[DX-CHAT] Postal thieves

2007-08-26 Thread Charles Harpole

I studied my local postal thieves and concluded:

A note about postal theft:  Thieves who steal mail on a regular basis seek 
envelopes that form a pattern:  (a) many similar ones to the same address, 
(b) thickness more than 1 paper sheet, and (c) from rich countries.  Thieves 
doing this regularly can not be stopped by inserted carbon paper, valuables 
hidden inside inner envelopes, or other “tricks” because they simply open 
ALL envelopes fitting the pattern, take the valuables, and destroy the rest 
(thus destroying the evidence of their theft).  Some thieves steal only for 
rare or odd stamps.  Ham radio QSL mail makes a very easily identifiable 
pattern that simply can not be defeated by the usual tricks, so skip the 
tricks.  Instead, try Registered Mail or, if desperate, use FedEx, UPS, or 
DHL.   Even if you disguise your mail to look like an advertisement, the 
determined regular thieves may well steal EVERYTHING to an address known to 
get QSLs.


It is highly unlikely that your one QSL envelope will be left untouched for 
theft by someone who rips open all the other QSL envelopes.  Example, trying 
to make it harder on the thieves with tape does not stop theft, it only 
irritates the intended recipient if it does arrive.


The lesson is that all our tricks are failures, with very rare exceptions.
73
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[DX-CHAT] Postal theft

2007-08-26 Thread Charles Harpole

I studied my local postal thieves and concluded:

A note about postal theft:  Thieves who steal mail on a regular basis seek 
envelopes that form a pattern:  (a) many similar ones to the same address, 
(b) thickness more than 1 paper sheet, and (c) from rich countries.  Thieves 
doing this regularly can not be stopped by inserted carbon paper, valuables 
hidden inside inner envelopes, or other “tricks” because they simply open 
ALL envelopes fitting the pattern, take the valuables, and destroy the rest 
(thus destroying the evidence of their theft).  Some thieves steal only for 
rare or odd stamps.  Ham radio QSL mail makes a very easily identifiable 
pattern that simply can not be defeated by the usual tricks, so skip the 
tricks.  Instead, try Registered Mail or, if desperate, use FedEx, UPS, or 
DHL.  Even if you disguise your mail to look like an advertisement or 
typewritten official mail , the determined regular thieves may well steal 
EVERYTHING to an address known to get QSLs.



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[DX-CHAT] Traveling with $100

2007-08-26 Thread Charles Harpole
World travelers who are lucky enuf to have a pocket full of USA one hundred 
dollar bills... even the latest version... beware.


If u are leaving on a DXpedition and expect to pay your way with $100 
bills... thus getting the best exchange rate compared to $20, etc.   
spend all those very green backs soon because Uncle Sam is ready to issue an 
even newer $100 note in a few months.


Many foreign banks will now only reluctantly accept the existing $100, even 
if crisply new, and these will be refused as soon as the even newer bills 
get into action, I guess!


Don't I wish I had this problem!  73

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Re: [DX-CHAT] Traveling with $100

2007-08-26 Thread Barry
Here in the US of A, even though they keep redesigning the currency, the 
older ones are still accepted.

Barry W2UP

Charles Harpole wrote:
World travelers who are lucky enuf to have a pocket full of USA one 
hundred dollar bills... even the latest version... beware.


If u are leaving on a DXpedition and expect to pay your way with $100 
bills... thus getting the best exchange rate compared to $20, etc.  
 spend all those very green backs soon because Uncle Sam is ready 
to issue an even newer $100 note in a few months.


Many foreign banks will now only reluctantly accept the existing $100, 
even if crisply new, and these will be refused as soon as the even 
newer bills get into action, I guess!


Don't I wish I had this problem!  73

Charles Harpole
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Re: [DX-CHAT] Postal thieves

2007-08-26 Thread Peter Dougherty

At 11:32 AM 8/26/2007, Art RX9TX wrote:

 Hello Charles,

CH Instead,  try Registered Mail or, if desperate, use FedEx, UPS, or
CH DHL.

Instead, how about uploading VU4AN/VU3CHE and HS0ZCW logs to LoTW?

Last upload for HS0ZCW: 2004-04-16 07:01:06Z
Last upload for VU4AN/VU3CHE: No log data found


Or even a stateside manager or maybe a mail-drop if you prefer to 
answer the cards yourself. 




