Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, David Iurescia (LW4DAF), who shares this news from Radio Prague:
The three letters – QSL – constitute one of the codes originally developed in the days of the telegraph. All codes consisted of three letters beginning with “Q”. Later some of these “Q” codes were adopted by radio-telegraphists and radio listeners. QSL means “contact confirmed” or “reception confirmed”.
The expression “QSL card” or just “QSL” gradually came to be used among radio-amateurs and then more broadly as radio began to develop as a mass medium. Radio stations were keen to know how well and how far away their programmes could be heard and began to send their listeners “QSL cards” in return for reception reports. The card would include letters making up the “call sign” of the station – the system still used in the United States – or the broadcasting company’s logo or some other illustration. The card would also include a text stating the frequency and the transmitter output power, and a confirmation of when the listener heard the station.
Domestic broadcasters do not tend to use QSL cards these days, but their popularity remains among radio stations broadcasting internationally. They are still keen to know how well they can be heard in the parts of the world to which they broadcast. In the era of shortwave broadcasts Radio Prague sent out QSL cards for reception reports received. After curtailing our shortwave transmissions as of February 1, 2011 we will continue issuing QSL cards for reception via the Internet.
Click here to read this article and view the new QSL card gallery at Radio Prague.
Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Lennart Weirell, who writes:
I have received a QSL-card from Radio Mi Amigo with a special individual stamp. Radio Mi Amigo announced this in the Newsletter in December:
“Unique Radio Mi Amigo stamps:
We are proud to announce our own official Radio Mi Amigo stamps. They are legal for use to send out our QSL Cards (printed by the ‘Deutsche Post’). You can get one of these (there are only 200 available and will never printed again from us) together with the QSL Card.”
I enclose a copy of the QSL-card:
Click to enlarge.
Excellent, Lennart! Many thanks for sharing your Radio Mi Amigo QSL card–a keeper for sure!
Regarding our recent post about Miki Gurdus, SWLing Post contributor Dan Robinson, writes:
Went through my books and found it, the Gurdus handwritten note to me. It appears to have been during a visit he made to Washington, likely in the period I was in college 1975-1979 but could have been later during the 80’s or 90’s.
It reads: “To Dan — In Memory of a joyful day in Washington. Michael Gurdus.”
Amazing! Thank you for sharing your memories, Dan.
Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Lennart Weirell, who shares the following
I read the posting about Radio FAX, and I heard the station 1988-10-23, but on MW 1611 kHz a frequency they also used.
[Please see above and below] a copy of the QSL-card and stencil from Radio FAX.
Back of QSL Card
Thanks so much for sharing your report with us, Lennart!
Click here to read our previous post about Radio FAX.
Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, John Cooper, who shares the following:
In today’s mail I received a big surprise. Not one, but two QSLs verifying BBC program transmission reception reports from Ascension Island that I sent them in 2014. At that time I was working on a NASWA Dx Award for verification of 50 SWBC Countries. I was able to verify Ascension Island through another station that BCed through their transmitters in 2015.
I guess it just goes to show you should never give up on hoping you can get a confirmation. I didn’t even do any follow ups because I was told BBC didn’t verify anymore. Apparently Babcock/BBC will if you give them time. It makes me wonder where the reception reports were hiding over the past three years?
That is certainly a long delay! Frankly, I’m impressed you received a response from the BBC–as you mention, they seem to no longer issue QSLs. What a great surprise.
Post readers: Anyone else have a long-delayed reply from a broadcaster? Please comment!