Sunday, December 16, 2007

The world's biggest QSL collection

Photo courtesy of G3TXF

As you know, I'm not a great QSL collector, but I quite understand that it IS amateur radio for some people. I've mentioned Nigel, G3TXF here before. Nigel is one of the best practioners of QSLing in the world, I think.

I didn't realise until today that Nigel has recently completed the construction of a building in his garden to house his QSL collection. He estimates that he currently has around 300,000 QSLs in his collection.

Intrigued by that, I asked Nigel what the largest QSL collection in the world was. He replied that the biggest collection was owned by Iris and Lloyd Colvin of the YASME Foundation who visited over 100 DXCC countries and operated. The Colvins amassed a collection of over 1,000,000 cards which has now been transferred to the OeVSV QSL Archive in Vienna.

Nigel says that he's working on beating the total! Somehow, knowing Nigel, I wouldn't bet against it!


Wolf Harranth, OE1WHC said...

The Colvins Collection consists not of "over one million" but of appr. 750.000 cards. It is not housed in the "OeVSV Archive in Vienna" but is part of the QSL collection of "Documentary Archives Radio Communications" (DokuFunk) - with, sorry Nigel, more than sechen million cards on file, and still growing by about 300.000 cards annually.
Wolf, OE1WHC, Curator DokuFunk

Tim said...

Wolf, many thanks for the corrections! So it seems that Nigel has a little way to go to catch up!

73, Tim


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