Opening the Vault – South Peace Regional Archives

“Opening the Vault” will be a regular feature of this blog, highlighting fun and interesting items that otherwise might be overlooked among the holdings of archival institutions around Alberta . The first of this series comes from the South Peace Regional Archives in Grande Prairie.

VE6AV - QSL Card, Bob Fields fonds, SPRA.

VE6AV - QSL Card, Bob Fields fonds, SPRA

One of our current favourites, just in time for Christmas, is this QSL card from the Bob Field fonds. QSL cards are sent by ham radio operators to acknowledge contact with another operator. The cards are approximately the size of a postcard and prominently display the call sign of the person sending the card, in this case VE6AV. There are over 500 QSL cards in this fonds, dating from the late 1940s until the early 2000s. The fun thing about this card is the abbreviations used. Shortening words for easier transmission (think texting) is not a new concept as this card is about 60 years old!

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