Short Wave Listeners (SWL’s) like to collect QSL cards to confirm the reception of the remote transmitting station by sending a report card (QSL card) and hope to receive a card in return. A QSL card is like a postcard with areas to enter the details of a reception report or two way contact report to send to the remote transmitting or receiving station. My very first QSL card was received in 1956 for sending a reception report during the testing of a band 3 (VHF) television station by Belling & Lee Ltd (call sign G9AED), although not really connected to amateur radio it did show to me another facet of radio communication as a hobby. Transmitting amateurs also participate in this part of the hobby to confirm two way contacts with other amateur transmitting stations. Below, along with my very first QSL card received are some of my own QSL card designs which I have used to send reports to stations over the past years.
After many years of operating on various frequency bands and trying out different modes of operation I was looking for other means of raising my interest within amateur radio. Since 1996 there had been an allocation at a very low frequency (VLF) of 71.6 to 74.4kHz (the 73 kHz band) available to UK radio amateurs as an experimental frequency but was coming to an end as it was only for short term use and required an application to the authorities to operate there. A Notice of Variation (NoV) would be issued to extend the normal amateur radio licence for the use of that band.
The New Challenge
On January 30th 1998 a new low frequency band of 135.7 to 137.8kHz was allocated to radio amateurs in the UK followed by an increasing number of European countries. Other countries throughout the world are expected to follow. I therefore decided to make this my next challenge within the hobby.