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QSL: SCOTT K7ZO or Direct with SASE Please!

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A word from Scott/K7ZO QSL Manager for NK7U:

Thanks for your QSO with NK7U. We appreciate your participation in whatever contest we were operating in.

Our preferred method for confirming QSOs is via Logbook of the World. Please use that whenever possible.

If you do want a card, I QSL 100% for all cards received if you want a card in return. I am very happy to send you a NK7U QSL card and I know we have contributed to many operator's WAS, County, WPX, and other awards. Since becoming the NK7U QSL manager in 1994 I have replied to over 30,000 QSL cards. If piled up in one stack these cards would weigh 180 pounds / 80 kilograms and would be 20 feet / 6 meters high!

If you want a QSL card in return please make sure your card states "Please QSL". Increasingly I am getting buro cards that simply state "Confirming our QSO" without any indication if the sender wants a card in return. As of April 2013 I am no longer going to reply to cards that do not ask for a card in return. With my average cost to reply to a buro card being $0.13 I am just asking for you to ask for a card if you want one in return. Over the years I have spent the equivalent of a pretty good HF rig replying to cards.

Also, if you want a card in return please make sure to follow good QSL practice. In particular the two things that make it hard for me to confirm your QSO are:

  1. Always make sure to use UTC time and date. In particular I still receive a large percentage, maybe 10-15%, of cards from Japan where the QSO is in local time. This takes extra time and effort to confirm.
  2. Please make sure your callsign is on the same side of the card as the QSO information. That way I only have to look at one side of the card in order to get your requested reply on the way. Again, this seem to mostly be a problem with cards from Japan.

If all you are doing is confirming a QSO out of courtesy, we appreciate it but save yourself the expense of the physical card and use LOTW. We do not need your card.

Direct cards are replied to typically the next day. US stations please include an SASE. International cards please include a Self-Addressed Envelope and an IRC or sufficient funds for postage. As of July 2013 I prefer to have a $1 rather than an IRC. I will make up the $0.15 difference between the actual stamp cost of $1.15 and the green stamp. Buro cards are typically replied to within 2-3 weeks of receiving a shipment from the W7 buro. I receive a box from them about every 6-9 months with 800-1000 cards. It typically takes a year to two from the time you start a card on its way to me for me to receive it.

March 24, 2014 Update: I have just finished processing the latest shipment of cards from the W7 Incoming bureau. Most of these cards are from QSOs during the period of October 2011 to October 2012. The reply QSL card shipment will be going to the ARRL Outgoing Bureau by the end of this week. In total I received 844 cards and will be sending 665 in return as 179 cards did not indicate that "Please QSL" on their card I am assuming they were just confirming a QSO out of courtesy.

June 10, 2014 Update: I just completed a LOTW update for NK7U that should include all QSOs up to this date. There may be some missing from last winter's 160 Meter contests and I will work with Joe to get those uploaded soon. I also have two envelopes of QSL cards from the W7 buro for "QSLs via K7ZO" that contain some NK7U cards, though most are from my YN5Z operations. The NK7U cards look like there are mostly from late 2013 operations. I will get the return cards out to the ARRL outgoing buro by the end of June.

July 14, 2014 Update: I received yesterday a box of NK7U cards from the W7 buro. There are about 960 cards in the box and most appear to be from late 2012 with some from early to mid 2013. They majority appear to be from Japan. After working throught the cards only 566 actually requested a QSL card reply and those were sent to the ARRL outgoing buro on 25 July

November 4, 2014 Update I received a smaller package of cards from the W7 buro, totalling 204. Of these 170 requested replies and these were sent to the ARRL outgoing buro on 10 November. Most of the cards are from QSOs in mid to late 2013. So these cards took from 12 to 18 months after the QSO to reach me.

February 22, 2015 Update: I received a small package yesterday from the W7 Buro for "NK7U via K7ZO" cards. There were 23 cards in all. Almost all were from QSOs during the November 2013 through May 2014 time period. So, these cards took from 9 to 17 months after the QSO to reach me. I will send the replies via the buro around March 1, 2015. All but one of these cards indicated "Please QSL" so I will be returning 22 cards.

May 4, 2015 Update: I received a box of 657 NK7U cards from the W7 buro in mid-April. There were cards send directly to NK7U.  Most of these are from contacts during the period of July through November 2013. It has has taken 16-18 months from the time of the QSO for me to receive these cards. These 657 cards represented 815 individual QSOs. 75% of the cards were from Japan. Of these 657 cards 55% requested a reply card and 45% were of the type "Confirming our QSO" with no indication that a reply was requested. The reply cards will be sent to the ARRL Outgoing Buro this week.

May 6, 2015 Update. I received an envelope of cards from the W7 buro containing "NK7U via K7ZO" cards. There were 16 cards representing 23 QSOs. Some were for QSOs made in 2014 CQWW SSB. Reaching me in about 9 months. This route is substantially faster than going directly to NK7U. The reply cards will be sent to the ARRL Outgoing Buro this week.

Thanks again for your QSO.


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