The cards were in generally sorted order when Bill presented them to Ennie so the scans are roughly in the same order. This first batch also has some of the odd cards that I had to scan on the flatbed. Some have taped parts on them, others are too think. Or too woody. A couple of them are actually made of balsa wood!
Here’s one of my favorites of this lot:
This was shortly after the revolution and barely a half year after the Bay of Pigs invasion. The interesting part is the remarks. A phone patch is basically connecting the radio to your telephone. It’s a primitive way of making a long distance call. But radio waves — 10m single side band (SSB) in this case — knows no boundaries other than the ionosphere.
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My other favorite is this one from Cuba:
This one predates the real rise of communism in Cuba. It was more turmoil there with the government of Cuba being thrown out a few months after the card was sent. It’s a snapshot of a point in time. It doesn’t make a judgement of either good or bad. It just is.
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So the list of the calls today:
CE1AGI Chili 11/12/1961 10 SSB CE2OX Chili 3/3/1970 15 SSB CE3TV Chili 3/5/1962 10 CE3XG Chili 5/31/1962 10 CE4FG Chili 10/30/1959 10 CE5DF Chili 8/19/1980 15 AM, CW CM2JM Cuba 4/28/1933 CN2AX Morroco 11/6/1959 10 CW CN8FJ W8WWT Morroco 3/2/1959 10 Fone CN8FO Morroco 9/16/1959 10 CW CN8JD Morroco 2/13/1960 10 CW DK5FJ Germany 2/26/1972 15 SSB HC1CW Ecuador 5/21/1958 10 SSB I1ARG Italy 11/12/1959 10 CW VE1AI Canada 5/11/1967 20 SSB W8LVW USA