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Re: [DX-CHAT] Postal thieves

2007-08-26 Thread john

At 12:25 PM 8/26/2007, Peter Dougherty wrote:

At 11:32 AM 8/26/2007, Art RX9TX wrote:

 Hello Charles,

CH Instead,  try Registered Mail or, if desperate, use FedEx, UPS, or
CH DHL.

Instead, how about uploading VU4AN/VU3CHE and HS0ZCW logs to LoTW?

Last upload for HS0ZCW: 2004-04-16 07:01:06Z
Last upload for VU4AN/VU3CHE: No log data found


Or even a stateside manager or maybe a mail-drop if you prefer to answer 
the cards yourself.



The stateside manager idea is a winner.

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Re: [DX-CHAT] Traveling with $100

2007-08-26 Thread David Kozinn, K2DBK
I think soon is a relative term. According to the US Treasure press
release (
http://www.moneyfactory.gov/newmoney/main.cfm/media/releases5_082107) while
there is a new $5 to be released on 20 September of this year (to go into
circulation in 2008),  The $100 bill will be the next denomination to be
redesigned after the $5 bill is issued in early 2008.   Sounds like it's
going to be a while until the new $100s are in circulation.

On 8/26/07, Charles Harpole [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

 World travelers who are lucky enuf to have a pocket full of USA one
 hundred
 dollar bills... even the latest version... beware.

 If u are leaving on a DXpedition and expect to pay your way with $100
 bills... thus getting the best exchange rate compared to $20, etc.  
 spend all those very green backs soon because Uncle Sam is ready to issue
 an
 even newer $100 note in a few months.

 Many foreign banks will now only reluctantly accept the existing $100,
 even
 if crisply new, and these will be refused as soon as the even newer bills
 get into action, I guess!

 Don't I wish I had this problem!  73

 Charles Harpole
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Re: [DX-CHAT] Postal thieves

2007-08-26 Thread Dave G4GED




At 11:32 AM 8/26/2007, Art RX9TX wrote:

 Hello Charles,

CH Instead,  try Registered Mail or, if desperate, use FedEx, UPS, or
CH DHL.

Instead, how about uploading VU4AN/VU3CHE and HS0ZCW logs to LoTW?

Last upload for HS0ZCW: 2004-04-16 07:01:06Z
Last upload for VU4AN/VU3CHE: No log data found


Or even a stateside manager or maybe a mail-drop if you prefer to answer 
the cards yourself.

Or follow 5H3EE's very successfully and sensible lead using PayPal...
Because I know your XYL likes to deal with the QSLs... Request on qrz.com 
that the QSL  SAE is sent direct without cash and the postal money paid 
into your PAYPAL account.
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Re: [DX-CHAT] Traveling with $100

2007-08-26 Thread Laurent Ferracci

Barry a écrit :
Here in the US of A, even though they keep redesigning the currency, the 
older ones are still accepted.


It remembers me that, on two occasions not that old (in the 90's), i 
received some 1$ in silver payable to the bearer on demand banknotes !


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Re: [DX-CHAT] Traveling with $100

2007-08-26 Thread Barry



Laurent Ferracci wrote:

Barry a écrit :
Here in the US of A, even though they keep redesigning the currency, 
the older ones are still accepted.


It remembers me that, on two occasions not that old (in the 90's), i 
received some 1$ in silver payable to the bearer on demand banknotes !



Laurent,
Those are called Silver Certificates.  They have not been produced in 
the US since the 1960s and can no longer be redeemed for silver.  
However, they are worth more to collectors, especially if they are in 
good condition.

73,
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Re: [DX-CHAT] Postal thieves

2007-08-26 Thread Garth
Excellent solution!! Saves everyone a lot of headaches. What'ca say 
Charles??


Garth, KW4MM




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Sent: Sunday, August 26, 2007 10:32 AM
Subject: Re: [DX-CHAT] Postal thieves



Hello Charles,

CH Instead,  try Registered Mail or, if desperate, use FedEx, UPS, or
CH DHL.

Instead, how about uploading VU4AN/VU3CHE and HS0ZCW logs to LoTW?

Last upload for HS0ZCW: 2004-04-16 07:01:06Z 
Last upload for VU4AN/VU3CHE: No log data found


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Re: [DX-CHAT] Postal thieves

2007-08-26 Thread dave
That option has been offered to Charles a number of times. I had offered 
to perform that task for him prior to his permanent move to Thailand 
several years ago.


Dave, W5WP

Garth wrote:

Excellent solution!! Saves everyone a lot of headaches. What'ca say 
Charles??


