Times change and how we receive bureau QSL requests has also changed, let me show you why we need to make these changes.
Here are two photographs, the first on the top left is a box of 4,500 bureau cards received from the RSGB Bureau on Monday.
The second photograph underneath is the same box 3 days later after all the QSL cards have been processed through the logs that I am QSL manager for.
THIS is how many are then put into my rubbish recycling bin just 3 days after receiving the cards.
I want to ask please for your help! In order to keep this Bureau service going we must change the way that I receive bureau requests.
If you are requesting a DXCC or IOTA Expedition or contest QSL card you must ONLY use OQRS!
Please understand that DXpedition call signs are NOT members of the RSGB and I will be charged money to receive them.
Just as important to remember is that DXpeditions and contest stations DO NOT need YOUR QSL card.
A DXpedition is undertaken to help you obtain an ATNO (All Time New One) whether that be a DXCC, IOTA, WAB area, band, mode or whatever.
Here are some facts for you:
4,500+ QSL cards received 4,200 QSL cards thrown away!
Out of the 4,500 QSL cards, 2,000 had already been requested direct, bureau or using OQRS, in some cases all three!. If you request a bureau QSL PLEASE DO NOT send another QSL! Only use 1 QSL route.
The average length of time that the cards took to arrive with me are 2 years 6 months. If the QSL cards had been requested on OQRS then you would get the cards 2 years 6 months quicker.
One Japanese station sent me 34 QSL cards for 34 QSOs for ONE DXpedition. The work that the bureaus have had to put in in both time and money just to get those 34 cards to me is quite startling. We need to STOP the waste and get smarter in how we use our resources.
If you DO have to send your QSL in Via Bureau type ALL QSOs on ONE card or paper.
Of course there are some stations that I am QSL manager that ARE RSGB members that DO want your QSL. OY1OF, OY4TN, PJ4DX, M0URX. Please continue to send us QSL cards for those stations, for ALL other DXpeditions please use OQRS only.
“QSL Via M0URX” does NOT mean that all QSL cards that I am manager for can be sent to me Via Bureau. Only RSGB affiliated call signs can receive QSL cards.
So the best way to know what to send me and what NOT, is clear. ALL DXpedition & contest QSL requests must be made by OQRS ONLY.
For the QSL route of the rest please check on QRZ.com for each call sign. Or use OQRS. If we need your QSL we will contact you.
I have been working with the RSGB for the past year to ensure that all QSL cards for my attention are delivered to me, but this costs money. I have agreed to pay to receive for DXpediitons QSL cards that I am QSL manager for and are not RSGB affiliated.. However this is only for those that cannot use OQRS as a last resort. OQRS must be your first option to receive ALL DXpedition Bureau cards!
Any QSL cards that ARE sent to me for the call signs I am manager for MUST be made clear “QSL Via M0URX” if not they will NOT reach me. Sorry.
ALL OUT-GOING QSL cards are sent at my cost to all IARU World QSL Bureaus, so our outgoing QSL service continues as normal.
Thank you for your help in changing the way we work with you and reducing costs and time that your QSL cards are delivered to you.