QSL History
Oct 26, 2008Public
Photo: Almost everybody had a novice QSL from "Little Print Shop" back in the late 60s. They sent you samples immediately upon your license being issued. Some people even report to have received their samples before their license arrived in the mail from the FCC. Notice the two little holes on the left and right edge. They are from tacks I used to pin this up on the wall when I was a novice. This card is from early 1969.  I guess I was into the nuclear look (and I was able to pronounce the word correctly even at age 14. ;-)
Photo: SAMCARDS was another big QSL printer around 1970. This one is actually phosphorescent red/orange. It didn't come out well on my scanner. The inside of the letters and the atom are gold colored. I guess I just liked cartoon atoms (only the electrons, really). This is from late 1969.  Notice that I had already achieved my first operating "award".
Photo: Back to Little Print Shop - evidently I was in my dark period. Letters are silver. This card is from 1970.
Photo: W7IIZ Print offered complete customization. I could cut up their samples and paste them together and he'd do a great job.  This card is from 1970. That star on the map just about covers the entire state of Maryland.
Photo: I liked W7IIZ's cards so much I reordered when I moved to NJ - and splurged on a second color.  This card is from 1971.
Photo: I went cheap with this one. The printer is not marked on the card and I don't recall who it was.  This is from roughly 1973.
Photo: One of the 6 different designs we had at the Rutgers club station, where I was president from 1974 through 1977. I believe someone in the club custom printed them before I got there. We also had business cards that advertised our "Free Radiogram" service.
Photo: Special callsign for the World Telecommunications Day event. Lots of hams got these special callsigns for the asking - all ending in "ITU". I think a contest involving them also ran that year.
Photo: The club at U of M was in the Michigan Union, with a 2-element quad on the roof of the stairway tower and a TS-830S and SB-220 in the shack. The QSL, however, reports that they had a Collins S3 line and a 100' tower on the East Engineering building (highlighted in the photo). I wonder when they moved and changed gear. This is from 1977-78 but printed earlier.
Photo: I don't recall where I ordered these from - my first ones with the new callsign. I got these 1979 after starting my first real job, and with cash available, I went for ARRL life membership.
Photo: The Cornell club is still located where it was in the early 80's - in the room at the top of one of the two stair towers at Barton Hall (a large open-space athletic event arena), with an antenna tower on the other stair tower - across a broad roof. This card is from 1981 or 82.
Photo: I went cheap again, and don't recall where I ordered these from.  This card is from 1989.
Photo: My current QSL. I ordered 1000 of them in 2000 from Octavia in Russia - a company people either love or hate (due to their unusually long delivery time). Today I have about 200 left. This photo is one of my favorites - a picture of my home QTH taken from a nearby neighborhood.
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