--------------------------------the QSL Collection


In the mid-1980s, I spent a lot of time listening to shortwave stations on my dad's Yaesu FRG-7 (it's a high-powered radio). I'd send in reception reports, which would be verified by "QSL" cards. Most of them are very colorful and elaborate, since they are in essence advertisements for the station. These are a few of the QSLs I received from 1984-1987.

I wonder: do shortwave stations even send out QSL cards anymore?

A QSL from United Nations Radio, not long before their shortwave service was discontinued.

From WRNO Worldwide in New Orleans - back then, they played rock 'n' roll.
Now it's owned by a religious broadcaster in Texas (oh, joy - Bible-thumping 24 hours a day!).

The brochure WRNO sent along with their QSL had some good pictures of their setup:

(That automation system looked a lot like what KPQ-FM had when I came aboard in 1986!)

Radio Canada International always had nice QSLs -
the one above was in honor of the 450th anniversary of the discovery of Canada by Jacques Cartier.

The 40th anniversary QSL card in 1985.

This QSL card was sent out in 1987 to promote the upcoming Calgary Olympics.

RCI also had a novel way of handling QSL's - they'd send out a blank QSL with their shortwave schedule, which would be filled out by the listener and sent back. RCI would then verify the report and send back the card, stamped with a "verified" mark.
It cut down on paperwork, I guess . . .

I sent a reception report to Radio Havana. This QSL shows Playa de Varadero in Matanzas.

Radio Havana must have been happy to hear from me - they sent me a QSL card, and put me on their Christmas card list for several years.
Funny thing though - EVERY letter I got from Cuba had already been opened. Hmmm . . .

Radio Nederland's QSL showed antenna riggers at work on their Flevo transmitting complex.

Radio Deutsche Welle's QSL card showed off their broadcasting center.
The building on the right reminds me of "Black Rock" - the CBS headquarters in New York.

Aboriginal actor David Gulpill is featured on the front of Radio Australia's QSL card.
They sent it, along with a wall calendar, and a really cool program schedule.

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