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Like it says in the title. When you design a QSL card (intended for use for both local VHF-and-up contacts as well as international HF contacts), what information needs to be present, and what information might be considered "nice to have" but not strictly needed?

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QSL cards vary greatly in design and is one of those areas of creativity. Some hams end up with fancy double sided full color cards, spending a lot of $$. But they could be simple as well; just text with the pertinent information on it.

Need to have info:

  • Your call sign (on both sides)
  • Your mailing address (so you can receive a reciprocal card)
  • Details of the contact:
    • Call sign of the remote station (thanks Michael)
    • band or frequency of contact
    • mode of contact (SSB/FM/CW/etc)
    • date of contact (in UTC)
    • time of contact (in UTC)
    • signal report
    • whether or not you want a reciprocal card

Nice to have info:

  • Your Maidenhead Grid Square location
  • Your county (in the US)
  • Your Lat / Long
  • A cool picture of your area to make them wish they lived in the same paradise you do :)
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    $\begingroup$ This is a good answer, but I'm almost ashamed to point out that it doesn't include the remote station's call sign under information that is needed. :) $\endgroup$ – a CVn Dec 16 '13 at 11:52
  • $\begingroup$ Doh! That's what I get for answering before caffeine! $\endgroup$ – WPrecht Dec 16 '13 at 14:01
  • $\begingroup$ I just designed my first QSL card and forgot the same thing: the remote station. $\endgroup$ – Keelan Jan 22 '17 at 11:22

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