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Ham Up!

We all could take a page from Mauro's log, get off the air and ham up for some real oxygen once in a while.

As you might gather VE3TCV is a very active ham cyclist who has scaled the Italian Alps among other exotic elevations. This fanciful dramatization of Mauro's favorite outdoor sport was largely created in Adobe Illustrator for an Art Deco poster look, of which there is a long cycling poster art tradition.



N0UNSDeep Fun.

NØUNS and I went out there and this returned to Earth. Confirmed SSB'ers may have to check an old Boy Scout Handbook or use a decoder ring, but brasspounders will have no trouble deciphering a pretty cool quotation around this card, a message of certain antiquity and about which, to my delight, this Jedi Junior schooled me – so OM I remember BEFORE green blackboards!


Hat Stuff!

Lee K2HAT is an old Dash!Chum from way back, and we've haunted the same upstate New York hamfests for years. Extra fun because over that time Lee has picked up a bunch of our art prints and books and now he's gone Full Dashtoons with one of our custom cards. Gonna have to speak with Lee about our Dash! The Dog-Faced Bahamian Time Share DX Condos coming soon to an unsolicited robo-call near you!


A Recent Undertaking

KB5TKI, aka "Grumpy" really is a retired Texas undertaker who knew just what he wanted and this old school gag card is it. The gags are all Grumpy's, 'cept the cigar band, and I know he and me both would have a ball writing schtick with Buddy and Sally and Rob for the Alan Brady Show. Darn tootin', that's the stuff, so you know we were tickled to saddle up our Jackalope for a canter down Old Route 66, with plenty of stops for funky bottles of local pop and a passel of wacky postcards to lighten-up some way-too serious mailboxes.



Saddlebag Sketchbook

Western-themed sketchy stuff that looks like it might have been drawn on the trail while sitting around the campfire after a long day with the dogies is one of my favorite things. Perhaps the king of this style was Charles M. Russell, who took time off his more finished paintings and sketched brilliant thumbnail vignettes into his personal letters. Some of his humorous pictures were a little cartoony, others were flat out elegantly spare, and Russell sometimes even decorated his envelopes with more wonderful scenes of the vanishing old west in the early 20th century. We messed around a wee bit a la mode and had a whole lotta fun. All pictured here is all N2WL including that incredible Colorado ham spread. Such a treat to draw, thank you OM!




With apologies to Hokusai, 19th century Japanese master woodblock printmaker, we present en hommage Andy N8DEV shootin' the curl in his Michigan-based pontoon boat. Hokusai's "Great Wave" picture is Mona Lisa level iconic in the history of world art and we couldn't resist referencing its foamy fingers for this lighthearted pontoon lampoon QSL. What fun!



Going The Distance

K1NSS Design client Chris Platt, VK5CP recently went the distance to Dayton and checked in at KB3IFH QSL Cards' Hamvention booth for one of our signed souvenir Art For Shacks NanoPosters.

Chris, we regret missing Dayton 2015 and the chance to meet and greet you OM, but TNX so much for stopping by!

As Vice President of the The Australia Wireless Association, VK5CP is among our higher profile QSL clients.

We've also had the privilege of designing cards for prominent operators like Steve Fletcher, G4GXL of QRP ARCI,



Steve Galchutt WGØAT, ringleader of
the rambunctious SOTA GoatHikers




and innovator Warren Ziegler, K2ORS, one of the new LF ham pioneers. BTW, Warren is also the proud current steward of SK ham humorist Jean Shepherd's legendary callsign. Yep, that Shep, author, radio monologist, performance artist and celebrated screenwriter/narrator of everybody's must-see holiday classic movie, A Christmas Story.

As well, we count many smooth everyday operators among our clients , hams who want to go the distance with a QSL card like none other.

Check us out!


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.

Read our eHam Reviews!


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 $120 for most designs, including QSL printer-ready 300dpi high resolution digital art files.

At no additional charge, you'll also receive an 8.5 x 11" signed photo print on archival paper as a tangible keepsake of your commissioned design.


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

Most designs will be $150 inclusive. In the rare instance your design would require an unsual amount of work, I would give you an upfront heads up and stick to my estimate, so again, no surprises. 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 not a problem 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?

Safe to say that under this ionosphere, there's nothing quite like Dashtoons. So if you're new to our decidedly different take on ham radio, give 'er a click!