|QSL CARDS FROM THE PAST|
|The legacy of "Old Time" Ham Radio Operators can be found in the QSL Cards they left behind. This Website is dedicated to those Old Time Radio Operators.
I have a Collection of Old (US and Canadian) Ham Radio QSL Cards dating from the early 1920s.
A complete list of Old QSL Cards now totaling 23 THOUSAND can be accessed by clicking on the Old QSL Cards Master File Link below. Over 1700 Online Scans are also available by clicking on the required Scan Link.
Improvements and updates will continue to be made, as the Collection grows and I learn more about this WEB PAGE DESIGN "stuff", so check back often.
Old QSL Cards are an important part of Ham Radio History that need to be preserved. It is my goal to save as many of these Old QSL Cards as possible to keep them from ending up in the Land Fills of America.
Please help me with this important project. I appreciate all donations including Old QSL Cards (1920s - 1970s), and Old Radio Amateur Call Books especially from old Silent Key Estates. Send me that shoe box full of Old QSL Cards that you've been wanting to get rid of.
If you are looking for an old HAM friend (Elmer), relative, or just searching for a card from the former holder of your new "Vanity Call", check my database then email your request (by CALL SIGN). I will make scanned copies of any QSL Cards I have, and make them available to you. I have hundreds of Novice Old QSL Cards listed as well.
I can also Search old Radio Amateur Call Books from years 1933, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 53, 55, 58, 62, 65, 69, 73 and 78 for old call sign information. I also have a 1976 QCWA Call Sign Directory.
HELP ME PRESERVE AN IMPORTANT HISTORICAL ARTIFACT OF HAM RADIO HISTORY.
" If you turn on an old dusty tube type receiver, listen very carefully using an old pair of headphones and tune the receiver ever so slowly, you can still hear their faint signals off in the distance ..... "
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A "Special Thanks" to the following who have made donations to assist me in the development of this website:
N4XO - Dave Rawley
W8WWV - Greg Ordy
WDX9KHY (SWL) - Greg Harris
HE9ZKU - Greg Vaucher Switzerland.EU
W5GXV - Gene Von Dohlen
W3HF - Steve Melachrinos
K7SO - Doc Khalsa
WA4TOG - Danny Mellard
W4FLW - Harry Chandler
W4HFO - C.P. Hurk Chandler
K4KOA - Bill Olendorf
K3FEN - Taylor Bell
W6KBT - Keith Johnston
WB8UUJ - Tom Root
K8KSN - Jim Foote
W4BSB - Jay James
K1LKP - Carmen Drogo
W1OHM - Bill Ohm
W8CXO - Bill Fleckenstein
KZ1X - Steve Jackson
K4DRX - Roy Plunkett
K9KFR - Bob Johnson
N0VLF - Rick McMorran
KP4CW - Efrain Bonilla
W2VRK - Tony Ricicki
AK4RB - Dick Battle
W4IHK - Dean Craft
WB4FDT - PHIL SAGER
Steve Miller, Wheeling IL
Mrs. Patricia Oettmeier, Griffin, GA YL of W4LSN (sk)
Kim Fisher of Wichita, KS from the sk estate of Marshall Macy W7YKR
Sheila Nickel of Roswell, GA. from the sk estate of Floyd Roof W0PNN
Thank you to Peter Chiavaro KC4QHV for his hard work and guidance with the development of a Database to help me manage The Collection.
And a VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU to Bob Balantine W8SU for his continued Articles, Contributions, and Guidance.
The Story of two QSL Cards
Early Short Wave Listeners should be remembered for their efforts
If you were an active Short Wave Listener SWL before you got your ticket, you might find your old SWL Card listed on the SWL Page !!
From SWL to Ham Radio by W8SU
SWL Cards SWL Scans
ARRL Radiogram from 1930
50s looking for that rare DX
SWL's Hard at work
60s SWL's Listening Post
"Gone, but Not Forgotten"
The original W8JYZ
After reading about the old "Spark" transmitters of the early 1900s have you ever wondered what they really sounded like? Watch Bruce Kelley(sk) W2ICE demonstrate these old "Spark Gap" transmitters. Click here and watch the Video.
