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Looking for Your Old Novice QSL Card?

from Danny Eskenazi, K7SS on February 5, 2003
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Howdy...

I've been casually collecting old QSL cards from the 20-50s just for fun. I guess its nostalgia. Recall going into ham-shacks when I was a kid in the late 1950s when seeing a whole wall full of exotic call signs was really thrilling. With today's e-QSL cards, and sticker add-on cards, the spirit of the card has changed. I guess making and confirming a QSO in those days was more of an 'event' than today... nowadays its not uncommon to see a couple thousand QSOs in a contest log over a weekend.

Anyway many of the old cards seem to be more personal and unique... but I digress... Several times I've been sent boxes of cards from families of SKs. I just can't fathom a whole lifetime of a hobby being thrown in a dumpster, but it happens every day. I guess in a way these cards are a way of keeping that era around....which feels good.

Anyway... in this one box from W5 land, I noticed there were a lot of WN QSL cards that were Novice cards from the early 1970s. The guy had spent a lot of time working these WNs, and no doubt enjoyed 'elmering' these new folks with a contact. I remember, back when I was a Novice, the license was just one year long.

Knowing the fun of seeing one's own Novice cards, I figured that anyone getting the chance to get one of his old cards might really enjoy it. So here's a list of the calls on the cards, and anyone who wants their old QSL card back is welcome to it; all I ask is an SASE with your old call on the envelope somewhere.

73 Danny K7SS (KN7JCA in 1959-60)

List of Novice QSL Cards:

WN2: AED ASZ BMV BYY COS CQI CWS EQO EXH ILQ IWM LAL LBO RXL SHN YLG

WN3: BRZ DCT QKA

WN4: DAM JSZ QQV RXV TBE TTK YBS ZRS

WN5: BJX COZ DGJ CRX EBK EVX ETT FTT FGW FRP FMA GIL GFS GDW ITL JWG KMV KLA KFN IJV NIS OXZ PVV TAL TYZ

WN6: ECM HBO SWY THC VKT VBC VVK VOK VHJ WQQ YHL

WN7: CLU ERC JBE DYV SAU UVU UPG VNL WXQ

WN8: APU BKN CKY CFE FVY ISB JVF KAN KQE KOD NDC PDX PKC PKU QNS QET QED RUO SIK UHH VVA YCR YTZ

WN9: DMC GZN GWN HTI HTJ HSW JHI JLI LXK LUG MZS MHK NIF NPV NJG PTX PVU PKJ PIR PVH QKB QPI RZP RAR RKH SGM

WN: BVH CRE EOO ESY GZR HKZ ITO IKS LTE LIT LGY LFF MIJ MKL MMA MNR MJW NRP OYW OMS PYD PPM PFT PCF PAN QFG RRA SOG SDO SIM ZAM

73 de Danny K7SS

Mailing Address:

Danny Eskenazi, K7SS
4821 51 Ave SW
Seattle WA 98116

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Looking for Your Old Novice QSL Card?  
by W8OB on February 5, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
I bet a bunch of them cards were made by the little print shop in texas!
 
RE: Looking for Your Old Novice QSL Card?  
by K9PO on February 5, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Very nice.

I love QSL cards, seeing my own throughout the years, getting ones from my contacts. I still have my first card from my first QSO and it is fun to look back and wax nostalgic about them.

The movement towards eQSL may be technologically based and probably more reliable but I still love the sight of a card and the excitement of opening the mailbox each day to see what awaits me.

Kudos to you for saving these and trying to get them back to the original senders.

73
Scott
 
Looking for Your Old Novice QSL Card?  
by NT9E on February 5, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Looking for my first call's qsl card, WN9GWL. Lapsed in 1970 or 1971. I beleive it was printed by 73 Magazine.
 
RE: Looking for Your Old Novice QSL Card?  
by W0FM on February 5, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Hi Danny,
What a nice collection. I have posted several requests on various sites searching for my old Novice and Technician QSL cards with not a word in response. The calls were WNCNO and WACNO.

One of my cards was the same as the one in the lower right corner of your picture: red, white and blue with a black code key. I remember it well. Circa 1962 thru 1980 something. Also had some printed by Walter Ashe Radio in St. Louis.

My call was not on your list, but thanks for thinking of us! Hopefully, more folks like you will realize the value of what they have.

73 de Terry, WFM
 
Looking for Your Old Novice QSL Card?  
by WB2TLQ on February 5, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Thanks for the great topic and the blast from the past!

