The 4th Call Area has two ARRL Incoming QSL Bureaus. One bureau processes incoming DX cards for call signs having a 2-letter prefix such as AA4NN while the other bureau processes incoming DX cards for call signs having a single letter prefix, such as W4DEE. All other call areas have only one incoming QSL bureau.
Your W4-K4-N4 Card Status Check
If your sorter has a # next to your letter,
see what your sorter has on file for you.
Enter your W/K/N-4 Call.
SASEs for the 1-Letter Prefix Bureau can be sent to the above address, but for faster service, send them directly to your letter sorter. For questions about your DX cards on hand or status of your SASEs, you can email directly to your letter sorter. Information about letter sorters and their email addresses is on the sorters page.
You can write or send email to the bureau manager for help and information on how each bureau operates. Not all bureaus operate in the same fashion.
2-letter prefix bureau
Gordon Miller, NQ4K
12315 Streamvale Circle
Herndon, VA 20170 USA
You do not need to be a member of ARRL to receive DX cards via the bureau. This is a free service provided by volunteers. General information on how ARRL Incoming Bureaus operate can be found at: www.arrl.org/incoming-qsl-service.
The incoming bureaus cannot process Outgoing QSL Cards. Outgoing QSL cards may be sent to ARRL Headquarters for processing. This service is for ARRL members only and there is a nominal charge based on card weight. More information about the outgoing QSL service can be found at: www.arrl.org/outgoing-qsl-service.
The incoming bureaus are not intended for exchanging QSL cards with stateside stations. Outgoing QSL cards inadvertently sent to an incoming bureau will be returned to you using your SASE and postage.
To receive your incoming DX cards via the bureau you need to have an "account" established with your bureau. This can be in the form of self-addressed-stamped-envelopes (SASEs) on file at the bureau, or in some cases by establishing a cash account with your letter sorter.
What follows is specifically for the 4th area Single-Letter Prefix QSL bureau and is being revised due to the recent availability of "additional ounce" forever stamps. If your call is a two letter prefix, check with the 4th area 2-Letter prefix bureau for their preferences. (Link)
If your sorter prefers a cash account, contact him or her to make appropriate arrangements (Link to sorter list.) If your sorter accepts SASEs then prepare a few SASEs. Size is important. A nominal size of 5x7½ or 6x9 inches works well. Anything larger is cumbersome in the card file. Extra postage is required for envelopes exceeding 6⅛ inches in height, 11½ inches in length or when the length divided by height is less than 1.3 or greater than 2.5. Business size envelopes (#10) are not recommended. If in doubt about the envelopes you intend to use, check with your letter sorter.
Prepare your SASE by printing your call sign in the upper left hand corner of the envelope and addressing the envelope to yourself. Put one "first ounce" forever stamp in the upper right hand corner. If you expect a large volume of incoming QSLs, then include several "additional ounce" forever stamps as well. This will allow your sorter flexibility in sending cards to you without wasting your postage. An envelope with one ounce of postage will typically hold 6 or 7 cards. We can usually add about 8 or more cards for the 2nd and 3rd ounce of postage.
Mail 3 or 4 SASEs to the appropriate 4th area bureau according to the prefix of your call sign. The single letter prefix bureau (W4, K4, N4) prefers that you send your SASEs directly to the letter sorter shown on the [sorters page]. This helps avoid delays in getting your SASEs on file. Also you need to keep envelopes on file with all Bureaus for which you have different callsigns that you have held. The sorters do not know what your new callsign is or what the old one was.
If you want to avoid the hassle of finding and mailing suitable envelopes to your letter sorter I can provide envelopes according to the following table.
Make sure to provide me with your call sign, mailing address and the amount of postage you are requesting on each envelope. I will provide the envelopes and affix the appropriate number of forever stamps for each envelope, then forward them to your letter sorter. Payment can be made via PayPal to Sturpe@gmail.com (preferred method) or via check, money order or (green stamps at your risk.) Checks and money orders should be made to Paul Sturpe, W3GQ.
Extra funds generated by this offer will go to the N4, K4, W4 QSL Bureau petty cash fund to help defray other bureau costs.