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Issue #7
March 22, 2015
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Important Updates
Famous Quotes:
  • "Keep your face to the sun and you cannot see a shadow!" (Helen Keller)
  • "Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better!" (Albert Einstein)
  • "The ARRL list of dxcc entries is simply for the purpose of giving radio amateurs a consistent way to compare their DX achievements.  It is not intended to express sovereignty and is not to be regarded as such" (David Sumner K1ZZ, CEO ARRL, NEWINGTON)

A Bio on Dave:
1963- First licensed at 13 years old as KN1ZND
1968- Joined ARRL headquarters
1972- Became General Manager ARRL
1982- Secretary and General Manager ARRL
1985- Executive Vice President and General Manager ARRL
2001- Executive Vice President and CEO ARRL

 (Taken from ARRL News, www.arrl.org)

Ed... A great life and a longtime advocate of amateur radio as it exists in the world today. Thanks Dave!
The Feature
New issues offered on February 14, 2015 at Riverside, CA 92501:

Vintage Rose (First-Class rate Forever) - $0.49 per stamp, issued in self-adhesive panes of 20 stamps


Vintage Tulip (2 oz.) $0.70 stamp issued in self-adhesive panes of 20 stamps

Special occasions for these issues: a perfect pair within the popular weddings series both intaglio printed.

The following table and pictorial is an up to date listing of:
  • the amateur radio call prefixes as issued by the IARU for all former Russian Republics
  • the currencies of each country
  • the exchange rates against the US Dollar for each country
the current postage rates for each country to the USA (20 gram letter)

The pictorial shows the current postage units we offer for each country

The last item for this month is our usual daily update of our custom log and incorporation into our master database.  

In the next issue, we will discuss the present USPS regulations for mailing international letters to each of the new republics (the ins and outs!)

73 for now,
Jim, Kirsten, and Bob 
Table of Currently Available Postage for the Republics

Current DXPedition: T30D
QSL CARD AND GROUP PICTURE, COURTESY OF GEORGE TRETOW (DL4SVA)
Rebirth of Philately (Hobby of Stamp Collecting)
Part 1:  Use of currently available stamp mounts to display stamps and combinations thereof from panes of current issues of USPS self-adhesive issues.

The following illustrations introduce the concept of displaying stamps taken from currently available panes of Batman (USPS Catalog # 588404) currently available from the USPS Store.  

The stamps are mounted within currently available scott mounts:
Single stamp- Scotts Item number: 908B
Strip- Scotts item number 934B

Example 1:


Example 2:


The first example is a single, mounted in item 908B.  The second example is a combination of stamps from the same sheet in the Scott 943B strip.  In both examples the stamps retain their mint and "NH" identity.  The use of such methods make collecting self-adhesive stamps once again viable as an interesting hobby.  In future issues of this newsletter, we will discuss other similar applications of these methods that will further make stamp collecting more enticing and enjoyable.
Table 1: Mail Log from 26 January 2015 to 11 March 2015
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