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"I never quite understand why we watch the news. There doesn't really seem much point watching somebody tell you what the news is when you could quite easily listen to it on the radio."
John Hurt

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 Prague 1975.jpg
Radio Prague 1975
Radio Pyongyang 1978.jpg
Radio Pyongyang 1978
Radio RSA 1975.jpg
Radio RSA 1975
Radio RSA 1979.jpg
Radio RSA 1979
Radio Senegal 1985.jpg
Radio Senegal 1985
Radio Sofia 1976.jpg
Radio Sofia 1976
Radio Station Peace and Progress (Moscow) 1978.jpg
Radio Station Peace and Progress
(Moscow) 1978
Radio Sweden (2)1975.jpg
Radio Sweden (2)1975
Radio Sweden 1975.jpg
Radio Sweden 1975
Radio Tashkent 1985.jpg
Radio Tashkent 1985
Radio Tees (UK) 1978.jpg
Radio Tees (UK) 1978
Radio Tirana 1979.jpg
Radio Tirana 1979
Radio Trent (UK) 1978.jpg
Radio Trent (UK) 1978
Radio Uganda 1979.jpg
Radio Uganda 1979
Radio Vilnius 1975.jpg
Radio Vilnius 1975
Radio Voice of the Gospel (Ethiopia)1976.jpg
Radio Voice of the Gospel (Ethiopia)1976
Radio Wyvern (UK) 1985.jpg
Radio Wyvern (UK) 1985
Radiodifusion Argentina Al Exterior 1985.jpg
Radiodifusion Argentina Al Exterior 1985
RAI External Services (Italy) 1978.jpg
RAI External Services (Italy) 1978
Red Cross Broadcasting Service 1979.jpg
Red Cross Broadcasting Service 1979
RTB-BRT 1975.jpg
RTB-BRT 1975
RTE Radio 1 1984.jpg
RTE Radio 1 1984
RTV Espana 1975.jpg
RTV Espana 1975
Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corp 1979.jpg
Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corp 1979
Swiss Radio International 1975.jpg
Swiss Radio International 1975
The Voice of America 1986.jpg
The Voice of America 1986
The Voice of Chile 1979.jpg
The Voice of Chile 1979
The Voice of Free China (Taiwan) 1978.jpg
The Voice of Free China (Taiwan) 1978

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