So as most of you know, in addition to slingin’ the six-string for Ruby Dee and The Snakehandlers and other around-town music luminaries, I also do a bit of amateur radio operating on the side. That’s ham radio, if you’re not familiar. Probably your uncle, dad, or grandpa did it. Believe it or not, in the age of cellular phones and the internet, firing radio waves wirelessly into the ionosphere is alive and well. A significant number of new licenses are issued every year by the FCC and people still use morse code, for cryin’ out loud (actually morse code or CW is highly efficient, but the nittygritty details can be left for some other time). Anyway, a tradition in ham radio is to confirm a contact with a QSL card. Basically it works like this: you make a call, someone answers, you exchange a signal report, and you confirm the contact via snail mail or electronically. Personally, I’m a big fan of sending the cards in the mail, but I will confirm electronically as well. I guess I just like having the hard copies for my card box. Anyway, being a designer/illustrator in a previous life, from time to time I have to design a new QSL card just to break things up. Here’s my latest one. Hope you like it.


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