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Paper QSL's love them or hate them?

Discussion in 'Discussions, Opinions & Editorials' started by AC4BB, Dec 6, 2012.

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  1. AC4BB

    AC4BB Ham Member

    Do you love paper QSL cards? They can be expensive due to printing costs. postage and time consuming. they consume hundreds of thousands of trees . That cannot be good for the enviroment. But, if, you're against other methods they're perfect. They look good on the wall and are a great conversation pieces. "
    Hey, Look Bill, this is the QSL from the Bulgarian Civil war special event station I worked back in 72 on a hairpin at 5 feet." "WOW, cool 599 no less."
     
  2. K1VSK

    K1VSK Ham Member

    Thousands of trees? Isn't this entirely a matter of personal preference? I play golf but not well and consequently prefer no trees. How many qsl card would that take?
     
  3. AC4BB

    AC4BB Ham Member

    Think of the number of cards purchased every year. That would run into the the tens of millions in card quanties.
     
  4. WB2WIK

    WB2WIK Premium Subscriber

    But without trees, when there's lightning you're more likely to get hit.
     
  5. K7WFM

    K7WFM Ham Member

    I count on the trees when I golf. More times then not, they keep my ball in the fairway.

    Toilet paper uses many trees. Perhaps we should not use that either?
     
  6. KB1NXE

    KB1NXE Platinum Subscriber

    Most of the card stock is made from recycled paper. Now that IS good for the environment....
     
  7. KA3JLW

    KA3JLW Ham Member

    I like em. It scratches my collecting itch without taking up much room.

    Of course, collecting contacts in the log is also fun. But the paper QSL has the added bonus of always being a complete surprise when you open the mailbox. On the radio, only some of my contacts might be from a CQ and thus are a surprise - but all QSLs have that 'hey-cool' feature when they show up.
     
  8. N8MSA

    N8MSA Premium Subscriber

    All of these QSL threads are about personal preference, but invariably turn into arguments about who's "right".

    I'm just waiting for a "greener QSL" thread, where we all debate the environmental impact of cutting and processing trees against the carbon footprint of the eQSL and LoTW server farms. That would be epic...
     
  9. N8HM

    N8HM Premium Subscriber

    I like them all. Paper QSLs, eQSLs, LoTW, sharing screenshots of digital QSOs via Facebook and email, whatever. It's all fun.
     
  10. N6MEJ

    N6MEJ Ham Member

    I think they are great, right or wrong.:eek:
     
  11. W4PG

    W4PG Super Moderator Staff Member

    I tend to like paper QSLs less and less, mostly because of the time it takes to respond to them. I had about a hundred DX cards from the Bureau that I had never entered into my log, so finally got those all done the other day. I was even a good boy and uploaded a file covering all those to Global QSL to respond!!

    After finishing what seemed like hours of painstaking paper work (wasn't that long, but sure seemed like it) I ventured to the mail box to find TWO MORE large envelopes of QSLs from the Bureau!! There is no God!!!!
     
  12. KC2SIZ

    KC2SIZ Ham Member

    My guess is that you could gather up every single QSL card ever made in the entire history of ham radio and they would not provide enough paper for a single run of the LL Bean and similar catalogs. Just trying to keep things in perspective....
     
  13. K7JBQ

    K7JBQ Moderator

    Use more paper, please. We're in the tree business.

    Sincerely,

    Oregon
     
  14. G4OTU

    G4OTU Ham Member

    Like W4PG I find myself liking paper QSLs less and less.

    When first licenced (1980) I was very keen to collect them, but as I became involved in contesting, found that it was becoming a pointless exercise.

    You would work a station of maybe 4 or 5 bands in a contest this week, same again next week.A few weeks later along comes an envelope from the buro with a card for each of those contacts....pointless.
    I was spending more time doing QSLs than I was doing QSOs.

    Now I use eQSL and only reply to eQSLs received.If anyone is desperate for a hard copy card I'll send them one on receipt of a SASE...but that's as far as I go now.
     
  15. W3WN

    W3WN Ham Member

    No, there is a God, and S/He has a wicked sense of humor.

    I haven't seen a Bureau envelope in months. Possibly in over a year. And I love getting QSL cards... including those from my SWL days, I have cards dating back to the late 1960's. Quite a lot of unique history there.
     
  16. W4PG

    W4PG Super Moderator Staff Member

    I'm also noting this more and more. The new batch of cards contains several more from the SAME station(s) that I just entered, for different contests. Is there really any point to getting a QSL from the same station for different QSOs on the same band, different day??

    It seems like a serious waste of time AND money.

    I'm likely going to develop a policy (at least when it comes to Bureau cards) that if I've sent you one via the bureau before, you ain't getting another unless it's a different band (I'll make that concession, but even that's a bit liberal I think!)

    ...............Bob
     
  17. WA6MHZ

    WA6MHZ Premium Subscriber

    I bet there is more PAPER used for IRS and State Tax forms than for QSLs!! and no one is complaining about that!
     
  18. W7UUU

    W7UUU Premium Subscriber

    I like paper QSLs just fine. I have pretty much all of them since I got on the air in March 1975, including
    the very first QSL I ever received, on my second ever QSO (WA7IVO). They were all misplaced until about
    2 weeks ago!! Found them all in a box, and realized I never got my WAS - so I'm applying using cards
    that span a 37 YEAR period. If all I had were eQSLs, it would be a different story.

    My only annoyance with them has been voiced - repeat cards. Especially I've noticed this from JA stations.
    If I work a contest on all bands, I'll get 3, 4, 5 QSLs all from the SAME GUY, one for each band or mode.
    So that aspect I'm not so fond of....

    Dave
    WB7AWK
     
  19. W9JEF

    W9JEF Ham Member

    Back in '54,when I first put WN9JEF on the air, I plastered 'em all over the wall of my walk-in closet hamshack (which also served as a darkroom). The postage was 2 cents. The only QSL's I didn't especially like were the Walter Ashe cheapie one-design-for-all cards. I still like getting them, except if they're too big or small, and they come postage due.
     
  20. AC4BB

    AC4BB Ham Member

    When you open electronic qsl's don't they also appear on your screen? Isn't that the electronic version of paper QSL's in your mailbox?
     
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