[CQ-Contest] An idea for contest support

John Bastin K8AJS bastinj at gmail.com
Thu Aug 4 08:23:45 EDT 2005

On Aug 3, 2005, at 2:21 PM, Jim Monahan wrote:

> Then a sort of strange thing happened. I got this terse e-mail from  
> one of the senior staff
> members of CQ Magazine indicating that the way these envelopes were  
> packaged (and
> done exactly as requested), they weighed 1.1 ounces and therefore  
> had caused a double postage
> rate rather than if they were 1.0 ounce or under.
> I guess it never occurred to me to check the weight of any of the  
> envelopes.

On Aug 3, 2005, at 4:26 PM, Shelby Summerville wrote:

> I've experienced the same situation, with the mailing of NAQP RTTY
> certificates. I use the same type paper, same type envelopes,  
> basically the
> same information is printed on each certificate, yet when the local  
> weighs them, some exceed the 1.0 limit? Early on, I just stamped  
> and mailed
> them, but several were returned for insufficient postage. Now the  
> USPS gets
> to print postage for 50+ envelopes.

For what it's worth, I'll pass along a postage tip that I learned  
while working on mailing invitations for a couple of weddings. Not  
sure where it originally came from, but it has definitely helped.

When doing what amounts to a bulk mailing like this, mailing a lot of  
the same item, don't weigh one stuffed envelope. Weigh _ten_ stuffed  
envelopes. If the weight shows anything over ten ounces, chances are  
you're going to get hit with "insufficient postage."

You can then make adjustments, either to the postage applied or to  
the contents of the mailing, your choice.

Hope this helps.


John E Bastin, K8AJS
jbastin at sssnet.com

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