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Copyright: 1996 - 2024

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    Kirt Blattenberger,

    BSEE - KB3UON

RF Cafe began life in 1996 as "RF Tools" in an AOL screen name web space totaling 2 MB. Its primary purpose was to provide me with ready access to commonly needed formulas and reference material while performing my work as an RF system and circuit design engineer. The World Wide Web (Internet) was largely an unknown entity at the time and bandwidth was a scarce commodity. Dial-up modems blazed along at 14.4 kbps while typing up your telephone line, and a nice lady's voice announced "You've Got Mail" when a new message arrived...

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Radar, Lidar, Amateur Radio, & Radio on Postage Stamps

Over the past many decades, my involvement in stamp collecting (philately) has waned and ebbed with the amount of time available to dedicate to it. Commemorative stamps - from all countries - have always been of the greatest interest to me. Even if you are not a philatelist, your interest in radio should be piqued by the large number of postage stamps that have been issued in radio's honor. Although I do not own most of the stamps pictured here, there are some that are in my collection. This is a small cross-section of what is available. Over time, I have added to the list and will continue to do so. Please let me know if you have relevant stamps to add.

I was amazed to discover how many countries have postage stamps recognizing the important role that weather radar has played in history.

Update 1/30/2017: Mr. Neil Carleton contacted me with information on his very fine, very extensive collection of radio-themed postage and special-purpose stamps. They are going to auction in May.

Note: Many of these images are uncredited because although I might have retrieved them from a particular website, they appear to be replicated in many places. Therefore, the true origin is not known. My policy is to always provide attribution as part of the "Fair Use" law when the source is certain. I will be glad to link back to the owner's website if evidence of ownership is provided.

Amateur Radio Postage Stamps
Amateur Radio on USA postage stamp - RF Cafe

Amateur Radio

USA

Postage Stamp 

Réseau Luxembourgeois des Amateurs d’Ondes Courtes (RL) -- that country’s IARU Member-Society celebrating its 75th anniversary - RF Cafe

