The yearly WIA VK5 QSL Bureau sort for 2020 is now underway. Considering the reduced opportunities to meet in person, this sort will be followed by the once a year mail-out to WIA members of their cards (as included in your WIA membership). It is hoped to send all current VK5 WIA members your QSL cards in the next 4 weeks.
Non-members who are members of a WIA affiliated club should make sure their details have been passed to the VK5 QSL Bureau Manager, Grant VK5GR, via your club secretary so that your cards can be included in the mailing to your club.
If you are not a member of the WIA or an affiliated club, but still want to receive your cards, please email email@example.com to make suitable arrangements. Cards can be collected in person by arrangement, or can be mailed if a self addressed pre-paid satchel is provided. If you wish to inquire as to whether you have cards waiting you can also contact us at the above address.
Operation of the VK5 WIA Inwards QSL Bureau is carried out on behalf of the WIA by the Amateur Radio Experimenters Group Inc!
If you wish to send outbound cards via the WIA bureau and are a member of the WIA please use the national Outwards bureau address:
WIA Outwards QSL Bureau
PO Box 66
Boolaroo NSW 2284
The Amateur Radio Experimenters Group is pleased to announce that it has finalized the new arrangements for the WIA VK5 inwards QSL bureau. Chris VK5CP has volunteered within the AREG to lead the coordination of this service. The club will be following the existing WIA QSL policy and will continue to encourage all amateurs that use the QSL Bureau to join the WIA.
Specifically, the arrangements will be:
- All outgoing WIA member QSL cards are to be sent to the national outgoing QSL address (the AREG will not be handling outbound cards):
WIA Outwards QSL Bureau
P.O. Box 66
- Incoming cards for WIA members are to be sent to the national incoming QSL address (not the AREG PO Box as previously advised by the WIA)
National Inwards QSL Bureau
P.O. Box 2040
- WIA members will continue to receive cards in the mail once a year
- WIA members can nominate a club to receive the cards for distribution on their behalf every quarter, provided four or more members of the same club are WIA members
- AREG members can also collect their cards at an AREG club meeting
- WIA or Non-WIA members can collect their cards at a club meeting by prior arrangement (please give at least two weeks notice so that we can ensure that your cards are at the meeting for collection). Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to pick up your cards at an AREG meeting this way.
- All changes of address or club destination are to be made in writing by email to email@example.com
- The AREG will not enter into any private arrangements with individuals (members and non members) as per WIA policy
- Non-Member cards will be retained in the bureau for a period of one year before being disposed of. If non members wish to have their cards posted, it will be a requirement that they become members of the WIA to access the postal services of the VK5 bureau.
The AREG will also endeavor to make the QSL bureau cards available for collection at nominated major events (such as the Adelaide Hills Buy’N’Sell) to provide an extra opportunity for non members to collect cards.
The Amateur Radio Experiments Group is very pleased to be able to offer this service to the South Australian Amateur Radio community, and again wishes to thank Stephan VK5RZ for his previous work. If there are any questions about the bureau, again please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your enquiries!
Andrew VK5XFG, Sharon VK5FSAW, Gary VK5FGRY and Andy VK5AKH sorting cards with Chris VK5CP and Grant VK5GR
QSL cards come in to the VK5 QSL Manager from the WIA National QSL Bureau around every 3 months. Upon arrival, they require some sorting and then forwarding out to the various VK5 clubs. Stephan VK5RZ has been admirably performing this role for a number of years. He has, however, had to resign from the position due to commitments he has with study. AREG commends Stephan on the effort he has put into the bureau and wishes to express our appreciation for the work he has put into the role.
AREG Accepts the Challenge!
The members of AREG, many of whom have an active interest in HF DX operating and QSL cards, decided that this was a function that the club ought to take on as a service to the VK5 amateur radio community. As a result of a motion at the last AREG general meeting, AREG has indicated it’s willingness to accept the task to the WIA board.
Please note: as soon as the administrative tasks are completed to effect the transfer, new details for the bureau will be announced here and in all relevant amateur media. Until then, please hold off making inquiries as we are not yet in a position to respond.
AREG QSL Gallery
As VK5ARG itself gathers more cards, the club is maintaining a QSL gallery of cards it has received on it’s website for members to see the results of their handywork! Why not go and check out the AREG QSL Gallery while you are here?