Saturday, May 18, 2013
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Bless Ron KL7YK for having the cojones to step up and make an Alaska QSO Party happen this weekend. Good for him. The whiners about this never lifted a finger to help but instead tried to discourage him from pulling it off. It happened anyway with mixed results. Nevertheless, first time out of the gate is always a bit rough. Congratulations, Ron!
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
2006 54 1324 62.24 37.76 0.00
2007 88 4314 59.41 30.81 9.78
2008 97 4360 40.83 25.14 34.04
2009 90 5472 50.16 32.42 17.42
2010 146 9654 61.34 19.83 18.83
2011 152 8616 43.80 34.81 21.39
2012 154 12739 49.50 21.40 29.10
2013 62 2263 72.91 0.09 27.00
Total 210 48742 52.45 25.32 22.24
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Monday, January 14, 2013
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Friday, December 21, 2012
A LossOld School hams like me were taught a long time ago, “A QSL is the final courtesy of a QSO.” It seems that courtesy has been lost on many newer operators, much like other Old School niceties like taking your hat off at the dinner table, saying please and thank you, or holding the door open for someone are far less common among some generations. I see it as a problem, and I would like to bring to everyone’s attention.
Who Cares?Why is it a problem? You may not care about “wallpaper”, but many operators work hard to collect awards like DXCC, Worked All States, Worked All Zones, etc. All of these awards require confirmations of some sort, and contacts with Alaska play a central role in the most common awards programs, since it is both a state and DXCC country. Some people don’t collect awards, but a QSL can still be a source of deep pride, the culmination of planning, investment, skill, and perseverance. Alaska can be difficult to work, and when you make a contact with someone seeking a card or electronic equivalent and fail to QSL, you have wasted their time and hard-won efforts. Those sparks of excitement and the feeling of joy at the other end of the radio after finally making contact with Alaska are all for naught. I say shame on you.
Nothing Like PaperYou don't have to have a bunch of fancy cards printed up. A postcard or even an index card with the contact details on it confirmed will serve nicely. For actual QSL card printing, I use Gennady UX5UO (http://www.ux5uoqsl.com/). For less than 50 bucks you can have 1000 very fine quality cards on your doorstep. If you submit your own design, Gennady will work with you to optimize it. Whichever printer you use – or even design your own for home printing in small quantities – a good card design says something personal about you. It can educate the recipient about the card’s origins and/or something special about the confirming ham. It’s reasonable to expect QSL requests to be accompanied by a couple of bucks (or at least SASE), or International Reply Coupons, if they prefer a direct response.
Operators can also request QSLs via the bureau through OQRS, usually free. That’s where GlobalQSL can really come in handy. You need simply to upload an ADIF file and agree to print the QSLs on the design of your choice. It’s a bargain and saves many hassles , especially with electronic logbooks. A few clicks of the mouse, and you have a complete record of your QSO and QSL status.