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.

UB5-071173 SWL Card

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


Call File Alt Country City Post code Date Band Mode Comments
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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