to Get Better Returns From your QSL
To obtain that wanted QSL you must first send your QSL, quickly and
accurately. Immediately after the QSO sit down and write out the QSL or
print the label from the computer. If the stationt you work as the
Logs's on-line, you can check the bands and modes you have worked.
In this way you can check and double check on the date and the
time GMT. The only time touse is UTC (Universal Time Clock) or GMT
(Greewich Mean time). If youdon't have your log on a computer, or if
you are not sure of the correct time check directly on WWV, Hams
are one of the largest users of WWV, but when one sees the many
incorrect times put on QSL's (and log's) it seems all they do is listen
It may not seen important to be so accurate, but rapid DX operator
may work 10 or 15 stations a minute.
Make sure, if you are changing your local time, to change de date
also, if necessary. But why not keep the clock in GMT, myself I've on my
station 2 Clocks (1 at Local time , I change for sumer time and winter
time and the other with UTC Universal Time I neverever change) . The
next most important item on the card is the band , if you don't want
your card refused or returned marked "not in log", make sure
the band when recording. Many stations in contests particularly, keep
the logs by bands.
The mode you are using on transmission is very important also, as
many awards are for Phone, or SSB, or CW, FSK, PSK31 separately. Thes
signal report is the next item of important and necessary to complete de
confirmation of the QSO.
It is unfortunate that there is not a standard form used for QSL
design. The easiest design to read quickly is the log form type with all
of printing on one side only . The log form type is made up with a
simulated line from the log sheet printed on the card. If you use a
computer you can just print for a label and fixe on the qsl
It has been said that a QSL is the final courtesy
of a QSO. This is certainly true. QSLing is no burden to the amateur who
works several statiuons a week, or even a day, but think of the station
who is working 10 or 20 stations a minute in contest style. He is
working in this manner to give as many as possible the chance for a QSO
and ultimately a QSL. ASLing for this station indeed is a chore.
It is only right that we should assist this station in his QSL task in
some manner. The usual considerate way is to send along with your
card a SASE Self-adressed-stamped-envelope. The SASE saves most of the
work for the station in not having to adress an envelope or card,
and also postage involved. Of course if postage for differnt country you
can send a IRC International Reply Coupons along with the adressed
envelope. Also, it is not asking too much to enclose a small
donation to help cover the cost of the card or the gas for the generator
in the case of a DXpedition station. Those who go on DXpedition do so
for several reasons. First, the enjoyment of travel an operating as a
rare DX. Seconf, to give the contacts to those who needed them on
different bands or modes. The QSL card is necessary evil erising
from the second reason.
One on a DXpedition never expects to make
any money on the trip or to even have his travel expenses paid.
But somehow those who want the QSL's should assume some small expense
involved. The cost of printing a decent special or picture QSL to
do a DXpedition justice is around EUROS 90,00/1000 or US Dol 90,00
per thousand and much more in other countries. It is certainly not
asking too much to enclose along with the SASE a small contribution to
help cover this expense, anywhere from a dime to a dollar is
appropriate. While some hams revolt at the thought of "paying for a
QSL" these individuals think nothing of paying to enjoy a
couple of beers and coffees or their other hobbies such DVD´s
Collections, or fishing and hunting .
QSLing is just one of the small expenses in
enjoying the greatest hobby of them all Amateur Radio.
When working a station ask him where to QSL or if
he is working contest style, listen and he will announce every few
minutes QSL information. If he announces the call letters only of the
QSL Manager or perhaps his home call be sure you have it correct.
Then be sure that you look up the QTH in the CallBook or internet
QRZ.COM or Buckmaster, you can check on any magazine or DX NEWS
Informations. If you do not have one which is recent, borrow one from
some one else or look for the correct QTH in your local Radio
There are some QSL Managers who can provide Cards from "RARE" Stations and DXpeditions, most of them belong to the QSL MANAGER'S SOCIETY . This is a non-profit Orhganization on Promotion and Preserve the Amateur Radio.
Good example How should be your SASE envelop there is no information that this envelop Belong to a HAM, just put your Name and adress on the envelope. It's enough!
The envelope with QSL, SASE, and the contribution
should be mailed by air-mail if going out of the country. Ther are many
other secrets used to obtain QSL's such as writting a letter to the
station, along with your QSL Card in his native language,
enclosing pictures , commemorative stamps, and even to sending him a QSL
already made out to you just waiting for his signature. Blank cards can
be obtained for this purpose. Remmember if he return your QSL card
signed by himself and confirming the QSO, this card is
There some "OLD" IRC's like those ones, NO LONGER Valid:
THIS CURRENT AND VALID IRC International Reply Coupon
Be attention all coupons as a Valid DATE as you can see on the bottom :
Be carefull if you send cards directly to some
countries special in Africa or on East Europe with Post Office Boxes
Please don't use "beautiful" stamps , ask
on your Post Station for a tax stamped machine instead a normal stamp,
some "beautiful" and colour stamps are very appreciated on
these countries and some indocent people destroy your letter to get
While the above mentioned procedures may seem
elementary to many readers, all QSL Managers will agree that most of
them are violated daily on cards receivfed.
Take pride in your QSL card and QSLing procedure
and your results will be pleasing.
Nice and simple QSL card with all information
SOFTWARE FOR QSL CARDS, MANAGERS, LABELS, etc.