Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Confirmed QSL, and comparing Logbook of the World to Eqsl

So far, I've been living in the HF world with my simple antenna for about 2 months. I don't spend a lot of time DXing, but I do spend several hours a week trying to make contacts. Here is what I have to show for it, from a few sources.

First of all, I have this truly amazing map generated from This fantastic map shows you what countries you've talked to, on what bands. It does not have confirmed QSOs, it is simply the ones that have been logged. It is a very nice visualization, and shows me that I have worked many carribean, South American, and European stations, and that I haven't had luck with the middle east, asia, africa, or Oceania. I also have talked to 37 DXCC entities, in 4 continents and 11 CQ zones. Very cool indeed!

Beyond that, there are two main systems of verified qsls that I use, namely Logbook of the World and EQSL. So, what do these two sites say about my contacts?

Logbook of the World: 24 confirmed contacts in 10 dxcc entities, 8 US states. DXCC entities include Brazil, Canary Islands, Denmark, France, Italy, Montenegro, Netherlands, Trinidad & Tobago, US, and Wales.

Eqsl: 23 confirmed contacts in 10 dxcc entities, 7 US states. DXCC entities include Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Canary Islands, Columbia, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Italy, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, USA, and Wales.

Overall, there are many overlaps in these contacts. I have found that using them both generates more contacts confirmed. I have often found my log contains a slight typo which can be found in eqsl, and results in a confirmed contact on LOTW. Still, using both helps to confirm more contacts.

Bottom line is, there is a lot of cool online tools, and take the time to get to know them. I'm slowly making progress towards the Worked All States award, as well as the DXCC award, but I'm still coming along in both of those. Still, hopefully I'll be there before too long;-)

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