PUBLISHER'S NEWS 2014 Raimo Kaarna,

I've been scanning old Signals - thousands of pages - for the last weeks. Got finally the work done, take a look now !

of 1960-2000 printed on paper
in actual size & colors

as they were issued in those
40 years - over 1 0 0 separate issues, and thousands and thousands of penpals and photos, collectors, mail order ads, penpal clubs far over from 100 countries, interesting news and editorials...
1960-1969 = 6.500 penpals
1970-1979 = 10.850 penpals
1980-1989 = 16.700 penpals
1990-1999 = 18.400 penpals 1997-2017
on web already for 20 years...

1997 | 1998 | 1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 |

Sunday December 28, 2014

Just received an email from a very old Signal-reader in Holland... Take a look at the contents:

Dear Mr Kaarna,
Wish you a very happy new year!
I am no longer looking for penpals but, still get letters from time to time. Could you please remove my listing from the site?

I first came in contact with SIGNAL all the way back in 1976/77 in SRI LANKA [CEYLON]. We found an old copy, i don't know how it found it's way to SRI LANKA, and me and my friends wrote to people all over the world.

It was very exciting to get letters from people from all over the place, that was our only means of contact with the world in those days, there was no TV/INTERNET in CEYLON at the time. Thank you for the many happy encounters that, that simple magazine gave us.

It's nice to see that you are still providing people with the chance of making friends even in this very different age of communication. I wish you all the happiness and good health in the years to come!

best wishes, A D HAYIM


Thank you for your nice letter and memories of 1976-77, Daniel. I've already deleted your ad from the normal web Signal a few moments ago but have to continue my work a bit later to remove your old penpal listing also from the pdf-version of the Signal. That ad was composed with the pdf-software of early 2000's on one of my old computers, and I don't have the pdf-software in my current computer using Windows 8.1 software.
But I will solve the problem soon anyhow...

Happy New Year 2015 to you and all the other readers, too !

P.S. Also the latter advertisement was just deleted from tabloidsignal2.pdf

Take a look at THIS VIDEO to see how it is possible...



Test the new faster Signal !!

Friday November 21, 2014

150 Signals and Big Mails were posted to the readers about 6-8 weeks ago...
Now I have started receiving replies to these snailmail letters to my street address Purokatu 18, FI-15200 Lahti, Finland.
There are letters from Cuba, Italy, France, Canada, USA, Holland, Korea, Brazil, Jersey, some have been written in Spanish which I have never studied ! Will start composing the penpal listings from these letters to Signal pages soon.

Some of the computers used when doing editorial and layout work

Monday October 27, 2014

NEW SIGNAL MAGAZINE PRINTED ! Ten color pages, A4 size, 350 penpal ads, several photos... Order your copy now,
US$ 10 or Euro 10 postpaid.

Friday October 24, 2014 at 10:42:13

Just received today several emails with information of finally getting rich:

1) Dear Winner, This is to inform you that your email address have won a prize award money of One Million United States Dollars, ($1,000,000.00) in our ongoing 2014 monthly prize award promotions, which was organized and sponsored
2) I will also issue you a letter of authority that will prove you as the new beneficiary of my family treasure ($18.5million)
3) Hi, Enclosed the file relating to our Global Payment Advice on 20141022 issued at the instance of our customer.
4) trust worthy person that can help me move funds in the tune of $250,000,000.00 (Two Hundred and Fifty Million USD
5) According to my payment file, you have an outstanding compensation payment of $500,000.00 USD approved by the
6) like to intimate you with my letter of intent of a legal business-proposal you can handle directly from your country, which is of a complementary benefit mutually with no peril
7) am a banker there is a business i want you to handle for me valued $ 31.5m American Dollars please note there is no risk
8) Of Transferring The Left Over Sum Of ($10.5 Million Dollars) That Belongs To Late
9) Debit card with cash equivalent of $5.5 Million USD which you will use to withdraw your money in any
Why to ask for my bank account number, age, sex, address etc to be able to send all that money to me. Let's make it in an easier way, just pack the banknotes - the bigger the better - into bundles of 100 and stuff them into an envelope and mail to my street address. No vain costs to you or to me...

I receive now some 150-200 emails daily, almost half of them are similar to the above examples. The criminals are fishing for your own money by promising incredible and impossible profits or commissions.

