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3W3RR/Jail Roman (Romeo) Vega QSL

Originally posted on May 1st, 2015

3W3RR/Jail QSL CardI like QSL cards.

Through 43 years of on again, off again Ham Radio I have boxes upon boxes of QSL cards. Thousands of them. 99% are everyday QSL cards, but there’s a few that stand out.  The one I received today is on top of my short list of memorable cards.

Presently Romeo is locked up at Lompac Federal Correctional Institution in California.  As his QSL card states, “As of the day your QSL arrived, 12 years 3 months of continuous incarceration have passed since my February 2003 arrest in Cyprus, and my subsequent extradition into the hands of the United States.”

If you don’t know who Romeo is, you haven’t been a Ham for very long.  I don’t pass judgement on Romeo as I don’t know the facts.  I do know nobody’s heard his DX signal in a long, long time.

Here’s a few links to some information on Romeo.

3W3RR/Jail Roman Vega Website (

A long list of Romeo’s past Ham Radio DXpeditions

3W3RR/Jail QSL CardI’ll bet you, the good reader of this Blog didn’t know that although the United States accounts for 5% of the world’s population, the US accounts for 25% of the entire worlds prisoners.

Let that sink in for a bit.

Incarceration in the United States via Wikipedia


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