Amateur Radio is very much in a new age, there are many advances in the hobby which bring new technology to every aspect of our wonderful hobby.
One of the tools and services that we can take advantage of in our hobby is the “bureau”, the bureau has also changed and we need to adapt in the way we request our bureau QSL cards.
For ALL DXpeditions, IOTA, Contest stations, and some rare DX stations, incoming QSL cards are NOT required in the QSL exchange! You are asked NOT to send your QSL cards through the bureau for these stations. Instead request your QSL cards using Online QSL Request System (OQRS).
On my OQRS system https://www.m0urx.com/oqrs you can request ALL your QSL cards very quickly. Your request will be processed very quickly and will be placed in country bins, the cards will be sent to the IARU Bureaus every few months. Your QSL will get to you much quicker and is the ONLY way that you should be requesting DXpedition QSL cards.
Why is this so important? The IARU Bureau service is a costly and time consuming service for the national societies, and certainly 75% of the QSL cards that I receive are recycled with the rubbish once they have been replied to by my QSL service. The DXpeditions DO NOT need your QSL card.
The time and money invested in sorting and shipping the QSL cards around the world by all our bureaus is a very big commitment for all the societies involved, with so many QSL cards in the system that are NOT required it is literally “clogging up” the bureau. Use OQRS and get your cards much quicker!
How can YOU make use of OQRS for YOUR call sign? Register your call sign on CLUB LOG upload your log and you have access to your own OQRS that you can manage QSL cards that you want and let others request YOUR QSL card.