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TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL QSLING

 
  We have put together the following list that will help you be more successful in receiving the needed qsl card.
  • Make sure you include enough postage on the envelope to cover the delivery of your QSL request! The QSL Manager should never have to receive cards with postage due. Remember, the manager has volunteered to process your QSL requests. The QSL Manager spends many hours filling out QSL Cards for Amateur Radio operators and SWL's worldwide.
     
  • Only include a US $1.00 to managers in countries that accept US Currency. If you know it will cost more than $1.00 to return your SAE, go to your bank and get some $2.00 bills. Sending a $2.00 bill rather than 2 - $1.00 bills, the envelope is lighter and not as bulky.
     
  • When sending IRC's (International Reply Coupons), make sure they are the latest coupons and are stamped correctly. Do Not send foreign currency. Many managers do not have locally available foreign currency exchange.
     
  • Write or print the address of the qsl manager very clearly on the envelope. Place your address clearly in the upper left corner of the envelope.
     
  • Always Enclose an SASE (Self Addressed Stamped Envelope) with enough postage stamps to cover the return of the needed QSL Card. DX stations should include an SAE (Self Addressed Envelope. NEVER put your countries postage stamp on card requests going to a manager in another country. One countries stamps are no good in other countries. A great idea is include the basic stamp on the SASE, with another stamp or stamps taped inside for the manger to use if there is too much weight for basic postage. If it can come with a basic stamp, the manager can keep the stamp for requests without proper postage. If your SASE needs more postage he can use the stamp.
     
  • The SASE or SAE should be large enough to hold the card or cards requested. Sending your SASE envelope in a larger envelope to prevent having to fold it helps your mailing envelope not be suspiciously bulky, drawing unwanted attention. A 6x9 manila envelope is good for sending a 5x7 manila as a return envelope. The manila is also harder to detect money inside. You can also use a security envelope available from many QSL card printing companies.
     
  • Very Important - Make sure you have the correct date and time based on UTC or GMT. (Remember at 0000 UTC the date is actually the next calendar date, not the current date for most places.) Also indicate which is the month and which is the date. This will help the Manager locate and confirm you are in the log much quicker and save him time.
     
  • Write only the callsign that you made contact with on your QSL card, writing it clearly on you card in the contact info area of the card. Having the callsign on the information side of your card helps the manage only have to look at one side of the card.
     
  • Write very clearly and if you make a mistake, throw the card away and start over. Awards managers will not accept a card that has been marked and corrected. They do not know who corrected the card.
     
  • When using a computer label for your QSL information, sign you card with your signature across the edge of the label so it is on the card and label. You could also use a QSL Verified rubber stamp. These are usually small round stamps
     
  • You do not include contest exchange info. on your qsl card.
     
  • When sending a qsl request to a Manager, NEVER put the stations call, name, or address on the envelope. Only put the correct address of the QSL Manager.
     
  • Always be patient while waiting on you requested qsl. Many times there is a delay in the cards being printed or the arrival of the logbook files to the manager. This can tak a few weeks to several months. Also, it is important to remember that you are not the only station requesting a qsl card.
     
  • If your card is going to a humid area or coming from a humid area of the world, include a return envelope with a removable strip to seal the envelope. Should you not have access to this type envelope, include wax paper between the glue edges to keep them from sticking together and making the envelope useless. Use a pen or marker that will not smear with moisture.
     
  • If you work a station multiple time on different bands and modes, include your request for all contacts together.
     
  • If you work several dx stations who use the same manager and send all QSL Card requests to the manager in one envelope with one return envelope, the envelope will not be returned until all your requests can be verified. One delayed arrival of a stations logbook data to the QSL Manager could delay all your needed cards being sent for months.
     
  • When placing the address on the envelope to the manager, include his Country on the last line. On you return envelope be sure to include you Country on the last line of your address. This will help foreign postal workers better sort outgoing mail. Help the QSL manager by placing his return address on the upper left of the envelope he will send your return card with.

 

 
 

 

 

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