Funny QSL cards

200712071229 Ron posts found photos on Big Happy Fun House and old ham CB radio QSL cards on his other site Slats.org.

(Don't miss this wonderful photo, titled "Offer.")

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  1. Ham radio : CB :: hackers : script kiddies.

    But then, I pointed that out the last time this thread came up. :)

  2. PLEASE these are CB (Citizen Band) cards, not Ham (Amateur) Radio cards. There IS a difference. I worked hard for my Ham license so let’s be clear on these things, please.

  3. PLEASE, make it clear that these are NOT Ham Radio (Amateur Radio) cards but CB (Citizen Band) cards.

    I worked hard for my Ham license and despite what some may think there IS a huge difference.

  4. heh. Not just a huge difference, a huge *interference*. Though I believe that early CB’ers were quite different and nice compared to their later compatriots. Also, many a CBer reformed their ways and would became hams. So it’s not like everyone was sitting on a huge illegal 11 meter linear waiting to blast anyone out of the city they disagreed with.

  5. Civilians will not know that QSL cards from USA-licensed amateur radio stations (whose operators passed a morse code + theory test) have callsigns on them that have a single digit in the call. In the US, the digit is preceded by one or two letters of the alphabet (the first is usually W, K or N); succeeded by two to three letters of the alphabet. E.g., W6FFC, KN0ABC, W3YZ.

    At one time in the US, the single digit referred to the region of the country the station was in. “6” meant California, “7” the Northwest, “0” the midwest, etc.

    Not only hams and CBers (who were at one time required to get a license – without a test) exchange QSL’s: SWLers (shortwave listeners) do too. Ham QSLs often include a “brag list” of the station gear that often includes high-power transmitting equipment, as well as a list of awards unique to ham radio.

  6. See, here’s the eerie part. When I was in junior high school, I would spend most afternoons out at my friend Pete’s house, where I’d be learning how to use various types of machining tools or circuit building tools or model aeroplanes or model trains. It was, at the time, the closest thing to make I had.

    His address at the time? Box 23-B, on Rural Route 4.

    Guess where I am currently headed for the holidays?

  7. a friend of mine has been collecting and organizing a fairly vast collection of QSL cards. she has compiled them into a teaser ‘zine and is hoping to get a book off the ground.

    here’s her site:myQSL …some of these are hilarious

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