NAME OR LOCATION
|A41AA||Oaboos Bin Asid Al Said – Sultan of Oman|
|CN8MH||King Hassan II – King of Morocco (sk)|
|DD6CF||Reinhard Alfred Furrer – German Space Agency astronaut.|
|DG2KM||Dr Ernst Willi Messerschmid – German Space Agency astronaut.|
|EA0JC||King Carlos of Spain|
|EA0HOE||Me! Not famous yet, but one day i WILL be.|
|F5VBY||Brother of Ray Dolby – Inventor of the Dolby Sound System|
|F5VBX||Ann Dolby – Wife of F5VBY|
|FX0STB||Jean-Pierre Haigner – French government space agency spationaut. 2 Missions to MIR|
|GB1MIR||Helen Sharman – First British woman into space|
|GB2BP||Bletchley Park – Home of wartime top secret ‘Station X’ of ENIGMA de-coding fame|
|GB2RS||The news broadcasting service of the Radio Society of Great Britain. Established in 1955|
|GB4BLC||Bedworth Lions Club special event callsign. (Licensee Lion Brian G8GMU)|
|GM3ITN||Les Hamilton – He first alerted England of Argentine invasion of the Falklands 1982|
|GX2ASF||Coventry Amateur Radio Society. (Originally G2ASF) The oldest affiliated club to the RSGB 75 years in 2007|
|G1EXG||Dr. Jonathan Hare – Physicist, astronomer & BBC TV presenter|
|G2LO||B.B.C – Radio Club. (The licensee’s address believed to be Warwick Castle ~ Enquiry pending)|
|G2MT||Marconi Radio Society. ~ 2MT was the Marconi callsign at Writtle experimental wireless station|
|G2NM||Gerald Marcuse – Amateur broadcaster of the 1920’s, prior to the BBC Overseas Service as 2NM (sk)|
|G2QA||A J.Simkins. M.B.E.|
|G2YL||Nelly Corry – The 2nd UK Lady Radio Amateur in 1932 (sk)|
|G2XM||Sir Richard Davies, KCVO, CBE, C.Eng, FIEE – Was a member of The Household of the Duke of Edinburgh (sk)|
|G2BCK||F C Judd – Author of radio amateur books (sk)|
|G2DQU||Lord Rix of Whitehall, (Formerly Sir Brian Rix Kt CBE DL) – Actor & politician|
|G3BBC||Film Studios Ealing|
|G3EUR||Major John Brown – Designer of the famous WW2 spy B2 suitcase radios & founder of the Duxford Radio Society (sk)|
|G3HB||G.L.Benbow – Author radio amateur books|
|G3ITF||Brian Freeman – Connected with that ‘British Institution’ Freeman Hardy & Willis|
|G3PLX||Peter Martinez – Co- Inventor of the PSK31 digital transmission system|
|G3PLX||Peter Martinez – Co- Inventor of the PSK31 digital transmission system|
|G3SXW||Roger Western – Member of the CQ Hall of fame for his many years of activating very rare DX locations|
|G3TPW||Stephen Webb – Prolific electronics engineer. Designer of the G3TPW Cobwebb antenna|
|G3TXF||Nigel Cawthorne – Member of the CQ Hall of fame for his many years of activating very rare DX locations|
|G3TZH||A Dolby – Brother of Ray Dolby (of Dolby System fame)|
|G3UML||Laurie Margolis – BBC journalist who received the reports from VP8LP of the Falkland Islands invasion in 1982.|
|G3YLA||Jim Bacon – T V weatherman – ex BBC|
|G4AEH||Jim Lee – BBC radio broadcaster & producer (A local radio ham & good friend to Lions Clubs)|
|G4MH||James (Jim) Fish – Designer of the G4MH Mini-Beam Antennas|
|G4PZR||Lieutenant Commander Sir Kenneth Cradock-Hartopp DSC – 10th Bt, (sk)|
|G4RK||Capt. George Thomas Smith-Clarke – Designed the paediatric iron lung also motor scooter, prolific inventor (sk)|
