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Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by K5SPP, Sep 8, 2019.

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  1. K5SPP

    K5SPP Ham Member QRZ Page

    Just got a packet of QSL cards in the mail from the 'W5' bureau guys (thank you, as always!), and in it was an SWL card from a listener in Germany. Very cool! Now granted, it was a QSO from 2015 I had with a ham in the US, but still, very cool.

    Any of y'all still get SWL cards? I think they are neat. Yea, this one is 4 years and change old, but I will reply.

    73, K5SPP
    Mark
     
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  2. KA0GKT

    KA0GKT Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have on occasion received an SWL cardto my amateur station, but I get Medium Wave DXer cards at work all the time. I reply to them too.
     
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  3. W4ZD

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    In 50+ years of hamming, received an SWL card maybe once or twice. OTOH, I get PITA cards from the gov't all the time. :p
     
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  4. WE4B

    WE4B Ham Member QRZ Page

    I actually get them quite frequently from folks who listen to satellite passes but aren't set-up to transmit via satellite. I always send them a card acknowledging their reception of my transmission. SWL is what got me interested in the amateur radio back when I was 12-13 years-old and when my Dad brought home a shortwave receiver he borrowed from a coworker. Thanks Dad... you've helped pass on the radio but to my generation and to the generation of your grandchildren... and that's a good thing!
     
  5. KP4SX

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    I don't get them as frequently as in the past but there's one every now and then. Same on eQSL.
     
  6. KS2G

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    Like KP4SX, I receive one every now-and-then in packets from the buro.
    Like most buro cards, they're usually at least a few years old.
    But --as someone who started out as an SWL in the 1960's-- I always respond.
    Also because in some countries one needs to document a certain achievement level as an SWL to qualify for a ham license.
    ;)
     
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  7. K3XR

    K3XR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Receive them from time to time. Receive SWL cards for the 10 meter K3XR/B beacon. More so when the band is open.
     
  8. K1VSK

    K1VSK Ham Member QRZ Page

    I received one in the last 10 years or so. As I operate CW almost exclusively, it’s rare to get one unless you are a phone op. I was impressed to see an SWL who could copy Morse code until I realized he was using a reader.
     
  9. W4NNF

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    I still do occasionally, including on eQSL. :)
     
  10. KK5JY

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    One or two. The ones I got were for digimodes, interestingly enough.

    I don't understand people SWLing digimodes on the ham bands -- I would expect someone interested enough to set up the receiver and software to just go ahead and get their license? Maybe licensing isn't as easy in other parts as it is in the US...

    I haven't seen any SWL cards for FT8 yet -- I suspect anybody attempting that would go broke very quickly. :p
     

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