QSL card

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A QSL card is often sent after a simplex transmission as a form of written confirmation of a QSO. A QSL card often takes the form of a postcard, and my be sent directly to the other operator, or via a QSL bureau.

Example of a QSL card.

Contents of a QSL Card

As a minimum, a QSL card should contain the following information

  • Call sign of the sending station
  • Name of the operator (and Call sign in the event the QSL card is coming from a club's call sign)
  • Address of the sending station
  • Call sign of the receiving station
  • UTC Date of the contact
  • UTC Time of the contact
  • Frequency
  • Mode of transmission
  • Signal Report
  • A request for a QSL from the other station (PSE QSL) or thanks for QSL received (QSL THX)

Other information that can be included on a QSL card:

  • Radio, antenna, etc. used
  • Power output
  • Grid location (especially important above 50 MHz)
  • Short message or reminder of QSO topics

QSL Card Dimensions

The IARU Region 2 has suggested the following dimensions as optimum:
Height: 3 1/2 in. (90 mm)
Width: 5 1/2 in. (140 mm)

The ARRL Outgoing QSL Service suggests cards falling in the following range are easily sorted, stacked, and packaged:
Height: 2‑3/4 to 4‑1/4 in. (70 to 110 mm)
Width: 4‑3/4 to 6‑1/4 in. (120 to 160 mm)

Reference: ARRLWeb: ARRL's Outgoing QSL Service. American Radio Relay League. Accessed 2007-10-18.

K2CC's QSL Card

The new QSL Card is currently in the works. The new card will sport the newly redesigned K2CC seal and will be printed in full color. If you have ideas for the Design please contact Greg Zenger (KC2RPC) or Jennifer Estrada.

Previous K2CC QSL Cards

Pre-2007 QSL card