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The Awesome QSL Drawings of Jeff K1NSS Heading to Print

K9ZW New QSL Card Proofs

Jeff K1NSS is a QSL card artist that you may enjoy checking out part of his portfolio at: https://www.jeffk1nss.com/

He had done designs for me back in 2015, most which never ended up being printed for a variety of reasons including moving and a need my end to be more focused on health.

I asked Jeff K1NSS to update the 2015 designs, and to create several new designs. All the updates are done and two of the three new designs are finished.

After reviewing several QSL printing services (I had previously had quotes from local printers) I’ve select QSL Concepts to print the first six cards. They are at: http://qslconcept.com/usa/

QSL Concepts “Fab” VE7FBN got it right away that I had ready to print front/back artwork. While Canadian based QSL Concepts uses a USA based affiliate for cards being delivered stateside.

I was able to tag the cards into a pricing program focused on clubs, and anticipate the new cards arriving about ten business days down the road (might be sooner!).

This batch of card designs includes:

  • A retro boat-anchor voice card
  • Two new designs based on a concept I have to accommodate my FlexRadio operating conditions, one in B&W and one in color
  • A digital mode card
  • A Washington Island QTH card emphasizing my operations from George W9EVT’s monster-shack
  • A Washington Island card intended for guests at the W9EVT monster-shack which I will give to George W9EVT

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QSL Cards – K9ZW 2021 Update

Recently had a couple people inquire on where I am at with QSLing, particularly on paper QSL cards.

As of January 2021 here is where I am at:

eQSL & QRZ.com postings – these are done weekly and should be up to date.
LoTW postings – this is done roughly once a month, and would be up to date through 2020
Paper QSLing by SASE – is still on hiatus but expected to resume soon, and will take a while to catch up
GlobalQSL DX QSL Cards – on hiatus until I have designs – will likely be Q3 2021 before I get back at this QSL method

My formal QSL cards became obsolete when my home QTH station has dismantled and my operations moved to my work QTH’s tower and my new home QTH antennas. Our home move was complicated, as we bought the home we moved to with much of its contents, leaving us an extra tier of tasks as we moved. I didn’t get at having new cards made right away. With the CCP-Virus issues my card designer has been working remote, so the new designs are not finished nor are new cards printed.

In normal days I would expect to be able to put a timeline on a small project like this, but in our CCP-Virus disrupted world setting a deadline is unrealistic.

So I’ll fall back on that old two word way to explain that it will happen on its own schedule with a promise of “Soon Come..”

73

Steve
K9ZW

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Getting my QSLing Up to Date!

Making an effort here to get my QSLing up to date.  Unsing Global QSL http://www.globalqsl.com/ the vast majority of my DX QSLs should be caught up.  From the No Manager/No GlobalQSL/No Bureau courtesy information from GlobalQSL of the last roughly 1100 cards about 7 or 8 will have to be done here manually as directs.

While this takes care of my DX catch up, I am at least 400 cards behind on domestic QSLs.  I had been pretty good until until I bluntly just got a bit bored with the paperwork side of QSLing and let that side slip.

I do eQSLs as well http://www.eqsl.cc/ automatically as as much of a back-up log as anything, and about once every couple years I put up with the silly technical hurdles of LoTW and upload my logs there.

I’ll have to see about setting up a label printer and doing the domestic QSLs in arrears, so I can get back to even up.

BTW here are my current GlobalQSL card front faces.

K9ZW Home QTH QSL Frontside Image

K9ZW Home QTH QSL Frontside Image

and

K9ZW Washington Island WI001L QSL Frontside Image

K9ZW Washington Island WI001L QSL Frontside Image

My domestic cards are not all similar, as I often use a Lake Michigan Theme card I had printed up.

73

Steve
K9ZW

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K9ZW Winter QSL Effort

K9ZW Summer QSL Card

Seems I have really never tamed the QSL Card Monster. I have responded to all direct QSL card requests, but certainly have fallen way behind on doing my domestic QSL send-outs, logging QSLs and physically settling on a QSL storage system.

I also have a large number of DX QSLs to upload to GlobalQSL for Printing and Distributing.

K9ZW Four Picture QSL Card

As for eQSL, that is largely up to date, as I tend to use eQSL as my offsite log backup.

I’ll have to decide if futzing with LoTW (Logbook of the World) is going to happen, as I personally find the process annoying and unrewarding.

K9ZW Winter QSL Card

The QSL Card fronts in this post are few of the designs I use. I have another paper design, a couple GlobalQSL designs which are printed by GlobalQSL, and several eQSL designs depending on the QTH & Date of operations.

