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Friday, April 29, 2016

Mexico to Switzerland in my SWL QSL collection

Here are still more QSLs from my mid-1960 shortwave listening days.

Mexico: XEHH or XERR

This business card QSL is the smallest QSL in my collection. It was sent in the smallest envelope I have ever received through the mail. I misplaced my SWL logs, so I am not sure which station I heard XEHH or XERR, certainly not XERH on 1.500 kc.

Netherlands Antilles: Radio Nederland

Netherlands Antilles: Trans World Radio

A QSL booklet.

North Vietnam: Voice of Vietnam

I was surprised to receive this QSL because mail to and from North Vietnam was banned during the war. The postcard did not confirm anything, but the QSL letter did confirm my reception report and also noted that my report would be acknowledged on the air during the "Vietnam Mailbag." After the Radio Peking episode, I never showed this QSL to my father!

Portugal: Radio Portugal

Romania: Radio Bucharest

South Africa: Radio South Africa

Spain: Radio Nacional de Espana

Sweden: Radio Sweden

Switzerland: Swiss Broadcasting Corp.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Finland to Lebanon in my SWL QSL collection

Here are more QSLs from my mid-1960 shortwave listening days.

Finland: Finnish Broadcasting Company

I received two QSL cards for the same reception report of the Finnish Broadcasting Company's shortwave station.

France: RTF (Radiodiffusion Television Francaise)

Ghana: Ghana Broadcasting Corp.

Haiti: Radio 4VEJ

A folded QSL card for Haiti's "Evangelistic Voice of the West Indies."

Hungary: Radio Budapest

Iran: Radio Iran

A QSL letter in lieu of a QSL card from Iran during the Shah era.

Italy: RAI (Radiotelevisione Italiana)

Japan: Radio Japan

Lebanon: Radio Lebanon

Monday, April 25, 2016

Australia to Ethiopia in my SWL QSL collection

While perusing the QSLs I collected while shortwave listening in the mid-1960s, I thought that it would be cool to display them here since they will not see the light of day otherwise. Most are common, but there are a few QSLs in my collection that are less common.

I will reveal them in manageable chunks, from A to Z, according to the country name that was commonly used at the time the QSL was issued.

Australia: Radio Australia

Austria: OEI (Osterreichuscher Rundfunk)

Bulgaria: Radio Sofia

Canada: CFCX

China: Radio Peking

Radio Peking's QSL card initiated a flood of propaganda (Mao's "Little Red Book," a huge Mao poster, calendars, magazines, more books, etc.) that the mailman delivered to my home for years following the QSL. So much so that my father went to the local Post Office to see if he could stop it (he could not). As a result, I never QSL'd Radio Havana because they had a reputation for sending propaganda in quantities that rivaled Radio Peking.  

Czechoslovakia: Radio Praha (Prague)

East Germany: Radio Berlin International

Ecuador: HCJB (The Voice of the Andes)

Egypt: Radio Cairo

Ethiopia: ETLF (Radio Voice of the Gospel)