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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!

The Voice of Iran 1975.jpg
The Voice of Iran 1975
The Voice of Turkey 1975.jpg
The Voice of Turkey 1975
The Voice of Vietnam 1978.jpg
The Voice of Vietnam 1978
Trans World Radio (Bonaire) 1978.jpg
Trans World Radio (Bonaire) 1978
UAE Radio 1984.jpg
UAE Radio 1984
UAE Radio 1985.jpg
UAE Radio 1985
WABC 1977.jpg
WABC 1977
West Sound (UK) 1984.jpg
West Sound (UK) 1984
WINB 1978.jpg
WINB 1978
WINS 1977.jpg
WINS 1977
WOR 1976.jpg
WOR 1976
WRNO 1985.jpg
WRNO 1985
WWV 1979.jpg
WWV 1979
WWVH (Hawaii) 1978.jpg
WWVH (Hawaii) 1978
WYFR 1975.jpg
WYFR 1975

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