I did want to say, that at least here, the QSL card is not dead, but has benefitted from modern technology. I have designed my own card, print them up with my computer printer, cut them myself and handwrite the information on each card. My only concern is that they won't last as long as the ones shown here, but I am determined to give each card some personal attention. And yes, I QSL every QSO.

Bill, WB2TLQ
Wausau, WI
 
RE: Looking for Your Old Novice QSL Card?  
by CU2AAV on February 5, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Hi all, I just joined this Web as a member, and the first topic (this one) just called my atention, just to let you know I agree with some of the "folks" here complaining about the new modern thecnologies, putting the "old QSL fashion" behind...
I personaly dont like E-QSL or any other way like it besides the "Real" thing, Yes as a fellow some posts before said, theres nothing like opeening our mail box and feeling that exitment of getting a QSL Card in the Box!
Just to tell you not only the "Old" ones like it, some "new" ones Like me :-) also apreciate a QSL Card the Traditional Way!

73 de Ricardo
 
RE: Looking for Your Old Novice QSL Card?  
by KL7IPV on February 6, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Great stuff. I go thru my old QSLs each year and pull a few out. I mail a QSL to them at the end of each year to let them know I still have their card and wonder if they still are active. I wish them a happy holiday season by letting them know someone still values their time past. Now I use paper and e-QSLs. I send both and if I just get the e-QSL, I print it out. It is still paper, but much faster.
73
Frank
KL7IPV
 
RE: Looking for Your Old Novice QSL Card?  
by W0FM on February 6, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Great concept, Frank. In addition, maybe someone with some extra time, some spare bytes on their hard drive and a little programming savvy, could start up an OLD QSL CARD "Clearing House" web site, where folks could post old cards they would be willing to surrender to its original owner. Others could send in their old call signs and the site could do a simple search to see if there is a match for that call sign. Sort of an expanded version of what Danny has provided here. That could be fun, particularly for those of us who have been around for a while and, for whatever reason, don't have examples of their old QSL cards.

Just thinking out loud.

Terry, WFM
 
Looking for Your Old Novice QSL Card?  
by W8OB on February 6, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
I wonder if anybody out there has one of my old novice qsl cards. Callsign then WN8DOI black card with silver letters from the little print shop. If so I would love to have one
 
RE: Looking for Your Old Novice QSL Card?  
by NI0C on February 6, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
One of my all-time favorite novice QSL's is my first card from Puerto Rico. The call was WP4AUK and his card was printed by Walter Ashe Radio here in St. Louis. My favorite part was his description of his receiver: "Knight Deluxe?" That question mark told a story!
 
Looking for Your Old Novice QSL Card?  
by KF4ZEO on February 6, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
http://www181.pair.com/otsw/cprv1.html

Library of American Broadcasting has (with the Committee to Preserve Radio Verifications) has a large collection of QSLs. You can get registered with CPRV so if something happens your family will donate your QSLs to the collection instead of tossing them out.
 
Looking for Your Old Novice QSL Card?  
by K4CIA on February 6, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Great idea Danny! I am also looking for a KN4CIA Walter Ashe original myself. If anyone out there has one, lets talk! Of course I am willing to part with any old novice card that the original owner would like back. Ok on QRZ.com..

73
Bill, K4CIA
KN4CIA started March, 1955 in Nicholasville, Ky.
 
Bingo!  
by N7TM on February 8, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Unbelievably, I found my novice call on the list of QSL cards. In 1973-4, I was WN8RUO in Cincinnati, Ohio. I used a Drake 2-C rcvr and 2-NT xmtr with a Heathkit VFO to a 40m dipole. If I knew the W5 call, I could probably find the SK's QSL in my shoebox of novice QSLs. I looked through those QSLs a while ago and noticed that a significant number of hams were using FT-101s or HW-16's back then.

Tom, N7TM
 
Looking for Your Old Novice QSL Card?  
by K3SZ on February 10, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
About a year ago, I decided to scan all my old QSL cards into the computer and organize them into a database. Today I took that information and output it as a web page (minus the QSL card pictures).

If anyone is interested in seeing if they are in this list, take a look at http://pweb.netcom.com/~agia/QSL.html

I have all of these QSL cards scanned (front side only) in as .JPEG files; therefore, I can easily send them via e-mail. The majority (about 145 cards) of them are from the 70s and addressed to my old call.

