QSL cards (or letters) are exchanged to acknowledge ham radio contact between stations. Broadcast...See more
QSL cards (or letters) are exchanged to acknowledge ham radio contact between stations. Broadcast stations (mediumwave and shortwave) also offer colorful QSL cards to listeners who send in reports of reception. These souvenirs of the radio listening hobby (or "DX'ing," as it's sometimes called) are slowly vanishing as the radio hobbies shrink. Nowadays hams often "QSL" contacts via the internet, bypassing the cost and postage of physical QSL cards. Many international shortwave broadcasters have either drastically cut back services or closed down altogether as their target audience migrates to the internet and satellite radio. Thus, most of these QSL cards are echoes of stations long gone, and a knob-twiddling pasttime whose glory days have passed.