Keeping with the Korean theme from the previous post, here are QSLs cards I received from South Korea (Radio Korea) and North Korea (Radio Pyongyang).
Radio Korea (Front)
Radio Korea (Back)
Here is a brief recent history about Korea taken from Wikipedia:
“With the surrender of Japan in 1945 the United Nations developed plans for a trusteeship administration, the Soviet Union administering the peninsula north of the 38th parallel and the United States administering the south. The politics of the Cold War resulted in the 1948 establishment of two separate governments, North Korea and South Korea.
In June 1950 North Korea invaded the South, using Soviet tanks and weaponry. During the Korean War (1950–53) more than one million people died and the three years of fighting throughout the nation effectively destroyed most cities. The war ended in an Armistice Agreement at approximately the Military Demarcation Line.
The aftermath of World War II left Korea partitioned along the 38th parallel, with the north under Soviet occupation and the south under US occupation supported by other allied states. Consequently, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, a Soviet-style socialist republic, was established in the north while the Republic of Korea, a Western-style regime, was established in the South.”
In a previous post I mentioned how I got the QSL verification card from Radio Pyongyang. I went to the post office to mail a letter to the station with information on the broadcast I heard and to request a QSL verification card. The lady working at the Post Office entered the address/country information but nothing came up in the computer. Mail could not be sent from the U.S. to North Korea! I eventually found a kind shortwave listener in Europe who offered his services to forward letters on to North Korea. It took a while, but I eventually received a reply back with the treasured QSL card. The Radio Pyongyang broadcasts didn’t come in all that well and the audio quality was always poor. Even if the signal was fairly strong, it was still hard to understand the English broadcasts.
Radio Pyongyang (Front)
Radio Pyongyang (Back)
If you want to read a great book and a real-life story of someone who fought in the Korean war definitely get a book called “Hell in the Land of the Morning Calm” written by a man named Dallas Plemmons. I happened upon his testimony on television a long time ago and was enthralled. Once I started reading the book I couldn’t put it down, and finished it in one sitting. It’s amazing he made it out alive. I have an older version (see below), but there are newer used versions available on Amazon.com. After you read his story, you will definitely understand why people say “war is hell”.
Link to book on Amazon.com
Here is a link to Mr. Plemmons website: