Tidbits: Short items and our Curiosities Room

A colorful jumble of unusual pieces. Each one is worth a look, sometimes a smile, then a historical document that makes you think. Look around - and if you want to see original QSL cards that fall out of the frame, then take the detour to the QSL curiosity cabinet. And help us to expand this collection: mail office@dokufunk.org




The odd thing...

A colorful jumble of unusual pieces. Each one is worth a look, sometimes a smile, then a historical document that makes you think. Look around - and if you want to see original QSL cards that fall out of the frame, then take the detour to the QSL curiosity cabinet. And help us to expand this collection: mail office@dokufunk.org







01 - How to build a water antenna
02 - At last discovered: Who invented the E-Mail?
03 - A sample from our collection of "Talking Callsigns"
04 - C56JHF: Headset
05 - DL2OCL: 3D-QSL (take a close look!)
06A-E - The History of the Telegraph - Collector's album Liebigs Fleisch-Extrakt, Series #386, 1897
07 - "Diplom"-QSL - To those ... who copy my miserably poor CW
08A - We are the greatest: OH8X - 100m-Mast forr 160 and 80m - Click to the picture links to their homepage
08B - Small is beautiful: Charles (Chuck) Brady, NHBQW/KH5K (†), Kingman Reef, 02/1998 - Klick to the pictur links to our coverage
09A/B - British Propaganda poster, 1943
10 - Google-Header on Samuel F.B. Morse's birthday (*27. April 17991)
11A-O - X-mas QSL: EI2000 (2000), I1XMAS (2006), OH9SLC (1990, 1999, 2007), PA/PB/PC07XMAS (2007), SC0XMAS (2007), LY12XMAS (2012), PA12XMAS (2012), PD07SANTA (2007), PF07XMAS (200/), PA11HNY (2010), PD09XMAS (2009)
12 - Post card Telegraph, Belin 1909
13 - TM8IRC: 80th Anniversary of the International Radiotelegraph Conference, 1927, Washington /re-allocation of frequencies to the various services), 2007
14A/B - 2EUR-Coin to commemorate the 70th anniversary of General Charles de Gaulle's broadcast, on 18 June 1940, to the French people: France lost a battle, not the war. Coin was modelled from the phtograph
15A/B - Google-translation: To (radio) Station DL2KUW results in: Zum Bahnhof DL2KUW = To railway station

17 - LZ1PC - Waiting too long in the pile-up?
18A-C - Unconventional orthography: DL20DLY fel off the wall when the Berlin wall fell; SV9BGH lives on an Islant; DK5IM's holidays were not in Spain but in Espania
19 - GB111HP: In remembrance of Britain's oldest radio amateur, Harry Patch, †25 Juli 2009 age 111
20 - "To win a Ham-Radio-Contest is to outperform others with sophisticated methods...!"



QSL Curiosity Cabinet

Vienna - not Austria. Vladimir Putin - a ham? A beermat QSL?

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1 September 1939, Outbreak of WWII

The provocation against the Gliwice Radio Station

1 September 1939, Outbreak of WWIIzoomOn the 31st day of August, 1939 at 20.00 hrs the German radio station in Gliwice was burst into by a couple of armed members of the SS-troops in civil clothes. They were commanded by SS-Sturmbannfilhrer Alfred Naujocks, appointed by SS-Gruppenfuhrer Reinhard Heydrich, the commanding officer of the Head Reich Safety Office, acting upon Hitler’s direct order. This operation was top-secret. Only a password was determined, which was to be given by Heydrich to Naujocks on telephone: "Grossmutter gestorben". The password constituted an order to commence the operation. The attackers terrorized the German staff and broadcast a statement in the Polish language: "Attention! This is Gliwice. The broadcasting station is in the Polish hands..." The remaining part of the appeal read then was not emitted due to technical errors. The truth about the Gliwice provocation was discovered as late as during the Nurnberg trial. - Gliwice radio station homepage: linkext. Link

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"The Star-Spangled Banner" in Morse

'The Star-Spangled Banner' in Morsezoom"The Star-Spangled Banner" is the national anthem of the United States of America. The lyrics come from a poem written in 1814 by Francis Scott Key, a then 35-year-old amateur poet after seeing the bombardment of Fort McHenry at Baltimore, Maryland, by Royal Navy ships in the Chesapeake Bay during the War of 1812. - The poem was set to the tune of a popular British drinking song, written by John Stafford Smith for the Anacreontic Society, a London social club. "The Anacreontic Song" set to various lyrics, was already popular in the United States. Set to Key's poem and renamed, it would soon become a well-known American patriotic song.

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SOS de PTJA

SOS de PTJAzoom4. October, 1980 - In what many called a miraculous rescue, all 535 passengers and crew of Holland-America's burning Passenger liner MV Prinsendam/PTJA were rescued from life boats after abondoning ship in the frigid waters of the gulf of Alaska. The ship's modern high-tech SATCOM, 2182kHz MF SSB and VHF FM distress signals failed to summon aid, but the dependable 500-kHz Morse Code SOS was heard by over 350 stations, including the USA Supertanker T/T Williamsburgh/WGOA.The ship capsized and sunk on 11 October 1980. In 1988 the T/T Williamsburgh's two Radio officers, David J.J. Ring, jr. N1EA, and J. N. Pfister, NS1L, were each awarded a VWOA - (Veteran Wireless Operators Association) linkext. Link Marconi Gold Medal for helping those in peril on the sea.

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