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?


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 :)
  • 2
    $\begingroup$ 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. :) $\endgroup$
    – user
    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. $\endgroup$
    – user885
    Jan 22 '17 at 11:22

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