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WS6X QSL Policies


  1. During the following three timeframes, I operated portable from Buena Vista, CO (DM68, Chaffee County). This included CQWW CW all three years. QSLs via LoTW, and all paper QSL requests will acurately show these QSOs as made from Colorado. (I did NOT use the "/0" designator.)

    • November 20 thru 26, 2007,
    • November 24 thru 30, 2009,
    • November 22 thru 28, 2011.

  2. I have never operated from 6Y5. That operator was WH6X/6Y5.
  3. As of January 1, 2013, I no longer QSL via the BURO! See below for explanation.

I very much enjoy trading QSL cards with the stations I contact. Of course, in order to obtain most awards — the DXCC award (100 countries contacted), for example — I have to submit proof of these contacts to the organization that issues the award. The QSL card contains all the information about the contact (date, time, frequency, etc.) and serves as "proof" of a valid contact.

Over the years, in the process of chasing many awards, I have amassed quite a large QSL collection. Many hams mount these cards on the walls of their shacks and fondly refer to this as "wallpaper." Since I have so many cards I elected to store the most memorable ones in a photo album. When I talk to someone about my hobby, it is quite easy to play show and tell with the cards displayed like this.

For a ham who makes many thousands of contacts in his lifetime, sending QSL cards and managing the collection is a sizeable and costly undertaking. Personally, I have nearly reached the pinnacle of award chasing, so don't have much need to send cards anymore. However, I always try to faithfully respond to all QSL requests.

I do however, have strong preferences as to how I QSL. With the recent reality of Internet-based, electronic QSL-ing systems, the need for a hard-copy of a card has been eliminated for all but a few awards. For those who still want a "real" card for their collections, I have available a selection of attractive QSL cards.

Logbook of the World

This is by far and away my first choice for exchanging QSLs. The LoTW offers a fast, economical alternative to sending QSL cards directly to another station via the postal system. With the personal computer taking over so many other aspects of the ham radio experience, it was only a matter of time, and for me, a very welcome development, to be able to exchange QSLs electronically.

As an added bonus, registered users of LoTW can apply credits directly to their DXCC award programs from the QSL matches in Logbook of the World. In my opinion, any ham who is seriously chasing award credits must become a LoTW user.

I faithfully upload my logs to LoTW once per week. So if you want an easy, prompt response for a QSL request from me, get set up with LoTW! If by some chance LoTW doesn't find a match for a QSO you're looking for, drop me an Email note. I will manually check my log.

Direct Mail

QSL by Direct Mail

For those who still collect cards, or perhaps are just beginning their collections, I am always happy to send a card. However, I will insist on receiving an SASE! (Self-Addressed, Stamped Envelope) This common courtesy should be standard practice for those who really want a card. And, please do not send your card as a postcard, or include only postcard return postage! Open QSLs in the U.S. mail get so terribly mangled; it makes no sense to send in that fashion.

International requests must also include an SAE and sufficient U.S. postage, or current, valid IRC (International Reply Coupon) for an airmail return. Any requests without the postage will be returned through the Bureau. NOTE: U. S. "Green Stamps" are also acceptable! :)

Unless I'm away from home, every request I receive as above, will be sent by return post the next business day. You'll have your card in a matter of days.

The Bureau ("Buro")

Inernational QSL Bureau

While the Buro used to be an economical way to send large quantities of QSL cards to hams in other countries, the system has always been far from perfect! With recent price increases for outgoing QSL services, the huge success of electronic systems such as LoTW and OQRS, it became clear to me that I could be making better use of my time than filling out stacks of buro cards. So, after nearly 50 years of involvement with QSL bureaus, I am pulling the plug. Effective Janury 1, 2013, I will no longer respond to "Buro" QSL requests!

Now before you call me an old curmudgeon, here's my offer: Even though it seems highly unlikely that ANYone could possible need a QSL card from California... If you need California, Fresno County, DM06, or the "WS6" prefix for a specific award, and honestly can NOT afford a direct QSL, send me an email and plead your case. I'll send you a card direct at my own expense.


Ham Radio QSL

Since eQSLs can not be used for any award of interest to me (as of this writing) I don't put much effort into the system. The only reason I participate is because I received numerous requests for eQSLs. I do upload my log to eQSL, but not nearly as frequently as LoTW.