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  1. 1. QSL Cards
  2. 2. What is a QSL Card? <ul><li>“ QSL” is telegrapher’s shorthand for </li></ul><ul><li>“ I acknowledge receipt of your message or transmission.” </li></ul><ul><li>A QSL card is a written confirmation or acknowledgement of a contact. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why Would We Want A QSL Card? <ul><li>Courtesy – sending a QSL card is the final handshake of a contact. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why Would We Want A QSL Card? <ul><li>Awards – QSL cards serve as proof of a two-way contact needed for certain awards. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Why Would We Want A QSL Card? <ul><li>Tradition – Exchanging QSL cards has been a long tradition in ham radio and it is FUN to get cards from other hams who you have contacted. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Information On a QSL Card <ul><li>Callsigns </li></ul><ul><li>Location </li></ul><ul><li>Time & Date </li></ul><ul><li>Frequency </li></ul><ul><li>Mode (2-way) </li></ul><ul><li>Signal Report </li></ul>Be sure to include all of this basic information because QSL cards are often used to verify contacts for awards.
  7. 7. Essential Information <ul><li>Your Callsign should be printed or written on the report side of the card. </li></ul><ul><li>If you were portable or mobile you would want to indicate that on the card. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Essential Information <ul><li>Include your geographic location – street address, grid square, city, state and county </li></ul><ul><li>ITU and CQ zones should also be included. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Additional Information <ul><li>Other information may include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Membership in a club </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organizations that you are affiliated with </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>e-mail address </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Awards earned </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Previous callsigns held </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><ul><li>Because QSL cards are sent to people from a variety of cultures, you may want to refrain from putting certain things on your QSL card. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Religious or political statements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Risqué pictures or drawings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Off-color remarks or humor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anything that could generally be considered offensive </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Basic QSL Design <ul><li>Standard QSL size is </li></ul><ul><li>3 ½ inches high x 5 ½ inches wide </li></ul>
  12. 12. Basic QSL Design <ul><li>Vertical format is also acceptable when kept to the standard dimensions </li></ul><ul><li>3 ½ inches x 5 ½ inches </li></ul>
  13. 13. Filling Out The QSL Card
  14. 14. <ul><li>Callsign of the other station that you worked. </li></ul><ul><li>Write clearly. Avoid common confusion: numeral one and lower case l (“el”) or capital I (“eye”), zero and the letter “O”. </li></ul>W1AW
  15. 15. <ul><li>Time and date. </li></ul><ul><li>Use UTC for both and be sure to properly convert from local time and date, if that is how you keep your log. </li></ul><ul><li>Spell out the month to avoid confusion. </li></ul>W1AW 10 May 2006 14:30
  16. 16. <ul><li>Frequency – approximate frequency in kHz or MHz is required. </li></ul>W1AW 10 May 2006 14:30 21.395
  17. 17. <ul><li>Band in meters is an </li></ul><ul><li>acceptable practice… </li></ul>W1AW 10 May 2006 14:30 15m
  18. 18. <ul><li>… Band in MHz is also </li></ul><ul><li>commonly written. </li></ul>W1AW 10 May 2006 14:30 21
  19. 19. <ul><li>Mode – Use accepted abbreviations but be specific. AM, SSB, CW, RTTY, PSK are acceptable. </li></ul><ul><li>FCC emission designators are not easily understood so it is best to avoid their use. </li></ul>W1AW 10 May 2006 14:30 21.395 SSB
  20. 20. <ul><li>Signal Report - Use the standard RST system. Phone modes only us RS. </li></ul>W1AW 10 May 2006 14:30 21.395 SSB 59-
  21. 21. <ul><li>Notice that the card indicates that this was a two-way contact. This is very important information. </li></ul>W1AW 10 May 2006 14:30 21.395 SSB 59-
  22. 22. <ul><li>If you make a mistake when filling out a QSL card, throw it away and start over. </li></ul><ul><li>Crossed out or written over information will disqualify any card being submitted towards an award. </li></ul>W1AW 10 May 2006 14:30 21.395 SSB 59-
  23. 23. PSE QSL TNX <ul><li>Indicates that you are answering a QSL </li></ul><ul><li>Thanks for QSL </li></ul><ul><li>Indicates that you are requesting a QSL </li></ul><ul><li>Please QSL </li></ul>
  24. 24. How To Send Your Cards <ul><li>QSL Bureau </li></ul><ul><li>QSL Manager </li></ul><ul><li>Direct mail </li></ul>
  25. 25. QSL Bureau “VIA BURO” <ul><li>Advantages </li></ul><ul><li>Least expensive </li></ul><ul><li>Good return rate </li></ul><ul><li>Can send to foreign QSL managers (not stateside managers) </li></ul>
  26. 26. QSL Bureau “VIA BURO” <ul><li>Disadvantages </li></ul><ul><li>Not time sensitive </li></ul><ul><li>Not all DX uses the bureau </li></ul>
  27. 27. QSL Bureau “VIA BURO” <ul><li>The QSL Bureau is for DX cards only. (Includes KL7 & KH6) </li></ul><ul><li>The QSL Bureau cannot forward IRCs, or “green-stamps” (cash) </li></ul>
