We have a few different countries in today’s update. Mostly Europe — and a bit of Africa that used to belong to Europe.

I’ll start off with the girl drinking a good Czech beer. Most likely a Pilsner from Boheme — the birthplace of Pilsner beer. 1971 Pilsner beer in this case. In a classic tall Pilsner glass. I’ll raise a glass to that!

Next up: an old one from OH5PW in Finland:

Just look at the side of that radio! My radio which is 100 W (unlike the 150 that’s in the picture) is the size of a couple of phone books. Thor’s radio is the size of him! There’s an improvement if nothing else! :-)

The last two of the lot are from the Belgian Congo:


Like any kid I like the zoo. :-) Who can say no to an elephant or a rhinoceros?

I especially like the second one from OQ5FV. That’s from Dr. Henry S. Nelson, M.D. that was helping out there in Luebo in the middle of Africa.

As much as the notion of “missions” kind of freak me out, at the same time I think that people that go in and actually help people and don’t ask for anything in return — like doctors — transcend that. It reminds me of the more modern Doctors Without Borders of today. But this was back in 1960.

Henry, if you happen to read this: Cheers mate!

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Call File Country City Post code Date Band Mode Comments
OE7SU     Austria Innsbruck   Oct 16, 1959 10 Fone  
OF2AM     Finland Helsinki   Oct 22, 1967 20 SSB  
OH2BAD     Finland Helsinki   Oct 6, 1972 15 SSB  
OH5PE     Finland Karhula   Aug 3, 1958 10 Fone  
OK1TA     Czechoslovakia Praha   Mar 6, 1971 15 SSB  
OK2KWI     Czechoslovakia Ostrava   Apr 2, 1980 10 SSB  
OK2QR     Czechoslovakia Gottwoldov   Mar 6, 1971 15 SSB  
OK2RZ     Czechoslovakia Ostrava-Trebovice   Mar 4, 1972 15 SSB Accents on city
ON4DD     Belgium Roux   Feb 26, 1960 10 CW  
ON4FJ     Belgium Kessel-Lo   Jan 14, 1970 10 SSB  
ON4GM     Belgium Brabant   Dec 6, 1959 10 AM  
ON4LX     Belgium Ghent   Feb 7, 1960 10 AM  
ON4OC     Belgium Aarschot   Feb 7, 1959 10 Fone  
ON4SZ     Belgium Hoeilaart   Oct 25, 1959 10 Fone Hot house grapes
ON5TY     Belgium Roselies   Feb 21, 1970 10 SSB  
ON5WK     Belgium Passendale 8698 Mar 18, 1972 15 SSB  
ON8CG     Belgium Tongeren   Oct 24, 1970 15 SSB  
OQ5EB     Belgian Congo Luluabourg   Nov 3, 1959 10 Fone  
OQ5FV     Belgian Congo Luebo   Jan 24, 1960 10 Fone Doctor. Congo Belge.
OQ5JR     Belgian Congo Shinkolobwe   Feb 19, 1959 10 Fone