[amsat-bb] Re: IRC's to be discontinued

Ted k7trkradio at charter.net
Thu Nov 8 15:18:29 PST 2012

On the plus side though:" Beginning early next year, the Postal Service will
introduce a First-Class Mail Global Forever Stamp.  The new stamp will allow
customers to mail letters anywhere in the world for one set price of $1.10,
and is among new mailing and shipping services filed with the Postal
Regulatory Commission today."   

Thus, it will be a lot cheaper to send our cards. For example, I am sending
a card to Cuba this week - cost: $1.85. So the new flat rate will save a

GL, Ted, K7TRK

-----Original Message-----
From: amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org] On
Behalf Of John Papay
Sent: Thursday, November 08, 2012 11:46 AM
To: amsat-bb at amsat.org
Subject: [amsat-bb] IRC's to be discontinued

The ARRL Letter dated November 8th has an item about the USPS proposing to
discontinue the sale of IRC's here in the United States.  If you are sending
for a QSL card to many countries, the alternative compensation, American
dollar bills, are likely to be stolen by a postal worker.  Your card never
makes it and you don't get one back.  IRC's can only be exchanged for stamps
so the likelihood of them being stolen is lessened.

IRC's are available at usps.com so there is no need to have them stocked or
ordered at a local post office.  It costs literally nothing to have them in
the online store.  If the sale of IRC's is discontinued here in the US, you
will have to buy them from another country.  IRC's must be exchanged for
postage by Universal Postal Union member countries but there is no
requirement that they be sold in member countries.

There is a link in the ARRL Letter that goes to a site where you can file
comments regarding the proposal.  The URL is

I did that and made the case for retaining them in the usps.com store only.
Please consider doing the same so we don't have to buy them overseas.

John K8YSE  

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