©2014 KK4AXD - with permission

Vine Business.

In the spirit of old time joke postcards, our Newest One just tickled us to death to do. Brenda wanted to celebrate the south's perhaps most famous invasive species and gave us the opening we needed to plant a face on this notorious weed. The buzzard, besides adding to the atmosphere of impending doom, is the mascot of member KK4AXD's 6 meter group, the Buzzard Net, a FB bunch associated with LaGrange Amateur Radio Club on the Alabama/Georgia border. Since we've gotten to know Brenda a bit and gotten a glimpse of the Buzzards, it's clear this crew enjoys ham life to the max and it was our great pleasure to make their acquaintance.


©2014 KD4MOJ - with permission

Oh Bee-Hive!

All right, Austin Powers is apropos of nothing here except a high-fructose corny pun, but we're not about to let that option go to waste. This recent New One features a couple of the many colorful interests pursued by KD4MOJ. Hamming and honeybees go together quite nicely, don't you think? And speaking of terrible jokes, the additional opportunity to render a modded B-104 microphone left us feeling in clover.


©2014 W4VPZ - with permission

Houston, We have a QSL card.

This recent New One is for a third generation NASA brat YL.

Kelley was on the Microgravity Project team for five years, her late father J.Wheeler Vann (and original holder of W4VPZ) worked for NASA for many years. And her maternal grandfather, Dr. Wilhelm Mrazek , was a NASA colleague of Dr. Werner von Braun in those earliest Huntsville days.

That's right all you Lids, Kids and Space Cadets, we're talking Downtown Rocket City USA and boy are we in orbit!



Of Tank Circuits,
RF Chokes, and Rotary
Gila Monster Power.

w7SWL study

This is a study we drew while working on a QSL card for W7SWL's ten meter beacon QSL.

It's not atypical of the level of detail we can get into on our merry way to a K1NSS custom design.

With client fully in the loop, we run a bunch of stuff up the flagpole and pick and choose and trim and chop until we arrive at a design I complete. The start-up fee to that point is a flat thirty bucks, so no worries if it takes awhile..and best of all, the whole process can be two tons of fun.

Just ask Bob, or read our read our eHam reviews!



Bob requested something similarly vintage but less cartoony and more Art Deco for his SOP QSL. He helped me out with a few specifics, like the flattop antenna and Southwestern scene, and I looked into early Tucson architecture for an appropriate shack that could stand up to those towers.

W7SWL Deco

images ©2014 W7SWL - with permission

Point is, maybe you've had some QSL ideas in the back of your head but no time to mess with drawing and learn Photoshop. All right, so I can take care of that, and help organize your thoughts, and translate them to images, and add some ideas of my own. Think about that and maybe you'll get in touch – Email consults are free.

I love doing this and I hope it shows.


The Designs.

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Our custom QSL portfolio provides a complete look at the card designs we've created for hams around the world.

What might we create for you?

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images ©2014 AA5D courtesy Mitch Fortner


The Details.


photo courtesy Andrew Haworth ©2013 KK4DSD

Our bespoke front-side QSL art is most often a collaborative effort with our clients, a mutual sharing and development of ideas that are translated into images. No worries if you're not yet sure what's right for your card. We'll figure it out together. Clients receive printer-ready digital art files and own the design as well as all rights to reproduce it. All images here appear by generous permission.

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How does it work?

No big deal.

Start us sketching for $30 up front via PayPal, and we'll deliver an initial design proposal, reasonable back and forth included. The design mock-up includes your QSL art, callsign, simple QTH and handle text.

No surprises. The design proposal will give you a good idea how it's going to look and we'll make changes as needed.

Once you approve the final draft design, remaining work is billed at $40 per hour for finished, QSL printer-ready high resolution digital art files, plus web-resolution files for convenient posting online.


At no additional charge, you'll also receive an 8.5 x 11" signed print on 11.8mil heavyweight Epson Ultra Premium photo paper printed with genuine Epson inks, as a tangible, decorative keepsake of what we created together.


Altogether how much does a custom QSL design package typically cost?

Most designs will be $150, which covers three hours to finish the 300 dpi digital art, delivered via Hightail file service. This also includes the start-up fee and a hand-signed print of your custom QSL design inscribed with our "Dashie" mark, shipped postpaid in a stout, capped, reusable Yazoo brand heavy- duty Kraft mailing tube. Always ask for Yazoo, whenever you acquire FB ham radio art.



QSL printing is up to you.

We're happy to meet specs of your QSL printer of choice.

We're pleased to recommend Randy KB3IFH. His customers tell the story in their eHam Reviews.

Most of our clients have tapped KB3IFH QSL Cards and received the benefit of Randy's savvy advice and superior customer service. And Randy contacts me directly if he has technical questions, so you needn't sweat the details.


What about the QSO report form?

We recommend putting that on the back of your card, along with mailing info, awards, rigs, and other personal details, easily arranged with your QSL printer. Most offer a variety of reverse side formats in customizable styles. The expense is not much more than a single-sided card, and allows maximum, uncluttered space for your custom design.

Can I print your designs on my own printer?

Yes you can, but you must remember that our designs are default standard QSL size, 3.5 x 5.5" which is a bit differently proportioned than the usual 4x6" photo print format. While not wildly far off, it makes a difference.

If home printing is your plan, you're welcome to opt instead for a design that's standard 4"x6" photo paper size no extra charge. It's also possible to do a design that works in both formats, but it's easier and quicker for all concerned if I know that's your intent before I start.

Use BV7 Freeware by DF3CB to print your own QSL report labels for the back and you're good to go. Of course, your print quality will vary, depending on printer, photo paper, inks and settings. Mailing self-printed photos like postcards is risky business, so envelopes are a must. Also before buying envelopes, make sure they'll fit your 4"x6" cards.

Contact me, Jeff K1NSS, for a free consultation. I'd be delighted to discuss your ideas and answer your questions.

Still Just Looking? Click this customer blog write-up with pictures by Frank KØJQZ and have a independent look at a K1NSS Custom QSL experience. You don't buy a pig in a poke. It's plenty of back and forth with ample opportunity for feedback and mid-course corrections. It's gotta be right. It's that simple.


About us.

I'm a bona fide OM who first became airborne in his 1963 boyhood bedroom, slipping Earth's surly bonds by means of my humble Heathkit DX-20 and laughable Lafayette HE-40 , feeding a legendary Gotham Vertical.

Between me and you-know-who, our radiosportin' life is an open couple of books starring Dash! The Dog-Faced Ham. Plus my homepage of ham funnies and fun Dashtoons.com is followed by discriminating fans around the amateur world.


QSL art aside, our ham graphics clients have included RF Concepts/Alpha Amplifiers, who featured our cartoon art on their Dayton 2012 posters. For more of our work for Alpha, click here.



YASME Foundation President and ARRL Contributing Editor Ward Silver, N0AX tapped us to design the cover of his ham radio crime thriller Zone of Iniquity.



And our logo art has received international attention promoting ham radio special events for young people, sponsored by one of northern Italy's most active and forward looking amateur organizations, Insubria Radio Club.

In addition, Jeff K1NSS Design created graphics for :

    K9YA Telegraph's latest book publication
    The Art & Skill of Radio Telegraphy

    Brooklyn-Based Radio Producer David Goren
    Shortwaveology.org site graphics & Shortwave Shindig logo



First time visitor?

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