Does every ham in the world now have online access? Let’s hope so as the major way this DXpedition wants their QSL requests is via an online request form.
From the Ducie Island site:
A special service for the VP6DX DXpedition is the Online QSL Request System (OQRS) for bureau and DIRECT QSL cards, based on an online form and the QSL Label Software BV. This is no E-QSL system. The callsigns and QSO data of the requests are stored in a database and you will automatically receive a real printed QSL card via the bureau or DIRECT to your mailbox without sending your own QSL card if you are in the log!
If you do request a direct card, they will ask you for a donation to cover the cost of postage via PayPal and will list you as a sponsor if you provide more dollars than the postage amount.
The purpose of all of this: dramatically reduce the number of bureau cards going through the worldwide system and eliminate as many direct cards through the mail as possible.
I can relate to this. I’m sure they are not as thrilled to get a K9JY QSL card as I’d be getting a VP6DX card from them! It eliminates the hassle of envelopes, cards, processing return cards, and keeping it all straight.
These innovative ways of electronically QSLing, requesting QSL’s and getting confirmations move the hobby along in what has always been (in my opinion) the slowest part of the hobby: getting the confirmation for the contact.
You can still send a card, of course, and get one in return. But, if you have online access, why would you send a card?
h/t to K2DBK.