[CQ-Contest] Contesters and LOTW

Shelby Summerville k4ww at arrl.net
Thu Aug 9 05:23:26 EDT 2007

Andrei Stchislenok wrote: "LoTW is a good thing."

As I sit here, actually dreading to start processing another of my, 
quarterly, 4 pounds of cards, from the bureau, I wonder: "if LoTW is such a 
"good thing", why I continue to get 20+ pounds of cards annually"? I don't 
consider myself an "overly active" contester, and I also wonder how the 
"overly active" stations deal with this issue, if they experience it?
The vast majority, 95%, of these cards are unsolicited, and from RTTY 
contesters! I have absolutely no problem with answering any/all "first 
request", regardless of band/mode. I do have a problem with receiving many 
duplicate band/mode requests! Just how many times can any specific DX 
station want KY confirmed on 20 meters? I suspect that many DX stations 
"dump their entire contest logs into their outgoing bureau"? Sorting the 
duplicate band/mode request from the "first request" cards, is a time 
consuming process, and has literally taken the enjoyment away from operating 
DX contests, for me! It has also made me seriously consider withdrawing from 
the inbound ARRL QSL bureau, and accepting only direct, or email requests. I 
would much rather receive several email requests, after any contest, and 
return that request, via the bureau, than continue to receive 20+ pounds, 

Bottom line: If you're a DX station, and need my card....do us both a favor, 
and send me an email request!!

73, Shelby - K4WW 

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