Guess it is time to knuckle down and get these QSL cards done!

73

Steve
K9ZW

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GlobalQSL – US to US QSL Options & Solutions

Received a clarification from GlobalQSL on how they will be handling US Station to US Station QSLs:

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GlobalQsl

You now have a choice for how you send and receive your QSLs with other Stateside hams!

We at GlobalQSL are happy to announce a brand new, cost-effective and time-saving way to send and receive QSL cards including cards from U.S. stations to U.S. stations.
These are the same high-quality printed cards from GlobalQSL that includes your QSO information printed directly onto the card.

Terms and conditions of this program:

All of our American customers will receive their incoming QSLs from other GlobalQSL subscribers.
These will be mailed to their designated postal mailing address in bundles of 99 cards shipped via surface mail at a cost of only $4 per shipment.
This payment will be deducted from your account with 50 qsls that equals $4.
But, for the next 6 months, as a way of introducing this incredible service, GlobalQSL will mail your cards at no charge,That’s right- FREE!

If you cannot wait for the 99 cards to accumulate we will send you any partial quantity via air mail at your request.Simply view “My incoming QSL” section at your account on the GlobalQSL website, click the POD (Print On Demand) icon, and we will print the amount of pending cards you have on file and send them to you via air mail.
The cost of this service is $6 per shipment.
This payment will be deducted from your account with 75 qsls that equals $6.
You must have the minimum credit for 100 cards in your account for this action.
How does this program work?

A. If the recipient station is a GlobalQSL customer; he will be notified at the “Incoming QSL” section in his account viewable on the GlobalQSL website.
B. If the recipient station is not a GlobalQSL customer, we will send him his first 9 cards by mail to his private address listed on QRZ.com.
Afterward, we will send him his cards in batches of 99 cards.
When he becomes a GlobalQSL subscriber, we will ship his cards according to his instructions.
OK, so what do you need to do? Action MUST be taken NOW!
1. Please go to your account and verify that your postal mailing address is O.K.
2. Zip code must contain 5 digits.
3. Navigate to “My Account” after that to “My call signs” and mark them “Direct to my address.”
4. Forward this mail to any American ham you know if you think they too would be interested in exchanging high-quality printed QSL cards a cheaper and faster way.

PLEASE NOTE: WHEN YOU UPLOAD U.S. TO U.S. CARDS YOU ARE AWARE OF OUR PROGRAM AND WILL COMPLY WITHIN ITS GUIDELINES.

73
GlobalQsl team
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Hope this helps clarify the problem & solution,

73

Steve
K9ZW

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Domestic QSL Hick-Up – GlobalQSLs are not DX QSLs per ARRL

GlobalQSL logo

GlobalQSL has addressed a problem with USA Amateurs using GlobalQSL to send QSL cards to other USA Amateurs via the ARRL Bureaus.

For the most part this is a no-go situation.

Correspondence from Bureau Managers confirmed that GlobalQSL has been working with them to find a solution, and a GloablQSL announcement is promised in the next few weeks.

As one Bureau manager explained that even if the GlobalQSL cards would be acceptable for QSL confirmation between USA Amateurs, that only USA Amateurs interested in DXing tend to keep SASEs or Credits with their Bureau. So the majority of USA to USA QSLs sent into the ARRL Incoming Bureaus would end up in “unclaimed” files and never distributed.

Of course this does not affect USA Amateur to DX Amateur, or DX Amateur to USA Amateur QSL cards exchanges using the GlobalQSL printing service. Their may be similar situations for a DX Station wanting to QSL another station that is not DX to them, as their home country’s Bureau system would have to be checked. Basically if they can send another amateur in their own country a QSL via their country’s bureau system, then they should be OK.

I’ve written to each of the Ten ARRL main Bureau Managers and some of the various geographically special ARRL Bureau’s Managers to ask them to send on to me any GlobalQSLs put into the system before the problem was realized and have told them I would cover their postage.

ARRL Bureau Letter on GlobalQSL Domestic Card Problem by K9ZW

The time savings to me to have these QSLs already filled in is still a huge savings in QSL Card processing time, but obviously the focus for a USA Amateur is to use GlobalQSL for DX contacts.

I’ll have a posting when GlobalQSL makes their official announcement of the system update, but I can tell you that the system they have discussed with me is going to be good!

—- As I was preparing this for posting one of the Bureau Managers corrected me, that it is acceptable to send GlobalQSLs to the various geographically special ARRL Bureaus (like Alaska, Hawaii and the islands that each have a ARRL USA Bureau) if you are a lower-48 based Amateur. I stand corrected!

73

Steve
K9ZW

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