Oh those Eqsl cards

Last evening I was reading Paul PC4T's blog regarding Eqsl cards and that when he logged in he found 60 Eqsl cards that had to be answered. This made me go Hmmmmm I have an Eqsl account and I too have not checked it for some time as well! I have Friday off I and I will use some time to look into Eqsl and checking my account may allow me to pass some time. It's now Friday and I had my morning walk and took my position at the desktop and checked my Eqsl account. I will say not being on the air all that much when it comes to Eqsl has an advantage.....:). I had about 15 QSO's that needed my attention and it really seemed to have to do with UTC times not matching. That made me think to maybe not filling in the times in my log. But then again I could then get flagged for no time at all!!
Mike Weir, VE9KK, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from New Brunswick, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

10 Responses to “Oh those Eqsl cards”

  • Danny de PA3DM:

    Eqsl is a convenient way to fulfill old HAM habits. No paper, printing or stamps and fully automated with HRD. I received hundreds, and sent hundreds too. I never look at them anymore. I doubt mine are viewed either. But, I have done my duty.

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good afternoon Danny, thanks for stopping by and taking time to read the blog. You are correct and just getting them out makes one feel as if we have done what should be done. The ones I have issue with are the ones I have to accept or reject and in doing so I have to search out the QSO to see if I had made it and then if so see what’s up at my end as to why it does not match the incoming QSL card.
    Have a great weekend Danny.
    73.
    Mike

  • Ed Kreusel K5TX:

    Hello Everyone – I was away from ham radio for a while and was pleasantly surprised to see QSLs are still being sent and people still keep logs. I use eQSL and find it very helpful. I tried saving some of the eQSLs sent to me and have them printed at COSTCO. Unfortunately COSTCO enlarges the images enough to lose part of the information on the card. K5HTH showed me how to import the eQSL jpeg into Microsoft Word and Save the QSL as a 4X6 inch PDF, being sure to reduce the size of the jpeg image to about 3.5X5.5 in the X6 frame. Take the PDF version of the eQSL and convert it to a jpeg using one of the many free “PDF to Jpeg” converters available on the internet.
    I then take the 4X6 Jpeg and send it to COSTCO and get a very nice 4X6 QSL card to add to my collection. I have also built up a template for my QSL card and include all of the contact info on it, sending it to COSTCO to have a very nice card to send out. MY email address is on my QRZ page, let me know if you have any questions.
    I want to thank Philip, K5HTH for sharing this technique with me. Ed, K5TX

  • PAT/K8LEN:

    I have a E-QSL account and for many years, it really comes in handy. A few of these digital software programs also have e-qsl on them, just auto log your qso, press the button to send and E-QSL has another one in the batch, very good system. The software I remember and use MIXW, PSK-EXPRESS have it and a JT65 program also.
    POB/K8LEN

  • Donald Sanders:

    In Ecuador as HC4/W4BWS,I found that the biggest problem with using eqsl, or most other software, is that when I had my logs in day/month/year format and the software conversion to ADIF changed them to Month/Day/year.
    I had to correct over 1500 eqsl’s due to incorrect date.
    I am still finding a few missed. When I get all corrected I will try to upload to LOTW also.

    However, no matter what I hear from many who do not use eqsl, At $4.00 US per QSL to mail out from Ecuador I cannot afford to send qsl’s except thru the ARRL buro or eqsl. I do appreciate being able to copy and print many of the colorful and unique QSL cards from eqsl.cc to show visitors. I am also glad that CQ now uses the eqsl confirmed verified contacts for their awards.

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good morning Ed thanks for taking the time to comment, yes I was wondering myself if you wanted to make a paper copy of an Eqsl how it would be done. Thanks for the tip and for making it available to others and offering your assistance via email. It’s nice every so often I do get paper QSL card in the mail from the Canadian bureau.
    73,
    Mike

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good morning Pat, the program I use is N3JFP’s and I am able to auto email club log, LOTW and Eqsl. This is the easy part it’s when the info on the Eqsl’s don’t match the incoming Eqsl’s info such as time. Sometimes it’s only off by a minute or so. BUT having said that checking my Eqsl account more often would fix the issue of lots of correction Eqsl’s waiting for me. Have a great weekend Pat and thanks for taking the time to comment.
    73,
    Mike

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Hello Donald and greetings from Canada, with regards to the dating of day month and year and having it get switched around on you. With N3FJP’s program you may be able to control this, for sure email him and ask and if it can be done it would be worth switching to his program. WOW it sure is costly to send out QSL cards from Equator, it is a very beautiful place and is one of the places Julie and I are considering for retirement.
    Have a nice weekend Donald and hope to hear from you again.
    73,
    Mike

  • John M0HTE:

    I am not a large user and fine eQSL the best way to send and receive cards. I print mine off and keep them.

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good afternoon John, I’m guessing it sure beats writing them off and sending them off. It’s much fast for replies for awards as well.
    Have a nice weekend John.
    73,
    Mike

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