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QSL Bureau

Who We Are

3-up.gif We are a group of amateur radio operators who are dedicated to upholding the traditions established by our founders in 1957. That was the year the North Jersey DX Association was established and in that same year, the management of the QSL Bureau was taken over. Dr. Urb LeJeune, W2DEC is a founding member of the NJDXA and serves as our Webmaster. An accomplished DXer, Urb is the author of several books dealing with the Internet. His contributions to the success of our club and of the QSL Bureau are most appreciated.

A few of our members are retired but most of them still have the normal responsibilities of work, home, family, and a life apart from amateur radio. Still, every month, they show up at our meetings and take home a grocery bag full of cards to either sort and return for distribution or they make mailings to the subscribers to our service. Even our Senior Members pitch in when the volume of cards is high.

Where we live

home.gif Members of the NJDXA come from all over the state of New Jersey and from New York City, Long Island, Westchester, Rockland and Orange counties in the state of New York. Some members travel nealy 100 miles each way to attend a meeting. They do not complain because they realize that the DX Community depends upon their work.

Why we do what we do

doug-w2en.jpg Members of the North Jersey DX Association feel that we have derived a great deal of pleasure from amateur radio. By volunteering our efforts to the operation of the QSL Bureau, we feel that we are giving back some of what we owe to the hobby.

QSL Bureau Manager, Doug Rue, W2EN does more than his share of work for the Bureau. Doug is a Letter-Manager as well as the Bureau Manager. He assures that all of the cards we receive during the month are distributed properly. He oversees the entire distribution process including subscriptions. Doug responds to subscriber inquiries, maintains liason with the ARRL and provides each Letter-Manager with a monthly update on newly purchased credits, address changes, etc.

Postage Increase May 11, 2009

The U.S. Postal Service has announced and will implement a rate increase on May 11, 2009. The cost of a First-Class stamp for one ounce will go up to 44 cents. Additional services will cost more as well. Please consult your local post office or go to USPS.gov on the Internet.

The NJDXA has determined that our rates for QSL service will remain the same. If you have any questions, please contact our Bureau Manager, Doug Rue, w2EN at w2en@njdxa.org.

All subscriptions are recorded in our main database

In order to maintain an up to date record of all QSL Bureau subscriptions and renewals, our Chief Financial Officer (Treasurer), Gene Ingraham, N2BIM makes bank deposits and ensures that all payments are properly recorded and that the appropriate credit has been given to each subscriber who has sent us money for the month. Just before the club meeting, Gene prepares annual financial statements to the club and sets up our budget for the following year.

Ron Levy, our former Bureau Manager, is in charge of data entry and maintenance. Ron picks up the mail several times every week. The new subscriptions and subscription renewals are recorded in the database. Subscribers who use on line payment through PayPal receive on line receipts for their payment. A copy is sent to Ron and another to the appropriate Letter-Manager. Ron creates monthly credit reports for each Letter-Manager. These reports, copies of the PayPal receipts, and the original envelopes that were mailed to us are distributed to the Letter-Managers at the monthly meeting.

With dedicated people like Doug, Gene, and Ron, the ARRL Second District QSL Bureau enjoys an excellent reputation among our subscribers. We are fortunate to have people like these men who are willing to pitch in and help keep the operation at peak performance.

What we do

compass.gif Our primary focus is on sorting and distributing foreign QSL cards addressed to our subscribers whose call was issued in the Second District. With a work force of over 45 dedicated volunteers, we handle approximately one/half million cards per year.

Out-Going DX QSL Cards

arrl-c1a.gif An important note: Our Bureau does not distribute out-going QSL cards addressed to DX stations. The ARRL offers an out-going QSL Service. You can get more information at
ARRL Outgoing QSL Service