Re: Holy certificates, Batman !

Yes I do remember her. (If that was her true name) Maybe she worked for the KGB front office.  I still have some listener requests signed by her and a recording of them answering one of my questions.  It was a real softball that I knew they would want to air.  "With President Nixon in office now how do you view US/Soviet relations?"  They couldn't pass it up.

PO Box 88 probably was the address of the branch of the KGB office that screened all foreign correspondence. There probably was a young eager agent there named Vlad.

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On Sunday, October 22, 2017 11:38 AM, "Jerry n9avy@... [070]" <070@...> wrote:

Great story !    They might have overlooked you because you were in military and figured you weren't a threat.
Do you remember Mrs. Stepenova at  Box 88  ?  She handled all the QSL card requests. Most of the shortwave stations from those days are shut down now, but it was a fun time for a lot of us. 
Wrote  for Newark News Radio Club around 69-73  and quite a few of the SWLs I later met on Amateur Radio. Back then I corresponded (snail mail - pre-email)  with Geoff Watts who was founder of IOTA Program and an SWL. 
It all started which a friend and I started listening to an old 1940's Scott floor model radio in his living room in 1950's.   Heard all kinds of short wave stations and I was hooked.

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That's funny because I got my share of Russian, Chinese and Cuban propaganda during those days but it didn't prevent me from getting a top secret clearance to keep a close eye on them when I was stationed in Europe.  LOL.

We were always the first to get our radios set up when we were in the field and on one occasion I got bored and decided to tune the shortwave bands just to see what was up.  I soon came across the news in English from Radio Moscow.  I recognized the accent from years of listening.  An officer just happened to walk by and asked what was on the radio.  I answered that it was the news from Radio Moscow.  Convinced that I was just being a smartass ( I can't imagine why he would think that) he asked again and at that moment we heard the very familiar refrain. "And that was the news from Radio Moscow."  He then said "Get that #%@& off that radio.  "Yes sir."  True story.

I guess the Cold War continues.

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On Friday, October 20, 2017 9:43 AM, "Steve P oldjavadrinker@... [070]" <070@...> wrote:

That’s a good story Jerry. 


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On Oct 20, 2017, at 09:12, Jerry n9avy@... [070] <070@...> wrote:

Pretty much the same here in my SWL days back in 60's & 70's.  If the mail didn't show up with QSLs I'd blame the mailman and be bummed out until next mail delivery.  Also used to get a ton of propaganda from Iron Curtain countries while would fill mail box.  One of the benefits of getting QSL cards from Communist countries is that it got one on the FBI  list .  Was at a get-together with a couple prominent SWLs/writers and one of them used Freedom of Information Act to get his FBI file; FBI had copies of everything he ever wrote to a Communist country ! 

Still have a nice collection of SWL QSLs kicking around here somewhere...
Jerry  N9AVY


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LOL.  Reminds me of when a buddy of mine in high school (another SWL) waited by the mail drop box, in the snow, for the mailman to sort through everything to get at our QSL cards before he even had a chance to deliver mail to anyone else in the neighborhood.  We were looking for anything with red and blue borders which usually signified something international.
Those were the days of SWL QSL's arriving from shortwave stations and all of us were in a perpetual "can you top this" contest.  Lots of fun for sure.

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On Thursday, October 19, 2017 9:10 PM, "randy true w4rttrandy@... [070]" <070@...> wrote:

I believe it was just stickers.

Randy W4RTT

From: 070@... <070@...> on behalf of Paula Johnson hamette@... [070] <070@...>
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Mine made it to the mailbox too!

Paula K7PAX

On Oct 19, 2017, at 4:25 PM, Matthew King mrk.twg@... [070] <070@...> wrote:

Very glad all the certificates seem to be finding their ways to their new homes.

Uh oh, Randy/W4RTT - are you expecting a certificate?  I don't see any entries in the contest scorer for you, at least not using David's little lookup tool.  You do have some stickers headed your way in the next little while, though!

Be good, y'all!


Matt King
AK4MK - 070 #1708
PODXS 070 Club Executive Director

alt Virus-free.

On Thu, Oct 19, 2017 at 7:18 PM, Tom Singleton tsingle@... [070] <070@...> wrote:
Certificates were received today up in my soggy corner of the left coast.

Many thanks, Matt. 


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