for and receiving awards for personal accomplishment in amateur radio
is a very rewarding experience. There is nothing like opening the mailbox
and finding that QSL card from Cameroon and saying "YES, that makes
100, and now I have DXCC." Unfortunately, that contact was made
a year earlier, and the wait for that QSL to arrive was so agonizingly
long that you almost forgot about it.
QSL cards is somewhat of a passion, but with the increased postage rates,
it's become increasingly difficult. I recognize having confirmed QSOs
is far more difficult than making the QSO itself. But I also believe
that the fraternity of amateur radio operators and short wave listeners
is inherently honest. I believe that personal achievement should be
rewarded quickly and not be determined by a chain of global postal systems
whose efficiencies (or inefficiencies) can vary tremendously. Therefore,
all KO6LU awards are available as either "Confirmed" or "Unconfirmed."
awards require a letter signed from at least two other hams stating
they have seen the QSL card confirmations for each contact. For unconfirmed
awards, simply send an extract of your log book showing the proper information...date,
time, frequency, and mode (voice, code, etc.). If you've made all the
proper contacts, then the hard part is done and you deserve to be recognized
for that achievement now, not a year from now.