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QSL Cards

Retro Runnin’ Bare QSL Cards

1970s, Art • 1043 Views • 1 Comment

The arcane world of amateur radio remains somewhat of a mystery to us here at VoEA HQ but hey, each to their own, live and let live etc. We’ve uncovered a batch of pretty groovy QSL cards produced by radio hams and it seemed rude not to share them with you and shed a bit of light on the mystery that is men in sheds talking to each other across the airwaves.

QSL cards are exchanged between amateur radio operators (we think we can call them radio hams but we’re not 100% certain) to acknowledge they have made contact. It seems QSL followed by a question mark is code for ‘do you confirm receipt of my transmission’ while QSL in reply means ‘yes I confirm receipt of your transmission’.

QSL cards were first created early in the 20th century and contain basic information about the sender, their call sign, radio frequency as well as time and date of the communication. The cards are the same size as postcards and are designed to reflect the individual, their hobbies and interests (other than talking to complete strangers in sheds over short-wave radio) and where they are from. So now we’ve whetted your appetite feel free to check out our retro QSL selection below and maybe we can do our part to keep obscure hobbies alive and kicking. Roger dodge, over and out good buddy.

Sparkles - Seattle, Washington

Red Baron & Baroness - Snohomish, Washington

Woodchopper - Whitehorse, Yukon Territory

Wolfman - Cambridge, Ontario

Wafer Lady - Innerkip, Ontario

Wee Willie

Tiddely Winks & Angel - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Snaggletooth & June Bug - Ferndale, Washington

Blue Jeans - Gaston, Oregon

Chilliwack Comet - Chilliwack, British Columbia

B.C. Astronaut

Broken Bow & Broken Arrow - Vancouver, Washington

June Bug & Little Star - McMinnville, Oregon

Nosepicker From Pimpville

Red Squirrel - North Highlands, California

QSL Card Set

  • Al

    These are indeed QSL cards but, from CB’rs, not amateur (ham) radio ops. It is not pedantic to point this out from the point of view of a ham. Anyway, thanks for posting, they’re quite interesting. 73!

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