[CQ-Contest] Is QSL Bureau pertinent in today HAM Radio

Ktfrog007 at aol.com Ktfrog007 at aol.com
Wed Mar 28 11:57:49 PDT 2012

The W1 QSL bureau does not accept envelopes or stamps, just money (see  
their web site).  This works extremely well.
In addition, I have a good sorter, KV1J.  I receive regular shipments  and 
enjoy sorting through the cards.
I am completely happy with the W1 bureau operation.  
I still see a declining role for QSL bureaus, but will continue using them, 
 in and out. 
Kermit, AB1J
In a message dated 3/28/2012 6:37:00 P.M. GMT Standard Time, jc_ki7y at q.com  

I  am  a Bureau sorter in the 7th call area bureau.  I  thought I  would 
add some insight from the volunteers perspective.  

Its not  a huge time consumer to handle the cards but has many small 
hassles that slow  things down. A fairly large percentage do not use the bureau.  
And some  that do make things tougher for us.  Some who receive lots of 
cards will  only provide a few SASE with 1 oz of postage.  Others send lots of 
money  and envelopes but receive very few cards.  In some cases almost  none. 

The current postage regulations make it very complicated  to mail the small 
packages.  The basic envelope is easy.  From there  its more postage if 
there is a metal clasp. Its more if its too stiff or  thicker than 1/4 inch.  
Also only so many can be stuffed into a 6x9 inch  envelope.  In some cases 
larger users will use the flat rate boxes.   Thats the most cost efficient but 
unless they are getting hundreds of cards  not too useful.

The possibility of also doing domestic cards was  approached a few years 
ago. Other than the fact it did not happen I do not  know anything of the 

To sum it up there is a lot of  volunteer work to keep the ARRL Inbound 
bureau functioning.

Personally  I still like the paper QSLs but I do think LOTW should be used. 
 And  there are some stations around the world that QSL for every contact 
on each  band and mode for every QSO.  That adds quite a lot to the volume.  
Personally I do not like that at all.  Its one thing to confirm a 14Mhz  QSO 
on CW for some one but not for the many contest QSOs every  year.


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From: "Joe"  <nss at mwt.net>
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I Voted, and it looks lie i m in the majority  also.

I'd love to see it opened to stateside QSL's also.  he cost  of sending 
them now is far more costly than what DX cards cost to send  when the 
buro was made.

As they say the infrastructure is already  there.


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