Thursday, 27 February 2020

Ham Radio-the QSL card

Ham Radio-the QSL card

Ham Radio-the QSL card for John G4YDM

Ham Radio-the QSL card for John G4YDM

Ham Radio-the QSL card.  Starting out as a short wave listener many years ago using a home built HAC valve receiver, it was always a great achievement to pick up a rare radio station, although in those days my ham-radio activity was centered on listening to not only broadcast stations throughout the world I also had a keen interest in listening to the Brtish Telecom coastal radio stations who still broadcast the weather forecast and marine warnings including general hazards for shipping.

If you click the link above it will take you to HAC receiver kits, the website has the schematic diagram, one of the models I built was the K, and it still can be made today.

In those days being new and interested in picking up radio broadcasts from distant stations I was very keen to send the station a qsl card, my design was homemade, I would save pocket money to buy the stamps to send my reception reports around the world using the SINPO reporting system.

My efforts were rewarded and I received 100's of replies from broadcast stations throughout the world, sadly many are no longer transmitting on short-wave but still can be found on the internet and via satellite transmissions.

Utility listening was an area I became interested in during my SWL, Short-Wave-Listener days, marine and aircraft stations were a favorite, I remember being a member of the International short wave league a monthly magazine which was delivered by the postman, as you can imagine it was always very welcome and I would read the booklet from cover to cover.

When I obtained my first license, G6CHB, I was mainly involved with building transceivers for use within the VHF and UHF amateur bands, QSL-ing every station I worked during sporadic E lifts across the North sea, or throughout the British Isles, some of my most interesting QSO's involved working stations in the Orkney Islands and down into Jersey and Guernsey with trans-verters using an HF transceiver and its 28 Mhz output as an Intermediate Frequency.

Sending a QSL card nowadays using the direct method can be expensive but many of the national radio ham societies run QSL bureaus, where members send in their QSL verification cards, they are distributed around the world saving the participant money in postage costs.

A new technology also exists, its called EQSL, this is a web-based verification system, when used with Ham Radio Deluxe an electronic logging program, your contacts are automatically logged into HRD,  which records QSO's, including the date-time power and whether a QSL card has been sent or received, all at the click of a button.

There are many designs of QSL card to choose from or you can design your own and have it printed, my QSL card which you see at the top of this page consists of my call-sign G4YDM incorporated into the Angel of the North public artwork, pictures of other places throughout the Northeast are also included.

Thank you for your comments are suggestions and for reading my blog posts. vy 73 de John G4YDM

EQSL system

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Ham Radio-articles. Thank you for your emails and comments about my Ham-Radio website which includes my other hobby of photography and Portrait painting, as requested a list of articles and pages are attached below.

Ham Radio-articles

John Allsopp G4YDM

  1. Portable operation
  2. Vertical aerials
  3. Loop aerials
  4. Cubical quad aerial
  5. The half-square
  6. A ham caught in oil
  7. Ham Radio aerials
  8. Ham Radio terms
  9. Ham Radio receivers
  10. Ham Radio propagation
  11. Ham radio digital modes
  12. Ham Radio fascinating hobby
  13. Ham Radio John G4YDM
  14. Ham Radio VHF UHF aerial
  15. Ham Radio SDR receiver
  16. Ham Radio mistakes
  17. QSL Cards
  18. How to make an efficient aerial
  19. From Ham Radio to H.N.D.
  20. Off Centre Fed Aerial
  21. Portable working near the sea
  22. Ham or Amateur Radio
  23. Using DX-commander aerial
  24. Half Wave End Fed Aerial
  25. What is a balun
  26. Ham Radio with no repeaters
  27. D-STAR Digital mode
  28. ICOM R-71E Receiver
  29. ICOM IC-7000 Receiver
  30. The Frame Aerial
  31. Ham Radio Noise

A great QRP rig Yaesu FT-7

A great QRP transceiver FT-7

I hope you find these articles useful in helping you start in the fascinating Ham Radio hobby, it's not expensive really as many believe, you can start off with simple homemade transceivers made from a book as I did years back or from one of the many kits available, kits have the advantage of being supplied with all you need to build the project without having to source components yourself.

Ham radio has many fascinating areas to explore from operating with low power QRP through to contest operating to building transceivers and aerial systems, there's something for everyone in this hobby, including airband receiving which is something I did when I first started building receivers. I converted a Pye Westminster AM for the reception of Usworth Airfield, Usworth an RAF base during world war two now is a car factory where Nissan cars are built. 

Ham Radio-articles