Ah, but the DX manager wouldn't neccesarily have to. It is now possible to automate even the printing of the QSL cards, so that a DX Manager wouldn't have to sit there with thousands upon thousands of labels to process (just see the card I sent you for your C6A op as a perfect example). At the same time that one would "order" his QSL card(s), the op could also designate his desired mailing address, and that envelope too could be automatically printed -- and even automatically have the correct postage electronically affixed.
So what would be left, the envelope stuffing? Betcha even that could be automated -- just find someone with access to a Pitney Bowes Documatch that could stuff cards into enveloes... There are a few DX stations already doing this, and the "new" Global QSL system is a variation on the theme (and it's run by hams who are commercial printers, from what I've gathered, so they have access to the right equipment) The catch, as you've correctly pointed out Pete, is that it opens the door to the potential of someone "buying" a QSL card without a valid contact. Or someone "requiring" a donation above and beyond reasonable return postage costs. But those are human, not technical problems. Figure out away around them, it could work. Maybe. Like I said before, it's a thought, but it needs refinement. 73 -----Original Message----- From: Peter Dougherty [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Thursday, April 26, 2007 8:28 PM To: [EMAIL PROTECTED]; DX Chat Reflector; [EMAIL PROTECTED] Subject: Re: [DX-CHAT] Re: U.S. Postal rates set to go up <clip> >One thought would be this... if I work your DXpedition, one of thousands of >W3's... why not permit me to confirm electronically via your web site, and >not only request your return QSL the same way, but cover the postage and a >"donation" cost on-line via a PayPal or similar service? There are some >pitfalls in this, of course -- the biggest one of which is determining what >the minimum "charge" would be to cover postage and handling, closely >followed by the need to make any amount above and beyond that purely and >totally voluntary. So it's a thought, but it needs work. Yeah, you could quickly devolve into a "charging for QSL" quagmire. Besides, can you imagine being a DX QSL manager having to look up 40,000 addresses, format them for your labels, print and stick 40,000 address labels before even stuffing the cards? No, I think for QSL direct, the old tried-and-true method is just fine, as is the buro. But if you just want a confirmation for an award, screw it...LoTW is the best way to go. Cheers, Peter, W2IRT Subscribe/unsubscribe, feedback, FAQ, problems http://njdxa.org/dx-chat To post a message, DX related items only, email@example.com This is the DX-CHAT reflector sponsored by the NJDXA http://njdxa.org