How Did QSL Cards Become a Thing?

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by K0LWC, Feb 6, 2019.

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  1. WN1MB

    WN1MB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Kudos. Well played.
  2. W8AAZ

    W8AAZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I either get a paper QSL or don't bother. I fiddled with the inkjet homemade but finally just had a stack printed and put away the scissors. I even just bought another package of the clear plastic wall hangars to display cards. My fav is the US South Pole station I worked with a vertical ant. on 20M SSB. Go to ebay and look at the vintage cards. Lot of neat style back in the 30s thru 50s. 20s were usually plain. Even bought several that were personally interesting. Beware that if you search QSL on ebay, it will also display alot of the ugly CB cards. You have to do that as sellers don't specify ham QSL card, usually.
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  3. W6SAE

    W6SAE XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Very nicely done! I really like receiving paper cards and am usually the first to send one out after a QSO. I don't collect them for awards so much, more just for the fun of collecting them. As a result, I usually just send one out for the first contact with a new station. 73, Steve.

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  4. N5VAF

    N5VAF XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Wow, thanks for posting those QSL cards. Those are really cool!
  5. F4GVO

    F4GVO Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thank you for this very interesting video about paper QSL card. I love QSL cards even if nowadays there is no reason to not use also the electronic way (I personally use LOTW).
    I am 'new' as an hamradio (got my license in 2012) even if I am in the radio hobby since the '90th. So for I have printed 3 different QSL card. The first one is from a photo I took and represent a standing stone (menhir) which is located a few kilometers from my QTH, a rare one from the region I live. I sent about 1000 of this card all over the world. The second is also a picture of mine, but I wanted something more personal. It is a picture of our cherry tree with a "spiritual sentence". I think I already sent about 500 of them. Last years I thought about a more personal QSL cart and ask a friend of mine who is professional drawer to draw a picture of me doing radio with some personal element to represent me better. I have just made printed 1000 QSL a few week ago. I really love this card ! It is very me ! A the time I wrote, only 2 people have it: my artist friend and a french SWL who sent me several reports during past years and sent me a new one but have already both old ones.
    At last, I has been honored in 2018 from an family of an old hamradio who is sk since several year to get all his radio stuff. In all the boxes there are 3 of them full of his QSL card, some one them old one (from the ~60th to the ~80th), a lot are "deleted European dxcc" like ex USSR countries, West Germany. I am starting to tidy them, really like the "simple" design and already thinking about a new QSL card for my self !

    Well, that's it, my two cents about QSL cards !

    73 de Thierry, F4GVO (any english mistakes you'll may find in the above text are my exclusive property ;-) !!! )
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  6. K1SPD

    K1SPD XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Enjoyed the video.
    I just have the cheap, plain, basic info card.
  7. N1ADM

    N1ADM XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Great and interesting video! I too still love receiving QSL cards, and especially DX cards. For my own card, I wanted something personal so I had it designed by K1NSS. I have two designs from him ... one for CW and one for digital.

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  8. WA8IHW

    WA8IHW Ham Member QRZ Page

    mine is custom I designed and if features Evel Knievel evel qsl.jpg
    AC2VX, LU9FMS, KF4ZKU and 2 others like this.
  9. WT5NA

    WT5NA XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    N1ADM, WA8IHW, awesome cards! I would love to have yours, hope to work you sometime.
    I enjoy sending and receiving QSL cards very much. Even if I got plain, basic one in my mail box it is an excitement.
  10. WA3QLW

    WA3QLW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Interesting in that QRZ shows him as a Technician and I see 14.252 on the 706 so how does he justify being on 20M ??? If QRZ is wrong then lets update.

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