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Introduction

Within the US, the ARRL DX QSL Bureau System is made up of numerous call-area bureaus that act as central clearing houses for QSL cards arriving from foreign countries. Volunteers staff these "incoming" bureaus. The service is free; ARRL membership is not required. (Canadian amateurs can use the Radio Amateurs of Canada's incoming QSL bureau.)

How the System Works

Most countries have "outgoing" QSL bureaus that operate in much the same manner as the ARRL Outgoing QSL Service The members sends his cards to his outgoing bureau where they are packaged and shipped to the appropriate countries.

A majority of the DX QSLs are shipped directly to the individual incoming bureaus where volunteers sort the incoming QSLs by the first letter of the call sign-suffix. One individual may be assigned the responsibility of handling from one or more letters of the alphabet. All incoming QSL Bureaus have email addresses. Some Bureaus have active web pages. Please follow the links to each Bureau at the top of this page.


Claiming Your QSLs

Send a 5 x 7-1/2 or 6 x 9 inch self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) or money credit where applicable to the bureau serving your call-sign district. Neatly print your call-sign in the upper left corner of the envelope. Place your mailing address on the front of the envelope. A suggested way to send envelopes is to affix a first class stamp and clip extra postage to the envelope. Then, if you receive more than 1 ounce of cards, they can be sent in a single package.
Some incoming bureaus sell envelopes or postage credits in addition to the normal SASE handling. They provide the proper envelope and postage upon the prepayment of a certain fee. The exact arrangements can be obtained by sending your inquiry with a SASE to your area bureau. (A list of bureaus appears below.)


Hints on How to Make the Bureau System Work Better for You

Good cooperation between the DXer and the bureau
is important to ensure a smooth flow of cards.
Remember that the people who work in the area bureaus
are volunteers. They are providing you with a valuable
service. With that thought in mind, please pay close
attention to the following dos and don'ts.

Dos

  • Do keep self-addressed 5 x 7-1/2 or 6 x 9 inch
    envelopes or money credit on file at your bureau,
    with your call in the upper left corner, and affix at
    least one unit of first-class postage.

     

  • Do send the bureau enough postage to cover SASEs
    on file and enough to take care of possible postage
    rate increases.

     

  • Do respond quickly to any bureau request for
    SASEs, stamps or money. Unclaimed card backlogs
    are the bureau's biggest problem.

     

  • Do notify the bureau of your new call sign as
    you upgrade. Please send SASEs with your new
    call, in addition to SASEs with your old call.

     

  • Do include a SASE with any information request
    to the bureau.

     

  • Do notify the bureau in writing if you don't want
    your cards.

     

  • Do notify the Bureau of a change of address.


     


Don'ts

 

  • Don't send domestic US to US cards to the various
    call-area bureaus.

     

  • Don't expect DX cards to arrive for several months
    after the QSO. Overseas delivery is very slow.
    Many cards coming from overseas bureaus are over
    a year old.

     

  • Don't send your outgoing DX cards to your call-area
    bureau.

     

  • Don't send SASEs to your "portable" bureau. For
    example, NU0X/1 sends SASEs to the W0 bureau,
    not the W1 bureau.

     

  • Don't send SASEs or money credits to the ARRL
    Outgoing QSL Service.

     

  • Don't send SASEs larger than 6 x 9 inches. SASEs
    larger than 6 x 9 inches require additional postage
    surcharges.

Bureau Addresses

First Call Area

All first-area call signs:

W1 QSL Bureau
YCCC
PO Box 7388
Milford, MA 01757-7388

This QSL Bureau accepts money credits only.
NO SASEs. For specific information on the W1
incoming bureau, please email w1qsl@yccc.org.
This address can also be used to send comments
or general questions to the W1 QSL Bureau Manager.

See the W1 Bureau home page at http://www.yccc.org/Resources/w1qslburo.htm .


Second Call Area

All second-area call signs:

ARRL 2nd District QSL Bureau
NJDXA
PO Box 599
Morris Plains, NJ 07950
 

This Bureau accepts money credits only. NO SASEs.
For detailed information on the W2 Incoming QSL
Bureau, please contact Douglas Rue, W2EN, Bureau
Manager, w2en@njdxa.org. Additionally, the W2
Bureau has its own home page that contains a world
of QSL Bureau information.


