Iron Mike SEZ:
Why not make your own fun and whip up a DOOZY...with a little help from K1NSS Design?
I take a decidedly different approach to QSL art. I'm the ham who grew up on Mad Magazine and QST, went to school on Zap Comics and drew funnies for hep alternative weeklies in New York, Boston, Baltimore/ DC and San Diego during those post-neo-wavey 1980s.
QSL art has always been a place to express yourself, and I'm ready to render your card in a range of radio styles you'll find nowhere else under this ionosphere.
Wanna rock it?
Adam and his shackmate Metatron are into digital modes, JT65A in particular, so we arrayed these cool cats and their alpha-numerics across a waterfall in windows for a post-modern presentation. Stunning how far you can jump in this mysterious modality with so little power, like a portal through hyperspace it is, and without preaching Adam provided strong motivation for us to give it a go.
What might we create for you?
images ©2014 AA5D courtesy Mitch Fortner
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.
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.
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 :
I've played radio and drawn cartoons since I was a kid and I'm too OM to change. What can I draw for you?
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