I note with interest that many sought after DX don’t use LoTW and only QSL via direct mail with a self addressed stamped envelope (SAE) and sufficient postage normally US Dollars. Initially this was 1 USD, but lately I see many are requesting up to 5 USD to cover the postage.
This is tantamount to extortion. I think it is time we gave a clear message to these extortionists, we should not encourage this any further by sending money in excess of 2 USD. I am pretty sure that 2 USD is sufficient in most if not all countries to cover the postage. In South Africa, postage costs around R6 i.e. slightly less than 1 USD.
Some stations even get so clever that they indicate that they do use LoTW, but on further investigating you might find something like this:
“All other logs for my operations are on paper. Once I retire :) I'll retype them and post 'em on the LoTW!”
Maybe I am wrong, but I think many of these stations work DX purely to collect US Dollars and it has nothing to do with the passion of being able to help fellow radio amateurs with working new DX entities.
In this day and age I find it very difficult to understand that someone, especially stations operating from rare DX entities that make hundreds of QSOs, still use paper logs and do not use LoTW.
I should add, I don’t have a problem with a small donation to DX expeditions. They do have very high costs to cover. Giving, for example a 5 USD donation might mean expediting the process of receiving a QSL. Preferably a paper QSL and confirmation via LoTW. If no donation is made, they normally will still upload the logs to LoTW, but only after a fairly long delay.