QSL Bounty

The postwoman was very kind to me last week, leaving five QSL's in two days, as well as a package of cards from the QSL bureau. It rather evoked memories of anxiously watching for the Saturday morning postman (do you remember when they actually delivered mail to your door on Saturday's!) as an 11 year old SWL, hoping that there might be another QSL for my attic radio shack wall.

Four of the cards were for recent 2m EME contacts ...

 ... and one was for 160m, confirming a winter CW QSO with Haiti, bringing my 160m DXCC total to 158 confirmed.

I have always loved QSL's, and looking back, the whole concept of collecting these small treasures was one of the things that initially attracted me to the radio world, when reading a magazine article about shortwave listening and collecting QSL's. I'm not so sure I love the QSL bureau though, but that's a whole other topic ...
Steve McDonald, VE7SL, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from British Columbia, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

3 Responses to “QSL Bounty”

  • Bob. VE3ORK:

    Not only that….but I can remember my doctor making a ” house call” !!!! It makes a lot more sense because you’re not exposing a whole waiting room full of sick people to each other…. Good DX!!

  • Mike, WV2ZOW:

    Steve: USA still has Saturday mail delivery, at least in towns and cities. There was even a time, before I can recall, when cities had a morning and afternoon mail. Extra cost mail (Priority and Express mail) currently gets delivered on Sundays too.

  • Richard ,K0RDS:

    A lot of Hams don’t QSL any more because of the cost of postage. But I still love to get that nice looking card in the mail to confirm the contact. You see it is the final Thank you for the QSO. I will always QSL if the Ham at the other end needs my card. 73,Richard,K0RDS

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