Re: Emailed QSLs


Why would people not use LOTW?  I would assume the cost to verify a digitally signed card or use a LOTW contact would be the same price or should be.  That is essentially what LOTW is less the card and graphics etc.  It is just the data of the contacts required for the awards.

I understand wanting to avoid or reduce the costs associated with mailing a card and getting a reply back.  LOTW already does this. Do we need another system?  I have no issues with DXpeditions making LOTW available immediately to those who donated.  Most will upload the complete log after 6 months or more.  I think paying outright for a LOTW confirmation is pretty lousy.

CQ Magazines USA-CA requires written confirmation of all 3077 counties.  Today the costs for doing this are very high.  I tried unsuccessfully with CQ to allow emailed confirmations and was shot down.  I was met with resistance from the old guard that did not want to allow people to have an easier and less expensive way to get an award.    CQ will allow hand written cards or sheets of paper if you happen to contact the same person in many counties which helped.

I think we do need to be open to the changing times.

LOTW is not an option for USA-CA at the time.  The price for using LOTW if USA-CA was ever added to LOTW would probably be quite expensive.


On 1/18/2022 10:38 AM, Gilbert Baron wrote:
On the other hand, with the likely low usage this would have and the significant development effort it would take, I doubt this will happen.

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Subject: Re: [ARRL-Awards] Emailed QSLs

None of the emailed cards I’ve received have had digital signatures.

But if they did, I would support them being accepted.

+ An email message digitally-signed with the sender's LOTW "Callsign Certificate" would provide authentication identical to what TQSL now provides. ARRL staff would need a means of validating the authentication.

de AA6YQ

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