I apologize for being a day late with this. The Wisteria campground had some broken WiFi and the cellular coverage was dodgy at best. There would be no way I would possibly be able to get this up.
In any case we’re starting to get more and more local with these. Today it’s all just the USA and a bunch of Canada ones.
I’ll start off with a card that isn’t really a QSL card, but something from the military:
I don’t think the first one is an envelope, but the second one is coming from the same general place.
MARS is the Military Auxiliary Radio Service. It’s a radio service in the same sense of the word as the ARS to which it’s addressed to. It’s not providing broadcasting, but rather a set of spectrum allocations. MARS was a way for overseas servicemen to talk and send messages for free to their friends and loved ones at home. Now it’s mainly used to bridge the gap between the military and state and local forces and to test new technologies.
This isn’t the first MARS-related card I saw. I’m pretty sure there was another one already that was thanking Vic for a phone patch. Basically he would connect the radio to the phone and it would be a free long distance call for them!
Now here we have a really old card from 1932. Almost 80 years old and still in one piece. Well, almost. This stamp was cut off no doubt to be used in his stamp collection. :-) The rest of the card survives just fine.
It’s cool looking at the old cards. The handwriting is so different from what it is today. While I’m sure everyone of the era could read it (since it seems most of them all wrote like that themselves), I have a hell of at it.
I’m tossing this on the pile since it illustrated an old tradition of making your call sign into a phrase. In this case 5OB turned into “Five Old Bottles.” And wouldn’t you know, there’s the five old bottles on the card itself. Vic’s W8DFL was either “Dog Food Love” or “Dogs For Lunch” depending on who’s telling the story.
One more since I was late:
This is a “new” one from the year I was born. From one of the few women I’ve seen so far. And Eila is local! “Chix-On-Six” from the Y.L.R.L. — Young Lady Radio League. All women on the air are young ladies to be sure, just like all the guys are old men. :-P (Yes, OM is a proper term to use to refer to any guy on the air)
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|ARS-W8DFL||USA||Parma, OH||n/a||n/a||n/a||No idea what this is for|
|K5WAB||AA5WAB||USA||Fort Hood, TX||76544||Feb 21, 1972||15||Fone|
|VE-SWL||Canada||Toronto, ON||Jun 29, 1932||?||Fone|
|VE1CO||Canada||Summerside, PE||Mar 5, 1933||20||Fone|
|VE1DR||Canada||Glace Bay, NS||Jan 22, 1933||20||Fone|
|VE1XS||Canada||Cape Breton Island, NS||Feb 7, 1959||10||Fone|
|VE2ABH||Canada||Charlevoix, QC||Oct 3, 1969||20||SSB|
|VE2RCS||Canada||Courcelette, QC||Nov 24, 1969||20||SSB|
|VE2XPO-1||Canada||Montreal, QC||Jul 26, 1967||20||SSB|
|VE2XPO-2||Canada||Montreal, QC||Jul 14, 1976||20||SSB|
|VE3HB||Canada||London, ON||Dec 7, 1936||40||Fone|
|VE3OC||Canada||Windsor, ON||Apr 28, 1933||?||Fone|
|VE3WY||Canada||Port Arthur, ON||Dec 20, 1967||20||SSB|
|VE4DXIAD||Canada||Winnipeg, MB||Oct 25, 1971||40||SSB|
|VE4FU||Canada||Winnipeg, MB||Jan 14, 1933||?||Fone|
|VE5OB||Canada||Saskatoon, SK||Oct 13, 1958||10||AM|
|VEblank||Canada||?, PE||Blank card|
|W6KLI||USA||Valinda, CA||91747||Jan 12, 1972||20||SSB|
|WA8EBS||USA||Fairview Park, OH||44126||Jan 16, 1973||15||SSB||Very local|
|WX3MAS||USA||Bethlehem, PA||Dec 20, 1969||20||SSB||Very local|