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QDure QSL Service Misfire – That Old Domestic to Domestic Bureau Issue

Eighty Lbs. (36 Kg) of K9ZW Outgoing QSL Cards

Half of this is my fault by being too pumped up about clearing my monstrous backlog of QSL cards with a simple download followed by a PayPal payment.

I never thought through the QDure process, and what happened is all the DX cards went to their appropriate places, but the USA-to-USA domestic cards arrived in bulk at the ARRL Bureau in Newington CT – some 79 pounds (36 kilograms) of bulk cards.

Whoopsie, that isn’t they way the system works at the ARRL

Fortunately Rose-Anne KB1DMW was kind enough to contact me by email, and I have sent a payment to cover FedEx delivery of the bulk cards to my QTH.

I am not certain how many QDure QSL cards are in a 79 lbs stack, but I would guess north of 8000 at least. (I pulled 100 cards and weighed them – there are bit over 10,000 cards in this shipment!)

Ten Lbs. (4.5 Kg) Box of QSL Cards – the other box is 7x this amount

So my next step will be to figure out if these cards are organized in a way I that helps me slowly dispatch them, purge known duplicate cards, and figure out the label, envelop and posting part.

Sounds like a considerable chore ahead to organize, cull out verifiable duplicates, push out envelopes and mail the cards out.

As the cards have all the QSO information already printed on them, my busy work is fractionalized.

It looks like from initial sampling that 2-4% of the cards are DX station cards that need to go back to the ARRL Bureau.

Given the scale of the remaining project, it is time to look into software & hardware options that can reduce the time sink and checkbook drain.  Definitely need to look into ways to reduce the postage, as I really do not relish the idea of buying 100 rolls of stamps at $60/each.

No timeframe yet on completing the task, as until I realized that the cards would end up here I had not allocated time or more budget for the project.

But it will get done – eventually!

[Of course the equal amount of K9ZW to DX station QDure cards were appropriately sent to the respective bureaus, so I am good there!]



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An Unusual QSL Batch

August 1st 2022 DX QSL card haul (was four envelopes)

The NIDXA W9 bureau (Northern Illinois DX Association) is awesome and fairly regularly I will get one their brown NIDXA envelopes with another batch of inbound QSL cards. (Link to NIDXA is https://qsl.nidxa.org/get-cards/)

Each envelope contains roughly 10-11 cards, an amount sized to best manage the postal costs.

Every now and then I might get two of these brown NIDXA envelopes in a given day, or back to back on successive days.

Monday August 1st (2022) my inbound mail was unusual, as there were Four NIDXA envelopes!  Each had the typical 10-11 cards in them!  Woo Hoo!

The breakdown by country was:

  • 5 cards from Holland
  • 1 card from Belgium
  • 3 cards from the Ukraine
  • 5 cards from Japan
  • 29 cards from Germany

Quite a nice batch of QSL cards.

Other than replying to direct QSL cards received, I haven’t done a bulk DX QSL card print since well before the pandemic.

For my DX outbound I had been using GlobalQSL but they seemed to have shut shop during the pandemic.  I haven’t been able to find out the backstory, but with the modest credit I had with GlobalQSL I also depended on them for reference on to what date I had QSLed up to in my logs.

Once I figure out what date to start from and filter out domestic QSOs, I will to find a new service.

One that I am trying out is the Spanish QDure service – https://qsl.ure.es/en/ as they seem ready to handle the many thousand DX cards in arrears that I want to catch up on.  I’ve done 15,000 QSL cards as a trial order with QDure and will see how this works out.  As it turns out they will do Domestic QSLs for me as well.  Kind of curious how that works out, but it is worth the try!

Looking for any other suggestions where I can download my QSO data and have cards printed and sent to bureaus?



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K9ZW Paper QSLs starting to flow

After a very long hiatus I’ve started the QSL card process. First batches will focus on responding to SASEs and a couple friends/local hams who I really owed QSL cards to.

Second prioritization are fellow veterans and received QSL cards that caught my eye.

First batch readied and went out in the mail today (08FEB21) .

Thought I had grabbed a photo of the two dozen envelopes which contained around three dozen QSL cards. Turns out through operator error I took a lovely video of some of the outgoing mail sitting patiently on my breakfast table.

Here is a picture taken from the video:

Part of the outgoing first batch

The whole catch-up QSL process will take quite a few months as I work off the backlog.



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More New K9ZW QSL Cards

More new K9ZW QSL Cards (upper right is a guest card) – Fronts

My remaining three designs arrived from printing, along with a variation made up as a “Guest Operator’s QSL Card” for people operating from my Washington Island neighbor & friend George W9EVT’s station.

These are updates to designs Jeff K1NSS did for me back in the 2014-2015 timeframe, that I never had printed as physical QSL cards. A series of distractions, an anticipated QTH move that would have required rework before printing that didn’t happen in the end, and our actual home QTH move kept putting the project on the back burner.

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New K9ZW “Circle-n-Select” QSO Cards

‌The first two designs of my new QSL cards arrived and I took a moment to fill out an imaginary QSO with myself to see how they would work.

K9ZW Circle-n-Select QSL Card in B&W

K9ZW Circle-n-Select QSL Card in Color version

Jeff K1NSS worked with a concept I suggested to make a quick to fill out card covering the the complexity of having combinations of various working positions, station/antenna locations, available radios and antennas.

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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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