I have noticed that many new hams in the United Kingdom are not aware of how to send QSL cards to ensure they get a 100% reply. So here are a few tips to help you along the way.
1) Use a Self-Addressed Envelope SAE for the QSL to be returned to you.
2) Enclose US$2 – this pays for postage, ink, labels and other items that are needed in QSL management. Never send a QSL without covering the return costs.
NO stamps or IRC’s Sorry!
3) All QSOs should be neatly listed either on one QSL card or on a piece of paper attached to the QSL card.
Now let’s look at what should be on your QSL card. Many QSL cards are used to claim awards, this means that your QSL card should contain at least the very basic details.
1) Your call sign, name and mailing address. Call sign should also be on the back.
2) The country name “England” should be clear. Not everyone will know that Hinckley Bottom is in England.
3) IOTA (Islands On The Air) MUST have the Island name printed on the QSL so “Mainland Great Britain” should be shown. You can also add the IOTA reference: EU-005.
4) CQ Zone: 14 ITU Zone: 27 should also be on your QSL for CQ & ITU Zones awards.
5) It is also helpful to add your Maidenhead locator: mine is IO92fj it is common that the last two letter suffix be in lower case.
6) WAB: Worked All Britain is another award where it is helpful to show your WAB area mine is SP27. You can also add your book numbers too.
7) This is most important! If you are using a photograph on the QSL, use HIGH RESOLUTION digital images. Low resolution or scanned images will not work in QSL reproduction, they will be pixelated or grainy or both. The same for logos, use high resolution logos.
Do not assume that the QSL printer will add such detail. To be honest QSL designers / printers that do not add the data or advise you about such information should not even be designing or printing QSL cards. So think about your design AND what text must be written on it.
A box of 2,300 incoming bureau cards arrived today from the RSGB bureau. Only the 2nd time that i received a quarterly box on time in many years. Cards sorted and processed ready for the next dispatch.
I expect the next outgoing dispatch to be posted in August.
June 25th – July 5th – K4RX, Terry; W3CMP, Chris; and K5AND, Dick; are expected to arrive on St. Eustatius, will be QRV as PJ5A the following morning (local time) on 1.8 through 28 MHz and two stations on 6 meters, “one favouring EU/AF and the other favouring US”.
They will have three K-Lines and large antennas, with an emphasis on 6 meters until July 5th.
Maidenhead Locator: FK87mm
IOTA Reference: NA-145
Plans are to be on the ON4KST Chat page http://www.on4kst.org/. They will be posting their logs online.
Logsearch will be here: https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/PJ5A
QSL via M0URX OQRS & direct letter OR Bureau by OQRS
Please note that QSL cards need to be designed and printed. OQRS may show as QSL processed and will be posted when i have the cards from the printer.
After returning from a successful mission to Ramsey Island EU-124, I am now home and returning to QSL work.
OQRS is up to date. 93 letters were posted this morning and 250 bureau cards processed this morning also.
Post has just arrived from the PO Box and an incoming box from the RSGB is due tomorrow.
Another 54 letters posted on Thursday 25th.
United Radio QSL Bureau will be closed from Wednesday 17th to 24th June 2014.
I will be able to answer some emails, QSL requests will be completed on my return. Thank you!
We would like to announce that we are currently in the final planning stages of our regular trip to Ramsey Island – IOTA EU-124. This year we are going to try to have 3 stations on air full time as we are only there for 3 nights.
Arrive on island Friday 19th June.
Depart island Monday 22nd June.
Please note that operation in the days before and after with MC0SHL will be from the club house on mainland Wales EU-005.
We will be using 3 of the new “Hexpedition” hexbeams built by Ant, one will be directed to the West to allow us to work as many stations in the USA as possible as we seem to be lacking contacts from there each year. There may be some digi mode operating and again we will be looking on 6m to work as many as possible on there too.
Team members this year include a new addition of Vinny, M0TAV, who we welcome into the fold as a guest operator. Vinny is the antenna erector here in the midlands and has experience of operating from around the world when he was working on cruise ships and from his time in Thailand.
The full team this year are;
Jane – Rob’s wife and the chief chef and the one who keeps us in check
Laura MW6INK – Ant’s wife and Janes right hand
Glenys G8KWD – Tony’s wife and Janes left hand. The girls are in charge as usual and I am sure will keep us all in our place.
Usual DX Code of conduct rules will be adhered to (FULL CALL ONLY) and the regular QSL route via M0URX. Please do not send your card to us via the bureau as we do not need your card, but use Tim’s on line request service.
Or request direct and donate a couple of dollars to assit with our costs.
There may be some operating the days before and after from the farm as we all assemble and get ready to travel.
We look forward to meeting you on the air and again we ask to listen to who we call and just act in a true Ham Spirit and allow us to complete the QSO’s.
Just one week after the E30FB QSL cards arrived from the printer we are pleased to report that 4,391 letters will be posted on Monday 8th June 2015.
Over 100 hours of work from the QSL team involved in the QSL process, M0OXO Charles and G1VDP Chris. Thank you guys, your help was most appreciated as always.
Also ready to post are the packages to GDXF, MDXC, SDXF & DDXG. Here are some of the images of the QSL work this weekend.
E30FB & ZF2CI QSL cards have arrived here from the printer ON5UR Max in Belgium. It will be a busy week ahead 6,400 labels to stick on the QSL cards first! On schedule for the June 15th posting date!