QSLs & Downloads

Aries EeZee QSL 'Cards'

QSL Information & Download Advice

During on-air activities we are only rarely asked for a QSL card; so in June 2015 we introduced our digital, self-service, "EeZee" QSL 'Cards' (and occasionally Awards and Certificates) which all contacts may download and print. None of these have details of individual QSOs: that avoids us having to compare logs and fiddle with information that is time-consuming and a bit redundant nowadays. The recipient's callsign can usually be added to the QSL Card as an overprint if that is desired. QSO information can be written on the back of printouts just like in the olden days.

Downloading and Printing EeZee QSL Cards

From an on-screen image

    • Right click on the image and select an appropriate option, such as 'Save Link As'. You will then (normally) be asked for a location; you can also rename the file if you wish. Your computer software may have other ways to 'capture' images.

Printing an EeZee QSL Card

Aries EeZee QSL Cards are normally of a size (in megapixels) that permits them to be printed at a good quality (300dpi) up to A5 size. Beyond that, image quality will usually only be satisfactory if viewed from farther away than normal reading distance,.

Printers and computer print/graphic applications usually have automatic features which usually make the task of printing easy (but not always). If you do have difficulties getting a print at the right size you may need to investigate how your preferred software configures print-outs. Because of the immense variety of possile applications (and many operating systems) it isn't possible for us to give individual advice on how to set up printers, software, or help with other IT issues.

As mentioned, EeZee QSL cards, awards, certificates and similar downloads are not personalised - it's easy to add your own information on the back of printed images. So, we only provide the front face of the EeZee cards. QSL information, such as date, time and all the other 'guff' that is found on paper cards can be added freehand on the back, or using a label produced by a logging program. At some point we'll (try to) add a downloadable blank QSL/QSO template to make the DIY approach easier.

Suggested resolutions

    • 'Regular' EeZee QSL cards are offered at an image size of 1500 x 1000 pixels (but there may be minor variations). They are intended to be printed at 200 to 300 dpi, yeilding a printed image from postcard size (as in 6x4 inch paper QSL cards) to A5 (supersize QSL cards) with good sharpness. If printed at 150dpi these images should provide a usable print at A4 suitable for viewing at c1m distance..

    • Special EeZee QSL cards are sometimes available at 1800 x 1200px or slightly larger depending on the particular design. Printing at 300 dpi should yield a sharp image at A5 size. Printing at a lower resolution, say 150dpi will yield an image up to A4 in size, however, the sharpness may be slightly compromised unless viewed at arm's length.

    • Occasionally, 'Extra Special EeZee Certificates' (again single-sided and not personalised) may be available in sizes that will permit them to be printed at magazine quality A4 size. For example, major events may have images at 3600x2400px which will print at very high quality at A4 or even A3. The aim of these supersized designs is to carry complex or novel designs that don't work well on a small card.

    • In general, using a lower dpi (dots per inch) when printing will result in a proportionately larger print size, viewable from a greater distance, but compared to a smaller printout the quality may suffer - it's a fact of life.

    • A higher DPI (greater than 300) may give a smaller 'sharper' print, but this depends on your printer.

For best results use good quality glossy or semi-glossy paper, preferably 80gsm or heavier.

Please note that the relationship between file size on disk, image size in megabytes whilst editing, pixel size and print size/resolution is all quite complicated. The ke issue is that pixels are essentially dimensionless - you can choose to print them at any size you wish and the final printout will vary in size accordingly ... in reality it's abit more complicated than that!