Dominic Smith ⇓

QSL policy

A few common-sense and more-or-less standard rules that will keep me and other QSL managers very happy:

On this page

  1. Policy
  2. Current Postage Rates
  3. A note about envelope sizes


  1. Most of the QSL cards I manage use computerised logs and printed labels. A stamp will be printed on the label/card boundary in accordance with standard practice.
  2. Cards sent with a self-addressed envelope and return postage (see 14 below) will be replied to by airmail.
  3. Cards sent with return postage but no self-addressed envelope will normally receive an airmail reply but I cannot spend all my time writing out envelopes, so please include one!
  4. Cards sent with a self-addressed envelope but no return postage will normally be replied to via the bureau system.
  5. Cards sent with inadequate postage may be returned direct, unless the difference is significant, in which case they will be returned via the bureau
  6. Cards received via the bureau will be returned via the bureau
  7. Requests emailed to, or submitted via this website, will be returned via the bureau
  8. eQSL™ cards are not accepted under any circumstance and will not receive a reply.
  9. Cards relating to QSOs which are not in the log will be returned marked 'Not in Log'
  10. QSL cards from SWLs are welcomed but at least one QSO shown must not have been reported on the DXCluster™ (ie you are strongly encouraged to include more than one QSO on your card). SWL cards will be replied to by the same means as cards from radio amateurs.
  11. Stations outside the UK are encouraged not to put UK postage stamps on envelopes due to the regular price rises - I don't have an endless supply of 1p stamps to make up the difference! If you must supply UK stamps, please do not stick them on the return envelope but include them seperately as this way I can use any excess for bureau postage, rather than wasting it.
  12. Please use sensible envelopes. Large, heavy brown envelopes often push the weight into the next price category and so the postage becomes insufficient. Envelopes using metal devices for closing them are very annoying and fiddly if you have several hundred cards to process in one afternoon. See also the note about envelope sizes.
  13. If your country requires that a return address is marked on the envelope, write it on for me. I will not do this.
  14. See the Postage Rates below for details of the required return postage. If you feel able to give more, please do: any remaining money is used to help fund the next G6UW trip.
  15. Requests for paper cards must be received by 31st December 2020 (for operations before 2016), or five years after the QSO (for operations after 2016). LotW and ClubLog credits will be available indefinitely.

Postage Rates

The current (April 2014) cost of stamps in the UK is shown below:

Destination:Up to weight* Cost (£)($)(€)IRC:
Rest of the world:10g97p221

Approximate information only. E&OE

Note about Envelope Sizes

In August 2006, the British Post Office started charging domestic mail by size as well as weight. The main effect of this on my QSLling activities is that postage to the bureau (which inevitably needs thick packages) has become substantially more expensive. UK stations requesting direct cards are asked to ensure that any envelopes they send me are smaller than A5 size. Overseas stations are reminded that sending excessively large envelopes often increases the weight of the item and means that the supplied postage may be insufficient.

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