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EQSL - Electronic QSL is the future of amateur radio
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.