There’s a part of DXCC that feels like “The Dead Who Walk”. What used to be an amusing and fun bit of nostalgia is starting to get old. For example, those who fly into a tropical DX location (vacation), make QSO’s, then charge for QSL cards and hold back uploading to LOTW – apparently with hopes to squeeze out more “donations”. Besides ATNO’s – and I only need 2 more – these cards go right into the garbage at my shack – what a waste of time and resources.
Then there is this whole 160M QSL card checking issue – where only special esteemed people can check such cards. I don’t really remember why this is the case, but it seriously delays the checking – and I mean even at the ARRL HQ.
I’m still waiting on getting one last card checked and one last LOTW upload to make 9BDXCC and DXCC on 160M. It amazes me that some still insist on hard cards and direct only these days – and this is for their home QTH or when they are on vacation in the Caribbean, and even though I “donated”.
I’ve come to enjoy LOTW much more than hard cards – and the “quaintness” of DXCC has fully grown stale for me. In fact – just the data in a database is the “award” for me these days – the old vestiges of the DXCC program are getting long in the tooth.