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Old 12-04-2013, 07:29 AM
 
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Just come across an old QSL card posted State college 8-30 am 1946 from a John. Bornholdt, 211 Princess Ave, Lancaster, PA. USA.
THE CALL SIGN IS " SWL-W3. and it was sent to my late father in Wolverhampton, England.
I just wondered if anyone was interested.
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Old 12-06-2013, 09:21 AM
 
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That's very thoughtful of you. I wonder if Mr. Bornholdt or any of his descendants will see this, but it is perhaps as good a place as any to note it.

Shortwave listening (SWL) is definitely a dying art/hobby, and SWL-ing hams might have been a stepping stone to becoming a ham oneself.

Someone who might have been a student at The Pennsylvania State University in State College in 1946, maybe 18 to 22 years old, might still be alive and active today. I see there is a John Bornholt with amateur radio callsign W2ESX in New Jersey, but I do not have current access to databases that might help me determine whether it is at all likely this could be the same individual. Certainly in 1946 a student could have been older as well, perhaps a returning war veteran. It is very likely that a student would have listed their parents' address on a QSL card so as not to waste the printing costs when they moved to the next student apartment.

Once upon a time the printed Radio Amateur Callbooks listed dates of birth, they did away with that entry circa 1990-ish when privacy concerns became more pressing. If your late father's collection has a yellowing Callbook or two it might be an additional clue.

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