Re: How long does it take to verify QSL Application

Hans Brakob


(Disclaimer: I have a collection of several thousand paper QSL’s, and I am a daily participant in LoTW where I have over 70,000 confirmations.)



Gary, with all due respect, your jeremiad against paper QSL’s is troubling, and remarkably puzzling.


Paper vs LoTW is not an “either/or” proposition.  If you don’t wish to participate in exchanging paper cards, then just don’t participate!  Simple!  You will never again need to contend with the evils and inconveniences detailed in your first paragraph below.  Every DXpedition that I’ve known about in the last decade provides procedures to confirm your contacts via LoTW.  I’d expect that this trend will continue, and no serious DXer will NEED another paper QSL.


But to deliberately lobby for the end of paper QSL’s, as you have done in your message attached, is mean spirited. 


Some hams, probably mostly old geezers like me, have a sentimental attachment to paper QSLs and continue to pursue this “hobby within a hobby”.  One of my other hobbies is photographic artistry which I use on my paper QSL designs.  I receive numerous compliments, and confess some pride in the cards that I send out (on my dime, not yours).


Maybe they will be “naturally phased out” as the aficionados of this tradition assume room temperature, but I heartily object to your call to “actively phase them out”.  To reiterate, if you don’t like them, don’t use them.


73, de Hans, K0HB






From: Gary Hinson
Sent: Friday, November 11, 2022 04:25
To: ARRL-Awards@...
Subject: Re: [ARRL-Awards] How long does it take to verify QSL Application


QSL cards are costly to print, complete, transport, sort/redistribute and check/verify.  They are environmentally unfriendly and liable to fakery and manipulation, as well as various kinds of physical trauma and theft.    


At some future point in the next few years (maybe a decade or so?), the disadvantages of QSL cards relative to digital confirmations will - I'm sure - become overwhelming so they will either fade away naturally or be actively phased out. 


So, given numerous advantages of secure digital confirmations over QSL cards, what else might be done to move things in that direction?  How can we help?



Gary  ZL2iFB



73, de Hans, K0HB
"Just a Boy and His Radio"™

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