Amateur radio operators exchange QSL "postcards" to confirm two-way communications (QSO) between stations. A QSL card sent from one amateur radio operator to another contains details about the contact and the station. As a minimum, this includes the call sign of both stations participating in the communications, the time and date of the contact (usually specified in UTC/GMT), the frequency used, the mode of transmission used, and a signal report. The latter report is a two or three digit number that expresses the quality of the signals being received: RST for "Readability" (1-5), "Strength" (1-9), and "Tone" (1-9) of CW/Morse Code communications, RS for voice, RSV for SSTV (V = "Video", 1-5), and RSQ for digi-modes. Note: "QSO" and "QSL" are only two of the over 200 standard "Q-code" abbreviations that are used in Morse telegraphy. Their usage goes back to 1906.
MY OWN QSL CARD
My QSL card - 2008-2016
My QSL card - 2016-2019
My current QTH is in the south of France. In December of 2018, the French supreme court decided that the annual amateur radio license fee (tax) of €46 is unconstitutional and to be eliminated a.s.a.p. When I found out in March of 2019, I applied for a French callsign, based on my US license. The US is neither an EU country, nor a CEPT country, but does have a bilateral agreement with France. Hence, I received an F4Wxx callsign: F4WCN.
My QSL card - since 2019
SOME QSL CARDS THAT I HAVE RECEIVED
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