[amsat-bb] Re: VUCC Costs

Jeff Yanko wb3jfs at cox.net
Mon Jan 24 14:30:23 PST 2011

Hi John,

You're right about the costs.  I just looked at the costs for a big HF 
mailing.  I bought 25 -  98 cent air mail stamps for $24.50.  Ordered $65 
dollars in return postage stamps from Bill Plum.  (IRC's don't seem to get a 
good return rate compared to return postage stamps.  Plus the P.O. always 
seems to screw up the stamping of the IRC so it becomes invalid.)  So for 
about $90 one can get 35 QSL's returned, if the other party co-operates.

That's why I've been stressing the use of LoTW and it makes much more sense 
to pay 17.5 cents per QSO than pay nearly $3.00 for a piece of paper via the 


Jeff  WB3JFS

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "John Papay" <john at papays.com>
To: <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Monday, January 24, 2011 6:36 AM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: VUCC Costs

> The new fee schedule has brought forth a lot of
> comments.  Twenty cents a card seems like a lot of
> money but consider how much you spent to get that card.
> An SASE with a stamp on it plus the stamp for sending
> it here in the US costs you $.88.  If you send for a
> DX card to countries other than Canada and Europe, it's
> $.98 for the postage and an IRC costs $2.10.  If you are
> lucky, you will get a DX card back for $3.08.  If you're
> not lucky, you'll send for it again hoping to get a reply.
> Then there's the cost of the cards to add in, maybe $.10 each,
> and the envelopes, hopefully self seal so the other guy doesn't
> have to spend time moistening and sealing it.  Maybv
> So after you spent all that money to get the card, spending
> another $.20 to submit it for VUCC doesn't seem all that bad.
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