Dunno if Coco Chanel or Pepe LePeu would pardon our French, but we thought it would be fun to post a little show of our QSL designs for some of amateur radio's most singular and accomplished YL operators.
Kelley is a third generation NASA contributor. Her maternal grandfather worked with Wernher von Braun in the early years and her late father was an EE for Marshall Space Flight Center. Kelley's callsign is a legacy from her dad.
Cheryl enjoys riding in Texas grassland country and is very active in western equestrian events. Mattie, her Australian cattle dog usually travels by Paw & Toe Express, but he's not averse to a boost into the Catbird Seat AKA Ojalá now and then.
Frauke loves Ostfriesland North Sea coastal life and landmarks like "Otto" the little Pilsum lighthouse referenced below. Frauke also enjoys sailing, wind surfing and CW too, so we mixed-in some Morse for fun on the first card we designed for her.
Hotshot contesting aside, (she won High Power SF Section 2016 SS!!!) Saraj is a talented and prolific fabric artist and quilter, so there was no question that a sewing machine would be involved, although who knew it would sprout a Collins S-Line dial and an 813 final? And cranes flying out of the Japanese fabric pattern? Saraj and I had a killer time cookinig this up together, so cool having such creative clients!
Retired from the United States Navy, Susan, drew on her international experience and now she and family crew Ancient Ovens - a unique wood-fired pizza restaurant in St.Jo, North Texas Hill Country.
Sailor Sadie is Susan's dear swingin' pup and the fanciful shack was customized to give an experienced salt/YL like Susan a suitably nautical place to play radio.
I don't know if it was a Stearman, but I've heard tell that Wild/Wonder YL geneticist Sheri flew some plane under a bridge and I'm inclined to believe it, because anybody who can ride herd on THREE Westies is daredevil multitasker of the first order. In fact, this was not a QSL but a fun birthday portrait commissioned by her OM and my good ol' pal Philip KA4KOE. Nevertheless, Sheri is indeed a licensed ham and a certified force of Nature.
Brenda asked for a design around Kudzu vine overrunning a ham shack and I couldn't wait to start this toon along the lines of a vintage gag postcard, something in the Jackalope genre. Brenda also requested the buzzard, who figures in her local LaGrange GA ham club iconography representing the Buzzards Net, and his lean and hungry look fits right in. Love that old time postcard humor.
Our most recent YL design, Ria's card is probably the most familiar of the group given her prominence in the DX world and her Top Elmer of 2016 Award from Flex Radio. Seems like everybody knows Ria and no wonder! Her presence on the bands, operating savvy, technical chops and inspirational enthusiasm are 500% all-ham.