Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Map of the Week - QSL Card Maps

QSL (Query Station Location) cards are postcards sent by amateur radio operators to verify station reception. The cards provide a visual identity for radio operators and are popular collectibles. Garth Hamilton, operator of station VE3HO in Fonthill, Ontario creates map based QSL cards for other operators. Here are some examples:

Here's his own card.


Martin said...

Um, I don't get it. Does the radio operator send the cards to colleagues, in effect asking them to check his signal?

I like the variety of the cards! Don't tell National Geographic about VE3HO's card!

Dug said...

Yes I think that's the basic idea since it's sort of a one way communication otherwise. He also steals from MapArt but I won't tell them!