Friday, June 12, 2020

Goodbye QSL cards


Many radio amateurs like to receive QSL cards. They are hung on the wall or come in a box, like mine. Now I have boxes full of QSL cards but I never look at them. I no longer have paper cards. I had eQSL since 2010. Every time I have to answer all those cards again while doing nothing with it. Now I made the decision yesterday to quit eQSL. No more hassle, I don't have to think about it anymore. I have fewer QSOs anyway, and I listen more than I transmit. Here comes an end to the QSL happening for me. I updated my QRZ.com page.

I am not a member of the Dutch QSL bureau, and do not have any other QSL services. 

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  1. I understand completely. I tossed my collection of cards a few years ago. I did keep half a dozen or so for sentimental reasons. I still have some of my own here but clearly state on my QRZCQ page that I do not bureau or E qsl. I will send direct IF I receive a card direct. So far no incoming. I believe QSL exchanges began during the days of the penny postcard. What is more, exchanges were to acknowledge a two-way contact which, in the very early days, was a lot rarer than it is today.... news...I picked up a very used old Kwood TS-120v 10 watter at
    a very modest price. Seems to be functioning OK. Like to make a signal report sked with you or arrange a time when you might hear me CQing. Usually 14.050 SKCC territory. 73 Dick F8WBD

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    1. Hi Dick, I never liked QSL cards. But what you say, it was a way of proving that you worked someone. I also do not confirm with QRZ.com logbook. I know that I worked someone and that's okay with me. I looked up a video of the Kenwood 120v, yes, it is an oldie but still looks good. I like that look from those days. I keep an eye on the frequency 14.050. I often do that with the Web SDR Twente. A sked seems fine to me. The propagations will increase again in the coming times. Hope to catch you again with CW. 73 Paul

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  2. Hallo Paul, tja QSL....je weet ik heb er veel over geschreven. Het is een keuze maar eigenlijk niet meer nodig in deze digitale wereld. Toch zijn er nog veel stations die papieren QSL verzamelen. Hoop dat het de komende jaren wel minder word want ook ik heb er steeds minder mee. Als moet ik zeggen dat een mooie kaart vanaf een heel ver eiland wel erg leuk is hoor. Ik doe wel eQSL omdat ik er de voordelen wel van zie, verder ook LOTW en als ik zin heb laad ik LOTW even in QRZ.com. In principe is voor mij het contact ook meer dan genoeg. 73, Bas

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    1. Hallo Bas, vroeger had het iets magisch, zo'n kaart van een ver tropisch eiland. Maar de magie is toch wel weg. 73 Paul

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