How to Make QSL Cards With Google Docs

By Tricia Goss

Ham radio users often collect QSL cards from one another.
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Radio amateurs use QSL cards -- a cross between a postcard and a business card -- to share their call signs and other contact information with one another. You can create your own custom QSL cards in Google Docs using a business card template and adding your own images and text. Just edit one card, and then copy and paste it into the remaining blank spaces in the template.

Log in to Google Docs. Click the "Create" button and then click "From Template" to open the Google Docs template page.

Type "business card" into the search box. Select a business card template with a layout that you can edit, such as "Rounded Boxes Business Cards" or "Circles Business Cards." Check the description to see if the template you want to use can be edited. Click the "Use This Template" button under the selected template to proceed.

Add an image to your QSL card if desired. Click on the template, then click "Edit" to open the Drawing window. Select the image you want to replace and press "Delete." Click the "Image" button to add a photo, or click the "Shape" button to use a geometric shape.

Add your information to the card. Choose an existing text box and replace the text with your own, or click the "Text Box" button to add a new text box. Add information such as your call sign, contact information, the call sign of the station you contacted, the UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) date of contact, frequency, RST and a QSL request or thank-you note.

Click "Save and Close" to save your changes and close the Drawing window. Click on the completed QSL card and press "Ctrl-C," or select the "Edit" menu and click "Copy." Right-click each original card in the template and choose "Paste" to replace it with your custom QSL card.

Click on the "File" menu and choose "Rename" to name your sheet of QSL cards. Click "File" menu and choose "Print" to print them.