Inspired by my September 29, 2006, Surfin’ column, this page displays the QSL cards I have used during my ham radio days.
My first QSL card when I was a Novice ― Back then, the N designation in the prefix of the call sign indicated your Novice status. I remember the day my license arrived in the mail. I was so pleased that the suffix of my call sign spelled something (LOU). That "something" sort of became my name; today more hams call me "Lou" than "Stan."
My first QSL card after I upgraded from Novice to Technician Class ― I designed the card myself using my rendition of Robert Crumb's radio geek, which originally appeared in an early issue of Zap Comix. I was raised on comic books. My Pop was a printer at Eastern Color Printing Company, where the comic book was invented, and every night after work, he brought home his handiwork, i.e., a handful of comic books and funny papers for my sister and I to read. Early on, I started drawing my own comic books and comic strips and hoped to be a comic artist some day.
To celebrate the USA's bicentennial in 1976, the FCC allowed us to use special bicentennial prefixes.
My first ARRL "headquarters gang" QSL card after I started working at ARRL headquarters in 1978.
My ARRL "headquarters gang" QSL card with my Downtown Wolcott address.
My ARRL "headquarters gang" QSL card with my current address atop Compounce Mountain at 954 feet ASL.