Radio St. Helena 2009 QSL card.
Japan Short Wave Club has the honor of sponsoring QSL cards and
envelopes of Radio St. Helena Day 2009 aired on 14th of November, 2009.
The cards have been just printed and sample copies were
airmailed from Mr. Kipp of Germany, who has been taking care of this
revival project since 2006.
The basic card design is the same as 2007 and 2008 QSL cards, showing
the call sign of ZD7RSD, but pictures shown in the card are panoramic
views of Prince Andrew School on the island and amateur radio club
members of the school, who are enjoying contacting with people
outside of St. Helena island by using the ICOM transceiver donated
by Japan Short Wave Club. The call sign of the station is ZD7PAS, or
ZD7 Prince Andrew School.
The statistics of the number of the reception reports for Radio St.
Helena Day 2009 (are about the same as in 2009),and Japan again ranked
first in the number of reception reports sent, and it was the same
ranking as the last year, according to Mr. Kipp, who heard from Mr.
Gary Walters, the Station Manager of Radio St. Helena.
The 2009 QSL cards are expected to begin to arrive in ( late July ) from St.
P lease note that there will be a delay in sending the RSD 2009 QSL cards from St. Helena,
due to :
(a) the ship RMS St. Helena being in dry-dock for repairs for six weeks in March and April and
(b) the fact that the package containing the QSL cards can not reach Cape Town in time, and
(c) Gary Walters and his family going on a well-deserved and much needed holiday to Cape Town
during May and June and part of July.
The St. Helena government is attempting to organize a special voyage of a different cargo vessel
from the UK to St. Helena. If successful, the ship is expected to sail from the UK in the later
part of June and to arrive St. Helena in early July. It is expected that the QSL cards will be on board.
On 25. January, Gary Walters wrote that RSH had received abouat 300 reception reports and that
they expected to receive about 400 reports in total -- about the same as in 2009 for RSD 2008.
As in 2009, the largest number of reports came from SWLs in Japan.
Radio St. Helena will , most likely, not be able to post the RSD 2009 QSL cards to DXers until
late July or early August