Saturday August 16, 2014


I downloaded the NVU html-editor from year 2005 to my Mac G5 computer to be able to correct these Signal-pages also with the Apple using Mac OS X. Also this Mac is some ten years old but it is faster than my Windows 7 computer...

In the W7 computer I use the 1st Page 2000 software to write the html-code, old but good software! I can make the pages exactly such as I want them to look like.

When I added a few new penpal ads using the NVU html-editor to a file written with the 1st Page 2000 html-editor the entire code was simply ruined. There were all kinds of extra html-tags and code on the page, it did not look the same as earlier.

It seems to me that Apple does not understand Windows and vice versa, even though html-coding is simply text editing of the commands. Had to rewrite the newest page from top to toe, that's why it looks a bit different now. Used the Windows 7 and 1stPage2000 doing it because I'm accustomed to it.

Monday July 14 2014

I received my 50 years old Harting single record player from Germany last week

Found it on German eBay auctions, the price was Euros 55 and postage to Finland was Euros 16,99. A friend was just doing some tinkering to connect it to my stereo systems. Now everything functions properly and I can play the below "not for sale" "disc jockey records" and "promotional records" from WHLM-radio station in USA, mainly from 60's and 70's. Some photos below...

Friday July 11 2014

Mimi from Indonesia visited Signal's editorial office in Lahti Finland today !

Publisher's computer expert friend Seppo was cycling with his lady friend Mimi in the neighborhood and they paid a visit to me, too. We were discussing about the Indonesian wooden and bone carvings which Signal received 40-50 years ago from Kuo Wei Yong in Bali islands.

We took a look at Signal's other website called - - listing some 30-40 Indonesian penpal papers issued in the last 30-40 years. Visit the site and search for the country INDONESIA to see more details. --- Internet has "killed" 99 % of the over 1.000 printed penpal publications with which I used to swap ad space, sample copies and circular mailing. PITY !

The photo was taken by Seppo, Mimi on left, Raimo on right...

Look inside this 100 years old
fine art album by '-mari -14'

Excellent drawings and water color illustrations, 36 original art pieces from year 1914...
I bought this small album from a local fleamarket here in Lahti Finland in November 2009.
Saturday, June 28 2014

I want to buy this record player with the changer for 12 singles !!!!!

Bought exactly the same player here in Lahti Finland in 1959 when 16 years of age, now I am 71 already. I used to received single disc jockey records in lots of 50-100 different at a time from a friend working in the WHLM radio station in USA, gave good Finnish and foreign postage stamps in return. In all I received far over 1.000 different singles of latest hit music... That's how I got the idea also for my SIGNAL paper established in 1960, still in 'business' on web as and

The needle of my Harting single player got ruined some 20-30 years ago. Tried to find a new one in the local shops, did not succeed. Took the player to a radio shop for repair, no one could help me. Later I managed to loose the entire machine, propably when getting divorced in early 90's ? Or then it was lost when moving back to my orginal childhood and current home.

Why to buy this over 50 years old Harting record player now when all the music can be listened to on web, on cds and dvds etc ? I just remembered the name of the manufacturer, Harting and of course searched for it on web. Found the above photo from Germany, on, it was just sold for Euros 7,50 + delivery cost Euro 7. Plattenspieler-Wilhelm-Harting-Model-G7JY1Q.

I am willing to pay Euro 50 + Euro 10 extra for the delivery to FINLAND !!!! I still have a few hundreds of those singles from 60's, 70's and 80's and I love old memories and old music...
Offers and details to Raimo Kaarna, Purokatu 18, FI-15200 Lahti, FINLAND.

That was my really fine stereo record player and radio from the 60's to 90's, also it is German made BRAUN Audio 1 TC 40. One is for sale from UK in eBay, the price now GBP 699 = EUR 882. Remember having picked it back to my own collections after 1992 divorce but could not find it today.

Have got some 600+ LPs from the 60's 70's and 80's, usually play them on my Sharp Optonica electronic disk processor RP-9100 and the stereos from year 1981...

Thursday June 5, 2014

What is a Friend

Lilian Faulkner - UK

Someone you can feel at easy with,
to tell your innermost thoughts,
knowing your friend will treat them as you would,
their bearing their soul to you.

Someone you'll never meet.
Yet you feel you have always known.
Perhaps in another time and place.

Someone who brings peace and calm serenity
with simple true simplicity
into a world where bitterness and hatred thrive.

