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What If I Send Non-Standard Size QSL Cards?

Jul 5th, 10:11

wv0vw

Joined: Aug 4th 2016, 20:17
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Hello all,

Last weekend I made my first official HF contacts on my own. I intend to ask for QSL cards, and want to send them as well. My favorite option for sending them is to make use of my heavy duty HP Laserjet printer that can print on card stock.

ARRL recommends 3.5 x 5.5 inches for QSL cards. As far as I can tell that is not a standard size to buy card stock in. 4 x 6 inches is a standard size.

How big of a deal would it be to send 4 x 6 inch cards instead of 3.5 x 5.5 inch cards?

Does anyone know a good place to get 3.5 x 5.5 inch card stock?

Thank you,
Dan
Jul 5th, 17:50

AA6E

Joined: Apr 4th 1998, 00:00
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Dan - You're right that 4x6 is a standard in the direct mail world. I did a 4x6 QSL at one time. They are accepted by USPS and the QSL bureaus. I think I've seen some European cards in the larger format.

But 3.5 x 5.5 inches is the QSL standard, and cards that size will be easier to mail and to file alongside other people's cards.

I don't have a source for the smaller card stock, though maybe an Internet search would find something. Print shops may use the larger stock and trim it down to the smaller size -- not something you probably want to do. You could contact a friendly QSL printer and ask for their wisdom on the subject.

73 es GL, Martin AA6E
Jul 6th, 08:14

wv0vw

Joined: Aug 4th 2016, 20:17
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Yes, I believe other people's convenience in filing the cards is more important than my convenience. It seems if I want to be able to print them myself I want a method to trim down 4 x 6 to 3.5 x 5.5.

Thanks,
Dan

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