PUBLISHER'S NEWS 2014 Raimo Kaarna,
Test new faster Signal layout

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 |

Friday June 13, 2014 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.
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

December 4, 2013

I was testing the new layout for a few days... Did you already see it?
Just take a look at
the faster front page with less complicated structure, contents ? Or do you prefer this old layout downloading SLOWER with more ads, photos, news, links, etc.
What do you want ?
Tell me !!!

December 2, 2013

Have you already started writing some CHRISTMAS CARDS to your friends abroad ? Or to your local friends ?

It's time to think about it now, the Xmas rush is real in postal services worldwide even though the amount of letters, postcards, invoices, newspapers etc via postal services is decreasing day by day...
Here in Finland postal workers are afraid of losing their jobs within a few years, possibly one third of them may really be in danger. The newspapers delivery costs will go up with about 10 % via postal services, and the circulations go down just like in USA, the journalists are losing their jobs, too.
Beginning January 1st 2014 the first class postage stamp for the letter will cost in Finland Euro 1.00 = US$ 1.35 ! That is crazy, quite to much...

November 12, 2013


Tell about to your friends, mates, at work, at school, in your emails, on your own website or blog, on facebook, google+, anywhere. Print Signal's ad forms or sample pages for those who do not own a computer or cannot use it. Remember that anyone can advertise FREE here...

October 21, 2013


As you have noticed about a dozen of BD penpals have advertised on this page lately. Most of them are young girls, the texts in the ads are almost the same from ad to ad. Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries in the world, 150.000.000 inhabitants,
more info here.
The girls keep asking for your pity, help etc, some of them cannot read or write, someone else helps them in sending their penpal listings.
NO BEGGING ALLOWED in the penpal ads anyhow... If you want to help the people of the Third World write and enclose a small gift of some kind,
at least it is a friendly gesture unless nothing more.
Some joy to the life !

October 8, 2013

More snailmail penpal ads today than ads via email !!! Unbelievable !!!!

As you see from the above cancellation the ads were mailed from Algeria on the 14th of September already, by surface mail. You - or ANY of your friends - can send your own FREE penpal ads immediately and they will also be published immediately without waiting for one month... Spread the word about where ever you can, on your facebook-page, at school, personally to your friends. I need your help to get more penpal listings to this page !

September 20 2013
A few days ago I received the below ad from the youngest 'reader' ever seen in the Signal. He is just FIVE years old !!! What about bringing some joy to his life by sending a COLORFUL POSTCARD to him with the exotic large size postage stamps of your country ? Just imagine his face when receiving this card and listening to his sister or mom reading your greetings ! MWSJ11+ Chimango Alfred, PO Box 29, Mpherembe, MALAWI. A:5m L: English H: playing ball, playing doll.

As far as I remember there have been advertisers aged over 80 in the collectors, possibly even over 90 years of age...

September 10 2013

I printed last week
12 new pages for the paper version of the Signal and mailed the copies to the readers, subscribers and advertisers yesterday on Monday. Some of them, also Ray Thomas, already await their copies impatiently. At present snailmail may feel too slow especially when new copies are printed 12-16 pages at a time at intervals of 1-2 months only. Surface delivery from Finland to USA takes about 45 days, airmail just one week...

August 15 2013

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.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 21:51:03
Some people seem to have difficulties in understanding the above text... They keep sending begging ads to help their schooling or in their sickness, a Dawnette seems to live in dozen of different countries,
a Nigerian wants your money for his 'investments',
a London guy and another in Switzerland may give you suspicious 'advice' in getting work or visas. DO NOT BELIEVE THAT KIND OF PROMISES
- all they want is just your money ! Never answer ads like these.

June 03 2013

Mail Sale Advertiser USA, money making in 60's 70's 80's
From: Michael Taylor Sent: Sunday, June 02, 2013 9:59 AM
Subject: Mail Sale Advertiser
Hi, Do you by chance have a pdf version of the copies that you own? I only had a couple issues, but they were lost almost 30 years ago.
Michael R. Taylor

Thanks for your email, Michael R Taylor;
Unfortunately I have NOT scanned the entire issues of the MSA which I do have... Possibly might do that sometimes in the future but copies should be those ORIGINAL letterpress printed MSA 6x9's by Vanroy Shirk. I may have a few of them in my "archieves", too ????
Tell me something about the CURRENT mail order scene ? Any real printed 6x9 or tabloids still alive ? What about the Mail Order dealers ??? I'd prefer hearing about the good old times before the birth of the INTERNET. Also if you've got any M.O. magazines or circulars - new or old - I'd prefer receiving them via "snailmail" and am willing to send my own current BIG MAILS in return. XBMSYMWF.
Raimo Kaarna, the publisher - SIGNAL, established in 1960 and still going STRONG !
My current address is: Purokatu 18, FI-15111 Lahti, FINLAND

If you want to know what we are talking about read this article How To Start A Big Mail Service By Earl Marshal. It tells you about the Mail Order magazines, circular mailing, commission circulars, Big Mails, mail order dealers etc.
They inspired me to establish the Signal back in 1960 !!!

Friday, May 24, 2013 12:55 PM

Hello Raimo
Received your latest issue today, thanks a lot. It´s very nice, better than it has been for a long time!!
Rolf Waern, FRANCE

May 23, 2013

Want to see FINE WEBSITE designs from Pakistan ?

May 8, 2013

It is finally ready, just printed the fresh new 20-page multi- color SIGNAL 2013
- 20 pages
- 340 ads worldwide
- fine color photos

BUY YOUR COPY NOW, only US$ 10 or Euro 10 or 10 IRCs postpaid. Orders to: Raimo Kaarna-S2013, Purokatu 18, FI-15200 Lahti, FINLAND

Cash with order, no cheques or money orders. Mint large size postage stamps of your own country accepted at face value if you can not send banknotes.

April 09 2013

Is the Signal an ADULT website ?

YES ! I am an adult, age now 70, and have been publishing
the Signal since 1960, for 53 years...

YES ! Many readers are adults, just take a look at the listings of a few last days:
Kayrat, 55, male, KAZAKHSTAN
Peter Jubeng, 59, male, GHANA
Darryl Divall, 42, male, ENGLAND
Akbar, 48, male, BANGLADESH
Renee, 43, female, USA
Koplin Thomas, 39, man, GERMANY
Elder, 83, male, USA
James Tetteh, 55, SOUTH AFRICA
Aziz Fahed, 44, male, CANADA

Of course there are hundreds of younger women and men aged 20-40 from all over the world, and also lots of older collectors aged 50-60-70 etc on the collectors pages...

Read the ads, select suitable friends or exchange partners for yourself and write a letter to someone.
help us to reach more readers... THANKS !

February 01 2013
Want to read poems, watch video poems, listen to audio poems or get your own poems on the web ?
Take a look at - a new kind of poetry experience...

January 11 2013

Learning anything? New York Times helps. Let world's largest newspaper TEACH YOU !

January 3 2013

HAPPY NEW YEAR to all the readers !
Advertise here FREE ! Have also your friends advertise FREE ! Make link to
on your facebook- pages, your homepage, recommend it on your emails to anybody anywhere...
Thanks for your help !

Read also last year's editorials
Signal's editorial office and publisher's home in Lahti Finland. It's cold here now, -16 degrees Celcius, and snow...