Today we have more and more big, manufacturer sponsored, DXpeditions every year. One thing that I’ve noticed about these operations is how their QSL’s are processed and into the hands of the waiting DXer. Whether it be direct or through Logbook of the World (LoTW) a pattern seems to be emerging and it is when QSO confirmations are processed. I noticed this during a large scale expedition a few years ago. The operators announced that those who donated(another topic for another time) to the DXpedition, their confirmations would be processed first. Well, they were right. The DX club I was a member of at the time donated to the expedition. Shortly after the expedition was over I received LoTW confirmation for the QSO’s I made with them. All well and good I guess but in the coming weeks and months I heard that many people, who didn’t donate, still had not received confirmation on LoTW, while some QSO’s, like mine, had been confirmed. When the traditional paper QSL’s started to come out some months later, operators that started to receive their cards were saying that they donated to the DXpedition while those that didn’t, were still waiting.
All the big DXpeditions have a page on their website where a person can donate. Some will list recent donations and with what I mentioned above, there’s no doubt that a full list is kept somewhere. Are we not far from integrating that list into logging software that will alert the operation that the caller in the pileup donated? Today’s logging programs alert you of duplicate contacts, new multipliers, partial call checks etc. So what’s to prevent a data file of donors from being created and integrated into the software? Have we reached the point in DXing where it will be “Pay per Q”?