|G5OG||Lord C. I. Ewing. OBE – Fellow of The Royal Television Society|
|G5RV||Louie Varney Antenna Designer (sk) ~ G5RV is now Mid – Sussex Amateur Radio Society callsign|
|G6YL||Barbara Dunn – The first UK Lady Radio Amateur (sk)|
|G7CDK||Alan Florence – Sound engineer. Worked on the Tony Hancock recordings of the Radio Ham & Blood Donor|
|G8PO||Cmdr. J E Ironmonger O.B.E.|
|G8TGS||Dr. W R Williams – Diplomat|
|G0DMU||Ian Morrison – Senior project manager at Jodrell Bank. Appears in Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy|
|G0KRH||Chris Tarrant – TV quiz show host & TV personality|
|G0MSL||James Bobbett – Past Town Crier – Glastonbury|
|G0OAN||Fergal Sharkey – Lead singer in Irish punk band in 1970’s|
|G0VIQ||Eugene Sully – Big brother contestant & radio broadcaster. Member of Mid – Sussex Amateur Radio Society|
|G0VQH||Councilor Jenny Bailey – Mayor of The City of Cambridge 2007 – 2008|
|HS1A||Bhumiphol Adulayadej – King of Thailand|
|HS1D||Maha Chakri Sirindhorn- Princess to the throne of Thailand|
|I0FCG||Francego Cossiga – Former Italian President|
|IZ0JPA||Paolo Angelo Nespoli – Itallian Astronaut of the European Space Agency|
|J3BB||Masaru Ibuka – Co-founder of Sony|
|JA3FA||Tokuzo Inoue – Founder of ICOM|
|JI1KIT||Keizo Obuchi – Japanese Prime Minister|
|JK1SIU||Noria Ohga – Chairman of Sony|
|JP1DPJ||Akio Morita – Founder of Sony|
|JY1||King Hussain of Jordan (sk)|
|JY1H||Queen Noor of Jordan|
|JY2HT||Former Crown Prince Hassan – Brother of the late King Hussein of Jordan|
|JY2RZ||Prince Raad Ibn Zeid- Cousin of King Hussein of Jordan, Prince of Jordan and chairman of the Royal Jordan Radio Amateur Society.|
|KB2GSD||Walter Cronkite – “The worlds most recognised” US television newsreader – Walter has an asteroid named after him|
|KB5UAC||Mike Foale – British born US astronaut|
|KB6LQR||Jeana Yeager – Pilot of non-stop, non-refueled flight around the world in the Rutan Voyager aircraft.|
|KB6LQS||Richard Glenn Rutan – Rutan Voyager aircraft designer and pilot for non-stop, non-refueled flight around the world|
|KC5VWK||Richard J. Abruzzo – World famous balloonist and world record holder; the first balloon voyage from North America to Africa.|
|KC5ZSU||Laurel Blair Salton Clark, M.D. – Crew member of the ill fated Space Shuttle Columbia on STS-107.|
|KC5ZTC||David M. Brown. – Crew member of the ill fated Space Shuttle Columbia on STS-107.|
|KD4WUJ||Patty Loveless – Country Music Singer|
|KG4UYY||James Lance Bass – ‘N SYNC pop singer.|
|KD5PLB||Suni Williams – Suni has set a record for spacewalks by a female astronaut, a total of 29 hours, 17 minutes|
|KG6FZX||Dennis Tito – First space tourist|
|KX2Z||Tony Bonjovi – Cousin of Jon Bonjovi|
|K1ADJ||Peter Guber – Possibly Hollywood’s most successful and powerful producer and executive.|
|K1AKE||James M. Moran – Leading researcher in the field of astronomical masers and black holes.|
|K1OKI||Mickey Schulhof – Head of Sony USA|
|K2AMH||“Bob” Moog – Invented the “Moog Synthesizer” amongst many other electronic instruments (sk)|
