QSL Cards / Card Checkers and Incoming
QSL cards are postcards that ham
radio operators send to each other to confirm a contact. The term
“QSL” comes from the Q code, a set of three-letter codes used in
radio communication. QSL means “I confirm receipt of your
transmission.” The first QSL cards were used in the early 1900s,
when ham radio was still a new hobby. At that time, radio operators
used telegraphy to communicate, and QSL cards were a way of
confirming contacts made over the airwaves.
In the early days of ham radio, QSL cards were simple
postcards with basic information about the contact. They usually
included the call signs of both operators, the date and time of the
contact, and the frequency used. Over time, QSL cards became more
elaborate, with designs that reflected the interests and
personalities of the operators. Some QSL cards featured photographs
of the operator or their equipment, while others had drawings or
paintings of landscapes, animals, or other subjects.
QSL cards are also a way of connecting with other operators
who share similar interests and experiences. Many operators use QSL
cards as a way of making new friends and building relationships with
other operators around the world. QSL cards can be a way of sharing
information about the hobby, exchanging tips and advice, and
learning about different cultures and traditions.
QSL cards are an important part of the ham radio culture.
They are used to confirm contacts, qualify for awards and
certificates, and preserve memories of the places and people that
operators have communicated with over the years. QSL cards are also
a way of connecting with other operators and sharing information
about the hobby. Whether you are a seasoned ham radio operator or a
newcomer to the hobby, collecting QSL cards can be a fun and
rewarding way to explore the world of wireless communications.
DXCC Card Checker
Use this quick-reference PDF to
find an authorized
DXCC Card Checker.
In addition to DXCC, ARRL DXCC card checkers are authorized to
check cards for these other ARRL/IARU awards:
WAS (Worked All States)
VUCC (VHF/UHF Century Club)
WAC (IARU Worked All Continents)
Within the Great Lakes
Division we have two Incoming QSL Bureau's