After En’s uncle Bill passed away last month she went over to his house. He lived in his parents’ house, En’s grandparents’ house. Of course her grandpa was Vic Bambeck, W8DFL.
Bill gave her the bulk of the QSL cards that were stored in a shoebox, but on her trip over she found some postcard holders with more cards in them. This is going to be a mini series of the cards in the four postcard sleeves.
Oddly, the first card I’m posting isn’t even a card.
Here’s Vic and his wife in Geneva Switzerland. W8DFL is the guest operator for 4U1ITU. This is the ITU — the International Telecommunication Union. (It’s UN agency for all things communication!) The ITU is the world governing body for all things on the air. 4U1ITU is the amateur radio ration that they run.
So moving from one side of that conversation to the other…
Here’s someone he talked to — in Hyderabad, India. From Parma, to Geneva, to India. :-)
So, another non-card. I was less than one years old at the time. This was Vic’s shack in the basement of that Parma house. Big gear. All that can be squeezed into less than two cubic feet now (and that’ll get you a legal limit amplifier to boot!).
Nauru is a tiny pin-prick of an island in the Pacific. All told it’s less that 9 square miles in size. Solon, where I’m based at the moment, is more that twice as big.
The card doesn’t seem like it’s from an expedition… perhaps Ken was just there mining the phosphate that the island was… ?
The last one for today is another place I’ve not heard of:
Here we’re talking about Aldabra Island. Here’s an empty island in the Indian Ocean. Other than researchers this little atol isn’t populated at all.
So… this was likely an expedition since it’s in the middle of nowhere. The even cooler aspect is that Harry seems to be from Mombasa, Kenya. (!)
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|3V8BZ||Tunesia||Ez Zahra||Oct 2, 1967||20||SSB|
|4U1ITU||4U1ITU-P1||Switzerland||Geneva||Photo of Vic working 4U1IT|
|4U1ITU||4U1ITU-P2||Switzerland||Geneva||Photo of Vic working 4U1IT|
|4U1ITU||4U1ITU-3||Switzerland||Geneva||Apr 24, 1971||15||SSB|
|4U1ITU||4U1ITU-4||Switzerland||Geneva||May 17, 1967||20||SSB||Smackdown!|
|6W8FP||Senegal||Daker||Mar 7, 1976||15||SSB|
|C21TL||Nauru||May 19, 1972||20||SSB|
|ET3USA||Ethiopia||Jan 16, 1973||15||SSB|
|F6CYL||F6CYL-2||France||Louveciennes||78430||Sep 28, 1976||20||SSB|
|F8RU||France||Ferney-Voltaire||Jun 20, 1972||Eyeball!|
|HB0XSB||DJ8KB||Liechtenstein||Oct 8, 1970||20||SSB|
|JX2FL||LA4YF||Jan Mayen||Aug 4, 1974||20||SSB||DXpedition, Funny|
|KC4AAD||KC4AAD-2||Antarctica||Byrd VLF Substation||Sep 3, 1970||15||SSB|
|KC4USN||Antarctica||South Pole||Feb 7, 1970||20||SSB|
|M1D||San Marino||San Marino||Sep 19, 1970||15||SSB|
|TI9AM||TI2PI||TI9AM-2||Coco’s Island||Apr 12, 1960||10||Fone||DXpedition|
|UR2KAA||Estonia||Tallinn||Jun 13, 1969||20||SSB|
|VE8MD||Canada||High Arctic||Jul 21, 1972||15||Fone|
|VQ9HCS||Aldabra Island||Dec 26, 1972||15||SSB|
|VU2HLU||India||Hyderabad||Jun 20, 1972||15||SSB|
|W8DFL||DM3OML||W8DFL-3||Mar 31, 1971||20||SSB||Unsent to Germany|
|W8DFL||W8DFL-Shack||USA||Parma, OH||Dec 1, 1973||Photo of ham shack|
|ZS50A||South Africa||Margate||Oct 4, 1973||15||Fone|