Re: Emailed QSLs


W0MU
 

You can.  You have to convince people to use it and many won't. 

There has not been a new USA-CA award since 2019.  Crazy!

W0MU

On 1/18/2022 11:22 AM, Kermit Lehman via groups.arrl.org wrote:
You can use eQSL for USA-CA. It's not convenient for the counter hunter mobiles, so they don't use it much. 


I've gotten 1500+ confirmed in eQSL just from regular QSOs. I don't have the drive to go for the whole award and all the written confirmations to get the rest of the way.


73,

Ken, AB1J


-----Original Message-----
From: W0MU <w0mu@...>
To: ARRL-Awards@...
Sent: Tue, Jan 18, 2022 6:08 pm
Subject: Re: [ARRL-Awards] 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.

W0MU

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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> Outlook LT Gil W0MN
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> From: ARRL-Awards@... <ARRL-Awards@...> On Behalf Of Dave AA6YQ
> Sent: Tuesday, January 18, 2022 11:19 AM
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> Subject: Re: [ARRL-Awards] Emailed QSLs
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> None of the emailed cards I’ve received have had digital signatures.
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> But if they did, I would support them being accepted.
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> + 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.
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