Today’s batch is the Germany edition. It might be next week too. :-)
The cool thing about looking at old QSL cards is the history of what was going on at the time that the QSO happened. Take for instance:
The Summer Olympics of 1972. This is the same one that had the Munich Massacre that murdered members of the Israeli team. But it’s also the one that saw Mark Spitz win seven gold medals in swimming. A record that stood up until the most recent set of games.
The oldest of the bunch is all the way back from 1958:
I just love the hand-drawn look of it.
Not a month before NASA launched it’s first space probe: Pioneer 1.
The cool one from the tech perspective is this one:
The little “/m” at the end of W8DFL signifies that Vic was mobile! It’s easy to do that now, but back in 1971 it was a whole other ball of wax. Now you have solid state amplifiers and it’s a piece of cake to get a mobile 20m station up and running. Before that you needed tubes. And tubes required lots of high voltage to run them.
Unless he jumped on something like the just-released Yaesu FT-101 which only had tubes for it’s final power amp.
I still wonder how he keyed Morse code (CW – Continuous Wave) in the car. And you think texting while driving is bad!
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The raw data:
DK0IBF Germany 9/24/1972 20 AM DA2DG Germany 3/6/1971 10 SSB DM3OML Germany 3/31/1971 20 SSB DL9XX Germany 7/19/1970 15 SSB DK5AD/P Germany 11/1/1973 15 SSB DL4OP W9JOP/4 Germany 7/18/1970 20 SSB DJ7BX Germany 7/1/1972 15 SSB DL8ME Germany 12/23/1971 10 SSB DL9RE Germany 2/16/1970 10 SSB DL8TG Germany 7/9/1967 20 SSB DL2EA Germany 5/12/1972 15 SSB DL7NX Germany 1/28/1970 10 SSB DL6NV Germany 11/1/1958 10 CW DL0JH Germany 3/30/1972 15 SSB DJ4AX Germany 8/26/1972 15 CW DJ7XI Germany 7/6/1972 15 CW DK7ER Germany 8/22/1975 20 ? DJ6FV Germany 9/19/1971 20 CW, AM W8DFL was mobile! DL7HR Germany 10/20/1959 10 AM DJ0JE Germany 10/6/1972 20 SSB