Posts Tagged ‘QSL HR IS GDC1FZ59Y3’
I love the KISS approach VA7VV has created, where you can just go to his site and print out a QSL card. I intend to take a similar approach soon, though not as "self-serve" as VA7VV has done, but migrating to a PDF format where I'll just email a QSL card to anyone who requests one.
But I was thinking the other day, why not just do over-the-air QSLing? With public/private key encryption it's easy to take some text or data and create a key that can be used to authenticate the information back to the originator. There could be a program or website to generate keys on the fly. I'm wondering if a key could be shaved down to maybe 10 alphanumeric characters that could be exchanged over the air like: "Here ya go Bob, here's yer QSL key: Gulf Delta Charlie One Foxtrot Zed Five Nine Yankee Three.... Good DX and 73!" You record that in your log and if someone wants to authenticate it back to the station, they can grab his public key off of the 'zed or at ARRL and plug it into the program or a website. I'm not sure how many bits the encryption would have to be decreased to to make the QSL key exchanged over the air short enough or make the encryption a reasonable enough level to prevent most forgeries.
Ah....maybe it's more trouble than it's worth and I should stick with emailing QSLs...