I am having a new batch of QSLs printed up. I am taking a multi-pronged approach, and trying a couple of vendors this time.
1. I am a big fan of custom QSLs, and having a graphic designer wife (very expensive in the form of shoes and handbags) it is quite achievable for me. My recent iteration is something that I have been toying with over the past few years referencing my involvement in the DIY tube hi-fi audio hobby, and my general fascination with anachronistic communication hardware.
2. I am active on Logbook of the World (my opinions at a later date). I wish more people used this somewhat difficult system.
3. I am active on eQSL (my opinions at a later date). I wish more people used this somewhat simplistic system.
4. I have folders as the incoming QSL BURO (W7) for old and current calls. I also use the outgoing ARRL QSL service when I have something DX
5. I am a big fan of QSL cards, but have often been very lax in sending. For instance, I uncovered a box of QSL cards from the 80s…addressed, unsent, embarrassingly. You know, real life has a way of getting in the way of a college student (then). I will get around to sending them at some point.
Which brings me to:
6. I have 100 QSL cards coming from GlobalQSL.com. I am going to give this a try to see how I like the image quality. The benefits of this system is I can upload my logs in ADIF format and have them printed with the log info and forwarded directly to the country’s incoming QSL bureau. Not bad pricing I think, and as soon as I eyeball the 100 blanks coming my way I like the idea of using them.
7. I have been looking at both KB3IFH and UX5UO, flopping back and forth between the quick convenience of KB3IFH and the better-cost-but-longer-lead-times of UX5UO. I just received some cards today, both printed by UX5UO…very nice!
Even though I like the convenience of eQSL, and the trusted verification for awards by LoTW, I am a bit old fashioned and prefer to send cards along. I quite enjoy my Feld-Hell contacts and my JT65 experiments, along with some really fine ragchews…I want to commemorate these with a special card. And in a few weeks I will have my next version to send out.