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Christmas Surprise

Here's the deal on our holiday gift QSL special...

For our standard $30 upfront PayPal change, we'll exchange emails with your gifter and decide on a fun surprise gift sketch for you to receive Christmas morning.

After the holidays, we'll connect with you and collaborate on your custom QSL design. So everybody joins in the fun.

No PayPal invoice for the $120 balance until your QSL design is finished to your satisfaction.

Give your gifter our email and we'll be happy to answer any questions about how we work and discuss gift sketch ideas


Hotshot Flyboy On The Air!

Among other things, we create custom QSL cards and this New One was a recent collaboration with W2RCL. So if you have some ideas of your own, check out K1NSS Design and please help yourself to some food for further thought.

Not to worry in the slightest if at this point you only know you want a QSL like none other. Lots of our designs came out of easy email back-forth with clients' about their ham/lifestyles, pets and passions. At K1NSS Design, we like to get to know our customers a bit before we pick up a pencil and start pushing pixels. So you'll be in the loop start to finish and together we'll suss it out.

No big deal and lots of fun.

Maybe that's why not a few of our customers become our pals, repeat customers and recommend us to their pals.

We think paper QSL cards are a grand ham tradition. Sure, moderation in all things, but it's hard not to feel damn good when you reach in the mailbox and pull out heartfelt, one-of-kind wallpaper. By gee, just a nice thing to send new ham friends and old cronies.

We can help you with that.



We Got The Cure!

Santa hates ham radio operators.

Santa Claus and normal people have a horrible time figuring out what to get us lunatics for Christmas.

Please. You want toys that cost hundreds and thousands of dollars. And you wouldn't trust any sane person, even if they had the dough, to buy these for you.

So reach out to the normal people in your life and share a link to Dashtoons Mall at good old CafePress, where we flog all sorts of unique, cool and otherwise unobtainable ham radio gift ideas.

Our swag ain't crazycrazy money, OK?

And at Dashtoons Mall, even normal people can't go wrong!

Come on. You know we make hams like you laugh like hell. Like, you wouldn't be here if we didn't, right? Plus its gonna be useful as hell too!

Mugs, T-shirts, shot glasses, beer steins, holiday greetings and more...created by me, Jeff K1NSS, that sketchy OM cartoonist behind enimgmatic, internationally-acclaimed and K1NSS Custom QSL Designs. Oo-la-la Baby! We're big in France you know, just like that guy who made screaming LAAAADY! famous. Million Laughs Murray, that's moi.

Uh-huh. No ho-hum clip art. No dopey cute stuff. Well, maybe cute, but certainly not dopey. Well, maybe intentionally dopey in a good way, if you catch our drift. And of course you do, because we're thinking hipster hams of a feather, sharing impeccable taste and a fetching, ever-so-off-beat sense of humor.

Oh yeah. Just between you, me and the 75 meter phone band, we bad...bad to the dogbone.

Heh-heh. Dashtoons Mall at CafePress. Please pass it on!







Old, New & Improved Kinda Sorta.

Seven years ago we looked back on the lost world of parent and child parallel universes. It's hard to imagine an engaged helicopter parent of today, in effect, kinda sorta stomping on the head of a child improving himself with educational playthings. No big deal though. No psyches were damaged, at least no dings you couldn't knock out with a little therapy and nice set of auto body hammers and dollies and feather up smartly with a bucket of Bondo. Oh yeah. Tough Love. Like the Book of Changes, the I Ching, that good old ancient Chinese Eight Ball always says to just about everything, NO BLAME.

Annoying, yes. But it also struck me funny at the time and still does. The experience itself was educational, in the sense that I began to appreciate the warm absurdity of human relationships, as well as get about the ridiculous business of worshipping electronic boxes arranged in a little altar in the basement, abandoning myself to the mystery cult that is amateur radio.

Still abandoned after well over fifty years, I marvel how little about my situation has changed, but for a mop of white hair, a lack of somebody stomping on the ceiling, and a lot more desktop devices.

Hmm. Well, now that I think about it, to jigger my favorite Lou Reed pronouncement, maybe these ARE different times after all, at least a little. Let's compare and contrast a painterly sketch of your 'umble cartoonist made a few years ago by an artist friend. There's a portrait too, but I like the way this is just the facts Ma'am.

Instead of a young dog-faced ham sitting in front of boxes in the semi-darkness, to these eyes it looks like an Old Man staring into a couple of institutional-sized cartons of saltines. Otherwise, six of one, half dozen of another I'd say. In fact, the smaller box is my old Knight Kit T-50 transmitter and the other is my old Hallicrafters SX-28 Sky Buddy receiver, both of which I've sold since this was sketched. Yeah, I've got some other radio boxes left, plus a mess of computer boxes through which I draw, but you know how it is with sit with them until you can't any more. Isn't that a funny-odd-haha-all-but lifetime arc for a dog-faced old ham?

Sit Jeff, sit.

That's what we do, we guess...and that's no royal we, that's me and my loyal, if imaginary, ham radio pal Dashiell Hammutt, AKA Dash!

Above all, we aim to please. And we hope you find Dashtoons' Pre-Fall Double Feature Deep Dish Navel-Gaze entertaining in some strange way. Which, if you think about how solitary, introspective and downright idiosyncratic in a good/bad but not generally ugly way our hobby tends to be, might well feed an insatiable pent-up demand for windy self-referential reflection not met by Big Ham Media, not that there's anything wrong with them.

And not to worry, we're not a cookbook. As ever, Dashtoons is here to Serve Hams.

Well, maybe not every single one. You know, like that one charmer who speed-walked past our Dash!Comics hamfest table, pointedly avoiding eye contact and shaking his head.

But we got a strong feeling he'll come around.