[amsat-bb] Re: QSL Cards
GW1FKY at aol.com
Mon Mar 23 10:05:25 PDT 2009
My response is that perhaps things have not changed much in 4 years, with
opinions still currently being debated in respect of both the HF operations and
working satellites .
As you are aware the RSGB handling is now under a contract so it is little
early to say what the impact will
turn out to be in terms of time and cards still getting to destinations
The cost of posting is of course now a key factor if you intend going direct
or via a QSL manager, but if you want to ensure that you have a quick
response,this is still the way to do it. However my own opinion and
of others is that even when you include cash or payment it is still not 100%
At one time I used to send out cards for every contact that I made, but of
course that was mainly on HF, it did take time and money and like our club
special events we do only get about a 25% returns
Printing cost as you have experienced have risen as well as postage adding
to the difficult times and exchange rates
Main factors are by those that enter contests, go for IOTA or generally
want a collection or first card!
The problem is that in respect of contests and awards the "E - qsl " method
is not accepted I regret to say. Usually also if you do use this method (
and I would say many do ) you may be asked to send off
details of your licence etc so that it is registered to count for certain
I have found recently that I received cards dating back for contacts over 4
years ago , Others like myself
have had complaints from hams asking why I have not sent out a card - Many
appear to have gone astray
and may be due mail / delivery collection / lost items / or other reasons ?
If you are speaking in terms of satellite contacts only , then I think that
my experience is that a QSL direct
has always been a very positive way of doing things and with such a low
number contacts the expense has
not been a bother.
I do see however various bones of contention on the BBS and that might be
because of the bad times with
finance and security. Many have been asking why the electronic method
cannot count for awards and perhaps you might like to look this up via the ARRL
There was even comments about "Verification of your location " using a GPS
and photo showing the reading.
But that was in the USA with its large area and grid squares that are being
I hope my input will help - And by the way I am just as guilty about
response times whether it is eqsl, snail mail or the bureau. Personal problems have
contributed to this but in general I just don't know where time has gone.
Ken de GW1FKY.
PS - With respect to your mail and support for the rally, I would very much
like to join you and help out but
I think that the distance with a return trip maybe just a bit to
much for me, but I will consider it nearer
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