Trying to inject a bit of normalcy into my life I’ll move back to the QSL cards and ignore my leg for a moment. :-)
We have a bunch of SWL cards from the U.S.S.R. (I still think it’s odd typing that in now) and a bunch of cards from down under. Plus a few more thrown in for good measure.
The way I’m looking at all of the Russian cards (it’s easier to type… whatever…) they all seem to be pre-made cards with mostly home-made stamps to add on their registration number.
Actually, this raises a question for me. I know in the US I can go to the store and pick up a receiver and hand an antenna and start to listen. I don’t have to tell anyone about the fact that I’m listening to anything. I’m presuming that’s not true everywhere. Am I correct? Does any of you have any references to how one “registers” their radio?
Back to the cards though. They are all very propaganda. I can just imaging queueing up at the local bureau and either just getting or perhaps paying some small amount for them. All of them are very much pimping themselves up.
The bas-relief of Lenin that was dropped of to Venus of all places… Of course it didn’t last very long in the highly corrosive atmosphere, but the fact they got it there was the real key. Ditto for the radio-controlled rover on the moon.
Note to the U.S.S.R.: Landing a rover on the moon in 1970 is not as impressive after the US put a person on the moon the year before. Just sayin’.
The design of both cards really leads me to believe that this was an official program of the state.
I’ll pull up another bit of propaganda, but from a distinctly different direction now:
The tourism institute seems to have been printing up these cards for visiting hams. That’s kinda cool. Of course in this case the ham in question WB9EZF was operating under the bylaws of CITEL or something like that of the era where Jeff’s license was able to be used in the other country by simply filling out some form or other and appending TI2 which signified Costa Rica.
Now they get advertising for free!
Such a great racket! And you get to play on your vacation. :-D
|TG5HC||YN4CB (ex)||Guatemala||Huehuetenango||Jan 29, 1961||10||AM|
|TG9ND||Guatemala||?||Jun 3, 1971||10||SSB|
|TI8BJH-2||TI2BJH||Costa Rica||Rio Oro||Aug 6, 1970||15||SSB|
|TR8SS||7Q7AF, ON5BF, DJ4IJ||Gabon||Oyem||Feb 1, 1974||20||SSB|
|TT8AN||ET3REL||Chad||Fort Lamy||Jun 3, 1968||20||SSB||N’Djamena|
|UA3-170248||U.S.S.R.||Moscow||Apr 4, 1970||10||SSB||SWL – RA3AGC|
|UA3-170781||U.S.S.R.||Moscow||Apr 25, 1973||20||SSB||SWL – Cool propoganda|
|UA9-165308||U.S.S.R.||Chelyabinsk||Oct 12, 1974||20||SSB||SWL – OH6NU|
|UB5-071173||U.S.S.R.||Poltawa||Sep 8, 1972||15||SSB||SWL – LA4CM|
|UB5-07216||U.S.S.R.||Rovno||Sep 30, 1975||20||SSB||SWL – FC9UC|
|UV0EX||U.S.S.R.||Sakhalin Island||Mar 20, 1979||15||SSB|
|VK2ADL||Australia||Lindcombe, NSW||Mar 11, 1967||20||SSB|
|VK2AKV||Australia||Kurrajong Heights, NSW||Nov 12, 1959||10||Fone|
|VK2KK||Australia||Hammondville, NSW||2170||Aug 22, 1964||20||SSB|
|VK2LX||Australia||Urunga, NSW||May 9, 1967||20||SSB|
|VK2SV||Australia||Sydney, NSW||May 25, 1967||20||Fone|
|VK3BM||Australia||Quambatook, VIC||May 28, 1967||20||SSB|
|VK3CR||Australia||Carrum, VIC||3197||Jul 11, 1972||20||SSB||Picture of Yagi antenna!|
|WB6WUH/TF||Iceland||?||Sep 17, 1970||15||SSB|
|WB9EZF-TI2||Costa Rica||Correo Aeroo||Mar 27, 1971||15||Fone||Tourist QSL card – Cool|
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