Third Call Area

All third-area call signs:

National Capitol DX Association
NCDXA
PO Box 1149
Clinton, MD 20735-5149

Comments or questions on this bureaus operation
may be directed to NC3DX@arrl.net
See the W3 Incoming QSL Bureau web page.


Fourth Call Area

All fourth-area call signs with single-letter prefixes (K4, N4, W4):

Mecklenburg Amateur Radio Club
Call Box DX
Charlotte, NC 28220
 

Comments or questions on this bureau's operation may be directed to k4dxa@bellsouth.net. See the W4 QSL Bureau home page.

All fourth-area call signs with two-letter prefixes (AA4, KB4, NC4, WD4, etc):

Sterling Park Amateur Radio Club
Call Box 599
Sterling, VA 20167

Comments or questions on this bureau's operation may be directed to rwmaylott@aol.com.

See the WA4 Bureau Home page:  .


Fifth Call Area

All fifth-area call signs:

The ARRL W5 QSL Bureau
OKDXA
P.O. Box 2591
Claremore, OK 74018-2591

Comments or questions on this Bureau's operation may be directed to: k5yaa@okdxa.org

See the W5 Bureau home page (http://www.okdxa.org/buro)


Sixth Call Area

All sixth-area call signs:

ARRL Sixth (6th) District DX QSL Bureau
P.O. Box 970
Fairfax, CA., 94978-0970
 

Comments or questions on this bureau's operation may be directed to kc6awx@arrl.net

See the W6 Bureau home page (www.QSLBureau.org)


Seventh Call Area

All seventh-area call signs:

Willamette Valley DX Club Inc
PO Box 555
Portland, OR 97207

Comments or questions on this bureau's operation may be directed to w7qsl@cs.com.

See the W7 Bureau home page


Eighth Call Area

All eighth-area call signs:

8th Area QSL Bureau
PO Box 307
West Chester, OH 45071-0307

Comments or questions on this bureaus operation may be directed to k4zle@arrl.net

See the 8th Area QSL Bureau home page.


 

Ninth Call Area

All ninth-area call signs:
 

Northern Illinois DX Assn.
P.O. Box 273
Glenview, IL 60025-0273

Comments or questions on this bureaus operation
may be directed to: k9qvb@sbcglobal.net.

See the W9 QSL Bureau homepage.


Tenth Call Area

All tenth-area call signs:

W QSL Bureau
PO Box 907
Florissant, MO 63032

Comments or questions on this Bureau's operation
may be directed to ac0n@arrl.net.

See the W home page.


Hawaii

All Hawaiian call signs:
 

KH6 QSL Bureau
Big Island ARC
Att: Barbara Darling, NH7FY
PO Box 1938
Hilo, Hawaii 96721-1938

Comments or questions on this bureau's operation
may be directed to nh7fy@yahoo.com.


Alaska

All Alaskan call signs:
 

Alaska QSL Bureau
P.O. Box 520343
Big Lake, AK 99652

Comments or questions on this bureaus operation
may be directed to rkh@alaska.net


Puerto Rico

All Puerto Rico call signs:

Puerto Rico QSL Bureau
PO Box 9021061
San Juan, PR 00902-1061

Comments or questions on this bureaus operation my
be directed to kp4wi@arrl.net


US Virgin Islands

All USVI call signs:
 

Virgin Islands ARC
GPO Box 11360
Charlotte Amalie VI 00801

Comments or questions on this bureau's operation may be directed to Paul Jordan NP2JF np2jf@yahoo.com


 

Guam

All Guam Calls

Guam QSL Bureau
Marianas Amateur Radio Club
P.O. Box 445
Agana, Guam 96932

Comments or questions regarding this Bureau may be directed to Danny Pobre KH2JU Pobre@guam.net


All US SWL calls

SWL QSL Bureau
Mike Witkowski, WDX9JFT
4206 Nebel St
Stevens Point, WI 54481

 

 
     
     
     

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