10 May 2009

QSL Cards In Amateur Radio

Amateur radio operators exchange QSL cards to confirm two-way radio contact between stations. Each card contains details about one or more contacts, the station and its operator. A typical QSL card is the same size and made from the same material as a typical postcard, and most are sent through the mail as such. At a minimum, this includes the callsign of both stations participating in the contact, the time and date when it occurred (usually specified in UTC), the radio frequency used, the mode of transmission used, and a signal report.

QSL cards are a ham radio operator's calling card and are frequently an expression of individual creativity — from a photo of the operator at his station to original artwork, images of the operator's home town or surrounding countryside, etc.

Normally sent using ordinary, international postal systems,QSL cards can be sent either direct to an individual’s address, or via a country's centralized amateur radio association QSL bureau, which collects and distributes cards for that country. Recently, the Internet has enabled electronic verification as an alternative to a physical card. These systems use computer databases to store all the same information normally verified by QSL cards in an electronic format.

Even in the presence of electronic QSLs, physical QSL cards are often fine historical or sentimental keepsakes of a memorable location heard or worked, or a pleasant contact with a new radio friend, and serious hams may have thousands of them.

This is a QSL card that I have receaved from 9w2knz. Thank you 9w2knz.

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