ARRL Outgoing QSL Buro Service
Anthony Luscre, K8ZT, is collecting outgoing QSL cards from club members that he will send to the ARRL Outgoing QSL Buro. When he gets a reasonable
sized batch he will send them in bulk to the ARRL.
Some rules to follow:
- Only contacts with countries outside the United States are accepted. Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands are NOT outside
countries. The general rule is that if you could mail a letter there for the standard domestic postal rate, then it will not be accepted.
- All cards must be sorted in DXCC main prefix order. That usually means in alphabetical order but not always. For example, France has the main prefix of 'F'
but uses prefixes FA-FZ, HW-HY, TH, TK, TM, TO-TQ, and TV-TX. These would all be sorted as though they started with 'F'. Be sure to consult a DXCC list like the
one at http://www.arrl.org/files/file/DXCC/2013 DXCC Current_a.pdf to get your cards in the proper order.
- Not all countries have a QSL bureau. See http://www.arrl.org/outgoing-qsl-service for the list of countries
that do NOT have a QSL bureau.
- You must include proof of ARRL membership. Either a QST label or a copy of your membership card.
Anthony collects cards at meetings and any other event that the club sponsors. You can also arrange to drop them off. Before he sends these cards out
he must merge them all together to make one large batch. If you don't sort your cards, he will return them to you to be sorted.
The service is not free. You must pay a reasonable pro-rated fee based on how many cards you send
in. Anthony will be the sole judge of how much the fee is. The idea is that by batching them together we can take advantage of a single
shipping fee and reduce costs. This also helps to accommodate people who would have a batch too small to be practical.