Paul’s rare and classic shortwave QSL cards

QSL collage

A couple months ago at my local ham radio club meeting (the NCDXCC), my buddy Paul Greaves (W4FC) mentioned that his passion for amateur radio DXing originated with shortwave broadcaster DXing. He told me:

“When I was a teen I could hardly wait to check the PO Box to see what treasures were awaiting me. After getting a QSL card many times there were many more mailings with program schedules and propaganda. I even got Chairman Mao’s little Red Book.”

Paul noted that he had quite a few SWL QSL cards, so naturally I asked if he’d share a few of his favorites with the SWLing Post. He kindly obliged.

Click on the images below to enlarge.


ABCRadioFront-001

ABCRadioBack-001


GhanaBroadcastingCorpOpenFront-001 GhanaBroadcastingCorpFront-001GhanaBroadcastingCorpBack-001


Radio4VEHFront-001 Radio4VEHBack-001


RadioAustriaFront-001 RadioAustriaBack-001


RadioBelizeFront-001RadioBelizeBack-001


RadioBerlinInternationalFront-001RadioBerlinInternationalBack-001


RadioBucharestFront-001 RadioBucharestBack-001


RadioBudapestFront-001RadioBudapestBack-001


RadioCairoFront-001 RadioCairoBack-001


RadioDenmarkFront-001 RadioDenmarkBack-001


RadioFinlandFront-001RadioFinlandBack-001


RadioKievFront-001 RadioKievBack-001


RadioNacionalDeEspanaFront-001 RadioNacionalDeEspanaBack-001


RadioSofiaFront-001 RadioSofiaBack-001


RadioSwedenFront-001 RadioSwedenBack-001


RadioTiranaFront-001 RadioTiranaBack-001


RadioVoiceOfTheGospelFront-001 RadioVoiceOfTheGospelBack-001


USStationBalboaFront-001 USStationBalboaBack-001


VaticanRadioFront-001 VaticanRadioBack-001


VoiceOfNigeriaFront-001 VoiceOfNigeriaBack-001


WWVHFront-001 WWVHBack-001


Wow–thank you so much for sharing these, Paul! What a beautiful QSL collection!

Post readers: If you also have some classic SWL QSL cards you’d like to share here on the SWLing Post, please contact me!

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7 thoughts on “Paul’s rare and classic shortwave QSL cards

  1. Kris G8AUU, SO6AUU/9

    This item may/should cause me to go ferreting through some boxes at the back of the loft. I’d say about half of those I have or had somewhere in the past. About the same dates and earlier.

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  2. MichaelxB

    Wow, what a great collection. I really love the older QSL cards, they had such a different look to them compared to the modern ones. But sadly all these cards were long before my time! Anyway, I still love to collect QSL cards from broadcasters nowadays. Right now I have a collection of 21 cards, all from broadcast/utility stations. I plan to keep adding more to my collection!

    (Also, if a QSL card section was to be added to the archive I would be more than happy to share some of mine!)

    Best regards!

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    1. Gene Quigley

      Hi. After I send a Reception Report to a station like Radio Ukraine Intl, for the return postage on the QSL, what do you recommend??

      Thanks

      Gene

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  3. Marty

    What a collection! Thank you for sharing these treasures with us. I wonder if it would be worthwhile having a QSL archive to go along with the Shortwave Radio Audio Archive?

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    1. Thomas Post author

      Actually, Marty, I’ve been thinking about setting up a section of the archive dedicated to QSL Cards. I’m certainly happy to set that up!
      -Thomas

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