As friends, may we know the good
and beautiful people, who are drawn together
in some strange unknown way.
This is how I see you, as "A Friend"
May God Bless and keep you well
and Happy Always.

This poem written by late Mrs Lilian Faulkner was originally issued in the Signal magazine issue 62 in 1985.
Sunday May 11, 2014

Select your penfriends and write direct to them ! FREE !

The advertisements in the Signal consist of the names - age - sex with email and snailmail addresses, languages, education and hobbies. Select your new friends from the advertisers now and start writing. Correspondence via email and snailmail is fun. Tell about yourself, your country, your hometown, your life, hobbies, friends, dreams, etc. Meet each other while travelling abroad, have fun together...

Hobbyists, widen your collections. Start swapping phonecards, computer software, DVDs, CDs, cassettes, stamps, coins, banknotes, dolls, anything... Write and tell what you want to get and what you can give in return.

Always take the first step in penpalling - to receive a letter from abroad you must write a letter! Mention the Signal magazine when writing. And advertise here FREE, photos welcome. Use the form !

Thursday May 1, 2014

- Rubens of the North...

The video art of Kari Tykkyläinen is inspired by the swamps of his hometown of Siurua, Finland, as well as housewives and their seam stockings. YouTube is the new forum for this sculptor, who has received various prizes for his art...

Monday April 07 2014

pages finally printed...

Some of the print edition readers are losing their patience when having been forced to wait for their copies of the current Signal penpal magazine for months. I am really sorry for the long delay due to some changes in the circumstances. The next few days will be spent in collating the pages, stapling them together and after that I'll start stuffing envelopes to about 200 readers around the world. The Signal, both the print edition and six different web sites, is a one-man-show and I'm already 71 years old. Some patience and understanding is needed... Thanks for it !

Wednesday April 02 2014

Deleted some very old
C G I - s c r i p t s . . .

Received today a malware warning from Google Chrome about some CGI-scripts used on my web pages. Decided to follow the instructions and removed the links to almost ten very old pages: auction, chat, classifieds, guestbook, linkpage, messageboard, newsboard, shopping.
All these pages were totally removed to protect YOU from malware...

Friday March 21 2014

Ghanaian sexy photos...

Most of the ads of today were received from lovely ladies "living" in the same address PO Box AD 991 in Ghana. Over twenty ads have been published already, a few are still waiting. These ladies may be genuine honest single girls expecting to contact a man of their dreams, for the rest of their lives.

On the other hand, all ads from one and only PO Box address may be also from only one person ? Even from a man ? Who knows ? Someone might have collected studio quality photos for later use... If any of the girls asks for MONEY from you either for sending more "personal" photos, for "travelling" expenses to meet you somewhere or even in your own country simply don't send any money. Use your brains, don't be too naive, don't believe in every word received in your email.

Some foreign penpal publishers keep sending ads of their own customers for publishing. Usually they contain the advertiser's own and original postal address. There is a limit to these free riders, 5-10 daily is the maximum, bigger amounts from one source must be paid for. Read the info pages for details.

Tuesday, March 4 2014

What is it like
to be a Finn?

Tuesday, February 11 2014

Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics February 7 - February 23
Unforgetable moments just watching on tv the young athletes from all over the world, the joy of life, the spirit of olympics... Oil and gas money well spent for the people of Russia and the entire world.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Geocounter - that counter seems to have been stopped last night... Yesterday the number of hits was 169882, today just one! And even that is only a part of the truth. Now at 17:20 it seems to have been restarted again.

The Signal has been issued since January 1960, some 350.000 copies have been printed and in general magazines have some 5-6 readers per copy printed. This means almost two million readers by now.

When I established the web Signal in 1997 I quite soon got a great amount of readers. Swapped links with any other web site, 10-20 daily. Sent letters to hundreds of printed papers and magazines worldwide with the latest printed Signal, many of them published articles about the Signal and me.

The counters have been reset when my websites were moved from one server to another, the new counter always started from zero. And I've got Signal published on almost one hundred different servers around the world, just a few of them have any counters at all. One of the 'oldest' and best counters of my current main website is "eXTReMe Tracking - Internet - Cool Sites" used since 1999.