Amateur Radio

Luxembourg

Postage Stamp

Amateur Radio on China postage stamp - RF Cafe

Amateur Radio

China

Postage Stamp 

Amateur Radio on Germany postage stamp - RF Cafe

Amateur Radio

Germany

Postage Stamp 

Amateur Radio on Bosnia postage stamp - RF Cafe

Amateur Radio

Bosnia

Postage Stamp 

Amateur Radio on Japan postage stamp - RF Cafe

Amateur Radio

Japan

Postage Stamp 

Amateur Radio on Canada postage stamp - RF Cafe

Amateur Radio

Canada

Postage Stamp 

Amateur Radio on Viet Nam postage stamp - RF Cafe

Amateur Radio

Viet Nam

Postage Stamp 

Vietnam Radio Postage Stamp - RF Cafe

Amateur Radio

Bulgaria

Postage Stamp 

Amateur Radio on Bhutan postage stamp - RF Cafe

Amateur Radio

Bhutan

Postage Stamp 

Amateur Radio Stamp Bulgaria - RF Cafe

Amateur Radio

Bulgaria

Postage Stamp 

Zazzle Amateur Radio Postage Stamp - RF Cafe

Amateur Radio

Zazzle

Postage Stamp

Russia Amateur Radio Postage Stamp - RF Cafe

Amateur Radio

Russia

Postage Stamp

Zazzle Amateur Radio Postage Stamp - RF Cafe

Amateur Radio

Zazzle

Postage Stamp

Poland Amateur Radio Postage Stamp - RF Cafe

Amateur Radio

Poland

Postage Stamp

Qatar Amateur Radio postage stamp - RF Cafe

Amateur Radio

Qatar

Postage Stamp

Tuvalu Amateur Radio postage stamp - RF Cafe

Amateur Radio

Tuvalu

Postage Stamp

Slovania Amateur Radio Stamp - RF Cafe

Amateur Radio

Slovania

Postage Stamp

Austria Amateur Radio Postage Stamp - RF Cafe

Amateur Radio

Austria

Postage Stamp

Sweden Amateur Radio Postage Stamp - RF Cafe

Amateur Radio

Sweden

Postage Stamp

Radio Postage Stamps
Radio on USA postage stamp (1) - RF Cafe

Radio

USA

Postage Stamp

Radio on USA postage stamp (2) - RF Cafe

Radio

USA

Postage Stamp

Radio on USA postage stamp (3) - RF Cafe

Radio

USA

Postage Stamp

Radio on USA postage stamp (4) - RF Cafe

Radio

USA

Postage Stamp

Radio on USA postage stamp (5) - RF Cafe

Radio

USA

Postage Stamp

Radio on USA postage stamp (6) - RF Cafe

Radio

USA

Postage Stamp

Radio on East Germany postage stamp - RF Cafe

Radio

East Germany

Postage Stamp 

Radio on Slovenia postage stamp - RF Cafe

Radio

Slovenia

Postage Stamp 

Radio on Russia postage stamp - RF Cafe

Radio

Russia

Postage Stamp

Radio on Canada postage stamp - RF Cafe

Radio

Canada

Postage Stamp

Radio on Germany postage stamp - RF Cafe

Radio

Germany

Postage Stamp

Radio on East Germany postage stamp - RF Cafe

Radio

East Germany

Postage Stamp

 Radio on Columbia postage stamp - RF Cafe

Radio

Russia

Postage Stamp 

Radio on Belgium postage stamp - RF Cafe

Radio

Belgium

Postage Stamp

Radio on Russia postage stamp - RF Cafe

Radio

Russia

Postage Stamp

Pitcairn Islands Radio Postage Stamp - RF Cafe

Radio

Pitcairn Island

Postage Stamp

Tuvalu Radio Postage Stamp - RF Cafe

Radio

Tuvalu

Postage Stamp

India Radio Postage Stamp - RF Cafe

Radio

India

Postage Stamp

Moscow Radio Postage Stamp - RF Cafe

Radio

Moscow

Postage Stamp

Germany Radio Postage Stamp - RF Cafe

Radio

Germany

Postage Stamp

Republic of Transkei Radio stamp - RF Cafe

Radio

Republic of Transkei

Postage Stamp

Transkei Radio stamp - RF Cafe

Radio

Republic of Transkei

Postage Stamp

USSR Radio Stamp - RF Cafe

Radio

USSR

Postage Stamp

Monte Carlo Radio Postage Stamp - RF Cafe

Radio

Monte Carlo

Postage Stamp

Cuba Radio Postage Stamp - RF Cafe

Radio

Cuba

Postage Stamp

 - RF Cafe

Radio

Romania

Postage Stamp

Radio Stamp Germany Funker-KP.2 (tank circuit) - RF Cafe

Radio

Germany

Postage Stamp

Radio Stamp Germany Funker-KP.2 (communications truck) - RF Cafe

Radio

Germany

Postage Stamp

Telegraph Office German Stamp - RF Cafe

Radio

Germany

Postage Stamp

Army Radio Germany Stamp World War II - RF Cafe

Radio

Germany

Postage Stamp

Radar Postage Stamps
Radar on Chinese postage stamp - RF Cafe

Radar

China

Postage Stamp 

Radar antenna on Barbados postage stamp - RF Cafe

Radar Antenna

Barbados

Postage Stamp

Sea radar on Solomon Islands postage stamp

Sea Radar

Solomon Islands

Postage Stamp 

Radar altimeter on Gilbert & Ellice Islands postage stamp - RF Cafe

