ARRL Pacific Section Manager Joseph Speroni (AH0A) reminds us that the Hawaii QSL Bureau is alive and well.
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Just a short reminder of another volunteer promoting the Amateur Radio
Service. Ned Conklin (KH7JJ) has been at it for almost three years so I
asked him to give us a report on the Hawaii Bureau. Like so many
activities moving to Internet, I would have guessed there would be a
steady reduction of paper QSL cards. Especially considering the low
point of HF propagation. Apparently not! Here is Ned’s report.
The KH6 QSL Bureau is alive and well. Even in these days of wide LOTW
acceptance and other forms of eQSLs, many hams still use paper QSLs. We
handle incoming cards only – not outgoing. Periodically we receive
bundles of Hawaii-bound cards from amateur radio societies all over the
world. We sort them and deliver them, either through individual mail
accounts, or via participating club meetings, or personal pickups.
In the past three and a half years, the bureau has received about 30,000
cards. About 75% of the cards are consistently from Japan; other large
contributors have been Russia, Germany, Netherlands, Finland, Estonia,
Italy, and of course the ARRL. Incoming card shipments were somewhat
lower in 2018-2019, probably because of wider usage of LOTW, but the
increasing popularity of FT8 has brought us back to an average of
800-1000 cards per month.
For delivery, we have about 60-70 active individual mail accounts, and
another 30-40 or so stations get cards through club meetings such as
EARC and KARC.
The bureau has cards on file for several hundred more Hawaii callsigns
with individual totals ranging from just a few cards to a hundred or
more. We try to contact the owners of the larger backlogs, but are
often not successful. If you think you might have cards at the bureau,
please contact me (Ned KH7JJ, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org). If you do have
cards, I can either set up a mail account for you, or – if you don’t
want the cards – I can throw them away, but I won’t do that without
BTW, for information on the ARRL QSL bureaus, click on this link,
ARRL Pacific Section
Section Manager: Joseph Speroni, AH0A
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Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)
Public Information Officer
Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section
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