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Please send me your QSL card and I will send you mine in return ( see card below). I accept cards via the bureau as well as direct. If sending direct please incluse 2 green stamps and SAE. South Africa does not accept IRC. If you posted a QSL card direct and have not had a reply qsl, within a reasonable amount of time, then please feel free to contact me via my email.

Installing my 40m homebrew linear loaded beam, below the TH6

Are you in the Log?


QSL’ing food for thought.  

It amazes me that I often see OMs refusing to upload their logs to any online logging systems. They indicate that if you want a QSL card you need to enclose a SAE and 2 or 3 green stamps, and we all know what the means, to get a QSO confirmed.  I also ask for 2 green stamps for a paper QSL card as the postage costs from South Africa are fairly high, never mind the envelopes and other costs involved in posting the cards.  But, I upload my logs to nearly all the online logging sites, such as QRZ.com, eQSL, QRZCQ, Clublog, HRDlog and HAMQTH and for me the most important one LoTW ( Log Book of the World).  I always upload to LoTW before going QRT.  I then, on a regular basis, upload the QSO’s to the other sites.  My reason for this is, HAM radio is a hobby and not a money making business as some believe, my opinion, and I want all my fellow radio operators to have their QSO with me confirmed via their choice of logging program, or award system.  I also see many Hams refusing to upload logs to LoTW or saying only eQSL, no bureau no direct or for others out there, only direct.  For me, this is not the way we should enjoy our hobby, we should show the spirit of HAM radio and upload our logs to as many of the online databases as possible. Let's face it, the costs are extremely minimal, if nothing at all.  In today’s day and age every country in the world has access to the internet.  It’s only the very special entities that have no access. The only two I pay for is, QRZ.com and eQSL. The others at times get a donation for the effort and hard work that goes into maintaining the site.  The main reason for paying for QRZ.com, is the information lookup is extremely important to me when making QSO's I receive the following correct information: Name, QTH, Locator, ITU and CQ zones that is if the info is captured correctly, at times there are errors. By the way, if you are known as Bill, but your name on your ID is William, then for goodness sake don't enter William in the database, but Bill.This is really frustrating, when you make a contact and call the OM, William, and he comes back to you and says his name is Bill, for crying allowed.  For eQSL, it’s their award system, if you want to partake in the awards system then you need to pay your dues. 

Let’s look at LoTW. Some HAM's refuse to upload to LoTW and say the reason is that they want to check on the incoming QSQ before confirming the contact. This is utter rubbish, and is the polite way of saying it. If you have made a contact then upload the log as captured, errors and all, as they would say.  If there are no errors and the other operator does the same, then there will be a perfect match, confirming the contact. Hey presto, another QSL without any further effort, what is so difficult about that?  If the other operator made an error and you don’t get the QSO confirmed and you want the QSL, then by all means contact that person via his email address and ask him to check his log. He can then re-upload the QSO info after fixing the errors.  For me, the blind matching is the most ethical way of confirming contacts via an online logging system. You only see the confirmed QSL after it has being matched by the system.  It is just beyond me, to see why an operator wants to see the other contacts QSO info before ticking the box for confirmation. You either made the contact or not. If not, then there will be no match and no QSL. As a non USA HAM operator, I don't pay at all for LoTW, but only pay when I want to confirm an award. So if you don’t want to partake in the ARRL award system, then there are no costs to you at all, just a little effort to setup the system and upload the QSO's.   

By taking the time and setting up the system, you are creating a tremendous amount of goodwill towards the HAM operator who uses LoTW. Is this not what HAM radio is all about?   This goes for all the online logging systems, and not only LoTW. Imagine if I just said QSL only via LoTW , no eQSL, no bureau and no direct, how would my fellow HAM feel if he was working towards his goals using eQSL or for that matter, any other system?   I am sure he would feel frustrated and rejected in missing out on an award.

For some operators it’s all about the contact, just a call-sign and 59, nothing else.  This is all fair and well when contesting or getting that contact from a special DX-perdition from a rare entity. But, if just looking to make contacts then at least find out the name and QTH of the operator. You could go a little further and find out about their stations equipment and what power they are using.  I know and understand that there might be many stations calling and there is a bit of a pile-up, but at least get the operators name and QTH, even though this information can be retrieved form online databases such as QRZ.com. This makes the contact a little more personal and gives it some meaning. Not just, call-sign, 59, which is extremely cold.  Yet, there are operators out there doing just that. You hear them on air every day making hundreds of contacts and then you look up their info and see, QSL direct only, include SAE and 2 or 3 green stamps.  I have posted my card  and green stamps to a few of these operators, especially those in the more remote place and sort after entities. Guess what, I am still waiting to receive QSL cards and I doubt I will ever receive them.  I know of one Ham who has spent over 35 Dollars trying to get one contact confirmed. Makes you think!

Today the cost of postage is extremely high and if we want to collect QSL cards then we need to accept some of these costs.  A huge problem with postage beside the costs, are unreliable service and theft of contents.  This is a fairly common problem around the world and there is no easy solution.  IF sending green stamps in the post, by the way this is illegal in South Africa,

make sure of the following:

· No folds  or bumps inside envelope

· No call signs  in the addresses

· Envelope must not be thick and contents should feel like a letter

· Make sure the call sign details are legit

· Verify the contacts address via QRZ.com or other databases.

· Be prepared to lose your money

DX-perditions and some stations are now using PayPal or OQRS (Online QSL Requests), which is also payment via PayPal.  These system are far more secure than sending green stamps through the postal system.

Closing comment: We should all move to online logging systems and create the camaraderie of HAM radio. HAM radio is a hobby and not a business. 

Noel ZR6DX

My QSL card shows the African Big Five. I enjoy photographing wildlife in the game reserves of South Africa. South Africa has a diversity of wildlife and many conservations areas. The best known is the Kruger National Park, and it is the size of Wales UK. These images were taken in the Kruger Park and the surrounding areas.

The Cape Buffalo is being groomed by a Red Billed Oxpecker. The White Rhinoceros (square lip) is becoming endagered together with the Black Rhinoceros (hooked lip), due to poaching for its horn. The horn is believed to have medicinal properties, but this is not true. Please visit the following website for more information,http://www.rhinoconservation.org/ The elephant is quenching it's thirst. The Leopard cub is lying under a tree waiting for it's mother to return. The Lion is a fully grown male.

Go to http://www.gailandnoel.blogspot.com/ for details and blog on my last trip to the Kgalagadi, enjoy!.

Looking forward to receiving your card. 73!

QSL Information

I answer all QSL cards that I receive - Please no duplicates

QSL via the bureau will be answered via the bureau.

Direct QSL with SAE and the minimum of 2 USD will be returned via post

Direct QSL cards with SAE and without return postage will be answered via the Bureau.

Direct QSL cards without SAE and return postage will be answered via the Bureau.

Please only send a QSL card for a new mode or new band - I do not need a qsl card for each repetitive contact

For SWL listners you must include the call sign of the station worked.

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