QSL cards: common mistakes and how to avoid them

QSL cards are an important part of amateur radio and are used to confirm contacts. They are an indispensable part of the hobby for both beginners and experienced radio amateurs. Unfortunately, many radio amateurs make mistakes when sending QSL cards, which can lead to problems. This article describes some common QSL card mistakes and gives tips on how to avoid them.

Wrong address

One of the most common mistakes with QSL cards is using the wrong address. It is important to make sure that the recipient’s address is correct, otherwise the card will not arrive. An easy way to avoid this is to use an online database such as QRZ.com, which contains current addresses of radio amateurs.

Incomplete data

Another common mistake with QSL cards is the incompleteness of the information. A QSL card should contain all necessary information, such as callsign, date, time, frequency and mode. This information is important to ensure that the recipient can confirm the card. To ensure that all the information is available before shipping, you can use a checklist.

Missing return postage

Another common problem with QSL cards is the lack of return postage. People often forget that the recipient must pay the postage to return the card. It is therefore advisable to enclose sufficient postage or send the card by Bureau. By using a bureau, you can ensure that the card is sent to the recipient without them having to pay the postage.

Missing signature

Another common mistake with QSL cards is the lack of a signature. A signature on the card confirms that the contact actually took place. It is therefore important to leave a signature on the card to confirm the authenticity of the contact.

Poor design and print quality

A final common mistake with QSL cards is the lack of a personal touch. A QSL card is not only a confirmation of contact, but also an exchange of information and a way to make new friends. It is therefore advisable to put a few personal words or a photo on the card to show the recipient that you are interested in the contact.

In addition, a poorly printed or damaged card may be difficult to read and may annoy the recipient. In our store you will find a variety of different motifs which we print in high quality.


In summary, common errors in QSL cards are the use of an incorrect address, incompleteness of information, lack of return postage, lack of a signature, and lack of a personal note. To avoid these mistakes, it is recommended to use an online database such as QRZ.com, use a checklist before mailing, include enough postage or send the card by bureau and leave a signature on the card. By following these tips, you can ensure that QSL cards are sent and confirmed successfully.