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Re: Topband: LOTW Participation

To: Jeff <>
Subject: Re: Topband: LOTW Participation
From: Eddy Swynar <>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2012 09:16:28 -0500
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On 2012-02-16, at 9:25 PM, Jeff wrote:

> " we can get those coveted awards we all like."

Hi Jeff et al,

I certainly have nothing against LotW, or the folks who swear by it. It is the 
"coming thing" IMHO, and given time will surely render hardcopy QSLs a place 
atop the scrap heap of Ham radio history that includes such quaint novelties as 
spark transmissions, cat's whisker detectors, separate transmitter-receivers, 
etc. etc.

Personally, however---despite its many obvious advantages---I want no part of 
it. I enjoy the look & feel of an honest-to-goodness QSL card in my hands, & 
even after 41 years in the game, I still thrill at the prospect of opening up 
that  fresh bundle of cards that might await me in my mail box from the QSL 

Look at this way: LotW caters especially to the awards-seeking crowd, correct? 
Instant gratification! Great! But what if the ARRL, and others, was to suddenly 
announce that they'd no longer issue hard copy certificates---"virtual awards" 
only, viewable on-line...? I wonder if that might cool one's enthusiasm for ANY 
paper-chasing. We now have virtual QSL cards---can virtual awards be far 

So many objects of desire in to-day's society anymore seem to be reduced to 
fleeting collections of electrons visible on a computer screen: turn the power 
off, the objects are gone. Yet real, paper QSLs are actual things that can 
easily outlive our own stay in this place & time---I liken them to leaving 
proverbial footprints in the sands of time. Long after MY own "...collection of 
BIOLOGICAL electrons" ceases to function & disappears, my hard copy cards & 
certificates, for better or worse, of relevance or none, will remain, testament 
at least to the fact that at one time I really & truly was here...

Somehow I just don't think the virtual world of eQSLs & LotW will work quite 
the same way...

~73~ de Eddy VE3CUI - VE3XZ

UR RST IS ... ... ..9 QSB QSB - hw? BK

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