Re: QSL / LOTW / Logging Question

Wayne Dillon

Hi Charlie,
Personally, If I really want the QSL I go direct, very few will ignore a direct QSL request. I even got one from a guy who had to make one on his computer specially for me. I do use both LOTW and eQSL and I have to say that I am disappointed with the level of confirmation on LOTW. eQSL now has the facility to actually print the card if you require hard copy.
So I guess with all this rambling I'm saying direct is still the best method for getting one back.
72/3 es God Bless de Wayne - KC0PMH

On Thu, Jul 11, 2013 at 9:35 PM, Charlie , W5COV <cvest@...> wrote:

Okay I have been a ham for 48 years and made countless contacts over the
years , but never had any interesting in collecting cards or awards .

Recently after looking at my log book I saw very little actual on the
air activity in the past few years , even though I try to work on the
bench almost every day . I have also built countless projects , but just
use them for a few contacts to make sure they work correctly and give
them away or put them on the shelf . I do operate different types of
beacons on a fairly regular basis.

Two or three months ago I decided to reset my QSO counter to zero and go
after every special event , contest , any special piece of paper , for
WAS , DXCC , VUCC any award in the books on any band from 160 though 432
MHz. on any and all modes possible .

I bought the entire N3FJP group of logging programs , and set up LOTW ,
to keep track of all the different awards . I also belong to E-QSL and
QRZ , plus of course the ARRL .

What is the best way today to collect cards both domestic and foreign ?
To me it is looking like direct might still be the best . From what I
read on the E-QSL site , the ARRL doesn't accept their QSL's for awards .

However LOTW has such a low rate of confirmation , it is almost not
worth the time to even log them and upload / download the contacts . I
just took a quick look at 50 contacts in July and only 4 of them have
been confirmed through LOTW . E-QSL has a MUCH higher confirmation rate
, but again should I even be wasting my time doing uploads and downloads
from them if the ARRL is not going to recognize them .

Any thoughts or suggestions on how to maximize my QSO confirmations in
today's world would be greatly appreciated . I am hoping some of you can
teach this old dog some new tricks .

Thanks and I hope I don't sound too ignorant for someone who has enjoyed
the hobby for this many wonderful years and now has an even greater
newly acquired interest in operating and having fun at it once again .

73 ,

Charlie , W5COV

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