I've been discussing the use of Online QSL Request System on Clublog. This is a new feature you can attach to your searchable log which can be published for instance on you blog, website or QRZ page. Can....because you can choose to switch it on or off. The problem actually is that you can't set the expense box to "no charge" or €0,00. As the OQRS system is ment to be one way. Personally I think this feature should only be accessible to DXpeditions and SES stations that have no use for a card in return. Otherwise people could try to make profit out of it. Look at the outrageous amount you can set? I checked in today and see that they now recommend to disable OQRS unless you know what you're doing. See: http://www.clublog.org/docs/display/guide/OQRS+-+Online+QSL+Requests. Keep it in mind when setting up a log and or make use of OQRS.
I recently received these QSLs from stations you will not get cards from via buro or LotW. I checked my log before I did acquire these cards. The QSO with Syria was made in 2007. Others were made between 2007 and 2011. Unfortenately I had to "buy" these cards. Something I actually don't do normally. Of course I could wait till I'll QSO with stations in these countries that do QSL for free. But since it has been 5 years of waiting it justified a few dollars. Of course that is everyones own decision and counts for me too!
The cards above can not carry the "QSL Code Of Conduct" logo. And it would be nice they would upload their logs at least to LotW in the future.
More and more stations are QSLing via eQSL. And lately there are a lot that have a nice designed card. Like the QSL from Z21BB, Zimbabwe. If you like paper QSL, the eQSL site is for you as if needed you just print them out. A real advantage over LOTW.
Z21BB has W3HNK as QSL manager, I've been looking for his QSL policy but cannot find it, so I guess it's ok via QSL buro. The website of W3HNK can be found here.
In a post on dxworld.net Paul N6PSE does propose a way of QSLing that should lower the costs of QSLing for the forthcoming Intrepid-DX Group DX pedition. This is only a proposal of course but already there are a lot of people that disagree. I think this DX-group never heard about the QSL code of conduct. If they already think costs will become too large they shouldn't even think about another DX-pedition. Sorry guys, BAD idea. A QSL is the final courtesy of a QSO and should be FREE ! Promote your aid and support activities and try to get funding for it. If you don't have the money for a DX-pedition save some first before anouncing this kind of QSL proposal.
HK0NA Online QSL Request Service is how a proper DXpedition should QSL with the QSL Code Of Conduct in mind. They offer a free QSL card via the bureau and you can request them online. Of course someone that is not a member of a radio club or bureau has to wait till the logs are uploaded to LOTW.
Since I didn't like "Ham Radio Blacklist" after all I migrated to "QSL Code Of Conduct". I didn't like the old blog name as it sounds very negative. And this new name is comparable with "DX code of Conduct". The QSL card keeps me thinking. Last week Franki ON5ZO and John AE5X wrote interesting things to read about QSLing. What is actually happening with your QSL card. Most do store them in boxes, and some put them on the wall of their radioshack. But what happens when you're (radio)life is over? Well, some of the (Dutch) cards will end in a museum probabely like the QSL card museum in the Netherlands. The manager for that museum is PA1AT Gerard who is also the regional QSL manager for the northern part of the Netherlands. This guy probabely loves QSL!