Here are some of my thoughts on the issue>
Qsl'ing can certainly be cost prohitive, especially when I average 30k qso's
per year. With that in mind:
1.I have up-loaded all 270k qso's to LOTW ( just since 1991) The other 30
years of qsos are still in paper logbooks ( 35 log books and 20 years of
paper contest logs) Maybe when I retire, all will go into LOTW.
2. I still answer all qsl direct requests. (with or without postage)
3. I generally will not answer bureau requests from contests. I make at
least 15000 contest qsos/year At $70/1000 to print the cards and the bureau
fees + postage to send, I am looking at almost $1000 each year to answer
cards from contests. I am sorry but I am not one of those 1%'ers.
Furthermore, there are a number of dx stations that send me 5-10 qsls for
every contest every year via the bureau.
4. If a dx station really needs my card, even from a contest, and sends me
an e-mail with his request, I will honor it. ( my e-mail address is on
5. I will use the bureau as much as possible for my needed outgoing cards,
but many stations will only qsl direct with $$/IRC's.
6. I counted around 100 band entities on LOTW that I need confirmed. The
problem is that I have already sent direct requests to 85% of them. I think
that they are just keeping the $$. With that in mind, I refuse to expend any
more money for a non-qsl.
7. I enjoy the old-fashioned paper cards. Many are quite beautiful. Some are
comical, and some are close to being X-rated. I would miss all of that
enjoyment with LOTW confirmations.
I grew up in this hobby believing that the final courtesy of a qso is a qsl.
Obviously there are too many who do not share my beliefs. Enough has been
written on the low percentage of returns from various countries and even
here from our brethren statesiders.
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