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Re: [CQ-Contest] Secure online QSLs?

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Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Secure online QSLs?
From: "Ron Notarius W3WN" <wn3vaw@verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 21 Dec 2006 20:37:27 -0500
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You mean merge eQSL.cc's electronic QSL generating capability with LotW?

Bill, yes, it could be done, and could be done with relative ease if

BUT, as memory serves, during the Logbook of the World development, there
was a lot (and I mean a LOT) of screaming from the eQSL supporters that LotW
was in effect an attempt by the ARRL to "steal" their concept... and if I
also remember correctly, the League basically said they wouldn't do it,
because that wasn't the purpose of LotW.

I don't think this one's going to fly.

73, ron w3wn

-----Original Message-----
Date: Thu, 21 Dec 2006 09:10:30 -0800
From: Bill Turner <dezrat@copper.net>
Subject: [CQ-Contest] Secure online QSLs?
To: cq-contest@contesting.com

We're getting a bit off topic for a contest reflector, but on the other
hand, a lot of contesters do operate in order to get QSLs, so maybe it's not
too far off.

Wouldn't it be nice if there were a secure way to send QSLs by email, so
that anyone who wanted one could print it out and those who only want to
look at it could have a .jpg image of it? Ideally, this could be linked to
LoTW, so that only a confirmed QSL could be printed. You could scroll
through your LoTW log and print any confirmed QSLs you wanted. If anyone
wanted to verify that a particular QSL was real, all they'd have to do is
look it up in LoTW. To the best of my knowledge, LoTW is very secure - if a
QSO is in there, it really happened and the printed QSL would only be a
paper record of the LoTW archive.

Each station could have a blank QSL image on file with LoTW and when someone
requests a printout, the data would be automatically filled in and a .jpg
image sent to the requesting station. That way we could personalize our QSLs
easily and cheaply.

Not everyone has a computer of course, but this function could be done by
their local club or even a third party at a modest cost.

Maybe I'm behind the curve and this is already possible, but I haven't heard
it discussed. Please enlighten me if that's the case.

73, Bill W6WRT

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