Gallery of QSL cards for ham radio contacts made by vk4ma / vk3ajj

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Username vk3ajj
Status active
Joined Jun 23, 2018
Location Hervey Bay Australia
Interests Ham Radio
Website www.radios.net.au/qslgallery
Occupation Retired
Biography Ham or Amateur radio is a popular global hobby whereby individuals and clubs build their own radio stations and use these to make radio contacts with each other across the globe. It can be a competitive endeavour and in this regard award programmes have been created recognising two way radio contacts with all the countries in the world (340 different political entities - DXCC Award) and with specified island groups which total 1200 in number (IOTA Award). These two way radio contacts are confirmed by receipt of a card (called a qsl card) which are like post cards from the rare location you have contacted with information about the island or country and the radio activity that took place there. It is now common place for radio "hams" or ""amateurs" to visit a remote location for the specific purpose of "radio activating" that rare entity for a period of 1-2 weeks so that other hams around the world can add that rare country or island to their award tallies. Competition to contact the rare entity can be fierce as some entities are activated only once every 20 years or so and if a contact is missed it is a long wait until the next radio activation. The competition fuels a radio technology arms race as sometimes you are competing with hundreds of other stations from across the globe all calling the rare station at the same time in what is called a "pileup".

The images on this website are the QSL cards (post cards) collected by one ham radio operator in Australia, Paul - vk4ma, vk3ajj and confirm the two way radio contacts he has made in roughly a 40 year period from 1979 through to present day. Paul was licensed as a radio ham at age 13 in 1979.
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