A new way to QSL

I saw this website a few months ago after being steered there from someone else’s blog. A perusal of the website left me with the impression that it’s a good idea in theory but I wanted to wait a while and see if it worked as advertised.

In a nutshell, you upload your logs in adif format and QSLs for those contacts are printed (from a template you’ve previously designed) and sent to the recipient’s incoming QSL bureau.

The cost for all this is reasonable: 10¢ per card if ordered in lots of 1000 cards or 2¢ more per card if only sending 100 at a time. This is for a full color front & back QSL card with QSO info printed on the reverse and sent to the destination bureau. Not a bad deal, if it works.

Four days ago I received an envelope from the W5 bureau containing 29 cards. Three of those were from stations using GlobalQSL. They were just as high quality as any other cards I have in terms of card stock and printing.

I’m currently 430 cards in debt and even though my logging program will automatically print labels for those QSOs I intend to QSL, I still have to attach the labels one by one to each card, then send the cards to the ARRL’s outgoing bureau (which requires me to be an ARRL member to use).

GlobalQSL seems to be an excellent compromise that allows a tangible, paper QSL via electronic logging without the secretarial work of handling your own outgoing cards. And in a manner that is more economical than the traditional method of sending via the bureau.

I think I’ll give it a go.

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  3 comments for “A new way to QSL

  1. June 8, 2010 at 1:43 am

    I also used this service for my lighthouse activity in 2008. I made not so many qso’s and it was possible to made 100 cards.

  2. Julian G4ILO
    June 8, 2010 at 3:01 am

    What a brilliant idea! I wish I’d heard of this before.

  3. June 8, 2010 at 7:10 am

    I have not used the service myself, but several folks in the contest community recommend it as a good option.

    Like you say, I have been impressed by the quality of the cards received from the service. It looks like a bargain.

    73 de w4kaz

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