In reply to M6HBS:
I have had all sorts of problems in the past trying to obtain IRCs
locally (Swindon). My local PO tried to sell me some that were 2 years
out of date and then couldn’t obtain any of the then newer ones. The
staff at one of the main local PO’s just looked at me blankly when I
asked for a couple of International Reply Coupons. Another PO manager
in a nearby town did have 5 in stock, but refused to sell me all of
them and restricted me to 2! Finally, I did find a supply in Swindon,
but they only ever had the odd one or two in stock at any one time.
Must admit that some Green Stamps I have sent have obviously gone into
the coffers of their recipients, as I have never received cards from
these few despite their ‘100% QSL’ guarantee on QRZ.
Well, I’m glad it’s not just me who is having difficulty in getting IRCs! I have not been able to buy any for over a year. The two remaining Post Offices in Tewkesbury say they cannot order them any more, and the main Post Office in the town says they are no longer available anywhere. The Cheltenham Post Office says they are permanently “out of stock”. I emailed the Post Office HQ via their web site, asking where I could order a supply, but no reply was forthcoming.
I have given up now. The alternative is to send dollar bills, but most QSL Managers now demand TWO dollars for a QSL, which is very expensive … especially when you add on the outgoing postage.
eQSLs are OK, up to a point, but they are not accepted by the ARRL for DXCC credit.