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erktheviking

about 3 months ago

Looks to be a QSL card from Charles F. Makowski who lived at 1020 Ninth Ave. E. according to American Radio History. These were mostly used to track communications over ham radio. They were often sent to other operators as a written confirmation of communication. It was a little like a calling card for an amateur station. Charles was communicating with one Norman W. Fincher who lived in Atlanta. His call sign was W4FIJ. Gozinda and Gozouta are bal­anced and unbalanced input/output structures that were utilized to maintain the conversation. The line at the bottom is called a Q code and breaks down as follows: VY=Very, 73 is a typical short code for "best regards," and comes from the Phillips Code which was used for telegraph operators before ham radio. A QSO is essentially a contact with a person. QSL means "Can you acknowledge receipt?" Pretty neat stuff, thanks for sharing!

Mike Creger

about 3 months ago

What Erk said. He was listed as getting a new ham radio license in 1939 edition of Radio & Television magazine, formerly Short Wave & Television magazine. He would have been 18, born in 1921, according to the 1940 census. Son of Frank and Julia. They had boarders at their Ninth Avenue home near today's Grant Rec Center: Geo and Olive Grackowski.

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