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Electronic QSL Card

I may have blogged about eQSL before on here, however I just wanted to bring it up again to make sure that everyone is aware of what an awesome system it really is.  Basically, eQSL stands for Electronic QSL, in case you haven't already guessed.  Rather than manually writing your cards and sending them direct or via the bureau, your computer does all the work for you, godsend for somebody like me, that is for sure.  I design my cards using Photoshop which is all part of a hobby for me, there's nothing more I enjoy then designing a nice card that I hope everyone will enjoy receiving.

EQSL is a completely free resource if you just want the basic functions, but for as little as $5 (about £3) you can upgrade your membership to bronze which will give you the opportunity to choose various formats which includes uploading your own design.  Even if you're not familiar with programs such as Photoshop you can still upload images which will work perfectly okay with the program. 

More and more people are starting to use eQSL nowadays, postage is not getting cheaper, in fact it's incredibly expensive in the UK to send even one card abroad, imagine what it's like having to send 500 cards to people around the world, that's several hundred pounds if people haven't contributed to the postage costs.  I can't speak for everyone but I simply cannot afford to send cards directly anymore, therefore I have now implemented a policy where I am no longer sending cards directly or through the bureau.

It's not just the cost that is a major factor of why electronic QSLing is the way to go nowadays, it's also the fact that many disabled people simply cannot write their own cards, so it makes sense that using the computer is the best option for exchanging cards with other radio amateurs.

I would please urge all radio amateurs who are not yet using the computer to exchange cards to please consider it, think about those of us who only use this method, it's really simple to join up with eQSL and I have already said it's extremely cheap.

http://www.eqsl.cc/qslcard/Index.cfm

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For those of you who use both Logbook of the World ( LoTW) and Ham Radio Deluxe (HRD) then I may be able to enlighten you on a small piece of software that could make your life somewhat easier. If you are a regular user of LoTW then you'll know that in order to upload your HRD ADIF log file onto Logbook of the World you first need to run it through a piece of software that converts into a format that suits Logbook of the World. Whereas there's nothing really difficult about doing this, it is a little bit tedious and takes a few minutes. A few weeks ago I came across a piece of software called Ham Radio Deluxe Utilities that basically cuts out the middleman, in other words, with the click of a button you are able to upload your HRD log straight onto Logbook of the World without the need for any software conversion tools, it literally takes a few seconds.

The other very useful feature of Ham Radio Deluxe Utilities is you can download your eQSL cards directly from their website, again with just the click of a button. All you do is create a folder somewhere on your computer which you then store all your cards in for your viewing pleasure.

Here are some links where you can download Ham radio Deluxe and also the software for Ham Radio Deluxe Utilities:

http://www.ham-radio-deluxe.com/

http://wd5eae.org/Software.html

Also, I recently made (or rather attempted) a video on how you use Ham Radio Deluxe Utilities, I hope this helps in some way.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-dB8LqbC94

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  • Paweł SQ7MRU
    Paweł SQ7MRU says #
    my eSQL Downloader : http://tinyurl.com/eQSLDownloader. more info (in PL Language) @ http://sq7mru.blogspot.com/2013/01/eqsl-down