Garth, KW4MM




- Original Message - From: Art RX9TX [EMAIL PROTECTED]
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Sent: Sunday, August 26, 2007 10:32 AM
Subject: Re: [DX-CHAT] Postal thieves



Hello Charles,

CH Instead,  try Registered Mail or, if desperate, use FedEx, UPS, or
CH DHL.

Instead, how about uploading VU4AN/VU3CHE and HS0ZCW logs to LoTW?

Last upload for HS0ZCW: 2004-04-16 07:01:06Z Last upload for 
VU4AN/VU3CHE: No log data found


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Re: [DX-CHAT] Postal thieves

2007-08-26 Thread Barry
It amazes me how many DX stations develop bad QSLing/greenstamp ripoff 
reputations for alleged postal theft, yet refuse to adopt a relatively 
simple and sensible solution.  I also have yet to hear one of these DX 
stations give an explanation as to why they won't do it.  Charles, care 
to be the first?


73,
Barry W2UP

dave wrote:
That option has been offered to Charles a number of times. I had 
offered to perform that task for him prior to his permanent move to 
Thailand several years ago.


Dave, W5WP

Garth wrote:
Excellent solution!! Saves everyone a lot of headaches. What'ca say 
Charles??


Garth, KW4MM




- Original Message - From: Art RX9TX [EMAIL PROTECTED]
To: dx-chat@njdxa.org
Sent: Sunday, August 26, 2007 10:32 AM
Subject: Re: [DX-CHAT] Postal thieves



Hello Charles,

CH Instead,  try Registered Mail or, if desperate, use FedEx, UPS, or
CH DHL.

Instead, how about uploading VU4AN/VU3CHE and HS0ZCW logs to LoTW?

Last upload for HS0ZCW: 2004-04-16 07:01:06Z Last upload for 
VU4AN/VU3CHE: No log data found


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[DX-CHAT] cures for postal issues

2007-08-26 Thread Charles Harpole

You asked, so...
Why I like to receive and send QSLs myself here in sunny Thailand:

1.  I enjoy receiving, opening, examining and reading my own mail (like the 
guy who wants to be the first to read his morning newspaper).


2.  I can involve my wife in my expensive and time-away-from-her hobby by 
her answering my QSLs.  She also enjoys opening mail and looking at all the 
interesting cards.  She is polishing her English by reading them and by 
writing the return cards.  She likes doing it.


3.  I enjoy the personal touch QSLs give me.

A hobby is about enjoyment.

BTW, the folks here have cleaned up their act and now the postal boss here 
personally receives and initials and holds my mail in his desk for my pickup 
at p. o. box.  And he will not take a tip for the extra service.


Another BTW... honorable DX stations DO NOT MAKE MONEY on QSLs... a myth 
abounding amoung the uninformed.


Thanks for all the thoughtful commens re my earlier message.  73,

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[DX-CHAT] LBOTW

2007-08-26 Thread Charles Harpole

And u asked...

LogBook Of The World why I do not use this great service:

1.  I log onto old fashioned paper.

2.  I choose to do other much more interesting things than data entry.

3.  I find LBOTW very difficult to use.  And I have tried, and had help, 
still failed to get it.


4.  Upload times are long and expensive.

5.  I am just set in my ways, a product of a maturing factor.

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Re: [DX-CHAT] Postal thieves

2007-08-26 Thread Charles Harpole

U asked...

I have a USA mail drop... my son receives my mail that comes to his and my 
USA address, 4301 Jenkins Dr, Plano, and he periodically sends my mail to 
me Last month he spent $148 usd to send me a slim FedEx box and reports 
US post is also expensive and slower and depends on the local post office at 
the end of the line.. and the other UPS-like services say they dump 
their foreign mail into the foreign post offices many times.


I am going to investigate the PayPal option, but it really smacks of 
commerce.  Thanks for mentioning it.   73


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Re: [DX-CHAT] LBOTW

2007-08-26 Thread W2AGN

Charles Harpole [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
(08/26/2007 21:35)

And u asked...

LogBook Of The World why I do not use this great service:

1.  I log onto old fashioned paper.

2.  I choose to do other much more interesting things than data entry.

3.  I find LBOTW very difficult to use.  And I have tried, and had help, 
still failed to get it.

4.  Upload times are long and expensive.

5.  I am just set in my ways, a product of a maturing factor.

73

Charles Harpole, HS0ZCW
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And more important, it is  controlled by the ARRL., who are NOT  
friends of Amateur radio.
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