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The Standard QSL Card

In the 1950's a strange product rolled out of the Standard Motor Company, it was the QSL card.

A QSL card for those not familiar with amateur radio is the card sent by an amateur radio operator to confirm a radio contact, usually if that contact has some special significance.

This particular card sent by G2FTK - Arthur Noakes who is currently the president of the Coventry Amateur Radio society - was successfully won on Ebay by society member Brian Leathley - Andrew G8GMU. The card is probably part of the estate of the now late W2BJQ as it was for sale in the USA. The details on the front of the card relates to a contact in Morse code made between Arthur & W2BJQ Charlie a radio amateur in the USA. Arthur was using a transmitter power of only 20 watts into a wire 85 feet in length.

The reverse side of the card depicts "The NEW STANDARD VANGUARD" The registration number of the vehicle GDU 770.

It begs the question does the vehicle still exist.

The card was presented to Arthur on presidents night at the end of March.

Before I gained my amateur radio licence I saw many of these cards advertising such cars as the Standard 8 & 10. I am sure that many Coventry radio amateurs used the service provided by the Standard to have their cards printed, a symbiotic relationship ensuring these cards were distributed to much of the world by the amateur radio fraternity.

To learn a little more about amateur radio just put G8GMU into Google.