Tony - K3SZ (Former WA6HTF)
 
Looking for Your Old Novice QSL Card?  
by K8BBE on February 16, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
You have a GREAT collection. I know I sent out
hundreds of qsl cards KN8BBE, but have never found
any yet. I've also been on the look out for W8KYK.
That was my Dad, and have all his QSL cards he worked
from the 30s. I would like to find K5YTS. This was
my FIRST DX contact on 6 meters. I was running an old
BC-1158 transmitter (35 watts) Great TVI Generator in
it's day....
and a six element long john. I can say
for some reason, I was NEVER able to work out of Ohio
and wnen K5YTS called me, I was inable to talk.
Although I have to say, when the QSO was finished,
he said portable 8, Canton Ohio... 8 miles away..
Ha Ha. I was going to send him a card, but the call is
no longer listed.
 
Looking for Your Old Novice QSL Card?  
by K5ABF on February 16, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
I have a collection of about 150 qsl cards from the mid 50's (March 1955 til Feb. 57) which I have entered on a spreadsheet. (Everything subsequent to that up up until the mid 80's has been lost.)

If any of you may have worked me back then (KN5ABF & K5ABF), or even if you're just curious, I'd be happy to email you my spreadsheet. If you're interested in any of the cards on my list, I'll email you a JPEG scan of it.

73, george
 
Looking for Your Old Novice QSL Card?  
by AJ9C on February 16, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Well what do you know my old call is on the list. (WN9PIR). No little print shop here. Students at Lew Wallace HS (where my dad taught) printed them up. Only one problem the state wasnt on the card! (DOH).
Thanks for your posting Danny, Ill send an SASE.

Mike/AJ9C
ex: WN9PIR, WB9PIR
 
Looking for Your Old Novice QSL Card?  
by K7CLS on February 18, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Any collections from the 50s ?? KN7CLS
 
Looking for Your Old Novice QSL Card?  
by W4QC on February 20, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Sure would to find someone out there who has and is willing to part with an old 4QS or W4QS card from the twenties/thirties. Was my grandfather in Raleigh NC.
Also would like to get one of my novice cards..KN4BYN from 1955.Thanks guys...
 
RE: Looking for Your Old Novice QSL Card?  
by WD8LQB on May 19, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
I wonder if anyone has one of my old Novice cards from 1977 - the early 80's. I had the same call sign WD8LQB. My cards were printed by The Little Print Shop in Austin Texas. I still have a few blank ones that I never used.
 
Looking for Your Old Novice QSL Card?  
by WA2JJH on May 29, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
WOW! That would be great. IMHO it seemed that when one worked any novice CW station, there would ALWAYS be a QSL exchange. On 20 meter phone these days, one can have hundreds of QSO's, and not get one QSL!

The other day, I had a very nice rag chew with an O.T. His grandkid designed a QSL card with adobe photoshope, and put it up one the net. eQSLing is better then nothing.

Some O.M. in another post said that downloaded qsl's can be forged and altered. Sure they can.

My very first HAM QSO ever was on CW 15 meters, at the WB2JSM Club station.

They had a nice tradition when a new novice made his first QSO. They made darn sure the novice got that QSL card from the station he/she worked. Sent a S.A.S.E. to insure it! Stupid me, I lost the card!
This was in 1976, so I do not think I have much of a chance.
 
Looking for Your Old Novice QSL Card?  
by NT9E on March 12, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Looking for my novice qsl card from the early 70's: WN9GWL.

73,
Dave NT9E
ex WN9GWL/WN9SES/WB9SES
 
Looking for Your Old Novice QSL Card?  
by WA2JJH on November 14, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Does anybody have an old WN2JJH or WA2JJH QSL card around 1978. Or WN2JJH operating at WB2JSM club station from 1975-6.

If so lets swap color laser copies or e-qsl please!

TNX DE MIKE

 
RE: Looking for Your Old Novice QSL Card?  
by WB4AEJ on November 9, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Speaking of 'The Little Print Shop', there was a QSL card they used to make that I fell in love with. There is a sample of that card at http://www.wb4aej.com/wb5xyz. When I ordered it, I got a letter from them saying that they no longer made it. Regretfully, that happened a lot when I tried to order things from them.

I found someone who has done the artwork to recreate it for me. The only remaining problem is they can't match the font close enough to the font the callsign is in (the callsign above the eagle on the sample above).

Does anyone know the name of that font or any information that might lead me to it?

Save this one font issue, the card is ready to go. I just need to find the right font and fix this.

Thanks for any information you can provide.

73,


Fred, WB4AEJ
 
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