KT0F qsl

Top Cool Eliminator.

We had the pleasure of meeting Draggin' John Muhr, KTØF, at this year's Dayton Hamfest and boy were we chuffed when he mentioned a drag racing themed QSL celebrating his OTHER passion. When not contesting on the bands, this OM competes on the quarter mile with a stable of rompin' stompin' rigs on wheels.

Hot rod cartoons were great grist for us fifth grade scribblers, surreptitiously sketching away while pretending to diagram sentences. Later on, I attended a rural New Jersey high school were car culture demanded that one be at least conversant with Sun tachs, Baby Moons, Isky cams and the all important Posi. While it was considered good form to carry a J.C. Whitney catalog on one's person at all times, I did not, preferring to carry Surfer Magazine, something else I didn't really do. However, I borrowed hot rod magazines of others and crammed during Study Hall.


Have Key, Will QSO.

OM Gyo KN2C enjoys Morse code and cowboy hats and we were delighted to oblige. This design was also an opportunity to play with bigger chunks of color and draw those pretty paddles to boot.



KK4TVR qsl

Oh Brother!

The above QSL recent design was a birthday gift from one hambone sibling to another, in this case, previous Jeff K1NSS client Philip KA4KOE surprised his newly Generalized ham licensee bro KK4TVR with a sketchy gift certificate to commemorate Eric's natal achievment and radio promotion in one fell swoop.

kk4tvr gift cert

The new Generalissimo and I begain our brainstorming with Eric's idea of him perched on tower with an HT, a la King Kong atop the Empire State Building, with maybe an F-16 flying beneath.

Of course, taking silly stuff to the next level is what we do, so I said why not go for orbital altitude with an ISS fly-by?

And in so many words, Eric answered "We're gone."

If you too would like to surprise gift a ham of your acquaintance in a most unusual manner, give us a shout!

Custom Designs

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 $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.


Custom Series Catalogue:

#001 OM on the Range ©2014 AA5D

NOTE:AA5D ex KF5OEF upgraded his ticket and his call and is now Extra Class! Grats Mitch, the FCC is just catching up to what the rest of us knew all along.


#002 Mad Science ©2013 KA4KOE


#003 Begali Gambit ©2013 AC4BT


#004 TransHamdental Meditation ©2013 NG9I


#005 Good to Go ©2013 K6GUC


#006 Hams Fly Lightspeed! ©2013 KK4DSD


#007 Spooky ©2013 WA4SQM


#008 Happy Hilltop ©2013 N4DSP


#009 Shaken Not Stirred ©2013 WH2HAO


#010 Rocky Road ©2013 K0VJ


#011 Hams Rock ©2013 NA4BH


#012 Forever Ham ©2013 W7UUU


#013 Cessna 182 ©2013 KC5AMA


#014 Carving Station©2013 WØTKX


#013 Catch of the Day ©2013 KY6R

#014 Zombie Hunter ©2014 N4TZH

#015 GoatHikers ©2014 WGØAT



#016 DigiMon ©2014 KB9AVO



#017 Voice of Steve ©2014 K9ZW



#018 Boat Anchor Beach ©2014 K9ZW


#019 Decoder Ring ©2014 K9ZW



#020 QRV Poolside ©2014 W9DEC



#021 Keysis ©2014 WV8J


#022 Summiteer ©2014 KØJQZ


#23 Raven On! ©2014 W7EIR



#24 Smokin'! ©2014 WE8E




#25 Contact! ©2014 WY9U




#26 Petit Reynard ©2014 F4EIH



#27 Airborne ©2014 EI4HLB



#28 Big D ©2014 KG5BAN



#29 Kowabunga ©2014 NU6Y



#30 ChompChomp!©2014 EI4HLB


#31 Flying Cougar©2014 KG7LVL


#32 OZ Wild ©2014 VK5CP



#33 Paradise ©2014 N5WEB

N5WEB qsl


#34 Bogey ©2014 W6JKA

W6JKA qsl


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



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