I have been looking for a new QSL service since the demise of GlobalQSL that would meet my basic requirements.
QSL Service Requirements
- Easy to submit a log file from my logging application (Ham Radio Deluxe)
- Ability to design my own double-sided full color card
- Automatically prints, sorts, and mails the QSL cards
- Net time savings compared to preparing and sending traditional QSL cards
- Lower cost than sending traditional QSL cards
I recently received a recommendation for QDure. I determined after a bit of research that it looked like it could meet my requirements. I decided to give it a try while catching up on sending out 111 overdue QSL cards.
Overall, the process was straightforward and easy. The QDure website was a little on the slow side here on the West Coast of the USA. This was of no real concern and caused no difficulty.
I stumbled through the learning curve of uploading my log, designing three QSL cards, and then submitting my log for QSL processing. The QDure QSL card design tool had all the basic features I needed and was easy to use. It took less than an hour to design three nice looking custom QSL cards. The QSL card designs all have the company's logo printed on them. This is helpful as it makes it easier to verify that the QDure cards are being sent out. I am going to thumb through my QSL card box to see if I have any QDure produced QSL cards on file.
I needed to send different QSL cards for each of the different locations I had made a radio contact. It took me a few minutes to figure out how to manage this in QDure since each log file is associated with one card design. My solution was to import my log for each different card and then enable and disable the corresponding QSO's in the log according to my needs. This worked just fine.
The total cost for sending 111 QSL cards was reasonable which made the service a good value. Based on this initial trial, I plan to continue using QDure for sending out my international QSL cards.
Have you received a QDure QSL card? If yes, I would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment.
Good DX and 73, NJ2X