Once you get active in DXing or DX contesting, sooner or later the subject of QSLing comes up. Here is an
excellent source of information on the basics. What follows is a short list of Do's and Don'ts, based upon my experience as a DXer and QSL Manager.
Do ask about QSLing or indicate your desire to QSL the station, while you are in QSO...but not when there are lots of other people calling. Nothing will get you
labeled as a lid faster than asking "QSL info?" during a frantic pileup or short band opening. This may seem like odd advice from a contester. However, there is a
big difference between moving a station during a contest pileup and asking QSL information during a DX pileup. The former is considered competitive, the latter is just rude.
Do ensure when using IRCs, that the recipient can use them, by verifying that they live in one of the member nations of the
Universal Postal Union!
Don't QSL direct without including some sort of return postage prepayment, unless you don't care when (or if) you receive a reply.
While on the subject of QSLing, one bit of misinformation has been circulating for many years. Here is my attempt at setting the record straight.
Back in 1988, DL7AEY and I (then KA1XN) operated for several days before and after the ARRL DX Phone contest, using the callsign of the Aruba Amateur Radio Club,
P43ARC. As a courtesy, I offered to handle the QSL chores for any contacts we made. So far so good. Subsequently however, local activity in Aruba picked up. It became the practice of the
locals to announce their QSL info on the air as P43ARC, since it is the same address as the Aruba QSL bureau. Somehow the original intent of QSLing the P43ARC callsign for a 1 week
operation has gotten twisted into my being the permanent QSL manager for the entire island! To this day, I still receive misdirected "via N6HB" requests for stations I
have never handled cards for.
The table below should be considered the definitive list of stations that I can respond to QSL requests for. If they are not on the list, I can't help you, so don't even try.
Even if the station is listed below, I can only reply if I have the logs for the time period in question, and if your call is in there!