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It’s All in the Cards! QSL Cards from Costa Rica

Editor’s Note: Every month, DX Engineering features QSL cards from our team members’ personal collections. Usually we showcase ones from entities that are currently active or will soon be QRV. However, with so many DXers homebound these days and the number of DXpeditions reaching all-time lows, we’ve altered the rules. Until things change, you can expect a bit of everything from our stockpiles of QSL cards, including the rarest of the rare, personal favorites, and recent QSLs of historical significance.

The Republic of Costa Rica

Ham radio operators in Costa Rica, the 257th most-wanted DXCC entity according to Clublog, are represented in the International Amateur Radio Union by the Radio Club de Costa Rica (RCCR), a national non-profit organization for amateur radio enthusiasts in this Central American country of five million. Among other responsibilities, the RCCR provides a network to support emergency communications. This proved critical after an earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale struck near the capital, San Jose, in 2009. The RCCR monitored local repeaters and 7090 kHz to make sure critical messages were being relayed.

Costa Rica is also a popular spot for vacationing Hams who travel with their gear. We’ve included a few of the Costa Rica QSL cards collected by the avid DXers at DX Engineering over the years.

Tom, KB8UUZ, DX Engineering technical writer, reached TI2VW from San Jose on 10M SSB; TI5N from Guacima in the Alajuela province on 15 and 10M SSB; and TI4CF in San Jose on 40M.

Mark, W8BBQ, DX Engineering customer/technical support specialist, received this QSL card from the 2009/10 TI7XX DXpedition from San Jose Island.

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