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New K9ZW Custom QSL Cards by Jeff K1NSS

Just finished today is the design phase of a trio of new QSL card designs commissioned from Jeff K1NSS.

I’ve segmented my operating QSOs recently into those where I’ve been on my new Flex-6700, those where I’ve been using vintage gear, and those made from my frequent visits on Washington Island.

Jeff K1NSS Eyeball QSO Card Designs for K9ZW

Jeff K1NSS Eyeball QSO Card Designs for K9ZW

Jeff K1NSS was brought to my attention as an illustrator and featured name in the K9YA Club Newsletter and by word of mouth.

We exchanged a few emails working out a strategy to a portfolio of designs, each with print and web versions, plus a coordinated Eyeball QSO Card.

Jeff has great talents suggesting viable themes and asking great questions to draw out what I was hoping for.

The Flex-6700 feature reflects the “magic decoder ring” that this piece of SDR equipment has brought to my operations. If you receive the full actual card there are “Easter Eggs” hidden in the design.

A “Voice of Steve” card seemed a natural to give a feel for the reverence of operating with vintage gear. I’ve gear spanning the WWII period onwards which I put to use when I can.

The third segmentation are those QSOs I make as a guest at the George Ulm W9EVT mega-shack at Greengate Farm on Washington Island, Wisconsin. The card gives tribute to this significant radio operation and also a way to highlight any other Washington Island QSO I make.

The reduced designs are the Eyeball QSO Cards illustrated. Eyeball QSO Cards is an Amateur’s way to say “calling card” and have taken the full card themes in a form adjusted for the purpose.

A highly rewarding experience, the process was a lot of fun! I spent more with Jeff than many of his projects, as I asked him to do not only the three designs, but also a WI9DX Washington Island DX Club version and a club member version of that card as well.

Oh and I asked him to do custom reverse sides to blend with the cards designs.

I’ll trickle some examples on the blog over the next few weeks.

Hope you like them as much as I do!

73

Steve
K9ZW

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Thank you to our Incoming QSL Bureau Teams

I think we all often forget to say “Thank You!” to the excellent service the Incoming QSL Bureaus provide.

In my case I use the Ninth District QSL Bureau run by the Northern Illinois DX Association (link: http://qsl.nidxa.org/ ) and they are an excellent group. Thank you!!

Here is a few out of the latest batch received:

DX Cards Just Received 29Nov12

A few of yesterday’s inbound DX QSL Cards

Countries in this mini-batch were:

  • Bulgaria
  • Poland
  • Japan
  • Russia – Asian
  • Russia – European
  • Moldova
  • Chile
  • Namibia (V5) – New QSL Country Confirmation for me
  • Mexico
  • Finland
  • Slovenia

NIDXA has all the information on how things work, what they cost, and “Do & Don’t Do Items.”

BTW your bureau is based on your call sign number.  There are also various interest groups that have their own bureaus for their members’ use (OMISS and 3905cc come to mind).

Again a thank you to the volunteers!

73

Steve
K9ZW

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What’s in Your Log? Looking over the fairly recent eQSL confirmed entries

Thought I’d pull a list of the last handful of QSO’s and look over the countries confirmed in the eQSL system. It is a much easier data-set to pull than to analyze the whole log segment for the last few months.

K9ZW recent log from eQSL (members only subset) In alphabetical order:

  1. ARGENTINA
  2. ARUBA
  3. AUSTRIA
  4. AZORES
  5. BALEARIC ISL.
  6. BELIZE
  7. BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA
  8. BRAZIL
  9. CANADA
  10. CANARY ISL.
  11. CHILE
  12. COSTA RICA
  13. CROATIA
  14. CUBA
  15. CZECH REP.
  16. DENMARK
  17. DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
  18. ECUADOR
  19. EL SALVADOR
  20. ENGLAND
  21. FAROE ISL.
  22. FRANCE
  23. GREENLAND
  24. GUATEMALA
  25. GUERNSEY (BAILIWICK OF)
  26. GUYANA
  27. HONDURAS
  28. HUNGARY
  29. IRELAND
  30. ITALY
  31. JAMAICA
  32. JAPAN
  33. JERSEY (CHANNEL ISL.)
  34. MALPELO ISL.
  35. MARTINIQUE
  36. MOLDOVA
  37. MOROCCO
  38. NETHERLANDS
  39. PANAMA
  40. POLAND
  41. PORTUGAL
  42. PUERTO RICO
  43. ROMANIA
  44. RUSSIA (EUROPEAN)
  45. SCOTLAND
  46. SLOVENIA
  47. SOUTH KOREA
  48. SPAIN
  49. ST. BARTHELEMY
  50. SURINAME
  51. SWEDEN
  52. SWITZERLAND
  53. TANZANIA
  54. THAILAND
  55. TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
  56. UKRAINE
  57. URUGUAY
  58. USA
  59. VENEZUELA
  60. VIRGIN ISL.
  61. WALES

73

Steve
K9ZW

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The Art of QSLing – New Tab

Have created a new tab on the menu above – “The Art of QSLing” which offers links to articles on the QSL process.

Later additions will include some direct on-line QSL resources.

Thank you – 73

Steve
K9ZW

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The Art of QSLing

For a quick search of all the QSL related articles click

HERE for a Global Search and HERE for a search by article tag.

QSL will be manually added to related articles over the next few weeks.

73

Steve
K9ZW

Doing a QSL Seminar for Mancorad W9DK

For the upcoming Saturday January 21st I’ve been drafted to do a presentation and lead a discussion on QSLs for our local radio club – Mancorad W9DK

My outline points for the presentation on QSLing are:

•When should you QSL?
•What should be on your QSL card?
•What to do when cards you receive have problems?
•How to ask for aQSL Card?
•How to actually GET that Card?
•Ways to send your QSL cards out.
•The Electronic QSL – eQSL & LoTW options.
•The Famous “Plum Method” of Foreign Stamped SASEs.
•Bureau services like GlobalQSL.
•What are those SWL Cards and do you answer them?
•The use of “Green Stamps,” IRC (International Reply Coupons) and Donations.
•Special Twists, Like the Special Currency System.
•QSLing with DXpeditions.
•What is a Bureau and how do I use them?
•What does all this Cost?
•When to trade Money for Time, or Time for Money, in QSLing?
•Resources for the QSLing Radio Amateur.

I’ll be leading the presentation and discussion, hopefully with one or more of the guests I’ve invited.

Should be fun and if the handouts are well received I’ll see about getting them put up on the club blog and perhaps here.

73

Steve
K9ZW

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