"Living Hams who have made Notable Contributions to our Hobby"
"Old QSL Cards from
More of my Favorite
Old QSL Cards
W9EIL Notice the hand drawn face
W9AGK 1932 30s design not seen in todays cards
W1DDC This is a hand painted card
VE3AY   VE6LL   W1BGZ
VE4ACR   VE4ID   W0UPT
W8IER W9UIQ a special card
W6ACN 1st CA. Ham License Plate 1954
W5BQU Tex Burdick "Big Quick and Ugly" 1955
W1NCX This QSO was made during the Silent Period of WWII??
WA4AZZ and WA4BMC This 1970s station has a lot to look at!!
1929 Los Angeles ARRC Convention. Were you there?
1936 Great Lakes Expo in Cleveland OH June 27 -Oct 4   1936. Ya we missed that one too.
Two old Friends of WNC Ham Radio
1954 GCRC   W8ATB and W8GJH
|Old QSL Card Links
I have created a new Excel Master File in PDF format listing Old QSL Cards in the Collection by Call Area.
Once Upon a Theme...
we had again!!
and his gift to Ham Radio
Otto Eppers 8EA
News and Updates
This Page was last
October 21, 2009
(600 new cards added to the database on Sep 2 )
New scanned QSL Card pages are Updated Daily !!
View these 1930s photos Link
If you are familar with this group or these photos and can share some insight please email. I received these from K5FNG Dave McCombs in Spring, TX. The W8PJB old QSL Card is part of my "QSL Cards from the Past" collection.
Thanks to Google and their new Web Based Photo Album Picasa, I now have WEB SPACE to show more scans from Old QSL Cards. There are over 1500 scans now ONLINE. Please visit by clicking on the scan links above in the required call area and just below that under " Once Upon a Theme ". Leave a comment in my guest book if you like the scans or email me for a special scan request. Now go SCAN AROUND and enjoy...
In case you missed this, "Thank you" Stan Horzepa WA1LOU for your "Surfin" review of my website. This article appeared during the week of Jan 4, 2008 on the ARRL Website. Click Here to read the REVIEW
Thank you Paul Huff N8XMS for your "Radio Roots" Story. If you missed it on the ARRL site Click here to read the Radio Roots Story.
eHam Link - If you like the "Old Time" Shack Pictures and want to leave a comment, click the link to this eHam Elmers Forum and tell us your thoughts. Some good comments and all are appreciated.
Read about ABC News Anchor
Peter Jennings SWLer (sk). View
my YouTube 3 clip video from 1986. Click here
New full 30 minute Peter Jennings 1986 video Click here Read the
pdf file above before
playing this video
Calypso The Research Vessel
and her Song...
Ka-imi-loa The Kaimiloa Expedition
9DAX  Leon Faber and his grandson Bryce
ARRL's Tribute to Hendersonville's
own Harry Mills K4HU (sk)
Old DX QSL Cards are for sale on eBay!!.
Read about 14 year old Erwin T. Holcomb 6CCY and see his 1923 and 1924 Licenses along with his ARRL Certificate.
W6ANF Rick McMorran has scans from his two Grandfathers 6CCY and W6ANF now listed online Link These are a must see. Thanks Rick.
9AHX  and College Football
Star "Red Grange"
Watch this 1939 Promo Movie "Radio Hams" A Pete Smith Specialty!!
Read the W9IWE" QSL Story!!
Historians and WWII Vets:
Please review my W9KDJ QSL Card listed below left and click the link to the PEARL HARBOR PAGE  and leave me your Guestbook Comments
W8QCS  Bruce Batchelor's brush with History in the summer of 1937
U.S.C.G.C. Mackinaw WAGB-83
NRKP  The Story behind this Picture
Telegraph Road If you've ever spent time in Detroit, then you've probably drivin on Telegraph Road.
Some of my Favorite
Old QSL Cards
Click  to read the story
behind this magical card!
Looks like he took a night off from his busy Presidential Campaign having received the Nomination just a few weeks earlier, to relax and �Chat with his Ham Radio friends��.
"ARRL's" Tribute Bulletin
to Barry Goldwater!!
Some "Old Time"
Response to "Old Time Radio Shacks" has been very good. If you have a favorite picture and would like it posted on this page, please email the picture to me in jpg format. I will make room here for all good pictures of "Old Time Shacks". CLICK Here for MANY more SHACK PICS.
Wireless Operator about 1910
Operator Harold   BEV 1915
K2LEM and K2UTS 1958
K4YYR 1960s Mobile
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The Purpose of this Website is to SAVE as many Old QSL Cards as possible and
to get them back into the HANDS of the People they mean the MOST to.
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