Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, John (G3VUO), who shares the following:
Seeing [the] article about RCI prompted me to remember the halcyon days of SW Listening.
I still have my RCI Shortwave Club certificate issued in 1965 when I was only 14 years old!
In those days you had to monitor their broadcasts regularly and send listening reports on (if I remember correctly) green airmail reception forms every month.
Hope the attached may give other readers some memories.
Wow! Thank you for sharing this, John. Those were, indeed, the halcyon days of shortwave radio listening!
Post readers: Please comment if you’ve also received a certificate from RCI!
I got my Radio Canada Shortwave Club Certificate (No.16682) on March 7, 1975, when I was 22 years old. That time I was living in India, before migrating to Canada. That time listening to Radio Canada from such a distance was not an easy task.
Yes, those were the days, so many great SW broadcasts in English. DXing, collecting QSL cards & my NRC buddies got me thru my teen years. Great times indeed! 73s
I have kept most of my early shortwave QSL’s and collectibles. I began in the hobby in 1977, so I don’t have anything that old. However, I was a member of The Maple Leaf Mailbag Army that was part of the Sunday program hosted by Ian Jones. It lasted until about 2012. It was a great variety show full of humor, different kinds of music, etc.
Thats very cool. A true blast from th past. I would have been 6 years old in 1965. Still too young to DX.
I have certificate #2268 from February 1965 issued when I was 13 years old. I am so thankful my late Mother saved all my certificates and QSLs from back then.
Mine was issued shortly after, 8th February 1965 number 2254. I was 13 years old. I also remember having a letter read out on Earle Fisher’s Listeners Corner. I was living just outside of Whitby, Yorkshire, twin town of Whitby, Ontario. I also had two cousins born and living near Toronto, all of which was mentioned in my letter. My parents let the editor of our local paper, The Whitby Gazette, known about this and there was a brief piece about it in their next issue.