Some facts by eXTReMe here:
Summary Period: 4476 Days Unique Visitors 363048 - 80.18% Visits incl. Reloads 452751 Reloads 89703 - 19.81% Visits via Referrers 107737 - 29.67% Website Referrers 7578 Highest Day 279 / 03 May, Mon, 2004 Highest Week 1532 / Wk 18, 2004 Highest Month 5986 / Apr, 2004 Monthly Unique: Current Month 2370 / Jan, 2014 Last Month 2065 / Dec, 2013 Average 2327 Searchengine Google Keyword penpal Domains / Countries Unique Visitors - Unknown 128590 35.41% com United States 42578 11.72% fi Finland 35636 9.81% in India 12790 3.52% uk United Kingdom 12221 3.36% de Germany 8972 2.47% gh Ghana 5281 1.45% net Network 4738 1.30% ca Canada 4528 1.24% ng Nigeria 4003 1.10% pk Pakistan 3477 0.95% kr Korea, Republic of 3459 0.95% cn China 3454 0.95% et Ethiopia 3284 0.90% ci Cote D'Ivoire 3169 0.87% sa Saudi Arabia 3168 0.87% jp Japan 3111 0.85% se Sweden 3003 0.82% es Spain 3001 0.82% it Italy 2884 0.79% sn Senegal 2744 0.75% my Malaysia 2742 0.75% ch Switzerland 2575 0.70% fr France 2355 0.64% lk Sri Lanka 2230 0.61% au Australia 2209 0.60% sg Singapore 2156 0.59% be Belgium 2009 0.55% il Israel 1822 0.50% nl Netherlands 1808 0.49% ph Philippines 1791 0.49% ke Kenya 1662 0.45% ae United Arab Emirates 1625 0.44% kw Kuwait 1587 0.43% ie Ireland 1573 0.43% dz Algeria 1555 0.42% ru Russian Federation 1550 0.42% gw Guinea-Bissau 1471 0.40% eg Egypt 1468 0.40% ir Iran, Islamic Republic of 1453 0.40% tr Turkey 1451 0.39% za South Africa 1386 0.38% bd Bangladesh 1340 0.36% gm Gambia 1322 0.36% hk Hong Kong 1233 0.33% om Oman 1011 0.27% ug Uganda 984 0.27% br Brazil 981 0.27% tw Taiwan 960 0.26% eu Europe 917 0.25% pl Poland 822 0.22% np Nepal 778 0.21% ee Estonia 759 0.20% ma Morocco 756 0.20% no Norway 742 0.20% lt Lithuania 741 0.20% tg Togo 665 0.18% id Indonesia 623 0.17% dk Denmark 550 0.15% hu Hungary 539 0.14% tz Tanzania, United Republic of 522 0.14% hr Croatia 517 0.14% pt Portugal 509 0.14% th Thailand 502 0.13% gr Greece 494 0.13% qa Qatar 487 0.13% mu Mauritius 481 0.13% bj Benin 478 0.13% ye Yemen 446 0.12% cz Czech Republic 438 0.12% at Austria 412 0.11% mt Malta 395 0.10% tn Tunisia 381 0.10% sy Syrian Arab Republic 380 0.10% nz New Zealand 324 0.08% ua Ukraine 323 0.08% mx Mexico 312 0.08% lv Latvia 310 0.08% jo Jordan 308 0.08% ro Romania 286 0.07% bf Burkina Faso 280 0.07% gn Guinea 265 0.07% tt Trinidad and Tobago 262 0.07% zw Zimbabwe 253 0.06% zm Zambia 228 0.06% lb Lebanon 211 0.05% bh Bahrain 190 0.05% edu US Educational 183 0.05% cm Cameroon 171 0.04% cy Cyprus 167 0.04% vn Vietnam 157 0.04% sk Slovakia 151 0.04% bg Bulgaria 139 0.03% ar Argentina 135 0.03% pr Puerto Rico 134 0.03% lu Luxembourg 133 0.03% ec Ecuador 127 0.03% ly Libyan Arab Jamahiriya 121 0.03% pg Papua New Guinea 116 0.03% mw Malawi 113 0.03% si Slovenia 108 0.02% bt Bhutan 89 0.02% mr Mauritania 88 0.02% gy Guyana 88 0.02% ve Venezuela 87 0.02% gt Guatemala 86 0.02% yu Yugoslavia 81 0.02% mil US Military 81 0.02% lr Liberia 74 0.02% rw Rwanda 74 0.02% mv Maldives 73 0.02% sd Sudan 73 0.02% mc Monaco 72 0.01% fj Fiji 67 0.01% by Belarus 63 0.01% pe Peru 62 0.01% is Iceland 60 0.01% uy Uruguay 60 0.01% ps Palestinian