|K2HEP||John Sculley – former CEO of Pepsi|
|K4ZVZ||Paul Tibbits – pilot of the Ò Enola Gay Ò aircraft (The plane that dropped the first atomic bomb over Hiroshima in WW2)|
|K6BP||Software engineer with movie credits on “A Bug’s Life” and “Toy Story 2” also holds Also WA2TNM|
|K9EID||Bob Heil – Legendary sound engineer to such The Eagles & The Who, Head of Heil Sound|
|LU1SM||Carlos Saul Menem – President of Argentina|
|M0SDX||Sergei Rebrov – Professional soccer player|
|M3HBM||Joshua Baxter – Youngest radio ham to activate Snowdon Mountain Summit at 9 years old in 2005 as MW3HBM/P|
|N5YYV||Kathryn Dwyer Sullivan Ph.D.- NASA astonaut. First American woman to walk in space 1984.|
|N6FUP||Stuart Alden Cook (Stu Cook) – Bass guitar player in American rock band, Creedence Clearwater Revival|
|N9FZX||Dr. Paul A. Flaherty – Co-inventor of the Alta Vista Search Engine.|
|N9LC||George Sweigert – Inventor of the mobile phone|
|NY6YOS||Priscilla Presley – (Lou Lou Beaulieu) Film star & businesswoman. Was Married to Elvis Presley|
|OD5LE||Emil Lahoud – President of Lebanon|
|ON1AFD||Count Dirk Fairmouth Ph.D. – Belgian Astronaut|
|ON1DWN||Frank De Winne. – European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut. Flight engineer on the newly designed Soyuz, Odissea mission.|
|PE1LFO||Wubbo Johannes Ockels – First Dutch citizen in space and payload specialist on 2 missions|
|RK3DUO||Col. Yuri Ivanovich Onufriyenko – Russian cosmonaut. Mir and ISS missions. He has been named a Hero of Russia, been awarded two Armed Forces medals and named a Chevalier in the French Legion of Honour|
|RK3DUP||Yuri Ivanovich Malenchenko – Russian cosmonaut. The first person to marry in space, on 10 August 2003, when he married Ekaterina Dmitrieva, who was in Texas,|
|RN3DX||Oleg Kononenko – Russian cosmonaut, flown on the ISS|
|RO3FT||Talgat Amangeldyuly Musabayev – Kazakhstan born cosmonaut, flight engineer of the Mir-25 mission. Later founded National Kazakhstan Space Agency and became Director of Aerospace Agency of Republic of Kazakhstan.|
|SP9VRC||Pawel Jalocha – Co- Inventor of the PSK31 digital transmission system|
|SU1VN||Prince Talal of Saudi Arabia|
|WA3SWS||Stephen E. Uhrig – Surveillance expert who appeared with Gene Hackman in 1998 movie “Enemy of the State”|
|WA6IOG||Vern Orr – Secretary of the USAF at The Pentagon|
|WB2LAV||Russell Alan Hulse – Co-winner with K1JT of 1993 Nobel Prize in Physics for discovery of binary pulsar|
|WB6ACU||Joe Walsh – Of The Eagles & James Gang|
|WD4LZC||Larnell Harris – Singer 7 Times Grammy Winner|
|WD4SKT||Donnie Osmond – Singer|
|W1AW||Hiram Percy Maxim – Prolific Inventor & most famous for inventing the firearms silencer & machine gun (sk)|
|W1GBE||Percy Lebaron Spencer – Inventor of the Microwave Oven, Senior Vice President of Raytheon Co.|
|W2JOF||Sir Cliff Richard – Singer (W2JOF is his USA callsign)|
|W2QBO||Wilson Greatbatch – Inventor of the cardiac pacemaker.|
|W5CY||Howard Hughes – Billionaire, Inventor, aviator, aircraft designer|
|W5LFL||Owen Garriott – First radio Amateur in Space, on Shuttle mission STS-9, launched November 28, 1983,|
