9J2T is taking some heat right now on various blogs.
They’ve done something that, frankly, I’m wondering what took DXpeditions so long to implement in the first place – charging for LoTW confirmations.
According to their detractors, since uploads to LoTW are free, LoTW confirmations should be freely available to all who worked them.
Historically – that is, before LoTW – QSL requests sent to DXpeditioners were the mechanism by which donations were made. Considerate and thankful DXers stuffed a few extra greenbacks into the envelope to assist the team with their financial costs.
When LoTW came along, this went away. Many DXers are now happy to have LoTW confirmations and don’t give a whit about a paper card. Simply by uploading their own logs, DXers will eventually have a free confirmation and the DXpedition will go uncompensated for it.
I made six contacts with 9J2T and don’t have a problem meeting their price of $1.50 for those six LoTW confirmations. In fact, I just sent $5 for LoTW and paper QSLs.
On another blog, someone commented on their distaste at having to finance 9J2T’s “vacation”. That will tell you where he stands on donating to DXpeditions. Multiply him by many others and, as I mentioned, it should come as no surprise that this method wasn’t put into place within months of LoTW’s implementation.