Vintage QSL Cards




 In the early 2000's I started collecting vintage QSL cards from the 1920's and 1930's.  They are incredibly interesting to look at for the information they contain about ham radio at that time.  Since everything was home made, the hams usually listed the tubes used in their transmitter, the type of transmitter like TNT, TGTP,  MOPA,  or Hartley,  and the plate voltage and plate current, so we can figure out the efficiency and the output power they might have been running.  On the receiver side, they usually specified the receiver tube lineup in detail so I can tell if they had a tuned front end, a detector, how many stages of audio, if it was a TRF or regenerative,  so we can figure out what level of performance they may have been getting from the receiver.  I also enjoy looking at the date and time of the contact, if it was morning or night or really late at night, the band, and the conditions.  The notes are fun to read also.  In 2020 I sold the entire collection of several hundred cards to one collector.  I recently found a few cards stashed away in a drawer and have them framed an on the wall.  I encourage you to purchase A FEW 1920's and 1930's QSL cards for their wonderful nostalgia.  Just don't go crazy like me and get several hundred :)  73, Scott WA9WFA

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Here is a March 1927 QSL card from my alma mater, Milwaukee School of Engineering.  I met W.P.G. around 1976.


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