|W6DOE||Clarence Leonidas Fender (Leo Fender) – He of Fender electric guitars. Prolific inventor & designer of instruments|
|W6RO||Queen Mary Ocean Liner – Wireless room operated by The Associated Radio Amateurs Of Long Beach Calif.|
|W6UK||Alvino Rey – Musician, reportedly invented / pioneered the electric guitar|
|W6VZA||Henry Richter – Brother of Charles Richter (He of the Richter Scale)|
|W6YX||Oswald Garrison – was the first to use the SSB mode for an amateur QSO with W0TQK in 1947|
|W7DUK||Nolan Bushnell – Inventor, Computer Pioneer, Founded Atari|
|W9GTY||Jack Kilby – Inventor, invented the microchip for Texas Instruments in 1958, then the hand held digital calculator|
|W0TQK||Mike Villard jr. – was the first to use the SSB mode for an amateur QSO with W6YX in 1947|
|UA1LO||Yuri Gagarin – First man in space (sk)|
|UV3AM||Musa Moronov – Russian Cosmonaut|
|VE2QS||Maurice Durieux – Canadian musician, composed CQ Serenade, possibly the only radio ham song?|
|VK2BL||Graham Conolly – Australian Radio broadcaster and former voice on VNG|
|VK2KB||Sir Allan Fairhall – Australian Statesman & Businessman|
|VK2AHU||Dick Huey – Professor – Emeritus (Previous callsign VK2HU)|
|VK2CAX||Dr. Ken McCracken – Founding Chief of CSIRO Mineral Physics|
|VK5AX||Alf Traeger – Inventor of the pedal powered wireless|
|VU2LC1||Permanent Lions Club Disaster station Bangalore India, operated by Lion Ajoy VU2JHM|
|VU2RBI||Bharathi Prasad – The only lifeline for thousands during the 2005 Tsunami. ~ “Teresa of the Bay of Bengal.”|
|VU2RG||Rajiv Ghandi – Late Prime Minister of India (sk)|
|VU2SON||Sonia Ghandi – Widow of VU2RG|
|XE1GC||Guillermo Gonzalez Camarena – Inventor of the colour television Tri-colour Cathode Ray Tube 1940 (sk)|
|YU1RL||Radivoje Lazarevic – Yugoslav ambassador to Brazil|
|ZK1AN||Sir Thomas Davis – former Premier of The Cook Islands|
|1XS||Reginald Aubrey Fessenden – Made the first broadcast of the human voice and music, on Christmas Eve 1906|
|2CVJ||Robert Hart – First person in USA to receive a transatlantic T V image transmitted by John Logie Baird in 1928|
|2KZ||Station used by John Logie Baird in 1928 to transmit the first transatlantic TV signal from England to New York|
|2YT||Belonged to the Marconi Company, used by Marconi on his yacht?|
|3A0AG||Prince Alberto Grimaldi – Monte Carlo, Monaco|
|3BEC||Arthur Middleton Young- Inventor of the first commercially practical helicopter, philosopher, poet and painter|
|7L2NJY||Dr Mamoru Mohri – Japanese astronaut|
|9DRV||David Packard – Co-Founder of Hewlett-Packard.(sk). Bill Hewlett was probably a radio ham, callsign not known.|
|9K2CS||Prince Yousuf Al-Sabah|
|9M1||King of Malaya (possible sk)|
Did you ever get your QSL’s back with the message ‘QSO NOT IN LOG’?
Or did you never receive a QSL back and when you re-checked the online log you were not there?
Time has come to upgrade your operating practice!
|Check the date on this QSL|
First law of HAM Radio: LISTEN!
If you can’t hear a station, you cannot work him. If you send anyway, you will never receive anything back. Waste of money and effort.
