God I do miss Radio Havana. Back in the late 60's my brother who also was a SWL'er and later a Ham use to receive in the mail each month a Radio Havana cuban newspaper in Spanish. When he joined the Navy reserve in 1970, investigators went around the neighborbhood asking questions about my brother and his character, etc. One of the questions asked the neighbors was "do you know or have you ever seen him reading foreign newspapers or magazines", I think that they went as far as interviewing our local mailman to see if my bother was receiving mail from overseas.
Also, I remember, me, receiving a RAI Italy-little booklet about every 2 or 3 months, this kept up for at least 10 years until the early 1980's I believe. Also the Radio station in Radio Ecuador would send something about every six months.
I was the Chief Engineer of Broadcast radio stations WBET/WCAV in Brockton MA during the early 1980's. I remember making up and ordering from a printer QSL cards and sending them out gladly back then, even though I was lucky if I received 2 or 3 reception reports per month.
I just purchased a Grundig Satellit 750 about 30 days ago, so far impressed with the features and performance versus price.
I was in the early 1970's an avid AM and SWL'er. My first radio in 1972 was the old Knightkit Star Roamer, later in the early 80's had the Radio Shack DX160 then DX300. Alas, I pretty much stopped listening around 1982-30 years ago!
My question is this, Does anyone still log AM DX stations and send in reception reports with the hope of receiving a QSL Card? Do US AM stations even bother still to send QSL cards out. Do the few remaining international Shortwave broadcasters still send out QSL's (back then, I would enclose an IRC-International Reply Coupon from the post office for their return postage use).
I remember the thrill when I was a kid in the 1970's of receiving QSL cards and putting pushpins on my wall National Geographic US and World Maps.
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