Emailed cards with digital signatures
should be accepted. They are not but they should be. Many MUCH
more important legal papers are. I am not holding my breath
work towards ARRL awards and value LoTW confirmations. I also
am a county hunter and value eQSL confirmations. Not everyone
uses wither so paper still works for me. In fact not everyone
has paper cards these days. To improve my confirmations
responses, I'll include a county hunter card along with a SASE
if I don't see any QSL info in QRZ. I've attached a sample.
Often a ham will say they do not QSL via mail. If that's the
case I'll send them an email if shown on QRZ asking them if
they would fill out the county hunter card and return it in
the SASE. That has greatly improved my returns.
I'll be glad to get an emailed card even though I know it
can't be counted for an award. I'll follow up as noted above
and try to get a QSL that will work for me.
This thread amazes me, although some what enjoyable at times
did we really answer the question, I will take a stab at it
and probably fall far from the bullseye :)
The original question was.....
I have received several QSLs via email with a request for
The sender also says they are putting the QSO on LoTW and
sending a QSL via the bureau.
there any value to an emailed QSL?
If the QSL were printed and submitted for an award, would
If not, then why?
Is there a difference between a printed QSL and a printed
QSL that’s on a card?
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?
He got all kinds of answers some implying North Korea is
not even worth working, that one blew me away
But it goes to the heart of my point......
By the way....
For that replier he has little interest apparently in
being Number one of the DXCC Honor Roll and is focused on
working Grid Squares
That is fantastic and is a major part of our hobby in that
not everyone loves CW, or Slow Scan TV etc
But there are folks that do, I respect what others enjoy
doing and do not wise to piss on anyone's style of
enjoying our great hobby.
To the heart of the original poster's question
Is a paper QSL worth anything, or even an emailed version?
My reply is simply.......
Yes, it is worth something to the person that requested
it, and is that not in the sprit of the QSL in the first
Maybe you need their QSL, then wait and see if they did as
promised (He did indicate that they said they would upload
a week and check, if you need that confirmation
then if it is there send the reply by email with you info
If not then kindly send them an email request to do as
promised and you will oblige their request
However, I would lean towards sending the "emailed" QSL
and I am sure they will oblige to follow through on their
After all, is there zero trust now in our fellow Ham OPS,
don't answer I already know gone are the days of accepting
a check with just a callsign on it.
But gee over a QSL, have some faith.
I have seen QSL info on chucks of Wood, Napkins, Post -It
Notes, Chamber of Commerce Post Cards etc.
Those chunks of Wood and even a couple of those Napkins
are very valuable to some of those recipients.
I personally use LOTW, period, however when I receive an
email request to upload contact info to eQSL I will do so,
eQSL's are NOT valid for ARRL Awards, but they are of
value to others
Just my point of view and I meant no inflection of Dis to