  28. 28. QSL Managers (Stateside) <ul><li>Some DX operators have stateside QSL managers </li></ul><ul><li>Not very expensive </li></ul><ul><li>You Pay postage both ways (SASE) </li></ul><ul><li>Excellent return rates </li></ul><ul><li>Fairly good turn around time </li></ul>
  29. 29. QSL Managers (Overseas) <ul><li>Excellent return rates </li></ul><ul><li>Can get expensive </li></ul><ul><li>Faster return that QSL Buro </li></ul><ul><li>You pay postage both ways </li></ul><ul><ul><li>IRC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foreign postage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Green Stamps $$ </li></ul></ul>
  30. 30. QSL Direct <ul><li>99% return rates </li></ul><ul><li>Most expensive way to QSL </li></ul><ul><li>You pay postage both ways </li></ul><ul><ul><li>IRC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foreign postage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Green Stamps $$ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use foreign postage on SASE for best return rate. </li></ul>
  31. 31. DX-pedition <ul><li>A DX-pedition is where a group of operators travel to a rare and often remote DX location and operate for a period of time so that DXers can put a new one in the log. </li></ul>
  32. 32. DX-pedition <ul><li>A DX-pedition will usually publish their QSL information on the internet or other DX bulletins </li></ul><ul><li>ARRL members can get the W1AW DX bulletin free by e-mail. Log onto the member’s only section www.arrl.org </li></ul>
  33. 33. DX-peditions <ul><li>It is a good practice to support these expeditions with a donation to help defray the expense of the operation. </li></ul><ul><li>Your support of even a few dollars helps continue the challenge of DXing and encourages adventurous operators to activate rare DX entities. </li></ul>
  34. 34. Special Event Stations <ul><li>Special Event stations are operating to commemorate a significant day such as a celebration or an historical. </li></ul><ul><li>Generally these operations will offer a certificate or special QSL card designed just for this event. </li></ul>
  35. 35. Special Event Stations <ul><li>The operator will usually provide QSL information or a reference to the information such as QST or the internet. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s a good idea to send a large 9 x 12 SASE so that your certificate does not get folded. </li></ul>
  36. 36. Tips and Tricks <ul><li>Do: </li></ul><ul><li>Do write legibly or use QSL labels </li></ul><ul><li>Do use professionally printed cards </li></ul><ul><li>Do send SASE or IRC </li></ul>
  37. 37. Tips and Tricks <ul><li>Don’t: </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t write callsigns on envelopes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>an invitation for theft by dishonest postal employees </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Don’t send cash </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Same as above. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In some countries it may be illegal for citizens to possess foreign currency. </li></ul></ul>
  38. 38. Electronic QSL
  39. 39. Electronic QSL <ul><li>Advantages </li></ul><ul><li>Fast upload </li></ul><ul><li>Secure </li></ul><ul><li>Apply for awards on line </li></ul><ul><li>LoTW upload feature is built in on some logging programs. </li></ul>
  40. 40. Electronic QSL <ul><li>Disadvantages </li></ul><ul><li>Only matches QSO with other LoTW users </li></ul><ul><li>No QSL card to display </li></ul>
  41. 41. Receiving QSL Cards Incoming QSL Bureau <ul><li>Keep several 6x9 SASE on file with the incoming bureau for your call area. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Your call in upper left of envelope. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>At least one unit of fist class postage for each envelope. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Send extra postage if postal rates increase. </li></ul></ul>
  42. 42. Displaying QSL Cards <ul><li>Albums </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Show by band, mode, award, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to carry to meetings or conventions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Wall Hangers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to hang and change cards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>minimal attachment to walls </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Display Boards </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Great for presentations or shows </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use of photo corners prevent tape damage to cards </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Frame </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Display special cards or events </li></ul></ul>
  43. 43. <ul><li>Display Boards are great for presentations or shows </li></ul>
  44. 44. QSL Resources <ul><li>Outgoing QSL Bureau: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.arrl.org/qsl/qslout.html </li></ul><ul><li>Incoming QSL Bureau: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.arrl.org/qsl/qslin.html </li></ul><ul><li>Logbook Of The World: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.arrl.org/lotw/ </li></ul>
  45. 45. QSL Cards <ul><li>Working them is easy… Getting the card is the real challenge. </li></ul>
  46. 46. Source: ARRL Website