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From time to time I'm a new ham's first contact - usually on a repeater. If I want to send the new ham a QSL card, how should I distinguish a repeater contact from a non-repeater contact? Is there a standard?

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I never saw a standard in the last 25 years. I usually put something in the comment like 'using repeater xxx'. Where the xxx is the callsign of the repeater.

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I'd just add a note indicating the repeater frequency and call sign somewhere on the QSL card you send.

My XYL and I like to give ARRL First Contact awards to people we've made their first contact with.

Many times they're local people we know, so we just have the printed certificate sent to us. Then we give it to the person at our next encounter.

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Nothing. You do not send QSL for repeater contacts, only for direct contacts.

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    $\begingroup$ You can send a QSL for anything you want. $\endgroup$ – K7PEH Oct 10 '18 at 23:11
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    $\begingroup$ Of course you can send a qsl for a repeater contact. The card just doesn't count for any awards. $\endgroup$ – ON5MF Jurgen Oct 11 '18 at 6:08
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    $\begingroup$ Would you be able to backup your claim that "you do not send QSL cards for repeater contact" with some references ? $\endgroup$ – Edwin van Mierlo Oct 11 '18 at 12:08
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    $\begingroup$ I stand corrected. I saw people giving QSL cards just for personal contacts, without radio involved at all. $\endgroup$ – Pedja YT9TP Oct 14 '18 at 6:50

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