QSL Postcard

Radio Station XJ1JF
Victoria Beach, Nova Scotia,
set up in recognition of the
150th anniversary of the
1849 Nova Scotia Pony Express

Left: Jim Fisher      Right: Dale Green
at the Pony Express monument in Victoria Beach, Nova Scotia Nova Scotia Pony Express, 1999 celebration, QSL for XJ1JF (front)
Above: Front      Below: Back
Nova Scotia Pony Express, 1999 celebration, QSL for XJ1JF (back)

Following from Jim Fisher by email, 5 April 1999:

QSL cards are used by radio amateurs as a courtesy to other "hams" we contact. QSL means "verification" — the card verifies a valid two-way radio contact and can be used for a variety of purposes ranging from colorful wall decorations around the ham operating position to evidence for special radio amateur awards and certificates. One of the highly prized awards is the "DX Century Club" — which requires contacts with at least 100 countries. Dale did that in one weekend!

Note that his two-way radio amateur contacts with over 1800 amateurs in 102 countries in one weekend were all made in Morse code. This gives a different message than the "Morse Code is dead" news recently passed around, which really referred to a narrow set of military and ship-to-shore operations. It was also highly appropriate that this telegraphy-related historical event was celebrated in Morse.

The XJ1JF call, obtained through the kind cooperation of the Fundy Amateur Radio Club and Industry Canada, continues to be in use in international amateur radio contacts through this coming November. 5,000 of these cards have been printed and I expect them all to find happy homes in ham households around the world, providing a lasting and widespread momento of the Nova Scotia Pony Express.

More About the
Nova Scotia Pony Express

The 1849 Nova Scotia Pony Express

Photographs of the Nova Scotia Pony Express monument

The Pony Express Plaque Installed in 1949 100th Anniversary

Halifax Express The Novascotian, 26 February 1849

Halifax Express The British Colonist, 10 March 1849

Halifax Express The Acadian Recorder, 10 March 1849

The Second Run of the Nova Scotia Pony Express 8 March 1849

Nova Scotia Pony Express 1849, by John Regan 5 January 1912

Nova Scotia Pony Express 1849, by George Mullane 1 Jan 1914

Nova Scotia Pony Express 1849, by Murrille Schofield 1973

Nova Scotia Pony Express, by D. A. MacNeill April 1940

Nova Scotia Pony Express, by CBC Radio 11 June 1999

The Cunard Steamship fleet, 1849
These ships brought the news carried by the Pony Express

Burket's Exchange News Room Halifax 1848-1849

Pony Express Editorial, Halifax Chronicle-Herald 15 Feb 1999

The Oregon Boundary dispute, 1849
Britain and USA close to war – the Nova Scotia Pony Express
was the fastest link carrying breaking news to U.S.A.

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Photographs of War Memorials, Historic Monuments and Plaques in Nova Scotia

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