Territory, Occupied 59 0.01% ga Gabon 57 0.01% ml Mali 57 0.01% iq Iraq 55 0.01% cl Chile 54 0.01% org Non-Profit Organizations 53 0.01% jm Jamaica 50 0.01% kh Cambodia 44 0.01% er Eritrea 39 0.01% co Colombia 38 0.01% bw Botswana 38 0.01% cu Cuba 36 0.00% sz Swaziland 35 0.00% bn Brunei Darussalam 35 0.00% lc Saint Lucia 33 0.00% cv Cape Verde 32 0.00% na Namibia 30 0.00% kn Saint Kitts and Nevis 29 0.00% bb Barbados 29 0.00% ba Bosnia and Herzegovina 27 0.00% ge Georgia 26 0.00% bi Burundi 26 0.00% kz Kazakhstan 25 0.00% pa Panama 22 0.00% mk Macedonia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of 21 0.00% sc Seychelles 21 0.00% am Armenia 20 0.00% mz Mozambique 20 0.00% cr Costa Rica 19 0.00% mn Mongolia 18 0.00% bz Belize 17 0.00% az Azerbaijan 16 0.00% gu Guam 16 0.00% ht Haiti 15 0.00% do Dominican Republic 15 0.00% mm Myanmar 14 0.00% ne Niger 13 0.00% bo Bolivia 13 0.00% bs Bahamas 13 0.00% mg Madagascar 13 0.00% ni Nicaragua 11 0.00% arpa Old style Arpanet 11 0.00% dj Djibouti 10 0.00% sr Suriname 10 0.00% ao Angola 10 0.00% uz Uzbekistan 9 0.00% gov US Government 9 0.00% an Netherlands Antilles 9 0.00% md Moldova, Republic of 8 0.00% dm Dominica 7 0.00% sl Sierra Leone 6 0.00% af Afghanistan 6 0.00% ag Antigua and Barbuda 6 0.00% sv El Salvador 6 0.00% al Albania 6 0.00% ap Asia/Pacific Region 6 0.00% bm Bermuda 6 0.00% vu Vanuatu 5 0.00% gl Greenland 5 0.00% vi Virgin Islands, U.S. 5 0.00% ls Lesotho 5 0.00% gi Gibraltar 5 0.00% fo Faroe Islands 4 0.00% tj Tajikistan 4 0.00% py Paraguay 4 0.00% la Lao People's Democratic Republic 4 0.00% vc Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 3 0.00% gd Grenada 3 0.00% vg Virgin Islands, British 2 0.00% gq Equatorial Guinea 2 0.00% kg Kyrgyzstan 2 0.00% hn Honduras 2 0.00% ad Andorra 2 0.00% cg Congo 2 0.00% mo Macao 2 0.00% pf French Polynesia 2 0.00% mq Martinique 1 0.00% va Vatican City State 1 0.00% gp Guadeloupe 1 0.00% st Sao Tome and Principe 1 0.00% tm Turkmenistan 1 0.00% fm Micronesia, Federated States of 1 0.00% mp Northern Mariana Islands 1 0.00% aw Aruba 1 0.00% as American Samoa 1 0.00% sb Solomon Islands 1 0.00% to Tonga 1


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The above New Year cards are from years 1907, 1912 and 1925, and all were addressed to the sister of my grandmother... I myself am now 71 years old, like collecting all old items like postcards, postage stamps, matchbox labels, even old computers etc. And this hobby is just waste of time and money as any fellow collector knows ! But collecting is nice and interesting, to know your future you must know also your past.
Happy collecting and
Happy New Year to you !
Raimo Kaarna, the publisher

That's what the printed SIGNALs looked like from 1979 to 2004... The size was usually tabloid, 5.000 copies.

SIGNAL issues from 1969 to 1973 were magazine size. 10.000 copies per issue...

Signals 1988-89, photocopied

Offset printed Signals 1990-91

All Signals 1995-2007 were digitally printed by your publisher

Signals 2007-08 color laser printed

SIGNALs 1960-69 were mimeographed and offset printed, 1.000 circulation, my address the same as now in 2013.