Sixth District Incoming QSL
Box 970, Fairfax, CA 94978-0970
Welcome to the ARRL Sixth District
Incoming QSL Bureau.
You do not have to be a member of
the ARRL to use the Incoming QSL
The Sixth District
Incoming QSL Bureau is staffed by
over two dozen dedicated California
radio amateurs who volunteer their
time to distribute DX QSL cards to
you. Many have donated their time
for more than a decade!
We handle DX to
USA 6th District QSLs only. We do
not accept outgoing cards from
stateside hams. If you have any
questions about what cards we
handle, please email us.
Outgoing cards to DX from USA hams
should go via
QSL Bureau in Newington, CT.
A few things specific to the Sixth
District Bureau are:
The W6 QSL Bureau prefers
to supply envelopes for you. Each
envelope, including one first class
stamp, is 80 cents each. You must
send a self-sticking label with your
call sign, name and address for each
envelope ordered. The Bureau
suggests you order a minimum of four
(4) envelopes and no more than ten
(10) at one time.
If you normally receive many DX
QSLs, please send additional funds
to purchase stamps for additional
You may send your own envelopes
they must be 5" x 7 1/2",
No 6" x 9" or legal size
envelopes will be accepted.
DX QSLs do not fit in smaller
envelopes and larger envelopes do
not fit in our files.
greeting card envelopes! They
aren't sturdy enough to safely
mail your valuable QSLs!
If you decide to use your own 5"
x 7 1/2" envelopes, you must:
--Address the envelope
horizontally with your name
clearly printed or typed. Good
rubber stamp impressions or
self-sticking labels may be used
but should be large enough to be
--Print your call sign in
letters 1/4" to 1/2" high clearly
in the upper left-hand corner. Do
not print a name or return address
under the call sign.
--Place one first class stamp
(for one ounce) in the upper right
You may send stamps for extra
postage, but a cash deposit is
preferred. You may send a check or
money order payable to "6th District
QSL Bureau". An individual account
will be kept for you and when more
envelopes or postage are required,
you will be advised.
Your account is maintained by, and
cards shipped from, an individual
letter sorter as determined by the
first letter following the "6" in
your callsign. The individual
sorters are literally spread
throughout California. When you send
envelopes, monies or an inquiry, it
may be several weeks before your
individual letter sorter receives
them. We distribute sorted cards and
envelopes to the individual sorters
every 3-4 months as volume warrants.
If your mail arrives at the Post
Office just after a pickup, it is
very likely that it will be 12-16
weeks before your sorter receives
it. If he or she sends you a
shipment of cards in the meantime,
your account status would not show
your latest submission. It should
appear on the next shipment however.
General information which applies
to all the ARRL-supported U.S.
Incoming QSL Bureaus
is available from the ARRL
Although the Incoming Bureau system
operates under the guidance of ARRL,
you are not
required to be an ARRL member to use
We encourage you to keep your current
email address up to date at
www.QRZ.com. Many of our Sorters use
that web site to email you if needed.
The ARRL Sixth District QSL Bureau is
for incoming QSL cards only. The
bureau consists of volunteers who
provide this valuable service to their
fellow hams. Many of our volunteers
have been working for the bureau for
more than 15 years! Cards arrive at
our P.O. Box from various sources,
such as other DX bureaus around the
world and the ARRL Incoming Bureau.
Upon arrival, the cards are presorted
by grouping the cards alphabetically
by the first letter of the call suffix
(I.E. W6AM, K6AFT, N6AA and WB6AQL
would all go in the same "A" stack).
Each letter of the alphabet (aka
"segment") has a sorter assigned to
handle the actual mailing of QSLs as
well as notices when a ham has cards
on file but no envelopes or postage.
Every 3-4 months (depending on
volume), the cards accumulated for
each segment are mailed from the 6th
District Bureau to the sorters. Each
letter sorter is then responsible for
matching up those cards with envelopes
provided by you, the 6th District
hams, and mailing when one ounce or
more of cards are accumulated for each
call with envelopes on file. They also
notify any ham who has cards on file
but no envelopes. Each sorter puts in
many hours each month handling the
many hundreds or even thousands of
cards for his or her segment, all for
no pay as a bureau volunteer. If you
get a chance, send a note to your
segment sorter letting him or her know
how they are doing. They will
appreciate hearing from you.
If you have any questions about our
operation or your account, please
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Updated 24 June 13