Re: Emailed QSLs

Ria, N2RJ

There is no specific requirement to sign QSL cards.

Card checkers do examine cards for physical signs of forgery or non-adherence to the rules. The handwritten signature puts something on the card that can’t be duplicated via e-mail, or eQSL. 

With that said, I’m sure people have printed out emailed QSLs and eQSLs and used them for award submissions successfully. However, a card for a contact with Italy or Germany on 20 meters would be scrutinized a lot less than one for North Korea on 160, to use two extreme examples. My 160m cards have always had more scrutiny on them with the card checker noting the time of the contact on the DXCC forms. 

Cards get rejected for all sorts of reasons including scratching off the contact info and replacing it with something else. In that case the card checker will ask you to forward the card to the awards desk for further verification.


On Sun, Jan 16, 2022 at 11:05 PM w2ttt <w2ttt@...> wrote:
Does this mean that mailed cards need to be signed?
I have received printed QSL cards in an envelope.  Are they not valid?
If they are valid, or have been valid in the past, then how are they substantively different than an emailed card? 
Gordon Beattie, W2TTT

From: ARRL-Awards@... <ARRL-Awards@...> on behalf of Ria, N2RJ <rjairam@...>
Sent: Sunday, January 16, 2022 5:57:52 PM
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Subject: Re: [ARRL-Awards] Emailed QSLs
There is one route for them to be valid for ARRL awards. Print out the card, send it to the person who sent it and let them sign it and return it to you by postal mail. 

This way it becomes a regular QSL card…

Otherwise no go. 


On Sun, Jan 16, 2022 at 5:10 PM Pete W1RM <w1rm@...> wrote:

I may have posed this question before, but I’ll ask again.


I have received several QSLs via email with a request for a reply.  The sender also says they are putting the QSO on LoTW and sending a QSL via the bureau.


Is there any value to an emailed QSL?  If the QSL were printed and submitted for an award, would it count?  If not, then why?  Is there a difference between a printed QSL and a printed QSL that’s on a card?


The face of ham radio is changing and so are the approaches to confirming a QSO.  Now LoTW has it’s level of security but a paper QSL? 



Pete Chamalian, W1RM



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