Outgoing Buro Rates Rise

From the ARRL Letter 1/13/11:

Effective January 17, 2011, a new pricing structure will go into effect for the ARRL Outgoing QSL Service. With the new rate structure, amateurs will no longer need to count outgoing cards and then guess as to what to pay based upon a half-pound rate; a simple weighing of the cards is all that is necessary to determine what amount to send to the Bureau. This new structure also accommodates a small rate increase in response to recent postage, shipping and handling costs.

The last rate revision for the Outgoing QSL Service was in January 2007. Even though international shipping costs have remained flat over the last 4 years, domestic shipping costs have risen more than 16 percent since 2007, while material and handling costs continue to climb 1 to 2 percent each year.

The new rate will be:

  • $2 for 10 or fewer cards in one envelope.
  • $3 for 11-20 cards in one envelope, or
  • 75 cents per ounce, for packages with 21 or more cards. For example, a package containing 1.5 pounds — 24 ounces, or about 225 cards — of cards will cost $18.

If you have any questions concerning the ARRL Outgoing QSL Service or the rates to use the service, please send them via e-mail to buro@arrl.org.

More QSLs

Here are three of the latest QSLs that I’ve received from stations whose callsigns spell words.

Actually, the only one of the three that’s mine is VE2DIG. Jim, K8ELR, actually worked F6BEE and VE3MOON down at the museum. They arrived today in a pack of QSLs that we received from the bureau.




W4BUD Latest QSL in My Collection

W4BUD QSLThis card from Sam, W4BUD, is the latest to be added to my collection of QSLs from stations whose call signs spell words. I was making a rare appearance in the phone band, and had just finished a QSO when Sam broke in, asking for a signal report.

Sam writes, “My call was issued to me in 1953, so it is not a ‘vanity call.’ W4BUD was originally issued in the 1930s to someone who became a Silent Key, and I was lucky enough to have it re-issued to me.”

I Hit the Jackpot!

Yesterday, I hit the jackpot, QSL-wise. I received four cards from stations whose callsigns spell words. I was expecting the cards from W4JAM, W5CUB, and W0MAN, but the card from AB0TO was a bonus. I hadn’t yet gotten around to sending him my QSL. He noted that he’d read my QRZ.Com page and wanted to add to my collection. Thanks, Dave! My card will be in the mail shortly.

This is HOPE?

The conference Hackers on Planet Earth takes place this weekend in New York City. It looks like a lot of fun.

There will be a ham station there, using the callsign N2H. According to the Make: magazine blog, they will be operating on:

  • 28.370 MHz,
  • 14.270 MHz,
  • 7.260 MHz, and
  • 3.885 MHz

Apparently, there are no CW hackers in the bunch. (I’ll have to try to figure out how to change that.

Here’s the cool QSL card designed specifically for N2H:


ANY Time is a Good Time for a QSL

The first QSL is from Paul, KB8ANY. He apologized for being so tardy, noting that he had intended to reply right away, but my card must have slipped under his printer. That’s where he found it a couple of weeks ago while cleaning his shack. He returned my SASE, but it only has a 37-cent stamp on it!

No problem, Paul. I really do appreciate getting your card.

The second QSL is from Randy, KC0CCR. No, I haven’t started to collect QSLs from stations whose suffixes are acronyms. I liked this card because of the cat and the caption, “When you use CW, no one knows you’re a cat.” This is, of course, a paraphrase of the famous New Yorker cartoon that shows two dogs, with one saying to the other, “On the Internet, no one knows you’re a dog.”

Thanks for the chuckle, Randy.

A RIB, an EAR, and a Hank of Hair

More QSLs from stations whose call signs spell words. I’m still looking for a TOE and an EYE and a LIP.

More QSLs


Here are a couple more QSLs of note that I’ve received lately. Below, is a card from KA2PJO. He’s one of the Novices that I’ve worked lately. I mentioned in a previous post, that I had worked two Novices lately, and that I was going to send them QSL cards to encourage them to stay in the hobby. Tony, KA2PJO, was one of those Novices, and notes on his reply, “I’M GOING FOR GENERAL AGN!” Good luck, Tony!

The card at right is from Gerard, W3BEE. As you can see from his card, he is actually a beekeeper! Pretty cool, don’t you think?

AIMing an AX

Here are two more QSLs from stations whose callsigns spell words. I got lucky with Buzz, WA4AIM. During our QSO, he noted that he’d been off the air for a while, and his wife had just located his stash of QSL cards. Otherwise, I’d have been out of luck. Thanks, Buzz and Steve!

A Man After My Own Heart

In addition to the first packet of QSL cards from the W2 bureau (see previous post), I received a card from Hugh, NT5O. Hugh writes, “Hello, and thank you very much for the ‘wrong number’ QSO in the 2009 Texas QSO Party.” That confused me for a second. I thought, “Did we send him the wrong serial number? And, if we did, why was he thanking me?”

Well, he went on to say,

You are my first 2-call from the 8-state of Michigan. I am trying to work and confirm all the ten numbers from each state—no mobiles or portables. I have 253 of the 500 confirmed so far, and a wrong number from every state except Wyoming. (I guess nobody ever moves there.)

Once I figure out what he meant by “wrong number QSO,” I smiled. I’m not the only one who has a weird QSL collection. In fact, after figuring out what it is that he was trying to do, I asked myself why didn’t I think of that! Hugh is certainly a man after my own heart.