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K8SIA - Licensed in 1960 as a teenager living in northwest Detroit, MI. I attended Detroit Redford High School, Albion College and the University of Michigan. I am active on all modes 160 M through 6M and mainly on CW and RTTY, but also other digital modes such as JT-65 and JT-9. I hold DXCC on all modes and hold 5 Band DXCC with 30/17/12 Meter endorsements. I dabble in most contests, just to have fun. I prefer to QSL via direct, bureau or LoTW. I do, however, upload my JT and PSK contacts to eQSL.cc (AG), but do not use the results.

16April2016-Operated in the Michigan QSO Party from Iosco county (EN84). QSL via bureau, send an email for a bureau card (DX)or direct (USA). No SASE required. Log uploaded to LoTW and all direct cards answered.

I am currently the letter "S" sorter for the W8 ARRL Incoming QSL Bureau.

The Postal Regulatory Commission

USPS Rate Effective January, 2017

January 22, the US Postal Commission reduced rates and the following postage rate decreases will take effect;

Postcards will decrease $.01 to $.34
International Mail will decrease $.05 to $1.15
Free tracking will be included on all mail classes except Standard parcel post.

Letters Additional Ounce will decrease $.01 to $.21
A first class stamp will increase to $.49

Forever Stamps are now available for Post Cards and Additional Ounce.

You can access the full list of changes at; http://pe.usps.gov/ or www.usps.com



JULY 31, 2017 - Good news - Received one box of cards to sort !!!

Last Card Shipment from Bureau - Received 31-JUL-2017.

Actual Card Shipment To Stations - 19-AUG-2017  (To stations with envelopes/postal credit)

All Warning Emails/Postcards Sent - 19 Aug 2017

Status: All Envelopes Received Have Been Mailed 

Last Mailing To Stations With Envelopes/Postage Credit - 4-SEP-2017 (Any envelopes received after this will be mailed next cycle).

NOTE: If you expect cards and didn't receive any, please check your email account as shown on QRZ.com.

Please let me know of any problems, postage due, etc. Most packs where verified by the Post Office and I want to be prepared the next time.


New 8th Area Policy For Undeliverable QSLs

Effective 1 January 2016

 Unclaimed Cards - There are two categories of unclaimed cards:

1. No Account Cards- For up to 5 cards, no attempt at notification of an op is necessary. Over 5 cards, at least one attempt at notification should be made; an attempt can be made by either email or a postcard. If an email is returned, a postcard will need to be sent. If the Postcard is returned as undeliverable, the attempt has been satisfied.

2. Insufficient Funds- If an op has an account, but has insufficient funds, he should be notified at least once of the account status. The same notification requirements as in No Account Cards apply.

If an op does not respond to an “Insufficient Funds” notification or the “No Account” notification, the card becomes an unclaimed card. Unclaimed cards can be disposed of locally 90 days after the last notification has been sent.

NOTE 1: If you have an email on QRZ be sure it is accurate and monitored. An email sent to that email address, that does not bounce will be sufficient effort of notification.

NOTE 2: No matter how many unclaimed cards you have, if you have an email on QRZ.com, I will notify you, once.

NOTE 3: The mailing that exhausts all envelopes or postal credit will be noted on the outside of the envelope.


I prefer that you send cash/check to cover the mailing of QSL cards to you. However, if you MUST use envelopes, please DO NOT plaster your envelopes with first class postage stamps. Postal regulations prohibit stuffing envelopes and sending them first class. Only put one or at most two stamps on any envelope and enclose extra postage as loose stamps when sending in envelopes. See my comments below about cash credit versus envelopes.

Please put your call sign on any email or envelopes sent to myself or the bureau.

Postal rates are always changing:. If you have envelopes on file with the W8 Incoming Bureau, be sure to verify the postage on the envelopes or the postage credit that you have with the bureau. This can be done by sending me an email and I will respond with the information. If you want to send additional postage or, as I prefer, a postage credit of several dollars, it can be mailed to me directly at my QRZ address or sent to the W8 bureau address.

I really prefer not having boxes of envelopes stored in the shack. If you are an active ham, please consider sending a cash amount to the bureau letter manager and let me handle the envelopes and postal amounts to maximize your mailings. Cash is not subject to rate increases and it is easier to store.

For additional information on the ARRL QSL Bureau, visit arrl.org and look under On The Air/QSL Service/Incoming QSL Service.

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