This is the penultimate update for this long string of posts. I’ll be sad when they’re all done. If for no other reason than I’ll have to come up with something more original every week.
Don’t worry though, I have other plans for that! ;-)
An 80 year old piece of paper that has TXTing on on.
B A GUD SPORT OM, PSE QSL 73s
(OM = Old Man. It’s opposite is an XYL. XYL = eX Young Lady.)
It’s cool to see something like “Experimental Radio Station” on the card. Back then the experiments were for real. You had an idea and you had to try it out. There’s no simulations that you can do to virtually try them out. You strung some wires up in the tree and did something.
The experiments, no doubt, let to Vic working on the development of RADAR in WWII.
Connections all around.
We also start to get to some of the rattier cards:
I simply love the handwriting on the card. The flourishes around all the letters are simply beautiful. I don’t know anyone that would just write like that any more. Perhaps if you were addressing wedding invitations you might pay someone to do this… but never just for something ordinary.
Maybe radio just wasn’t that ordinary. :-)
The first real radio broadcasts started only in the 20’s. 1932 wasn’t that far removed from that.
I like this one for the extreme low-tech of it. The pre-paid 1-cent post card with a hand-stamped call sign.
“Single button, Hi”
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|K0BQJ||USA||Mercury, NV||Dec 4, 1958||10||Fone|
|K0KDX||USA||Topeka, KS||Nov 4, 1958||10||Fone|
|K0LME||USA||Cheyenne Wells, CO||Feb 2, 1959||10||Fone|
|K0RVB||USA||Pueblo, CO||Nov 8, 1958||10||AM|
|KA0AYB||USA||Moberly, MO||65270||Jun 20, 1980||20||AM|
|W0EXO||USA||Hope, ND||Nov 9, 1958||10||Fone|
|W0HMG||USA||Dillon, CO||80435||Apr 14, 1968||20||Fone|
|W0WO||USA||Denver, CO||80207||Aug 5, 1967||20||SSB|
|W0YC||USA||Minneapolis, MN||May 12, 1962||10||AM|
|W1ID||USA||N. Providence, RI||Jun 22, 1932||Postmark|
|W2CHK||USA||Long Island, NY||May 9, 1931||40|
|W3GY||USA||Lynchburg, VA||Oct 24, 1932||80||Fone|
|W4ACL||USA||Chattanooga, TN||Apr 10, 1931||40||CW|
|W5AEB||USA||Bryan, TX||Jan 6, 1933||20||Fone|
|W6AVU||USA||Oakland, CA||Feb 26, 1935||20||CW|
|W9ZQI||USA||Cedar Rapids, IA||Feb 9, 1939||20||Fone|
|WA0TRK||USA||Mitchell, SD||Dec 4, 1968||20||SSB|
|WA0WMG||USA||Tyndall, SD||Sep 24, 1969||20||SSB|
|WA9ZXV||USA||Champaign, IL||61820||Dad – WN9EPD Al|