World (LoTW) and eQSL are free to the user. You don’t have to spend a dime to get an account at either place.

Written by Mike

August 1st, 2010 at 2:36 pm

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