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A maildrop is used by the operator of a pirate radio station to receive mail from listeners. Mail sent to the maildrop is re-sent by the drop operator to the pirate who then either sends his replies back to the drop operator to get sent to the listener, or sends it out directly. Maildrops are used to make it more difficult to locate and identify the operator of a pirate radio station.

When requesting a QSL card through a mail drop, it is customary, and sometimes required, that some form of remuneration be included with the request, to help defray the cost of postage. This is typically either three first class stamps, or a couple of dollars.

Active Maildrops

Inactive Maildrops

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