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Q: What is a QSL card?

A: Well, a QSL card is an official verification (confirmation) from a radio station that you have heard it. The term "QSL" is one of many "Q Codes" which were introduced in the early 1900's by the British government - these Q Codes were simply abbreviations, QSL meaning "I acknowledge receipt".

To get a QSL card you would normally send the station a "Reception Report", which is a report containing details of what you heard, for example, the date and time of the broadcast, the frequency you heard the station on, a summary of the content and a rating of their signal, i.e. signal strength, interference, noise, propagation disturbance (fading) and an overall rating.

In return for this information (which is useful to the station engineers) the station would issue a QSL card. MANY stations issued QSLs and a lot still do so, but most operate on shortwave.

Below are some of the QSL cards which I've received over my years of listening to radio from all over the world. I hope you enjoy them and perhaps they might stir some old memories in some of you!

Radio Algiers 1975.jpg
Radio Algiers 1975
Radio Australia 1975.jpg
Radio Australia 1975
Radio Australia 1978.jpg
Radio Australia 1978
Radio Berlin International 1979.jpg
Radio Berlin International 1979
Radio Bucharest 1975.jpg
Radio Bucharest 1975
Radio Budapest 1979.jpg
Radio Budapest 1979
Radio Canada International 1976.jpg
Radio Canada International 1976
Radio Canada International 1978.jpg
Radio Canada International 1978
Radio Caroline 1978.jpg
Radio Caroline 1978
Radio Finland 1975.jpg
Radio Finland 1975
Radio France International 1975.jpg
Radio France International 1975
Radio Free Europe.jpg
Radio Free Europe
Radio Grenada 1976.jpg
Radio Grenada 1976
Radio Hallam (UK) 1978.jpg
Radio Hallam (UK) 1978
Radio Havana 1976.jpg
Radio Havana 1976
Radio Jamahiriya 1984.jpg
Radio Jamahiriya 1984
Radio Japan 1979.jpg
Radio Japan 1979
Radio Jordan 1975.jpg
Radio Jordan 1975
Radio Kiev 1975.jpg
Radio Kiev 1975
Radio Korea 1979.jpg
Radio Korea 1979
Radio Kuwait 1975.jpg
Radio Kuwait 1975
Radio Moscow 1975.jpg
Radio Moscow 1975
Radio Nacional de Brasilia 1975.jpg
Radio Nacional de Brasilia 1975
Radio Nederland 1975.jpg
Radio Nederland 1975
Radio Norway 1979.jpg
Radio Norway 1979
Radio Orwell (UK) 1985.jpg
Radio Orwell (UK) 1985
Radio Pakistan.jpg
Radio Pakistan
Radio Peking 1975.jpg
Radio Peking 1975

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