THE ETHICS OF QSL MANAGEMENT.
The following “Ethics for QSL Management” were adopted by the IARU Region 2 Conference in Curacao in 1992 and are based on a proposal by the Radio Society of Great Britain to the IARU Region 1 Conference in 1990.
G3SWH is pleased to comply.
Any DX station appointing a QSL manager must ensure that satisfactory arrangements are in place for receiving and responding to incoming bureau and direct cards.
QSL managers must respond to incoming SWL cards.
Any DX station appointing a QSL manager must accept responsibility for that manager's performance.
QSL managers must respond "direct" and within a reasonable period of time, as long as sufficient funds/lRC’s/stamps to cover the exact cost of return postage (and a return envelope, if one isn't supplied) are enclosed with the request. Airmail must be used if sufficient funds/IRC’s/stamps are enclosed.
QSL managers must not insist on separate envelopes/applications for different QSO’s or different stations. They must establish internal procedures to handle such multiple requests.
Recognising that mistakes of time and/or date are frequently made, QSL managers must make a reasonably diligent search for QSO’s that can't immediately be found in the log.
It is unacceptable to demand a specific number of IRC’s or "green stamps" (US dollar bills) if a smaller number would cover the costs mentioned in Point 4.
It is unacceptable to return cards via the bureau if the cards are received direct with sufficient funds/lRC’s/stamps as defined in Point 4.
There should be no time limit for applying for QSL cards. Old logbooks should be passed to responsible DX clubs when the manager no longer wishes to retain them.
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