[CQ-Contest] qsl's w/o sase

Barry Kutner w2up at mindspring.com
Sat Dec 25 17:17:41 EST 1999

For DX, I respond to all cards - Direct w/IRC or greenstamp get 
airmail reply (still can't figure out why anyone wants my card that 
badly, but I probably get about 10 a year this way). All buro cards 
(average about 1500/year) get returned via the buro. I ship a 5-10 lb 
box of cards to the buro once per year.

For stateside, I answer all cards received with SASE. Others go 
into the round file unanswered. I occasionally break my rule for new 
ops, a particularly interesting QSO, or a comment like "pse QSL 
my first QSO with Pennsylvania." I don't get many stateside cards 
as I primarily operate DX contests.

One brief anecdote:
A few years ago I received a QSL from a statesider, no SASE. On 
his picture QSL, it was prominently written he was a cardiac or 
neurosurgeon (can't recall now), and his gear was a 781 and 87A. I 
was debating whether to break my usual rule and reply to this card 
(professional courtesy from another MD). Decided to stick by my 
self-imposed rules. Why Dr. Showoff didn't send an SASE is 
beyone me. No, he wasn't a new ham. I'm sure he could afford it. 
Maybe he works for an HMO... :.)

Happy holidays,
Barry Kutner, W2UP              Internet: w2up at mindspring.com
Newtown, PA         FRC         alternate: barry at w2up.wells.com

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