G3TXF - 'Pushing the envelope' on Qsl Cards!

Created on Thursday, 03 December 2009


I was very pleased this week to hear from Nigel Cawthorne G3TXF. He was placing an order for another batch of qsl cards. This brings Nigels’ total orders from Gennady UX5UO Qsl Printers to 215,000 Qsl cards – an amazing achievement!

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Nigel has an extensive list of call signs he has used over the Years from various places and of course he needs to Qsl efficiently. At the home of G3TXF, Nigel has his card collection stored in a purpose-built garden office building (see photo’s). QSL cards are stored in office filing cabinets, his own QSLs being on one side and DX-pedition cards on the other.

How many QSLs? Nigel tells me that he does not know precisely how many QSLs there are in the collection, but there are estimated to be well over 350,000 cards! There will be a more precise indication of the total number of cards stored in the G3TXF QSL Collection once the computerisation of the older logs has been completed and the corresponding QSL card data entered, but by anybody’s standards this is an outstanding and extremely impressive collection.

Nigel has visited over 200 Countries so far and he has operated from many. Here are a sample of the calls he has used:-

3B9/G3TXF, 3DA/G3TXF, 3V8NC, 5T5NC, 6Y8XF, 9H3TF, C21XF, C56/G3TXF, CU4/G3TXF, CU7/G3TXF, FG/G3TXF, FH/G3TXF, FJ/G3TXF, FK/G3TXF, FM/G3TXF, FP/G3TXF, FS/G3TXF/p, FW/G3TXF, FY/G3TXF, GD3TXF, GM3TXF/p, H44XF, HB0XKZ, J3/G3TXF, JW/G3TXF, KH2/G3TXF, KP4/G3TXF, OE9/G3TXF, OE9ZQJ, OX/G3TXF, OX5AA, OY/G3TXF, P29XF, PJ2/G3TXF, PJ2G, S79TXF, TJ2P, TJ3G, V63TXF, V63TXF/p, V25XF, V85XF, VK9CXF, G3TXF, VP2EN, VP2V/G3TXF, VP5/G3TXF, VP9/G3TXF, VQ5XF, XX9TXF, YJ0TXF, ZB2/G3TXF, VK9N/G3TXF, ZC4TXF and ZL7/G3TXF. QSL-house-outside

Here are some of G3TXF DX-Trip Qsl Statistics:-


Total Qso’s 356,770

Direct qsl’s sent  69,654

Bureau Qsl’s sent 137,514

Email/Buro Qsl’s sent 13,487

Total Qsl’s sent  218,401

Percentage Qsl’s sent against Qso’s made = 62.2%

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It’s nice to see that even with the introduction of Internet based Qsl Cards on systems such as Eqsl.cc (Electronic Qsl Card Centre) and LOTW (Logbook Of The World), the collection of the original paper Qsl Card is still avalued part of the hobby for so many. Indeed although both Nigel and I are staunt users and supporters of LOTW, we still love to send and crave to receive the paper cards with as much enthusiasm as before LOTW was introduced. It is still an integral part of the hobby for many so please continue to support your Bureau’s and indeed both your Qsl managers and Qsl Printers.

G3TXF2If you would like to see more information of the DX Trips undertaken by Nigel and maybe more about his amazing collection of Qsl Cards then please visit his personal website by clicking on the link below:-

http://www.g3txf.com/index.html

You can also see a collection of the Qsl Cards used by Nigel by looking in the ‘Gallery’ under ‘Qsl Cards’, several are shown on the page titled ‘UX5UO Qsl Cards’ and just a few at the bottom of this article.

On behalf of Gennady UX5UO and of the wider Amateur Radio Community I would like to say thanks to Nigel for his continued support both for purchasing the cards and also for making the trips possible which have given many of us some nice and often rare DX band slots in the process.


Well done & thanks Nigel!

6Y8XF-QSL

J88XF-QSL

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