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Author Topic: People Who Steal Postage?  (Read 3519 times)
KJ6MSG
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« on: August 24, 2013, 10:44:36 AM »

So, I've had more than a few US hams, who are not high value stations, claim they will respond to all paper QSLs if sent a SASE. These same hams have never responded at well over a year. I find this comparable to stealing postage. I get it... not everyone has time or the desire to QSL, there is nothing wrong with that. However, do not publicize that you will respond to QSLs with a SASE if you have no intention of actually doing so. While there could very well be mitigating circumstances... it's far more common than it should be. Has anyone else had a problem with this?
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« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2013, 12:12:25 PM »

My my...this is a first.  Never figured out how long it would take to mass a million dollars by selling a new but second hand stamp. Not sure there is a market out there for this type of illegal enterprise. So I don't think anyone is in the business of making a fortune by stealing stamps 46 cents at a time. Just not that many daily opportunities for SASE's. Better stick to identity, insurance or medicare fraud as the gains show up faster than 46 cents every few weeks.

I think many of us who have been around for decades and decades get a bit lazy. I'm one of those that claim to respond to QSL cards 100%. I for one never send out a card anymore nor do I get a rush when I see one in the mail. I'm flattered but that about it. Nevertheless, in the last 37 years I have yet stiffed anyone of a card as the final courtesy one from one ham to another is the exchange of a QSL card.

Yes, I have at least a half dozen cards that I need to respond to laying around for a few months. Just because I do not need your card will I ever stiff you if you need my card for some award or just because you like to have it. Actually, I consider it an honor when someone show interest in receiving my QSL card. I'm sure there are valid reason as to why the individual has not responded.

I have my DXCC (phone and mixed), WAC, WAS (CW and phone) and VUCC hanging on the wall. I'm close to the 400 prefixes but that's going to be all LoTW.   
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N6AJR
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« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2013, 02:36:25 PM »

I too do not steal stamps, but here is a problem I recently had .  I got a sase and qsl card from a guy. I filled out my card and put it in his self adressed  stamped envelope and sent it off.  a week later  it showed up again as no such address... so  now what, he addressed it.  I sent it back off again and lets see if it works this time.
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KJ6MSG
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« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2013, 10:06:34 PM »

WY4J... your response and sarcasm made me chuckle. The "stealing postage" was a bit of hyperbole.
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« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2013, 11:13:49 PM »

There was (and maybe still is) a well known 7Q7 who says he will only QSL direct, with SAE and dollar bills - no IRCs. Funny thing is that NOBODY ever got a QSL!
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SWMAN
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« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2013, 12:38:43 PM »

 About 2 years ago a station, I won't mention his call but his name is Sonny in Hawaii said he would send me a QSL card if I sent a SASE, which I did. In about 2 months later I talked to him again and asked if he received my card, he did and said that he would send his soon. About 3 months later still nothing from him. I sent another SASE to him 2months after that, dumb me.I talked to him again and said he would send it by the end of the week. About 2 years later still nothing. I only sent QSL cards anymore if I receive on from another station first.
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G3RZP
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« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2013, 02:11:41 PM »

I do have  a problem with the US ham who has made his first 'over the pond' QSO and sends me a direct QSL and an SASE with a US stamp on it. Now to me, in terms of a response, that is as much use as teats on a bull!

As it doesn't happen too often, and I can afford to, I usually send the whole shebang back with paying for a UK airmail stamp, a polite note, and a return  QSL.....

In many cases, for a "first G" and a new ham, he can get the IRC, and/or the dollar bill back too - I can remember when 50 years ago, I was a keen young DXer busy working Novices in  21Mc/s to give them a chance!!
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W5CPT
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« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2013, 06:25:47 AM »

I had an occurrence early in my ham years.  I worked Alaska as a coded Tech and immediately sent a QSL Card and an SASE - got nothing.  I waited some time (about 6 months) and sent another card & SASE - nothing.  Fast forward to the late 90's and I am working at a Ham Radio store and in walks a gentleman and looks around. One of the other clerks strikes up a conversion with him and I overhear him give his callsign which is indelibly etched into my mind as the "rare dx" from which I could not get a card.  I joined the conversation and gently asked if he remembered my call.  He said "No - should I?".  I related the story how he was my first Alaska QSO and how I had sent two cards and SASEs and never received a return.  He pretty much told me that he did not bother with "insignificant" QSLs as he was only interested in QSLs from "real" DX.  I remained polite and when I got home that evening I erased the QSO from my log. 

I have come to realize that the Ham community is made of of all kinds of people and some I deal with and some I don't.  I like QSL cards but I am not going to let the half dollar or so I spend to get one ruin my day when my efforts are unrewarded.

Clint - W5CPT -

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SWMAN
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« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2013, 06:56:26 AM »

 That goes to show that there are always a few jerks out there where ever you go. Just as my case with Sonny (James) that I mentioned above.
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G3RZP
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« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2013, 10:30:01 AM »

Go back to the 1960s. Work a DX station who says "QSL W2CTN". That GUARANTEED you would get a card through the bureau if you went that way, or direct for an envelope and an IRC. That guy was probably the best QSL manager ever.....
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« Reply #10 on: September 02, 2013, 03:08:52 AM »

Years ago QST had a great letter from a ham about the biggest excuses for not sending a qsl. "I can`t afford it." (But you can afford your kilobuck station)"I don`t have the time."(But you do have the time to spend an hour or more operating your station)etc. It was well written. I wish they would print it again. I always liked getting cards and sending them.
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G3RZP
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« Reply #11 on: September 02, 2013, 11:49:22 AM »

I don't know if there is a 'DX Hall of Fame'. If there is, W2CTN should be there.
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