The WIA Historical QSL Card Collection
About The Collection
This is a collection of QSL cards that have been donated by radio amateurs and Short-Wave Listeners from both Australia and overseas, the aim of which is to save 'something for the future'. We are all aware of the great interest shown in such items as vintage cars, antique furniture and heritage buildings. QSL cards also have an archival value in that old QSLs, through their description of radio equipment and comments made by our radio 'old timers', can depict the fascinating world of amateur radio in its early days.
What Is In The Collection
Members of the WIA have reason to be proud of their WIA QSL Collection, for it contains some of the most valuable archival material in the world. The QSL of Reinhartz 1XAM of the USA De Loy of France (pictured above)are here. It was the amateur radio transmission between these two experimenters in November 1923 that bridged the Atlantic for the first time. The QSLs of Frank Bell Z4AA and Cecil Goyder G2SZ are here. It was these experimenters who made the first two-way amateur radio contact between New Zealand and England in 1924.
The Collection has also an excellent range of post war QSLs such as rare DX, IOTA, DOK, Prefix and USA County QSLs, in addition to a thematic collection and a pictorial collection containing some of the worlds most attractively designed QSLs.
Contributing To The Collection
The WIA appeals to all amateur radio operators and executors of 'silent key' estates to donate QSLs to the Collection. Such donations are acknowledged in the WIA's Amateur Radio magazine, and postage is fully refunded.
Both radio clubs and individuals have the opportunity of purchasing at cost price a DVD portraying a wide range of both pre-war and post-war QSLs. These have proved very popular at Club evenings.
Become a QSL Contributor
Would you care to help by becoming one of our QSL contributors? Enquiries should be directed to:
The WIA National Office
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