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QSL Cards still used?

Apr 1st 2017, 22:42


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Hi, I was wondering if operators still send/receive QSL cards? And if so, what is the typical protocol to initiate this, is it as simple as asking a new contact if they will send you a QSL?

Apr 2nd 2017, 02:11


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Many do, but probably not as many as in the old days. Sure, you can ask - or just send a card, asking for return, possibly with SASE. Many folks use electronic services now, like Logbook of the World,,, etc. If you are looking to earn awards, you can often use electronic qsls (LoTW for WAS, DXCC, etc.).

The situation for DX QSLs is more complicated. You can use the QSL bureau system (low cost, slow) or send direct (fast, expensive), but the electronic route may be faster and cheaper. Consult the station's listing in or other online sources to see what their requirements are for QSLs. Often, they charge US$2.


73 Martin AA6E
Apr 4th 2017, 16:19


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The site has station profiles that allow stations to indicate whether or not they QSL via mail. To avoid wasting time and effort, my profile includes a Clublog lookup so you can see if you are in the log.

Zack W1VT
ARRL Senior Lab Engineer

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