Amateur Radio Station JA1CEY, Tokyo
This is what’s known as a QSL card, which is how ham radio operators acknowledge receipt of their transmissions. QSL cards are usually about the same size as a standard-size postcard, and in fact most of them are sent through the mails. In this case, it doesn’t appear that the card went through the postal system, and was likely sent via courier to the US with a batch of other cards going the same way by Japan’s amateur radio bureau.
Most of the QSL cards I own were collected by a man named Bill Seaback who lived in Tacoma, Washington. Bill was apparently not an operator himself, but a shortwave listener (SWL). In this case, he reported to the Japanese operator, Kenzi Akimoto, that he had received the signals between Kenzi and another station (K6UIP, probably in California) on a given date and time (in this case, 10 December 1960 at 2315 GMT). Bill reported it expressly for the purpose of getting a QSL card in return. Most of Bill’s QSL cards appear to have been held up by thumbtacks.
Unfortunately, I do not have a card from K6UIP for the other side of the conversation, which may mean that Bill didn’t hear that side of the conversation; that he didn’t report reception to that operator; that the operator didn’t send him a card; or that the card didn’t make it into the lot of cards that I bought.
I like QSL cards because they are usually privately printed by the operator, and are frequently very imaginative. This card certainly is.