Incoming QSL Service
Within the US, the ARRL DX QSL Bureau System is made up of numerous call-area bureaus. They act as central clearing houses for QSL cards arriving from foreign countries. Volunteers staff these "incoming" bureaus. The service is free. ARRL membership is not required.
Canadian amateurs can use the Radio Amateurs of Canada's incoming QSL bureau.
Most countries have "outgoing" QSL bureaus that operate in much the same manner as the ARRL Outgoing QSL Service. The members send their cards to their outgoing bureau, where they are packaged and shipped to the appropriate countries.
A majority of the DX QSL cards are shipped directly to the individual incoming bureaus where volunteers sort the incoming QSLs by the first letter of the call sign suffix. One individual may be assigned the responsibility of handling one or more letters of the alphabet.
All incoming QSL Bureaus have e-mail addresses and Web pages. The information for specific Bureaus is listed below.
You can claim your QSLs by sending a 5" x 7-1/2" or 6" x 9" self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) or money credit to the bureau serving your call sign area. Neatly print your call sign in the upper left corner of the envelope. Place your mailing address on the front of the envelope. A suggested way to send envelopes is to affix a first class stamp and clip extra postage to the envelope. Then, if you receive more than 1 ounce of cards, they can be sent in a single package.
Some incoming bureaus sell envelopes or postage credits in addition to the normal SASE handling. They provide the proper envelope and postage upon the prepayment of a certain fee. The exact arrangements can be obtained by sending your inquiry with a SASE to your area bureau. (A list of bureaus appears below.)
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. To obtain the best results, please pay close attention to the following dos and don'ts.
- 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 sign 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 your call sign on any correspondence with the bureau.
- 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.
For a PDF file of all of the information above, click the Learn More link below.
QSL Service Addresses
All first-area call signs:
W1 QSL Bureau
PO Box 73
Marlborough, MA 01752-0073
This bureau accepts money credits only. NO SASEs. For specific information on the W1 incoming bureau, please contact email@example.com. This address can also be used to send comments or general questions to the W1 QSL Bureau Manager.
All second-area call signs:
ARRL 2nd District QSL Bureau
PO Box 599
Morris Plains, NJ 07950
This bureau accepts money credits only. NO SASEs. For detailed information on the W2 Incoming QSL Bureau, please contact Douglas Rue, W2EN, Bureau Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, the W2 Bureau has its own home page that contains a world of QSL Bureau information.
The W4 call area incoming bureau is divided into TWO SECTIONS. See below for the proper bureau to match your call sign:
All fourth-area call signs with single-letter prefixes (K4, N4, W4):
Comments or questions on this bureau's operation may be directed to email@example.com.
All fourth-area call signs with two-letter prefixes (AA4, KB4, NC4, WD4, etc):
Comments or questions on this bureau's operation may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All fifth-area call signs:
The ARRL W5 QSL Bureau
W5 DX QSL ARRL INCOMING BURO
P.O. BOX 10
Hobart, OK 73651
All Hawaiian call signs:
KH6 QSL Bureau
Big Island ARC
Att: Barbara Darling, NH7FY
PO Box 1938
Hilo, Hawaii 96721-1938
Comments or questions on this bureau's operation may be directed to email@example.com.
All Alaskan call signs:
Alaska QSL Bureau
P.O. Box 520343
Big Lake, AK 99652
Comments or questions on this bureaus operation may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
All Puerto Rico call signs:
Puerto Rico QSL Bureau
PO Box 9021061
San Juan, PR 00902-1061
Comments or questions on this bureaus operation my be directed to email@example.com
All USVI call signs:
V.I. QSL Bureau
Virgin Islands QSL Bureau
P.O. Box 25782
Christiansted, St. Croix
U.S. Virgin Islands 00824
Comments or questions on this bureau's operation may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
All Guam Calls
Guam QSL Bureau
Marianas Amateur Radio Club
P.O. Box 445
Agana, Guam 96932
Comments or questions regarding this Bureau may be directed to Danny Pobre, KH2JU, Pobre@guam.net.
SWL QSL Bureau
Mike Witkowski, WDX9JFT
4206 Nebel St
Stevens Point, WI 54481