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AC4YN, G5YN, AND A RARE QSL CARD FROM THE 1936 TIBETAN EXPEDITION

From a recent article which appeared in the WEEKLY TELEGRAPH No 557 March 27, 2002 marking the death of Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Evan Nepean Bart.:-


Renowned radio operator and member of the British Political Mission to Tibet Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Evan Nepean, 6th Bart. who has died aged 92, was one of the world's best known operators of amateur radio, call sign G5YN; he was also the last surviving member of the British Political Mission to Tibet in 1936.

Radio was Nepean's life long passion- he was to become the longest serving member of the Radio Society of Great Britian, notching up 75 years membership- and it was as a subaltern serving in the Peshawar District Signals on the North West Frontier of India that he went on the mission to Tibet.

It was in the summer of 1936 that Nepean and a fellow wireless expert in the Royal Signals, Lt. Sidney Dagg joined the mission led by B J (later Sir Basil) Gould. Among other members of the party was Hugh Richardson, who would some months later become Britian's last diplomatic envoy in Lhasa.

The mission had been proposed by the government of Tibet, then under Regency between Dalai Lamas. They wanted Britian to mediate for the return of the Panchen Lama, the second most senior religious leader in Tibet, who had fled to China after falling out with the 13th Dalai.

Nepean set up his tent, sharing it with the transmitter and the receiver, in the Deyki Lingka garden, the mission's base. The aerial was supported on a 40 ft. mast, and regular contact was kept up with India on the 30 metre wave band. Contact was also made with amateurs, and Nepean's then call sign AC4YN , became known around the world- AC4 being for Tibet, YN being two of Nepean's initials. He helped to film the mission with a 16 mm cine camera, and played football as a member of the "Mission Marinots" team against "Lhasa United".


AND FROM THE ARRL N/L V21/37

VINTAGE 1AW QSL BRINGS RECORD PRICE- How valuable is (or will be) your QSL card?

In the USA, an old 1AW QSL apparently set a record price for the sale of a single QSL card. A vintage Hiram Percy Maxim 1AW card recently sold for $US2,125 on the eBay auction site. The winning bidder was a Californian and is a very serious QSL collector. The seller pledged to donate half of his sale commission to the W1AW Endowment Fund. The 1AW card appears to verify reception of 9CTR on a wavelength of 193 metres rather than a two-way contact. "You were calling another 9." Maxim wrote in the card's "Remarks" section. Although the card proclaims "American Radio Relay League Station 1AW" across the top, the now-famous call sign was Maxim's own personal call sign at the time, not the League's, and Maxim operated from his home in Hartford.

Until the 1AW card sale, it is believed the highest known price paid for a single QSL card was more than $US1,100 for an AC4YN QSL from the Tibet DXpedition of Sir Evan Nepean, G5YN, who died last March at age 92.

FRONT AND REAR VIEWS OF THE CARD. VK3KX was noted Australian DXer Ron Tandy, and I am lucky enough to possess this card :-)