Saturday, July 4, 2015

Do I QSL? Um, Yea...

The last several days have been unseasonably warm here in southern Oregon. We have seen temperatures hitting triple digits at the house. Very warm but I'm thankful we do not have the humidity that we had on the east coast. The warmer temperatures had me visit the local big box store and pick up a couple air conditioners. Many of the local stores are now sold out, so I'm thankful I beat the rush.

Since it's so warm outdoors, it makes it easy to stay indoors and accomplish ham tasks. I once again decided to dive into the shack and continue my QSL purging exercise. I've stored my QSL cards in totes for several years and this one happens to contain many of the cards I received while I was active in Alaska as KL8DX. All of these cards have been answered either direct of via the bureau. I actually have a few hundred I received in my last bureau drop that I need to answer. I will leave no request go unanswered! 

Floor to Door
I went through each and every card, one by one, as I removed them from the tote and put them on the shack floor. As you can see, I have hundreds from all corners of the globe. QSL cards have changed over the years and many are now photo quality and simply brilliant. With digital cameras and being able to easily send photos to QSL printers, each and every card is unique. Many even print their with photo quality printers.  

When I moved to Alaska, I no longer had to send for QSL cards as many came to me first. I did send off for confirmations to DXpeditions or new entities but 99.89% of my QSL duties were answering those QSL cards I received, direct or via the bureau. And let me tell you, the more active a person is, the more requests one gets. I had to actually get a larger Post Office Box just to accommodate the volume of QSL cards I received direct. Needless to say, bureau envelopes were bursting at the seams. It's always great traveling down memory lane but I still have a handful of boxes to go through. My goal is to save my favorites and one or two from each DXCC entitiy and place them in large photo albums. Several of my QSL cards and contest certificates along with various awards will now be easily be stored on a shelf. I will always answer hard copy QSL requests for as long as I receive them. I will continue to keep credits or envelopes at incoming bureaus until no more QSL cards are received. At the end of this year, it will be two years since I operated as KL8DX, but I'm expecting to receive QSL cards for at least the next five or six years. The bureau is an inexpensive way to exchange cards but the turn around can take several years. The beauty of electronic confirmations, they can be received and credit awarded in minutes. One of the highlights of getting QSL cards direct is I've accumulated a nice stamp collection. Now that, I will never part with.  

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