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Author Topic: Are QSL's DEAD ?  (Read 1582 times)
WA5UHK
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« Reply #15 on: November 09, 2008, 12:20:21 PM »

<<I just use one of those $20 digital voice recorders>>

That's a good idea. Thanks for the tip.  

I log every contact I can though; not just select ones.

I just like to see the progress of the drive on my paper notepad/pre-log as I pile up the contacts.  I generally do 3 and 4 day trips. In fact, the XYL and I are headed to the northwest tomorrow morning for Thanksgiving.

Also, I have failed to log QSOs due to there being too much traffic.  A recorder would be a great backup.  I think I've got an old micro cassette one somewhere.  You've definitely given me a reason to dig it out.

I would add that having the station's call written where I can read it is also a great way to keep signing back and forth with the call of the operator I'm talking with (good ops procedure).  

I like to ragchew (long QSOs) and I can tell when the ham on the other end hasn't written down my call; he doesn't use it until I say it again and again.

Why did you stop working mobile??


 
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W3LK
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« Reply #16 on: November 09, 2008, 05:21:07 PM »

<< Because I'm driving.>>

Oh. Smiley

Steve beat me to the suggestion about a voice recorder. I use one if I'm traveling alone, but if my wife's in the vehicle she logs for me.

She a real ham's wife; she pulls coax, helps install antennas and doesn't tell me how to enjoy my hobby. NO, she is NOT for sale!!!! Smiley

73,

Lon - W3LK
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« Reply #17 on: November 10, 2008, 01:08:29 PM »

>RE: Are QSL's DEAD ?       Reply
by WA5UHK on November 9, 2008    Mail this to a friend!

Why did you stop working mobile??<

::Because I don't drive so much anymore.  In 1989 (through 1994) I had a 70 mile one-way commute to the office and made that run quite frequently, so I could be on the road for hours.  My daily commute now is about five minutes, barely long enough for one short QSO.

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KJ4CGI
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« Reply #18 on: November 21, 2008, 07:21:48 AM »

I get maybe 20% unsolicited QSL cards.  But, I do mostly CW so, the demographic there is probably more inclined toward dead-tree QSL's.

I send cards for new countries and such, and I always reply to cards received.

I rather like LOTW.  It's a little tricky to get it started up, but that makes it harder for folks to cheat.  I QSL 100% on LOTW.

mike
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W6ONV
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« Reply #19 on: November 28, 2008, 09:35:52 AM »

I'll consider myself a new ham, licensed in 1995, but new to HF, only been operating since June, 2007. I did not need an elmer or anyone else to tell me that a QSL card is still part of the process. While that might not be true these days, I still QSL 100%, regardless of being international or stateside. I see it as a courtesy and will always include a SAE with return postage. Expensive? Yes. Then again, I am not going through 40,000 QSL cards. I am sure my opinion would change if that were the situation. I have had a very good response so far. I have even had a few hams send my SASE back. So from my perspective QSLs are not dead as I will continue to carry on this tradition.

Thanks & 73
W6ONV Steve
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W0FM
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« Reply #20 on: December 12, 2008, 11:02:06 AM »

Absolutely NOT!
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