SWL Cards

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by K5SPP, Sep 8, 2019.

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  1. K8BZ

    K8BZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    One thing to remember when we are talking about QSLing is that many hams were never required to keep a log at any time since they first became licensed. From many discussions on the Zedd, it's clear that many hams don't ever keep a log at all. If someone is requesting a QSL to qualify for some type of award from a ham who does not keep a log then the response QSL's contact info should be left blank and a big red VOID should be written in that area in ink.

    I have wondered how many hams who do not keep a log return QSL requests and just copy the contact info from the card they received.
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  2. WC5P

    WC5P Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    If it’s the station I think it is, they have a very nice oversized QSL card, which I bet is very expensive to have printed.
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  3. W7UUU

    W7UUU Principal Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    It is, and it is... and they surely get THOUSANDS of requests a year for them.... a great many from SWL requests

    But they are not a wealthy club

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  4. KP4SX

    KP4SX Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Wouldn't be a bad idea for them to note on their QRZ page that they don't acknowledge SWL card requests.
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  5. W7UUU

    W7UUU Principal Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Good point @WA9SVD might want to pass along... really should be clearly stated on their site

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  6. W0IS

    W0IS Ham Member QRZ Page

    How many active satellite operators do you think would reply to such requests?

    The reason I ask is that it just dawned on me that even though SWLing doesn't have much that would be of interest to most kids, it might be a different matter to explain that they can listen to a satellite every time it goes over their heads, and that you can listen to it on a pretty cheap piece of equipment. If they could follow up by getting a few QSL cards in the snail mail, they might actually be impressed.
  7. WE4B

    WE4B Ham Member QRZ Page

    Many that I personally know. We satellite ops probably have a higher percentage of us who send cards than the general ham population.
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  8. WA9SVD

    WA9SVD Ham Member QRZ Page

    If it's the station I think you think it is:D, YES, our club did have an oversized card for a LONG time, and as you surmise, expensive.:( But the newest batch are a bit different, and are standard "QSL card" size, ( thankfully.:confused:) They will fit in a standard size letter envelope. Work the station, send your card and a SASE, and you will get the NEW card to boot!:D I will not (or need not) elaborate further.:rolleyes:

    BTW, if the station I think you think is in question, it IS our club station, and the equipment is owned by our club, and not owned by the commercial entity that operates a hotel/attraction there.:cool:
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2019
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  9. W4ZD

    W4ZD Ham Member QRZ Page

    An apology, eh? All that is required is that someone fill out a small piece of card stock, put it in the SASE, and let the mailman (sorry... mailperson) pickup it up. Instead, you insert a cheap piece of paper with an apology on it??? It is an extremely inexpensive affair and in my view is a common courtesy congruent with the spirit of the hobby. But, as you note, YMMV. Sorry, I cannot afford to reply to your expected retorts. :rolleyes:
  10. W4ZD

    W4ZD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Well, if they get thousands of QSL requests, they must have a pretty good setup, as in mucho dinero. Maybe they should rethink their QSL printing preferences, and go cheap. Heck, it wouldn't be much time, trouble, or expense to design a QSL and print it on card stock on an ordinary inkjet printer. Maybe they should revise their 40 year old rules. Who knows? But to utilize a SASE to send an apology instead of what was requested strikes me as a club with its collective head up its collective derriere. Sorry, just my take on it. I don't understand it. But, as has been mentioned many times in this thread, YMMV. :-|

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