Broadcast/Short-Wave Station QSL Cards
Daily monitoring of frequencies throughout the electro-magnetic spectrum has been
going on for many years, and the activity is still strong today. A very dedicated group of
individuals, both young and old, continually scan the "bands" logging whatever they hear.
In January of 2012, Popular Communications magazine (Pop'Comm) started a new program to continue the tradition of past magazines and issue registration call-signs to these hobbyists. WPC8UP was issued to me on February 20, 2012 after I sent in my application.
(As of February 2013, Pop'Comm has become a digital supplement to CQ Amateur Radio magazine. However, I don't see Pop'Comm or monitoring data mentioned on CQ magazine's website.)
My first call-sign registration (WPE8EUM) was issued by Popular Electronics magazine in 1962.
To the right are a couple certificates that I worked on during the 60's. Popular Electronics and Electronics Illustrated magazines had sections devoted to "DXing," and both offered rewards for various levels of listening achievement. (The Popular Electronics column was "The Short-Wave Report," and the Electronics Illustrated column was "The Listener," which predated "The DX Club" of 1965.)
The columns were always filled with station frequency lists, and early on, since I only had a standard AM radio, I payed close attention to the AM broadcast band (BCB) listings. I can remember being amazed that some of the foreign stations listed where actually being heard in North America on these frequencies. I was happy just to hear a station from Mexico.
Probably my best AM broadcast band DX catch from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, was KNX in Los Angeles, California. Of course, many of the stations I listened to were "clear channel" stations, but I did pick up a few smaller stations while their engineers performed frequency tests.
These tests were usually late on Sunday night or early Monday morning, and during these periods, the stations would run their maximum licensed power. Sometimes the stations would turn off their directional antenna array and run omni, which would allow for better reception in the remote part of Michigan where I lived.
Below, are QSL card selections from both the standard AM broadcast band, and short-wave.
Joe (AJ8MH - WPC8UP)
ex: WPE8EUM, WN8AQL, WB5FCO and WJ5MH
I have a blanked out copy of the original Popular Electronics WPE certificate. I wanted one to
display in my shack with my information, as my original was not suitable for framing. These are not
for sale and can not be used for commercial purposes. However, you can e-mail me a request for the
You should be familiar with manipulating graphics to add your personal data. Also, the certificate does have to be reduced to print on a single sheet of paper. When reduced, the certificate is suitable for framing.
( aj8mh-radio at charter dot net )
AM Broadcast Band QSL Cards
Owned by CBC in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Company) Montreal
CBC Radio Canada from Winnipeg, Manitoba
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Windsor, Ontario, Canada near Detroit, Michigan
Group W from Pittsburgh first on-the-air November 2, 1920*
CBS at Columbia Square in Los Angeles, California
5KW Station in Des Moines, Iowa
From Broadway in New York City*
Chicago's Showmanship Station
Radio's Southern Voice from Charlotte, NC
Westinghouse Broadcasting from Boston*
CBS from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Voice of Labor - Big 10 WCFL - Chicago
The Bright Sound of Chicago Radio*
Since 1922 from Rochester, New York (Night Jazz)
Clear Channel from Des Moines, Iowa
San Antonio's Radio Outlet to the World
Fort Wayne's WOWO - Westinghouse Broadcasting
Serving Virginia and the Nation since 1925
The White Columns of Atlanta
Loyola University of the South in New Orleans
KDKA, WABC, WBZ, and WLS cards are courtesy of KA6TTV - I had these cards at one time, but glued them to a
notebook in 6th grade, and I was never able to recover them. Oh, well...
Short wave Broadcast QSL Cards
Republic of China
Foreign Language Department - Radio Tirana
Australian Broadcasting Commission - Melbourne
ORU - Belgium National Broadcasting (SW Svc) - Brussels
Radio Sofia (The Sofia University) - Bulgaria
Trans World Radio - Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles
OLR - Radio Praha Czechoslovakia - Prague
Shortwave Department of Radio Denmark - Copenhagen
HCJB Ecuador South America (External Svc)- Quito
Egyptian Broadcasting Company - Cario
Finnish Broadcasting Company (External Svc) - Helsinki
Ghana Broadcasting Corporation - Accra
Deutsche Welle (West Germany 1969)- Koln
Radio Nederland - Hilversum
RAI - Radiotelevisione Italiana - Roma
NHK (Nippon Hoso Kyokai) - Tokyo
The Voice of Free China - Taipei Taiwan
International Svc Swedish Broadcasting - Stockholm
Office de Radiodiffusion - Papeete, Tahiti, South Pacific
S Gabriel Telecommunications - Vatican