Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by N5WTF, Dec 2, 2019.
So. Much. Hatred.
It is rapidly growing when certain people just want to troll and add nothing of substance to the actual topic that was posted.
So hopefully we can get back on topic of what everyone is tracking for an actual confirmation percentage.
I doubt most people really care. Most of us just log our contacts and, hopefully, we get confirmations which is nice if you chase paper. If not, you know you made the contact and what difference does it matter who uploads a confirmation? Life is too short to worry about others uploading contacts.
I'd like to add my experience to the original post because it covers two eras:
During my first license period ('74-'96) I used mailed cards only. I recall response being very good --80-90%.
Second license period ('16--present) I used mailed cards, eQSL and LOTW. Response was 5-10%, 10-20%, and 50-60% accordingly (many were duplicated). I now rely on LOTW but will respond by mail to those I receive by mail. Since adopting my revised QSL preferences it's is now 5%, 0%, and 50-60% with no duplicates.
IMO QSLing is a quaint historical practice. No longer important to many hams. In fact my first QSL since getting relicensed actually told me that when I chased him down as my first since relicensing. And that's actually OK. I'm living with it.
Although I fully support freedom of speech and what not, I will now ask you to kindly not answer anything I post. It is obvious that you really do not care about a whole lot. You continue to troll the post and add nothing of value to a post. I will give you credit for the good advice on bettering my antennas. Thank you.
I ask a specific question and you have to interject your personal opinion although you do not have an answer relevant to the question asked.
I appreciate everyone that has answered the question that was posed with actual numbers relevant to the topic.
No doubt. Who cares who "validates" your QSO? There's an awful lot of jumping through hoops just to PAY for a piece of paper you can print out yourself.
(My word is no less valid to me than a corporation of strangers.)
Awards are an industry. One designed to charge you 20+ bucks to print and mail you a sheet of paper.
(And I get it.... gotta pay the electric bills!)
Your wallpaper, in all likelihood, will just end up in the recycling when you die.
Money better spent on more gear!
Meanwhile, my e-confirmed QSOs run between about 35 to 60 percent, depending on the service.
Digi-modes confirm WAY more than CW or phone in my experience.
I guess it's no surprise that the modes that require a computer to operate might also have a much higher QSL rate, at least for electronic QSLs.
I am not adequately entertained. Do it again, this time with gusto.
Seems to me that the "old skool" folks tend to be anti-tech. Without realizing that technology is what made their hobby possible.
Anyone who says they "don't do" or "only do" is just a sucker for nostalgia.
I mean, really, if you applied that to your every-day living, you'd be riding a horse-n-buggy to work and checking your email via pony express!
Me, I like being able to answer questions I have near-instantly. VS sending off a letter and hoping to get a response in a couple of weeks.
There's SO much to do. Why limit yourself to the methods of yesteryear.