ETH059 - QSL Cards and Services

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  1. K5CLM

    K5CLM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! In this episode we are going to talk about QSL Cards and Services, we talk about some upcoming events/contests and hamfests over the next two weeks and wrap it up with some news from around the hobby!

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  2. K2HAT

    K2HAT Premium Subscriber Volunteer DX Helper QRZ Page

    Did you mention about many Europe QSL Cards will not fit in the normal USA envelopes?

    Lots of on the job training if you are chasing Direct Paper cards.

    Knowing the correct amount of money to send is one thing to know.

    I use K4HB postage page to know how much $ to send.

    One thing I found that helps, I started to use the "Euro" size nesting Air Mail envelopes from Mr Plum,
    and I use my printer to Print the Name Address etc on the envelopes, both Mine and the other Stations.

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  3. KW0U

    KW0U Ham Member QRZ Page

    "The Complete DXer" has a good discussion of envelopes. Personally I've used brown European-sized envelopes inside brown slightly larger envelopes with cards and "green stamps" in the middle. (I got the envelopes in England, they are hard to find in the States.) Without trying to sound too old it is something of a shame that paper cards are on the downslope. Sure it is much cheaper and faster to go through LOTW, and the return rate is probably much better, but an electronic report can't match the thrill of getting one in the mail. (You do remember "real" mail, don't you?) Sending them is fun too--I always try to write on them a note about the other person's QRZ info, maybe a little about myself or, if I've been there, what was fun to see in the recipient's country. In other words, a real little friendly letter, with thanks for the contact. And until the online system improves, the graphics and info on many cards sure beats just printing a standard report. Hopefully there will always be a place for tangible QSLs.
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  4. KE0MBA

    KE0MBA Ham Member QRZ Page

    I love QSL cards and sad it's a dying art. It's something I still love. An Internet contact doesn't really have the same feel as a paper QSL.
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  5. DU3LA

    DU3LA Ham Member QRZ Page

    LOTW is the way to go!
  6. KC2QQR

    KC2QQR Ham Member QRZ Page

    I use paper logging and QRZ logbook. When folks send me their paper QSO card, I always reciprocate. Likewise if someone sends me postage for one, that is even better. I barely have enough money for the hobby, let alone giving it away to the postal system.

    I do wish the USPS would grant us amateur operators a form of a discount for sending QSO cards as a form of courtesy, even if it is only within the USA. I am sure that QSO cards only make up that 0.1% of the US mailings. If they made it cheap, I'd be sending them out no questions asked.
  7. WA7PUG

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    I wrote this about a million years ago for a club newsletter ... hope you guys enjoy it (article attached) ... I know QSL cards are not for everybody for a lot of reasons, but some of us old guys like the traditions .... so this is just one look at it. Obviously, one size does not fit all; QSL cards same gig. 73 WA7PUG

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  8. WA2EHV

    WA2EHV Ham Member QRZ Page

    I love getting QSLs in the mail just as much now as I did when I was a brand new Novice, 47 years ago. de WA2EHV
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  9. KF5RHI

    KF5RHI Ham Member QRZ Page

    I really like LOTW. Some folks bad-mouth it; but if you just follow the steps in setting it up it's awesome. I do a lot of paper QSL cards too though I'm not as diligent about it as I should.
  10. K4TFT

    K4TFT XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    What happened to the "bargain prices" at ARRL outgoing? USPS went up but.........

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