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Your N4A QSLs are on the way…

N4MSN and N4CNY replying to QSL cards for our N4A event.

N4MSN and N4CNY replying to QSL cards for our N4A Apollo 11 45th Anniversary Special Event.

We received over 200 QSL cards for our Apollo 11 45th anniversary special event station N4A, that we operated in July. This afternoon we met after work to respond to them, with our special event cards.

During the past week Matt KA0S and Don N4MSN set up a database for our contacts who mailed us, and Stephen KK4IBB printed individualized signal reports for them. Rob KB5EZ also set up a complete checklist from our log. Today we systematically responded to almost all of the cards we received. We read to each other messages that were included. Many interesting individualized cards were sent to us, including some nice stamps.

Just a few cards are not matching our log record, and we suspect some may be intended for the W4A Apollo anniversary station that was set up by the Huntsville Amateur Radio Club at the US Space & Rocket Center. Whatever the case, we’ll investigate each outlier.

We sent our mail out this evening.

KB5EZ placing QSL cards in envelopes for sending.

KB5EZ placing N4A QSL cards in envelopes for our contacts.

Our QSL card team members this evening were John N4CNY, Don N4MSN, Rob KB5EZ, Gary WA2JQZ, Tina WA8U, and Stephen KK4IBB.

We anticipate we may continue to receive more QSL cards for the Apollo event, especially from overseas.  We will respond to those, once they come.  This evening’s work gave us a chance to look together at the whole group of cards, and talk about them.

Our N4A special event QSL card.

Our N4A special event QSL card.

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“Keep those cards and letters coming …”

Thanks to our many Apollo 11 anniversary contacts… Two weeks after the Apollo special event (July 17-22, 2014), we have received about 200 QSLs in the mail. We logged over 1200 contacts and we anticipate more will come.

On ARRL Logbook of the World, we have so far matched about 500 QSLs.  On eQSL, we have over 340 QSLs

Last week the club met, to work through our details for replying to the QSL cards.  We plan to mail out our QSLs by mid to late August, 2014.

Below are photos of some of what we’ve received to date.  … Thanks to Don for keeping up with all our mail! Thanks to our club members for verifying and responding to the mail! And thank you for contacting us and writing us!

 

Two stacks of Apollo 11 anniversary event QSLs  that arrived on Don's desk.

Two stacks of Apollo 11 anniversary event QSLs that arrived on Don’s desk.

Assortment of Apollo 11 anniversary QSLs that arrived, with variety of stamps.

Assortment of Apollo 11 anniversary QSLs that arrived, with variety of stamps.

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Stamps commemorating (L-R) Apollo 11 and Apollo 8

 

An Apollo 7 telecast from Earth orbit, "Keep those cards and letters coming in folks."  (A joke from space.) Apollo 7 was the first manned flight of the Apollo Program, and was the first mission to use TV cameras from space. [NASA]

An Apollo 7 telecast from Earth orbit, “Keep those cards and letters coming in folks.” (A joke from space.) Apollo 7 was the first manned flight of the Apollo Program, and was the first mission to use TV cameras from space. [NASA]

[Photos: N4MSN, NASA]