The Logbook of the World is sure gaining popularity! More than 53% of the QSO I had submitted to LotW had been confirmed (QSL-ed)! This is every second QSO, and a so much better ratio compared to 25-30% confirmation rate on average it was, when I started uploading my logs to LotW three years ago. I also start getting LotW QSLs for QSO dated 2011-2012 now meaning many people start uploading their old logs.
According to the logs, I worked almost 100 DXCC in about a first year I got somewhat active on HF with my 31′ long-wire antenna and 5 watts or sometime 100 watts of power, after getting a license. Confirming these took so much longer though.
Some entities just don’t have too many ham operators there (like Greenland for example), and some countries don’t have reliable access to Internet either (like Cuba). Sending a QSL-card directly to a rare DXCC entity may cost up to $10 considering the cost of postage, cards, and a small contribution. And the answer is not guaranteed.
Confirming 100 contacts by direct QSL-requests is costly so normally you use a QSL bureau or (even better!) an instant electronic confirmation system such as the Logbook of the World (LotW).
As of today, I had 118 DXCC entities contacted, out of which 98 were confirmed via LotW and 6 more by QSL cards (direct), while I was waiting for a QSL card or LotW confirmation from the remaining ones.
Today, two more appeared confirmed on LotW so I could finally submit an application for a basic (mixed) DXCC award via LotW completely without needing to mail / check any QSL cards. Which I just did:
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