This week I received in the post a pretty special QSL card confirming my reception back in March of a radio broadcast from North Korea, the world’s most brutal, isolated, and totalitarian state.
Listening to the Voice of Korea for the first time was very cool, as any time before that the signal couldn’t really be heard at whatever time of day I was listening, or it was jammed by South Korea. I listened to the news reports – echoing almost word-for-word the reports on the Voice of Korea website – which regularly celebrated the status of Kim Jong-un. I wrote down what I heard along with some technical notes on the signal quality itself, and following the advice of other people who got QSL cards from North Korea, I sent the report by post (I usually send them by email), deliberately using very friendly language. I also included a postcard from my home town.
On July 2nd a letter came in the post for me with no stamp, but with a postmark and a handwritten address and where the letter was coming from; “The Radio-Television Broadcasting Committee of the D. P. R. of Korea”.
In the letter was a QSL card (in German) confirming the frequency and date of the reception, a schedule of English language broadcasts, a pocket calendar, a copy of The Pyongyang Times, and a Voice of Korea lapel pin.
Here is the the QSL card, front and back:
From what I’ve read it seems that’s quite difficult to successfully get a QSL confirmation from North Korea, so this will be an important one in my collection that will remind me of the reality of life in that country.