QSL Cards (Just the more interesting ones). 'The final courtesy of a QSO is a QSL Card'
It has always been the practice in the past to send each station you contact a Postcard sized QSL Card.... They can be sent direct, or via QSL Bureau's in each Country. This practice is now dying out, but some people in the hobby still collect them.The more 'up to date' method is to exchange electronic QSL Cards, which require no storage space, except on a computer Hard Drive, are ecologically friendly, can be sent immediately and received instantly by the other station.
These days it is the more usual method, especially with Digital Mode contacts, but if the other station is a 'rare' one, you can send a card direct by post, to get one back to adorn the shack wall. The main objection to electronic QSL Cards (even by the RSGB, who decided recently not to accept them any longer as a proof of contact in contests !) is that 'computer savvy' individuals can cheat. Amateur Operators submit proof of their status by having their details 'verified' , and a Certificate of Authenticity is issued.
My Own QSL Card
Everybody wants one... I wonder why !!!
Firstly, a couple of really old 'Paper' QSL Cards - dating back to the 1920 or 30's - Operators used to design, draw and colour their cards themselves !!!
Below are some 'Electronic' Cards from stations
contacted in 2013/14
Examples of electronic 'Instant QSL cards' received recently.