After a bit of delay, here is the final set of the W8DFL QSL cards. These are the final ones from a set of three postcard display sleeves that En happened upon at her uncle Bill’s house.
There are some interesting ones in the last batch, as though karma was saving up a bit of the fun for the last go-around.
I’ll start with the oddest and scariest one of the batch:
Eniwetok Atoll, as history buffs will tell you (as will the card), was the location of 46 (!!!!!!) nuclear tests. The poor atoll was pretty much all blown up. This one was sent from someone what was running the LORAN station there — LORAN provided navigation aids well before the development of GPS. It was operational up to 2010 in fact.
This is an odd one. I think this is the only card that was a QSO from the air. Somewhere near the Bahama Islands. Honestly I don’t even know how to tally this one up! Bernie is from New York, but he was flying from the Netherland Antilles, and was over the Bahamas. Go figure. :-)
I’ll toss this in for the iconic Kiwi bird. No reason other than that. And I’m OK with that.
Another one that’s just plain cool. How can Moai not be cool? Another interesting curiosity is that while CE0 is (and always has been) Chile, Easter Island is now CE0Y — which isn’t what this card is. Lots have changed in the past 42 years.
Another that means something to me:
This one is from Hungary just a few years before my time. Pécs is in Southwest Hungary. I’ve never been to that city there (yet), but it’s a place that seems to come up often enough in the stories I’ve heard. A cool fact is the building that’s prominent on the card is a mosque! Who’da thunk?
I’ll leave it off with a card from a country that doesn’t exist any more — or not as it has before:
OQ is in the range of what is now Belgium. This makes sense, of course, since it’s the Belgian Congo we’re talking about. Around nine months after this QSO happened Belgium relinquished control of the Congo and the call signs turned into TN prefixes.
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|CE0AE||Easter Island||Apr 14, 1970||15||SSB||Chile|
|CE4FH||Chili||Fundo San Ramon||Jan 28, 1962||10||Fone|
|EL7B||Liberua||Monrovia||Oct 16, 1970||15||SSB|
|F3ZM||DL5BB||France||Nancy||Feb 22, 1970||10||SSB|
|G3QV||England||Unsworth, Bury||Aug 25, 1967||20||SSB|
|HA3MB||Hungary||Pécs||Mar 21, 1970||10||SSB|
|HB9JB||Switzerland||Thurgau||Jan 2, 1959||10||Fone|
|I4LCK||Italy||Apr 6, 1968||20||Fone|
|JA1AAT||Japan||Ohiba, Chiba||Nov 25, 1959||10||Fone|
|KG6SL||Mariana Islands||Saipan||Mar 5, 1972||10||SSB|
|KZ6CG||Marshall Islands||Eniwtok Atoll||Nov 9, 1958||10||Fone|
|LU7AAC||Argentina||Buenos Aires||Oct 14, 1970||40||SSB|
|OE2WK||Austria||Salzburg||Post card, no stamp|
|OE2WR||Austria||Salzburg||Apr 12, 1972||15||SSB|
|OE3ZDB||Austria||Klosterneuburg||Jul 3, 1973||15||SSB|
|OQ5JR||Belgian Congo||Shinkolobwe||Sep 19, 1959||10||Fone|
|VK3JW||VK3ANV||Australia||Bairnsdale, Victoria||Jun 16, 1969||20||Fone|
|W2VIA||Bahama Islands||Feb 1, 1970||15||SSB||Maritime, Airplane|
|W8DLF||VP2LA (Never mailed)||Jan 28, 1962||10||AM||Gathering cards for DXCC|
|ZL1GH||New Zealand||Auckland||Mar 3, 1959||10||Fone|
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More analysis to follow!