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QSL Cards / Card Checkers and Incoming QSL Bureau

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 Master List


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)



All About DXCC


Within the Great Lakes Division we have two Incoming QSL Bureau's

4th Call Area Incoming QSL Bureau 8th Cal Area Incoming QSL Bureau