eQSL – A New Discovery
The folks over at eQSL.cc contacted our ehamstore.com via email the other day. eASL.cc wants to become a part of the ehamstore.com banner exchange program. I had never heard of eQSL.cc but became curious about it and wanted to see what they had to offer. As it turns out, their site does include additional features beyond their electronic QSL.
From The eQSL.cc ‘About Us’ Page
“eQSL.cc is the first and only global electronic QSL card exchange for amateur radio operators and SWLs. It is designed to be the fastest, easiest, and cheapest way to exchange QSO confirmations, eliminating the cost and time that regular QSL cards have required for the past half century.”
Once you go through the free sign up process and get your basic membership established, the next step is to update your profile. The information in your profile is used to fill out your eQSL cards as they are created. Other than the customary QSL information, it can be extended to include a couple of lines of personal comments, grid square, ITU, 10-10 and a few more locators.
As a basic member there are limited QSL card designs to choose from. Here’s a sample that I threw together in a few seconds to see what the outcome would be.
As you may have already guessed, the more elaborate designs require a paid membership. But think about it for a second. Sure it may cost you a few bucks for the membership but think of the money you will save over using the traditional QSL process! With a paid membership you can also upload custom graphics to include on your eQSL.
Acceptance By Organizations
Many organizations and DXexpedition groups around the world accept eQSL cards as a legitimate way of exchanging contacts. You can see the extensive list of accepting organizations here.
DXCC And The ARRL
As you may have already anticipated, the exception to the rule is the ARRL. For those who are DXCC chasers and are locked into the ARRL’s archaic way of exchanging QSLs, you can read more about the efforts put forward by the eQSL folks and their frustrations with the ARRL.
Additional eQSL Features
Additional features of eQSL.cc include awards, printing your eQSLs for delivery on paper and the usual forums and chat rooms associated with most interactive Web sites today.
Have you used eQSL.cc? If so what is your opinion of the service?
If not, why not sign up and look over its features and decide for yourself.