QSL – Need to Know
QSL Lookup Databases
QSL Dos and Don’ts
Good cooperation between the DXer and the bureau is important to ensure a smooth flow of cards. Remember that the people who work in the area bureaus are volunteers. They are providing you with a valuable service. With that thought in mind, please pay close attention to the following dos and dont’s.
* Do keep self-addressed 5 x 7-1/2 or 6 x 9 inch envelopes or money credit on file at your bureau, with your call in the upper left corner, and affix at least one unit of first-class postage.
* Do send the bureau enough postage to cover SASEs on file and enough to take care of possible postage rate increases.
* Do respond quickly to any bureau request for SASEs, stamps or money. Unclaimed card backlogs are the bureau’s biggest problem.
* Do notify the bureau of your new call sign as you upgrade. Please send SASEs with your new call, in addition to SASEs with your old call.
* Do include a SASE with any information request to the bureau.
* Do notify the bureau in writing if you don’t want your cards.
* Do notify the Bureau of a change of address.
* Don’t send domestic US to US cards to the various call-area bureaus.
* Don’t expect DX cards to arrive for several months after the QSO. Overseas delivery is very slow. Many cards coming from overseas bureaus are over a year old.
* Don’t send your outgoing DX cards to your call-area bureau.
* Don’t send SASEs to your “portable” bureau. For example, NU0X/1 sends SASEs to the W0 bureau, not the W1 bureau.
* Don’t send SASEs or money credits to the ARRL Outgoing QSL Service.
* Don’t send SASEs larger than 6 x 9 inches. SASEs larger than 6 x 9 inches require additional postage surcharges.