I completely agree with Shelby's comments. I believe the practice of
QSLing every single contest contact has gotton way out of hand and has
greatly diminished the character, quality and purpose of the QSL card.
While I continue to reply to every QSL received (I have a stack of about
400 to send to ARRL now), I think that I must stop this practice soon.
Also, way too many of the cards I receive are those with labels only -
with no hand written signature, other than maybe a scribbled set of
initials, which makes the card very impersonal - further diminishing the
character and quality of the QSL. I fill out and sign every QSL card by
hand. For those who would say to me "no QSL, no QSO", I would say "FB,
in that case, I really don't want or need your QSO". Perhaps someone
will start a list "for those who 'no qsl, no qso' then the rest of us
will no QSO".
gheez, this is ridiculous!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Shelby Summerville" <email@example.com>
To: "Waldemar DK3VN" <firstname.lastname@example.org>; "RTTY Contest"
Sent: Monday, April 05, 2004 4:03 AM
Subject: Re: [RTTY] Spring Break RTTY Sprint
> "Waldemar DK3VN" <email@example.com> wrote: Don't work this guy again.
> I know a lot of causal contesters here, who are saying: "NO QSL NO
> I don't consider a contest contact a QSO, so please don't use "the
> courtesy of a QSO is a QSL" analogy! I answer all QSL requests, even
> ones from the cheapskates that don't include an SASE! I find it even
> difficult to understand the reasoning behind QSLing every contest
> With each inbound bureau shipment I receive, there are many requesting
> confirmation of a band/mode that I have already confirmed to that
> Beginning in 2003, when I receive a QSL request, my return card will
> confirmations of any/all bands/modes with that station. I'm hoping by
> that, the "2+ pounds per quarter" of inbound QSL requests will
> BTW...if you think the "NO QSL, NO QSO" is working, you're sadly
> Just check the contest results!
> C'Ya, Shelby
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