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“PSE QSL” Tried and Tested Ways to Send & Receive QSL Cards. By Wayne Greaves, WØZW. Topics. QSL basics What's the appeal? The QSL cycle How to send How to receive Tracking your results. QSL Basics. “QSL” is a Q-signal abbreviation meaning confirmation of receipt
Tried and Tested Ways to Send & Receive QSL Cards
By Wayne Greaves, WØZW
What's the appeal?
The QSL cycle
How to send
How to receive
Tracking your results
“QSL” is a Q-signal abbreviation meaning confirmation of receipt
To QSL a contact is to exchange written confirmation of a 2-way QSO
Traditionally done by exchanging QSL cards
Exchanging QSL cards is considered the “final courtesy” of a contact
Every station should have its own personalized QSL cards
Available as cheaply as 100 for $10
Custom four-color glossy photo cards available 1,000 for $120 and up
Can't request a QSL if you don't have your own!
Your Call Sign
Station Date Time Mode Freq RST QSL
“Verified By” stamp
QSL Manager (domestic)
QSL Manager (foreign)
An organization that sends or receives QSL cards in bulk to/from DX entities on behalf of participating members
Use “outgoing” bureau to send QSLs
Use “incoming” bureau to receive QSLs
ARRL provides outgoing QSL service
Martin Cook, N1FOC, sorting outgoing QSLs sent via ARRL bureau in various bins, ready to be forwarded.
An individual who handles QSL cards on behalf of another ham
Listen for QSL instructions, for example “QSL via W5XYZ”
Managers can be domestic or foreign
A thankless yet important job!
Joseph Arcure, W3HNK has managed QSLs for nearly 400 call signs over 35 years!
A coupon exchangeable for 1st class postage in country where redeemed
Sold by US Postal Service for $1.85
U.S. Dollar is nearly universally accepted
Use in lieu of IRC
$2.00 is the going rate to ensure a reply
There is a risk it can be stolen en-route
QRZ.COM call sign look-up
IK3QAR Ham Radio site QSL manager look-up
Google search on call sign
Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin
425 DX News
W1AW DX Bulletins
The Daily DX
Have your correct mailing address on QRZ.COM
Keep envelopes on-file with your incoming QSL bureau
Send QSL cards
In U.S. organized by call number district
Each has an informative Web site
Follow instructions for use
Keep envelopes on-file
Send extra stamps when rates increase
W5 QSL Bureau
P.O. Box 2591
Claremore, OK 74018-2591
Manager: Jerry Chouinard, K5YAA
What to track
Paper and pencil
Shoe box organizer
Collecting QSL cards is fun!
Every ham should have own QSL card
Set a goal to achieve WAS, WAC, DXCC, VUCC, etc.
Get on the air and work stations!