First law of QSL-ing: Not everybody wants them.
Me, for example, i’ve been practicing radio for over 15 years and i used to have hundreds of QSL. I sent mine, including IRC’s or USD$$$, and most of the time i got something back. I stuck them in albums, organized by country. And i never looked at them anymore. If i think about the money i spent on them i could have a really nice radio in my shack.
They say that the final courtesy of a QSO is the QSL card. Also they say that a QSO is not confirmed until the QSL is received. You know, i KNOW when i made the contact. The moment i hear my callsign confirmed by the other station, for me the QSO is confirmed. And also i always mention in my QSO’s that i don’t QSL. It’s a shame that not a lot of operators use eQSL yet. That would be a solution i could except.
Anyway, most HAM Radio amateurs do like QSLs so let’s see what the possibilities here are.
In many countries a so called “QSL Bureau” can take care of the exchange of QSLs for free. Most of the time this is a service that is provided when you become member of the national HAM Radio association in your country.
If you are lucky enough to have a QSL Bureau in your country, the only thing you have to do is to send your QSLs to this Bureau and the Bureau will take care of the distribution. The station receiving the QSL will send his QSL back to the Bureau and either you will have to pick them up there or the Bureau sends them to your QTH.
The advantage of having a QSL Bureau is that QSL exchange is cheap and easy. The disadvantage is that it can take up to 2 or even 3 years before you receive your QSLs back.
|Beware of $$ hunters!!|
If you don’t want to wait this long, or if you don’t have a Bureau, you can always ask the station if you can send direct. Did you read that? You have to ASK THE STATION is he wants QSL direct.
If this is the case what you would do is send your QSL together with a SAE (Self Addressed Envelope) and stamps, an IRC (International Reply Coupon) or money (most of the time 1 or 2 USD) for the station to return your QSL.
And this is precisely why i don’t QSL anymore. For every contact i want to have confirmed i will have to 1) buy my own QSL card, 2) pay for the postage for sending my card to him, 3) pay for the envelope and postage for his card to be returned to me. That means that every QSO i want to have confirmed will cost me about 4-5 USD. I stopped doing that.
Where do i send my QSLs if i send direct?
Many DX Expeditions use QSL Managers for the handling of the QSLs. This is to speed up the process of checking logs (remember that DX Expeditions can make thousands of contacts) and returning the QSLs.
If there is not a QSL Manager involved you can LISTEN for the QSL info and if he doesn’t call his QSL info over the air you can ask the station where to send the QSL. Most of the time he will respond that his QSL info is available in QRZ.COM.
So what alternatives do i have?
- Ok, first alternative is to do what i do, nothing. But that is not the most efficient way of collecting QSLs.
- I already mentioned eQSL.cc. eQSL is an electronic QSL exchange. What you do is you register your callsign on the eQSL.cc website, you design your electronic QSL card and after verification of your callsign (scan and upload your license) you are ready to go. From time to time you upload your log to eQSL.cc and your electronic QSL card will be sent to the other stations eQSL inbox. If the other station also is an eQSL member, he can send his eQSL card to you and you will receive it in your inbox. No paper QSL’s required.
- Another way is confirming contacts electronically through e.g. the LoTW (Logbook of the World) from the ARRL. The LoTW is the same concept as eQSL with one important difference: eQSL’s are only exchanged if the logs of both stations match. So only if i have the same time and date of the QSO as my contacted station, an eQSL exchange will happen. Therefor may HAM Operators prefer LoTW over eQSL.cc.
If you want to use electronic QSL exchange, which one should you use? I prefer the LoTW over eQSL. Not for the mandatory log matching, i think this is actually a DISadvantage of LoTW over eQSL.cc. But simply because of the fact that most operators use LoTW and because LoTW is becoming the standard integration for electronic QSL exchange in many HAM Radio logging software.
A good discussion on eQSL vs. LoTW can be read here.