Contest QSL practices
Sean E. Kutzko
tigger at prairienet.org
Fri Nov 10 18:35:23 EST 1995
Received several replies to my post. About a 50-50 split for/against my
comments. I'd like to comment on some comments.
1) I understand the concerns expressed by those that don't feel they
should have to answer QSL requests (time, money, income of a ham in a
foreign land, etc). I, myself, do not bounce up and down with joy when I
come home and find 10-15 requests for cards (especially the ones that
don't include SASE's). However, I consider that part of the cost of
operating the contest. I'm still working on a few awards myself, and it
really burns my butt to send off requests to major contesters who
obviously have the bucks to respond, but choose not to (still waiting for
5 cards for my 160 WAS from last year's 160 contests). All were sent w/
despite all of that, I STILL get a warm fiuzzy when somebody sends me a
card and says, "Thanks for the new one on 40" or whatever. That tells me
the reason he called. I'm willing to reciprocate.
2) I DO think the way QSL's are handled right now is outdated, and look
forward to the day of e-QSL's. That is not how it is done at the moment,
3) If you don't want to mess with the time/hassle of dealing with those
pesky cards, you have a few options:
a) Find a manager. There are quite a few folks who would LOVE to do that.
b) Use the buro (not practical for intra-country Q's, I know..)
c) Make an announcement that you won't be QSL'ing your contacts in the
contest (might hurt your rate a bit.)
4) If it will make that much difference, I'd be HONORED to be the manager
for an Asian effort in an upcoming contest. Just be sure to send me an SASE.
Sean Kutzko Amateur Radio: KF9PL
Urbana, IL DXCC: 305 wkd/301 cfmd
"You can't close the door when the wall's caved in."
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