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A collection of over 150 “QSL cards”, QSL? (Do You Confirm Receipt of My Transmission?) chronicles a moment in time before the Internet age, when global communication was thriving via amateur, or “ham”, radio operators.

Discovered by designer Roger Bova, the distinctly designed cards follow the international correspondence of one ham, station W2RP, who turned out to be the longest-standing licensed operator in The United States. Published by Order's book imprint, Standards Manual.

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Various examples of "QSL cards", which are traded by ham radio operators to confirm that contact has been made between them.

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To learn more about the history of QSL cards and amateur radio, you can read the book's introduction by Marc Da Costa here.

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The book includes an "anatomy of a QSL card" which annotates the various components typically found on each card, such as an operator's call-sign, strength of signal, or radio band.

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Production specifications:
276 pages
8 × 11"
203.2 × 279.4 mm
Stochastic screen
Front and back cover (shown above) tip-ins with silkscreened spine
Cloth wrapped
Printed in Italy

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Throughout the book, details are included that enlarge symbols, letterforms, and other iconography at 500–600% scale. Scans were processed at 2400 DPI and printed with offset stochastic screen.

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An index of all 150+ cards are included in the back of the book.

Learn more and order the book at Standards Manual.