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My Novice QSL Cards - 1960

 
  Of all my Amateur Radio items, these are my most treasured. It was a much different time back then, a time of trust and innocence, believing that everything was going to be right in the world. As a 14 year old kid, I was mesmerized by the sounds coming back to me through my U.S. Navy surplus R-116 receiver. Using a DX-20 Heathkit 50w CW xmtr, I was able to make contacts initially with east coast stations then gradually longer distances. The summer of 1960 I discovered that using my 40 meter dipole I could operate my transmitter by purchasing crystals for the lower end of 40 meters and then tripling their frequencies and finding myself in the 15 meter Novice band. Distances increased and I was ecstatic with the results. I also started to use 80 meters and that relieved the crowded 40 meter novice cw band. 80 was a good near area band for me. The following QSL's are some that I collected during 1960, my Novice year. I believe I upgraded to General sometime in December of '60 (did not want to be left without a license as the Novice was non renewable back then).  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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