Radar Altimeter

Gilbert & Ellice Islands

Postage Stamp 

Meteor tracking radar on Fiji postage stamp - RF Cafe

Meteor Tracking Radar

Fiji

Postage Stamp  

HF radar on France postage stamp - RF Cafe

HF Radar

France

Postage Stamp 

       
Weather Radar Postage Stamps
Weather radar on Jamaican postage stamp - RF Cafe

Weather Radar

Jamaica

Postage Stamp

Weather radar on Belize postage stamp - RF Cafe

Weather Radar

Belize

Postage Stamp

 Radar on North Korean postage stamp - RF Cafe

Weather Radar

North Korea

Postage Stamp

 Weather radar on Iran postage stamp - RF Cafe

Weather Radar

Iran

Postage Stamp

Weather radar on Iranian postage stamp - RF Cafe

Weather Radar

Iran

Postage Stamp

Weather radar on Senegal postage stamp - RF Cafe

Weather Radar

Senegal

Postage Stamp 

Weather radar on Philippines postage stamp - RF Cafe

Weather Radar

Philippines

Postage Stamp

 Weather radar on Qatar postage stamp - RF Cafe

Weather Radar

Qatar

Postage Stamp

 Weather radar on Libyan postage stamp - RF Cafe

Weather Radar

Libya

Postage Stamp

Weather radar on Malagasy postage stamp - RF Cafe

Weather Radar

Malagasy

Postage Stamp

Weather radar on United Nations postage stamp - RF Cafe

Weather Radar

United Nations

Postage Stamp

Weather radar on Viet Nam postage stamp - RF Cafe

Weather Radar

Viet Nam

Postage Stamp

Weather radar on Taiwanese postage stamp - RF Cafe

Weather Radar

Taiwan

Postage Stamp

Weather radar on Spain postage stamp - RF Cafe

Weather Radar

Spain

Postage Stamp

Weather radar on Republic of Central Africa postage stamp - RF Cafe

Weather Radar

Central African Republic

Postage Stamp

Weather radar on Belgium postage stamp - RF Cafe

Weather Radar

Belgium

Postage Stamp 

Weather radar on Afghanistan postage stamp - RF Cafe

Weather Radar

Afghanistan

Postage Stamp 

Weather radar on Austria postage stamp - RF Cafe

Weather Radar

Austria

Postage Stamp 

Weather radar on Bahamas postage stamp - RF Cafe

Weather Radar

Bahamas

Postage Stamp 

Weather radar on Bahamas postage stamp - RF Cafe

Weather Radar

Bahamas

Postage Stamp 

Weather radar on Afghanistan postage stamp - RF Cafe

Weather Radar

Afghanistan

Postage Stamp 

Weather radar on Bangladesh postage stamp - RF Cafe

Weather Radar

Bangladesh

Postage Stamp 

Weather radar on Canadian postage stamp - RF Cafe

Weather Radar

Canadian

Postage Stamp

   
Lidar Postage Stamps
Lidar on France postage stamp - RF Cafe

Lidar

France

Postage Stamp

Lidar on Australia postage stamp - RF Cafe

Lidar

Australia

Postage Stamp

     
Electricity Postage Stamps
Electricity on Britian postage stamp - RF Cafe

Electricity

British

Postage Stamp

       
Also of interest are Radio Reception Stamps that were used by commercial radio stations to officiate reception of signals. These were not official Postage Stamps
KDKA Radio Reception Stamp - RF Cafe

KDKA

Pittsburgh, PA

Radio Reception Stamp

KFUM Radio Reception stamp - RF Cafe

KFUM

Colorado Springs, CO

Radio Reception Stamp

KFSO Radio Reception stamp - RF Cafe

KFSO

San Francisco, CA

Radio Reception Stamp

KFQZ Radio Reception stamp - RF Cafe

KFQZ

St. Louis, MO

Radio Reception Stamp

RF Cafe - WTIC radio reception stamp - RF Cafe

WTIC

Hartford, CT

Radio Reception Stamp

CNRO Radio Reception stamp - RF Cafe

CNRO

Ottawa, Ontario

Radio Reception Stamp

WDAF Radio Reception stamp - RF Cafe 

WDAF

Kansas City, KS

Radio Reception Stamp

WBEN Radio Reception stamp - RF Cafe 

WBEN

Buffalo, NY

Radio Reception Stamp

WGBF Radio Reception stamp - RF Cafe 

WGBF

Evansville, IN

Radio Reception Stamp

WSYR Radio Reception stamp - RF Cafe 

WSYR

Syracuse, NY

Radio Reception Stamp

 

A more comprehensive list can be found on the Ground-Based Remote Sensing in Meteorology (Radar, lidar, sodar, etc.) website from Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) at Colorado State University.

This website has a few other communications Postage Stamps.

Yet another source is Joseph Morris' Flickr collection.

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