Every day for the past few years I hop onto eBay searching for pieces of local history that I can add to my collection of York County, Pennsylvania memorabilia. In addition, I search for items related to my family research, specifically the Stough surname and it’s variations (Stauch and Stouch).
I was surprised to find a postcard-sized item a few weeks that at one time belonged to my parents…
This is a QSL card which were used by citizens band (CB) radio enthusiasts since around 1960, although postcards were first used to verify reception of a station as early as 1916. My parents, who are Carl and Dixie as shown above, were involved with the hobby in the mid-1960s. My brother and one sister are listed, but my other sister and myself were not “created” yet.
When I called each of my parents about this card, they were both surprised that it still existed. They both remembered their call signs – Dad was KOG-4148 and Mom was KQG-0380 – which were issued by the FCC. The Old Yankee was my dad’s “cool” CB handle.
There were several different markings on the card, all with their own meaning:
- WE QSL – 100%: They send out QSL cards with every connection made
- All 23: They had a 23-channel CB radio
- Mont. 9-12: They monitored channels 9 through 12 and “hung out” there
- 73′s: Best regards
The back of the card was used to enter information about the connection between two parties including time and date, signal strength and readability, etc. At the bottom of the card you can see the following code – “PSE QSL TNX” – that actually meant “Please QSL Thanks”. The card was printed by Litho – Little Printers in Duncannon, Pennsylvania.
It was great that I was able to find this piece of my parent’s history on eBay, no matter how plain and ordinary it is. My parents enjoyed sharing their memories of their CB radio days with me, and I enjoyed listening to them.
I’d love to hear your CB stories and even your “handle”…
- As I child I remember my grandmother having a CB in her Ford Mustang, and my brother operated a HAM radio for some time.