Simply put, a properly completed QSL Card is essential to the 3905 Century Club awards program.
Those just starting out who don't have QSL cards might consider temporarily printing their own using a card image designed by using a free QSL design service. The card images created by these services generally won't provide the ability to enter all of the information called for below, but as a temporary measure you can write in any additional needed info.
QSL cards contain two types of information about a QSO:
The QSL cards you send need to have the following information included on them (whenever applicable) if they are to be useful toward all of the awards we offer. Be sure to look at the various card variations at the bottom.
As much as possible the above information should be on one side of the card so that those who submit photocopied cards for awards don't have to photocopy both sides.
Anything else you want to put on your card such as pictures, equipment info... is all good as long as it doesn't interfere with reading the above information. These are the things that make the card an expression of yourself. They're not required, but many like to include them and many enjoy seeing them.
The main thing is to be sure to include all of the important and necessary information so your card can be used by the receiving stations toward all of our awards.
Marty Blaise AG5T has put together a comprehensive presentation you can view or download HERE (7.7 MB PDF) which covers all of these details.
The first sample QSL card is shown below. This card confirms a contact with an individual operator using his personal call sign.
There are a number of Club Stations on our nets and some of them want a card for their contact with you in addition to a card for the contact with the operator of the club call sign. Those who do not want a card for the contact with the club they are operating will (should) check in as "No Card Needed" or "NCN" or similar. The second sample QSL following is one example of a QSL for a contact made with a Club Station being operated by a member of the club. This card is an example of how *ALL* QSLs for contacts with club call signs should be filled out. To prevent wasting envelopes at the bureau with extra unneeded cards to clubs with "NCN" status, a reminder the contact was made can be put on the QSL to the operator's personal call sign something like "Tnx also for QSO with club WC5LUB" or just "Also ur club WC5LUB." That should be sufficient to remind that you also need a card from the club.
In this case the operator of the club call is KC2PUF. It is important to put all the appropriate calls on the QSL card in order to get a correct card back. If you are QSLing someone operating a club call sign and fail to put the personal call sign of the operator on the card ("Op: KC2PUF" in the example above) our QSL Bureaus will return the card to you.