After every QSO I have a habit of giving a personal touch, by sending an email to that Ham with greetings and requesting for QSL on LoTW and eQSL.
In my DXCC journey of 8 months (Feb-Sep 2017), I came across different scenarios while getting a QSL from Hams. Here are 5 examples that I want to share with all the Hams and their solutions.
Problem: A Ham from Nepal simply replied saying “I upload my logs on just QRZ.com, and my QSL manager handles the QSL Cards, I don’t know how to upload Logs on LoTW.” What I found was, his QSL Manager was more interested in conventional methods.
Solution: I wrote a 2-page tutorial email to that ham, with all the procedures of applying for LoTW. Written in a step by step manner with screenshots and helped him out to finish the process. Finally, after 35 days, he was able to upload his entire logbook. Hence I got my QSL confirmation.
Problem: A Ham from Crete wrote to me in a reply “I can send a Physical QSL Card, I Love to collect them”.
Solution: Here is what I replied “I have got 78 QSL Confirmation for my DXCC, and need 22 more. Just imagine how helpful it would be, not just for me, but for all those who are hanging right now between 95 to 99, or even around 80. It is my humble request if you take out some time from your DX schedule and do the registrations online and upload the logs, it would be great. You can also register on eQSL and download the QSL and print it.
This way you will be able to increase your collection rapidly. Just print it on a card paper thick enough”. This Ham did not reply to me, but his electronic QSL on LoTW and eQSL came to me after 3 and ½ months. But by that time I had completed my DXCC already. But still, I am happy that he got convinced and did an excellent job for all.
Problem: A sheikh from an Arabic country I don’t want to name, replied me saying “I am sorry, I don’t keep a logbook, it’s just a hobby, for me. I love to talk on the air. That’s it”
Solution: Here is what I replied “Your excellency sir, while you can pump Kilowatts from your radio so easily, It would not be an expensive affair if one of your palace staff would do manual entry of your logs. Which you can forward to your QSL manager to upload on the internet. It would be of great help for everyone”. This ham never replied. But after a week, I had a QSO with another Ham from that same country, and successfully got the QSL confirmation from him.
Problem: A Ham from Afghanistan, which turned out to be an American soldier was transmitting from his base on JT65, with his American call sign. We had a QSO, I emailed him, and he assured me the logs will be uploaded the same day, which he did. But the next day I find that his QSL points to the USA, not to Afghanistan. The reason was, he had not updated his Grid Square on QRZ Page and other logbooks. That means our log entries did not match.
Solution: I requested him to update his Grid Square, and I got the new DXCC entity in my list.
Problem: A Ham from Palestine replied to me straight away and demanded US$ 10 for a QSL Card. On request for an electronic QSL, he just refused to do so for free. This was new to me, I never thought I would have to pay for a QSL. That day I learnt about clublog.
Solution: I never replied to this Ham again, and to date, I cannot accept the thought of paying money to someone for doing just ONE CLICK on the internet logbook. In the end, it’s just a Hobby. Not a business.