Re: QSLing (was: Contest QSLs)

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From: Duane P Mantick (wb9omc@ecn.purdue.edu)
Date: Mon Jun 27 1994 - 16:25:42 EDT


>
>
> Finally, Duane wrote:
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> >These alleged hams :-) don't strike me as REAL hams at all.
                      ^^^
                      please note the smiley here.....
>
> I must take issue with the tone of Duane's comment here. In my mind, QSLing
> is not an obligation and no ham should be chastised or make to feel guilty
> if he doesn't choose to print up QSL cards. Furthermore, I don't buy into

        True, although sometimes it would be nice if they'd even acknowledge
receiving your card by taking a pre-stamped plain post card and writing on
it "yes, I got it - go away!" or something like that......

> this "the QSL card is the final courtesy" and initiating a QSL card for each
> and every contact I make. I know exactly where USA QSL cards end up at when
> sent to a rare DX operator: in the trash. The last thing he needs is his
> ten millionth card from the USA! There is no point wasting your time and
> his if you don't want his card. I go back to what I said earlier: if *you*
> want a QSL card, then *you* have to do what it takes to get one, i.e.,
> initiate the request, provide return postage and an addressed envelope, and
> include a "form letter" card if you have to.
>

        In self-defense, I *did* include a smiley face which is the
internet way of suggesting some humour is intended. I think when combined
with my other comments about the cost of QSLing, it can be seen that
this was a bit of humour.....

        In reality, I generally have to agree with the writers comments
about being obligated and so forth. I definitely do NOT even attempt to
send a QSL card for every contact *I* make, primarily because the time
I'd spend doing so, for one thing, could be better spent on the air
MAKING contacts (or any one of a hundred other things that need to get
done). For another thing, the postage alone would kill me, and I'm
not even a real MAJOR ham player! Guys that spend more time on more bands
than I could conceivably wrack up one hell of a bill just doing QSLing.

        Which for many people, is why there are bureaus.....

        If someone asks for my card, I send it. If someone is a contact
I need confirmation for, I send it. If someone has an interesting callsign,
I send it. If someone tells me he has a rather neat QSL card, I send it.
(there is a lot of humour in certain cards, if you haven't noticed.....)
Certain special event stations have rather attractive cards/certificate,
and so I send for them.

        I will take issue with what I perceive as a widespread and
often incorrect attitude regarding DX or rare DX operators - that all US
cards automatically go into the round file AND DON'T GET ANSWERED. Yes,
I know that isn't precisely what the writer said - but his comments on
the subject bring that up. I can't even begin to tell you how many times
I have asked people if they have an address for so-and-so DX station
that I worked, and have been told "Why bother? He'll just throw your
card away and keep your IRC's and you won't get squat."

        Yeah, I've had that happen. Probably we all have, or will have
at some point. Quite frankly, I've had MUCH better luck getting DX cards
than US ones by a LONG shot.

        Although 9Y4JL is an exception to that...don't know if he's dead,
or what, but I've tried about 5 times to get a card from him, and
sent him countless SASE with IRC's (probably about 12 IRC's by now) and
never got diddle. Screw him. In the meantime, I worked another 9Y4
who was very prompt and courteous so I don't NEED 9Y4JL anymore! It just
goes to show you, Amateur Radio is a cross section of society, in that
WE get bozos too. :-) :-) <<<<<note use of smileys again

Duane


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