Skip Navigation

Main Content

Second Call Area QSL Bureau

W2 Bureau FAQs

The North Jersey DX Association has managed the second call area QSL bureau since its inception in 1957. The NJDXA was the first club to manage a QSL bureau in the United States and is the only organization that has served continuously for more than 46 years.
QSL Bureau Page

Search the FAQ database for:
  1. How do I sign up to receive DX QSL cards that come to the bureau for me?
  2. What exactly are Postage Credits?
  3. How long does it take to process my subscription?
  4. May I include a subscription for a family member or friend along with my own?
  5. I purchased credits for my old call sign and for my new one. How long should I maintain an open account for my old call?
  6. How will I know when I need to buy more Postage Credits?
  7. How do I pay for a bureau subscription with my credit card?
  8. What happens to cards that come in for me but I have no subscription?
  9. What happens if I lose interest in DX and I leave Postage Credits on file?
  10. May I send you some self-addressed and stamped envelopes for you to keep on file for me?
  11. May I send my outgoing DX QSLs to this bureau
  12. How do I send my QSLs to stations in the continental United States?
  13. Are there any circumstances where you will handle domestic-to-domestic QSL cards?
  14. I am already a subscriber. What happens if I change my call?
  15. I still have my 3 call and intend to keep it. Do I use the 3 DX Bureau or the 2 area Bureau now that I live in Southern New Jersey?
  16. Your question is not here? Please let us know

1. How do I sign up to receive DX QSL cards that come to the bureau for me?

You must purchase Postage Credits to subscribe to this bureau. There is a link on this site for a subscription form. Open that link, print the form and fill it out completely. Mail it together with your check (minimum amount of $6.00).


- Last Update: June 14, 2007 which is 2686 days ago. - Top

2. What exactly are Postage Credits?

A Postage Credit represents the first-class stamp and the envelope for a one-ounce mailing. Approximately 5 to 7 DX QSL cards will weigh one ounce. For active subscribers who receive many QSLs, we may ship via Priority Mail or another bulk mail service. In bulk mailings (up to 2 pounds)we charge only ten Postage Credits. We make every effort to maximize the value of our subscribers' Credits.


- Last Update: January 26, 2004 which is 3921 days ago. - Top

3. How long does it take to process my subscription?

Normally, transactions take a minimum of two months to process. Additional delays may occur if bad weather disrupts our monthly meeting schedule.


- Last Update: January 26, 2004 which is 3921 days ago. - Top

4. May I include a subscription for a family member or friend along with my own?

Yes, but we require a separate subscription for each call. You may send multiple subscriptions in one envelope and the total payment can be in one check, however, we must have a separate sheet (subscription form) for each call. It is important to inform us of how much money is being paid for each call. That way we can be sure to credit the proper account.


- Last Update: January 26, 2004 which is 3921 days ago. - Top

5. I purchased credits for my old call sign and for my new one. How long should I maintain an open account for my old call?

We recommend that you keep a few Postage Credits on file for your old call for at least one year. When you are reasonably sure you will not be receiving additional DX QSLs for the old call, you may send us a written request to transfer remaining credits from your old call to your new one.


- Last Update: January 26, 2004 which is 3921 days ago. - Top

6. How will I know when I need to buy more Postage Credits?

Record keeping is primarily the responsibility of the subscriber. We will indicate the number of credits remaining in your account in the space provided on the uppper left corner of our mailing envelopes. If your Letter-Manager is generating computer labels, the remaining credits in your account will appear on the mailing label. When you see that number getting low, it's time to renew.


- Last Update: January 26, 2004 which is 3921 days ago. - Top

7. How do I pay for a bureau subscription with my credit card?

Click on the link entitled "Subscribe or Renew Using Credit Card." Once you click on the "Pay Now" button, you will have to complete the forms with the required information. You will then be a registered PayPal user. The system will remember who you are and will accept your payment with no additional forms to complete. PayPal accepts MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover. Please note that there is a minimum subscription using the PayPal method. The reason for this is that a larger subscription allows us to offset the costs of providing you with a means to "pay with plastic."


- Last Update: April 11, 2004 which is 3845 days ago. - Top

8. What happens to cards that come in for me but I have no subscription?

We will notify you that there are cards being held for you by the bureau. We extend the courtesy of one Postage Credit for this notification. That credit will be deducted when we receive your subscription.


- Last Update: January 26, 2004 which is 3921 days ago. - Top

9. What happens if I lose interest in DX and I leave Postage Credits on file?

Inactive accounts are maintained for a period of 5 years. At the end of that period of time, we purge the account and remaining credits are "swept" into our general fund


- Last Update: January 26, 2004 which is 3921 days ago. - Top

10. May I send you some self-addressed and stamped envelopes for you to keep on file for me?

Although some QSL bureaus accept s.a.s.e.s, the Second District bureau does not. Over the years, we have found that envelopes tend to "get lost," postage rates increase, or our files are simply too small to accommodate the envelopes. It is also much easier for us to take an inventory of credits on hand at the end of the year.


- Last Update: January 26, 2004 which is 3921 days ago. - Top

11. May I send my outgoing DX QSLs to this bureau

No. Our bureau handles incoming DX QSLs only. We do not handle outgoing cards. If you are an ARRL member, you may utilize the ARRL Outgoing QSL Service. There is a fee for this service. Visit the ARRL Website for details.


- Last Update: January 26, 2004 which is 3921 days ago. - Top

12. How do I send my QSLs to stations in the continental United States?

Cards for stations in the continental United States should be snt by direct mail.


- Last Update: January 26, 2004 which is 3921 days ago. - Top

13. Are there any circumstances where you will handle domestic-to-domestic QSL cards?

There is only one exception to the domestic card rule. If an amateur operator goes outside the continental US and operates as a DX station, the QSLs he sends when he returns home are considered DX cards and we will distribute them to subscribers in the Second District.


- Last Update: January 26, 2004 which is 3921 days ago. - Top

14. I am already a subscriber. What happens if I change my call?

We must have a separate subscription for each call. If you change calls, you must open a new account for that call. After about one year, you may send us a written request to transfer any credits remaining under you old call to your new call.


- Last Update: January 26, 2004 which is 3921 days ago. - Top

15. I still have my 3 call and intend to keep it. Do I use the 3 DX Bureau or the 2 area Bureau now that I live in Southern New Jersey?

The QSL Bureau through which you will receive incoming DX QSLs is the Bureau associated with the number in your call sign. In the question above the answer is that you would subscribe to the 3 Bureau even though you live in New Jersey. Where you live has nothing to do with the Bureau you will use. This question was submitted by George F. Siegrist, N3BW.


- Last Update: July 17, 2004 which is 3748 days ago. - Top

Didn't find an answer? Please let us know