CLUB QSL BUREAUS

QSL Cards are the lifeblood of the 3905 Century Club.  One condition — and in fact about the only one — that we place on participation in our nets is the willingness and commitment to QSL all contacts made on our nets.  And we make that easy and economical to do by operating our own QSL Bureaus for contacts made on our nets..

The 3905CC QSL Bureaus are fast and they operate at cost, making them the most logical QSL route for both their speed and their economy.

Our bureaus are fast because incoming cards are sorted almost every day and are mailed to you as soon as one of your envelopes is full.

Our bureaus are economical because they operate at cost, no additional service fees, and because cards can be sent in at least 8–10 to an envelope and return QSLs are sent with the same economy.  This represents approximately a 90% savings over exchanging individual cards directly.

For our domestic bureaus your cost consists of the cost to send your cards to the bureaus plus your cost for self-addressed stamped envelopes (SASEs) in which cards for you will be returned.  There is no handling fee.

For our DX Bureau, your cost is your cost of mailing your cards to the bureau plus a contribution of $1 per ounce of postage used to send cards to the DX Bureau.  This contribution pays for distributing your QSLs to the DX stations and return of cards from the DX stations to you via our domestic QSL Bureaus.  Use of our DX Bureau represents a considerable cost reduction and a considerable savings in time and aggravation over obtaining DX QSLs directly.

You don't have to be a member of the club to use our bureaus, but they are ONLY for QSLs for contacts made on our nets.  The only requirements for use of the domestic QSL Bureau(s) for contacts made on our nets are that you ensure that you have SASES in the domestic QSL Bureau(s) at all times.  You should probably start out by sending in 6–10 envelopes of the size that each bureau prefers and then more as you make contacts and cards are returned to you.  (See detailed info for each bureau.)

The first batch you send should really be a minimum of 10 envelopes if you have already made a number of contacts, sent along with the cards you send to the bureau for distribution.  You can expect the QSL Bureau Manager to send 10 or so cards back to you in each of your SASES for each unit of postage on the SASE.  If you're just starting in the bureau and you had 27 contacts that you're sending cards in for, you should send along maybe 10 SASES.  Approximately 3 of the SASES will take care of returning your cards for those first contacts leaving you with 7 on file in the bureau for future cards to be sent to you before you need to send in more envelopes.

When sending your cards to the Bureaus be sure they are fully filled out with all the information from the contact including both signal reports.  There is a lot of information that is needed when applying for one or more of our many awards and in most cases this information MUST be written on the card by the sender.  We have quite an involved "culture" surrounding QSLing contacts made on our nets to assure that QSLs received are usable toward all of our awards.  See Recommended QSL Practices for details on the information required on QSL cards.

If you work a mobile station, be sure to include the state in which they were mobile and both signal reports.  Mobiles cannot log safely when in motion, and some don't log even when parked.  Those not logging will need all pertinent info (See Recommended QSL Practices) on the card you send to them if they are to be able to generate a return QSL to you.

You should send in 1 SASE to the bureau for every approximately 8–10 cards you send to the bureau.  DO NOT send SASEs to the DX Bureau.  Your DX cards will be sent to you thru our regular bureaus, where you should keep envelopes on file.

Some people, in starting out, are hesitant to use the 3905CC bureaus because of their experience with the ARRL DX Bureaus, which although performing a fine service do tend to be rather slow.  By contrast, the Century Club Bureaus are fast and mailings occur almost every day… as soon as your envelope gets full.

If you plan to check into the 3905 Century Club nets at least somewhat regularly, then our Bureaus are really the only way to go in terms of convenience and economy to all involved.  Remaining "direct" (meaning cards must be sent to you directly) increases the expense of QSLing close to 10X and requiring a SASE be sent to you before you will return a QSL increases the expense of QSLing close to 20X.  Choosing either of those practices will prove to be a significant impediment to either making contacts or getting QSLs for those contacts due to the expense it imposes on others, many of whom are on fixed incomes.

Our 3 QSL Bureau Managers and the bureaus they manage are listed below along with links for more information about each bureau.  The additional information is well worth checking out!

Bureau Bureau Manager
All 40m SSB Nets Dean Davis, N7XG
3596 Karen Ave S
Salem, OR  97302-5620
All Nets except 40m SSB Gene Schneider, WM9H
4472 S 44th St
Greenfield, WI  53220-3604
HandiHam Bureau
(For ALL Nets)
Gene Schneider, WM9H
4472 S 44th St
Greenfield, WI  53220-3604
DX QSL Bureau
(For ALL Nets)
Rick Mobley, WB5FDP
12 Ludington Cove
Little Rock, AR  72227-3855

 

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