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It works! First contact...

Discussion in 'General Ham Radio Discussion' started by Peter Walker, Mar 20, 2011.

  1. Peter Walker

    Peter Walker W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    I made my first contact today with a gentleman from Honduras. It sounded like he was in the room with me (5/9). I'm still shaking from the excitement :w00t:



    Can someone please tell me what this means?:
    two green stamps on one IRC is required. SAE requested
    I understand the Self Addressed Envelope Part but have no idea what the greens stamps are.
     

  2. pro151

    pro151 KB4RMA

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    See if this helps.

    HAM RADIO IRC TIPS
     
  3. Peter Walker

    Peter Walker W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    I still don't understand what an IRC and a Green Stamp is. Understand its something you send, but what is it?
     
  4. RatsoW8

    RatsoW8 Supporting Member, W9WDX ARC Member - WD8T

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    It's postage basically.
     
  5. pro151

    pro151 KB4RMA

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    Green Stamp is a US dollar.

    Try this for a lengthy but simple explanation of IRC.

    IRC #CQDX Ham Radio Chat Channel
     
  6. Qwazyone

    Qwazyone Active Member

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    Are you sure it wasn't two green stamps or one IRC is required?

    He is basically telling you that if you send him a QSL card, and you want one of his, you will have to put two dollars or one IRC with SAE to get it

    International reply coupon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Congrats on the contact
     
  7. KE3W

    KE3W Active Member

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    [​IMG] Congrats Peter Walker. Now, what was his call sign? If you look him up - normally - they provide all the information you need to exchange QSL cards.
     
  8. Peter Walker

    Peter Walker W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    Thanks for the info. I'm still shaking from the excitement and its been over an hour. :laugh:

    So I can purchase and IRC at the local Post Office and they will know what I need? Seems like that would be easier than sending a SAE and/or money.
     
  9. Peter Walker

    Peter Walker W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    I found him on QRZ.com His callsign was HR2J - Javier from Honduras. It sounded like he was sitting in the room next to me. It was amazing and he gave me a 5/9 report in return. When I heard that I was so excited because I didn't know if my radio and antenna were even working. That alone gives me more reason to look forward to the tuner coming tomorrow.
     
  10. KE3W

    KE3W Active Member

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    [​IMG] Fantastic Peter Walker. I still have my first USA contact and first DX (both framed). Yea (like you said) - he says 2 Green Stamps or one IRC. So, you can either put 2 $1.00 bills in a envelope or run up and get one IRC. Personally, I didn't feel like messing with IRCs (if they took green stamps). I would contact him (he has his e-mail on his QRZ page) and ask him to provide his mailing address (so you are sure your letter will go to the right place). You can then run up to the PO and get the appropriate stamps, place them on your letter - and mail it. One thing you must remember - this stuff is going overseas so expect to wait a month for a return. Once you get his card - you frame that puppy![​IMG]
     
  11. Peter Walker

    Peter Walker W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    I sure will. He was saying on the radio he doesn't have internet so I hope the address he has listed at QRZ.com is current.
     
  12. KE3W

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    [​IMG] Super. Let us know how it goes.
     
  13. Captain Kilowatt

    Captain Kilowatt Professional Amateur
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    I would not bother with the IRC's which are International Reply Coupons. They can be a real pain to deal with if either you or the post office has no clue about them. They are not used very often and a lot of post offices, especially in smaller rural areas, have no clue about them. They MUST be stamped at the post office that issues them and they are not cheap. A lot of countries do not honor them. I would elect to send $2 wrapped in a sheet of paper so it cannot be seen thru the envelope. I gave up using IRC's a long time ago.If you do use them make sure they are the current issue and not some old left-overs the post office has had and don't understand anything about them. It happens.

    Congrats on the contact BTW.
     
  14. Peter Walker

    Peter Walker W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    Thanks for the info Captain Kilowatt. I think what I'm going to do is what you mentioned and just put the $2 in a Flat Rate envelope along with my QSL Card and see how that goes. I was able to make a 2nd contact today with a DXpedition team in Curacao. That was pretty cool. Hopefully I will get a card from them as well.

    The thing that keeps going through my mind is that if I'm able to successfully get my General License, a lot more will open up to me as I was scanning through some of the higher bands and listening to a lot of what was going on. I'm really excited.
     
  15. KE3W

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    [​IMG] I was checking DXATCH.COM for the "latest DX action" - I noticed (under Last Announces) your first contact!

    [​IMG]
     
    #15 KE3W, Mar 21, 2011
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