This is my QSL card
QSL cards are used to confirm contacts for many reasons. One of the main ones is to prove a two way transmission with one or more rare locations if you participate in awards programs. There are a number of national radio clubs and organizations in various countries that provide certificates and plaques for achievements in this area.
Many amateurs do not actively participate in these programs, but still like to send and receive QSL cards. I have approximately 20,000 cards from other amateurs worldwide . . . and while this may seem like a lot, there a quite a few of my fellow HAMs who have as much as ten times that many! Some amateurs do not exchange QSLs at all. For them, the enjoyment of either talking or exchanging Morse code with their fellow HAMs is satisfying enough. It all depends on what aspect of the hobby you enjoy . . . and with amateur radio there is literally something for everyone.
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Last updated on Thursday, 1 July 2009