I was going through the Pile of Mail that had accumulated over the past few months. This is the non-urgent stuff that got pushed aside to be looked at later. I had two envelopes from the Zero QSL bureau, with about a dozen total QSL cards. Most of these cards were from my KB0CY/C6A Mini-DXpedition to The Bahamas.
How do you think this happens? I am not sure. I suspect that the typical ham might wait up to a year to send cards into their outgoing QSL bureau. Then the cards may sit there for a while….maybe another year? Then the cards get mailed to the US, ending up at the appropriate incoming QSL bureau…so add another year. Let’s say they sit there for another year and then get mailed to me. Add it up, it is 4 years, assuming long delays at each stage. It still doesn’t account for the full 7 years. Maybe the sending ham didn’t realize he needed the QSL card until he was scanning his log with an eye towards DXCC or some other award. This could cause an additional delay in when the card is initially sent.
73, Bob K0NR
P.S. This is not a criticism of the volunteers that make the incoming QSL bureaus work…I appreciate their efforts.