The real meaning of QSL?

Discussion in 'On-Air Operations - Q&A' started by AJ6KZ, Nov 16, 2020.

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  1. AJ6KZ

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    I know what QSL is defined to mean: Can you acknowledge receipt?/I am acknowledging receipt. What I don't understand is whether or not this is a way of just asking if the other OP copied you sufficiently well to count as a QSO, or whether this is a formal request for a paper QSL card.

    What is the modern convention for QSL?
  2. ND6M

    ND6M Ham Member QRZ Page

    Kinda like using "QRZ?",..................... when no one is calling you
  3. KD1JT

    KD1JT Ham Member QRZ Page

    On phone, just ask! On CW, QSL means exactly as defined .. i.e. QSL? = "Did you get that?" QSL "Got it". I've never known it to be anything else in the 30 years I've been licensed.
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  4. KA0HCP

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    QSL = QSL. Nothing has changed.

    The alternative shorthand might be: 'Copy?" or "How copy?"

    As conditions deteriorate, the ability to convey understanding by voice inflection also deteriorates. At some point Q Signals are certainly useful on voice.

    Q Signals and Prowords have their place in voice, as long as they aren't over used.
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  5. AJ6KZ

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    As a newbie to ham I thank you for your responses. I think I got a bit flummoxed by someone sending "do you QSL?" during a CW exhange, which is redundant, and I started thinking that meant "do you send QSL cards."
  6. KD1JT

    KD1JT Ham Member QRZ Page

    If someone wants your card they’ll send one to you.
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  7. WJ4U

    WJ4U Ham Member QRZ Page

    Isn't she the girl in Sound of Music?

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