simple hints for QSLing via a manager
- If you expect a direct return, include an addressed return envelope (SAE) with either postage, an IRC, or $$.
- None = bureau reply
- A QSL by itself, i.e. as a postcard, or without SAE and postage = bureau reply
- Self-sealing envelopes are much preferred. Envelopes without any form of adhesive are a major
annoyance. (JA and PY are you listening?) I will NOT take the time to apply glue or tape to these. I tuck in the flap. If the QSL falls out on the way to you, you will have to send another request!
- Write your callsign on the back of your
return envelope. It does happen that your QSL and envelope get
separated, especially in “high volume” managing, e.g.
- If you fold your return envelope in order to put it in the envelope addressed to me, be sure you put the fold down – i.e.
to the bottom of the outer envelope. I use a letter opener on all mail,
and if I slice your envelope in half because the fold was up, your card
goes to the bureau pile.
- Do not use tape on your envelope unless
absolutely necessary – and don’t seal your envelope with tape or glue
such that even a virus couldn’t get out!
- If you include $$, do not wrap it in foil or carbon paper or whatever, and do not tape it to your QSL or your envelope.
- For calls I manage, you may include more than one callsign request in your mailing. Some managers do not permit this.
But be aware: If you send 2 or more QSL
requests in the same envelope with only 1 SASE, you will not get a
return until I have logs for every callsign you’ve requested – which
may delay your return – significantly. If you include an SASE for each
call, I will answer each as soon as possible. Also, if you send more
than 1 SASE, and I can answer every request immediately, I will return
the extra SASEs to you.
- Please pay attention to the log dates
covered (listed on this web page), and do not send me a request for
logs I don’t have. For example, don’t bother
requesting a 4L5O card from 2008. I only became his manager as of Jan
2009, with logs from that date forward.
- Please make sure your callsign is on the same side of your QSL as the QSO information. Hand write it if need be.
- If you ever have any question about how or what in using a manager, simply email me: n3sl<at>arrl.net