***Please note "eQSL" is useless to me.***
I have great respect for the ARRL and its awards program, and I much prefer LoTW or a traditional paper QSL card. I have a large, treasured collection of QSL cards, and I recommend that new amateur radio operators continue to use this traditional method of confirming contacts, or simply have paper QSL cards available, in order to respond to a card request--whether direct or via a bureau--and use Logbook of the World. Also, note that, at the present time, the RSGB Islands On The Air program requires confirmation with a traditional, paper QSL card (with island name printed on the card)--unless a contact was made during the annual IOTA contest, at which time an electronic QSL (log submission) via the official IOTA Website may be used.
Also, I recommend that, if possible, fill in your cards by hand, add a personal note, and sign them--preferably with permanent ink. Over the years, many QSL cards have become important artifacts.
Please see my articles based on the W7KH/W7GUV QSL card collection in the following issues of the Western Washington DX Club Totem Tabloid:
July, 2014, p. 7: http://www.wwdxc.org/wp-content/uploads/2007/02/July-2014-PDF.pdf
Sept., 2014, p. 2: http://www.wwdxc.org/wp-content/uploads/2007/02/September-2014.pdf
Nov., 2014, p. 9: http://www.wwdxc.org/wp-content/uploads/2007/02/November-2014.pdf
I am a retired middle school language arts and special education teacher. I enjoy DXing, IOTA, and I especially enjoy the camaraderie with my friends on the air.
The picture at the upper right, of this qrz.com page, is of me at my original station in 1962.
In 1988 and 1989, I had a wonderful experience living and teaching in beautiful Miyagi Prefecture in the Tohoku (northeastern) region of Japan's Honshu Island (IOTA AS-007). I was active as 7J7AAM (Kakuda City, JCC 0608), and my Japanese amateur radio friends, including Shin, JA7FFN, Ken, JA7ACM, Nob, JA7AYE, and Shin, JA1NUT, were very helpful, and I will never forget their kindness.
73, Rob KD7H (ex. WV2ZDK, WA2ZDK, WA7UHE, WD4SNE, KA7FWW, 7J7AAM)
Western Washington DX Club member
A contact with me counts for the Totem Award.
Please check wwdxc.org for details.
Anderson, Anderson County, South Carolina (grid EM84);
Hilton Head Island (IOTA NA-110, USI SC002S), Beaufort County, South Carolina (grid EM92)
San Juan Island, (IOTA NA-065, USI WA004S), San Juan County, Washington (grid CN88);
Whidbey Island (IOTA NA-065, USI WA001S), Island County, Washington (grid CN88);
Neskowin, Tillamook County, Oregon (grid CN85)
Berne, Adams County, Indiana (grid EN70)
Lakewood, Jefferson County, Colorado (grid DM79)
Waikoloa Beach, South Kohala District, Hawaii (the "Big Island"),
IOTA OC-019, USI HI025S (grid BK29)
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