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USPS Seeks to Phase Out IRCs:

from The ARRL Letter on November 8, 2012
Website: http://www.arrl.org/
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USPS Seeks to Phase Out IRCs:

If the US Postal Service (USPS https://www.usps.com/) gets its way, it will no longer sell International Reply Coupons (IRCs) after January 27, 2013. According to the October 23 edition of the Federal Register https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2012/10/23/2012-25992/international-mailing-services-proposed-product-and-price-changes#h-88, there is not sufficient demand for the USPS to continue offering IRCs to customers; however, per the Universal Postal Union (UPU http://www.upu.int/en.html) regulations, the USPS must continue to exchange and redeem IRCs that have been purchased in foreign countries and presented at USPS facilities. Comments on this proposed change will be accepted http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=USPS-2012-0101-0001 through November 23, 2012. IRCs provide foreign addressees with a prepaid means of responding to inquiries, solicitations or other types of communications -- such as QSL cards -- that are initiated by US senders. IRCs are exchangeable for postage stamps by postal administrations in member countries of the UPU. Each IRC is equivalent in value to the destination country's minimum postage price for an unregistered airmail letter. The purchase price is in the US is currently $2.20 per IRC. -- Thanks to The Daily DX http://www.dailydx.com/ for some information.

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The ARRL Letter

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USPS Seeks to Phase Out IRCs:  
by KI5IO on November 26, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Not for anything ... this is not good. I purchase IRCs several times each year via an online account I have with USPS.

I utilize the IRCs for the DX contacts I make on a sporadic basis.

Many of the contacts I've made only QSL direct as many still won't use LOTW and eQSL is that 'some do' and 'some don't' use that service.

73,
Nolan Kienitz
KI5IO
Plano, TX
 
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