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Vintage QSL's

"QSL" sent in Morse Code is an acknowledgement of all information completely and correctly received. QSL postcards are sent by amateur radio operators as written verification of a successful contact.  Of the thousands of cards we receive and keep on file, once in a while we get one which has particular significance to the history of amateur radio in Scouting.  We showcase these QSLs here. 




"I purchased a package of cards from Boy's Life in 1957 or 58. They were really meant for SWLing, I think. Couldn't even guess what the cost was. I used them for QSLing SW broadcast stations, mostly, and got a good return.

The Boy's Life Radio Club consisted more of articles in Boy's Life than anything else. But the articles and how they were written certainly "captured the magic" for myself and a lot of others.

I was not licensed then, but spent hours listening -- first on a super-regen that I build out of the ARRL handbook, then on a Heathkit AR-3 that I built.

The cards were definitely the coolest thing I saw for an 11 or 12 year-old kid to use."

William H. Bishop, KD7LFZ
Boise, ID. USA
April 15, 2001

Confirming QSO of February 10, 2001




"Our second QSO in 41 years" 

David T. Tremayne, ZL1AV
Rotorua, New Zeland
Confirming QSO of August 1, 1998  (B &W copy on file--at the time we were not aware that our call sign, K3BSA, had been used before)

We talked to Dave many, many times after this QSO but unfortunately, Dave became a Silent Key in July of 2008.


"I was a licensed Boy Scout attending the Jamboree in 1957 and operated the station."

David W. Treske, K0CIN
Manchester, IA, USA
Confirming QSO of March 17, 2000.  (seen here)




Joseph V. Gura, Jr., K3KMT
Perkasie, PA. USA
Confirming QSO of August 19, 2000


Robert V. Austin, W8ER, of Beverly Hills, FL
confirmed his QSO with K3BSA of Aug 1, 1998
by sending a copy of his 1920 BSA Membership Card.

 

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