WWV History: Richard’s QSL cards

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Sign from the original WWV tranmitter site in Maryland, currently posted outside of the Fort Collins, Colorado transmitter building. (Photo: Thomas Witherspoon)

Commenting on our post about Myke’s new release of At The Tone, SWLing Post contributor Richard Langley writes:

I must have first heard WWV shortly after putting together the Knight-Kit Span Master I received for Christmas 1963. I still have my log books from my high school days, which include an entry for Radio Habana on 29 December 1963 for which I subsequently received a QSL card. But I guess I didn’t log all my receptions. The first entry for WWV is dated 3 June 1966 in the last year of WWV’s operation from Greenbelt, Maryland (on government land that subsequently became the site of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center).

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I have a QSL card for the reception of the 5 MHz signal featuring a drawing (in pink) of the Jefferson Memorial [see above].

The next entry is dated 1 December 1966, the first day of WWV’s operation from Fort Collins, Colorado.

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I have one of the special QSL cards issued for confirmation of first-day reception for my report on the 20 and 25 MHz signals [see above].

I’m sure I heard WWVH early on too but my first log entry is dated 29 March 1967. I never did QSL them.

Richard: Thanks so much for sharing these special QSL cards. Wow! I had never seen the first day card from WWV Fort Collins before–what a treasure you have there!

Radio Malaysia QSL Card

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Many thanks to SWLing Post reader,  Timm Breyel, who writes:

While browsing your site I noticed the QSL Gallery page. Interesting. I have many old QSLs from the 1960s and 1970s, all of which are stored away in the States, all except one. It’s a 40 year QSL from Radio Malaysia via Penang Island. The station was received in Denver, Colorado in 1975.

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It’s not the most attractive of QSLs, but it certainly is quite rare.

Timm, I love this QSL card and I have never seen one like it before. Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

Daniel’s Deutsche Welle QSL card

SWLing Post reader, Daniel, writes:

“Hello Thomas: Attached is the latest QSL I received from Deutsche Welle – it is from their Kigali transmitter site.

Sent report via internet and received QSL in a few weeks:”

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Thanks for sharing this, Daniel. I love the front of this DW QSL card–all of those gorgeous vintage tabletop radios!

Show your favorite QSL cards in our new gallery

SWLing Post reader, Mike Taniwha, recently shared some of his QSL cards with us. With his permission, I’m posting them for other readers to view.

In fact, Mike has inspired me to start a new QSL Gallery category. Please feel free to send images of some of your most memorable QSLs, and I will share them with our readers.

Enjoy!

Radio Japan, 1983 (click to enlarge)

Radio Netherlands, 1980 (click to enlarge)

HCJB, 1987 (click to enlarge)

Radio Moscow, 1987 (click to enlarge)