March 8 2018
ONLY THE WEB EDITION is available
from 2018 onwards, FREE of course.
Having been publishing the Signal penpal magazine since January 1960 at the age of 16 I've
come to a turning point in this publishing hobby... In 58 years the postman has carried nearly 200.000 letters to my earlier
box address and to my home office street address. And I've personally packed the printed Signal-magazines into almost 200.000 envelopes
and taken them to the nearest post office to send them to you, the readers. The total amount of printed paper Signals is almost 400.000 copies !
The printed Signal magazine - signalpenpals.net - is a one-man-hobby-business. Every word in all the penpal listings has been written,
edited and layouted by just one person, me - Raimo Kaarna. I will be 75 years old at the end of next month, February 24 2018.
This older age forces me to reduce my 'work burden' - I have to take it easier. Therefore year 2017 was the last year when the Signal had
two different versions -
this web edition on the internet and the smaller one printed on paper.
From 2018 onwards
ONLY THE WEB EDITION
is available, FREE of course.
If you want to get PRINTED SIGNALS you have to print them yourself with your computer and your printer.
Raimo Kaarna in 1989 at his office in the daily newspaper Etelä-Suomen Sanomat
Hundreds of newspapers and magazines around the world have 'killed' their printed editions and gone entirely into the electronic publishing versions only.
I was working in the local daily newspaper called Etelä-Suomen Sanomat - circulation over 50.000 - from 1966 to 1989. My job was to
write ad texts, do the lay-outs, take care of ad space marketing and sales, design brochures and circulars, sales letters, keep up customers mailing lists etc.
Similar work as with the printed Signal or nowadays with the signalpenpals.net, and my other websites.
I have stopped my paid subscription to my earlier employer's newspaper several years ago, even though I am an ex-newspaper professional.
Anyhow I keep reading four different newspapers - the electronic versions - every day. And it costs to me simply NOTHING, the printed versions of
these four Finnish newspapers would cost over 1.000 euros or 1.000 USA dollars yearly.
Keep reading the web edition of the Signal = www.signalpenpals.net - it is FREE !
Also your personal penpal listings are FREE, one ad monthly.
If you prefer international collectors swapping ads go to my other site - www.globalcollectors.net - your exchange wants and offers listed free.
Do you know what kind of printed penpal papers or collectors magazines were issued in the last 50 years ?
Then visit www.penpalclubs.net.
If you speak also the Finnish language look at www.lahtelaista.net - my website about my hometown Lahti - 100.000 inhabitants - in Finland.
Friday, February 9, 2018
That's what your publisher looked like back in 1983, thirty five years ago...
Take also a look at THE EDITORIAL of the 24-page multicolor SIGNAL INTERNATIONAL
tabloid issue 60 - 8.000 circulation - 1700 ads worldwide. Read some 'old news' about
Signal's new computers, guess how many letters were received yearly or daily...
Worth reading if you want to learn something about penpal magazine publishing history.
I'll scan more 'old news' from the past Signals for you later.
Happy reading -
This New Year card is changed hourly
Happy New Year 2018
to all the Signal readers
All the cards are from 1900's, 1910's and 1920's and
originally mailed to the grand aunties of Signal's publisher, Raimo Kaarna.
January 12, 2018
Want to see
This is our world by Steve Cutts
ABOUT YOUR OWN LIFE ????
Consumerism by Maks Monkozzz
Man - Animated Short Film by Steve Cutts
WORLD TODAY - THE LIE WE LIVE
Santa Claus (the publisher) and his brother ?
PUBLISHER'S NEWS 2017
Raimo Kaarna, email@example.com
Monday December 11, 2017
Christmas is coming...
CHRISTMAS MUSIC FOR YOU !
Remember your penpals, now is the time to send season's greetings
to your friends worldwide. Colorful Xmas cards with lovely postage stamps are welcome by all of us.
Tuesday December 5, 2017
Congratulations to the country where
DEC 06 2017
the Signal has been issued since 1960.
THE FASTER LOADING SIGNAL?
Take a look and save your time...
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Listen to the music of today from a bit different source !
Sunday October 22, 2017
Computing news for you from RUSSIA...
Sunday September 3, 2017
FINNISH FRIENDS FOR YOU
on the Indian website shtyle.fm... All with photos, take a look!
Thursday August 10, 2017
HELP YOUR OWN FRIENDS!!!
Do they know anything about signalpenpals.net?
FREE ADVERTISING WORLDWIDE,
FREE NEW FRIENDS...
Tell them about our website, on your facebook page
and other social media pages.
Signal is translated into your own language and 90 other languages
with just one click, test it...
Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at 15:02:35
No porno ads accepted
Some readers don't understand the rules
One listing monthly really means that you can send your next ad next month only, after four weeks have passed... A few days is NOT a month.
- Adam in USA or Nipuni in Bangladesh and several other repeat advertisers do send up to ten ads a day or want to change the texts almost immediately
after seeing it on the web. Sorry to say but it is impossible, no time for vain work !
- No porno accepted means that I will censor all the strange sexual habits and perversions off from the listings. It does not help that you send
the same ad twenty times a day...
NO is NO and if you don't understand it all your ads will be deleted.
SUMMER TIME seems to be very slow also in this web publishing business. Never mind, let's enjoy our holidays and the life...
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Ever heard about the U.S.A.
Visit the AAN website, interesting publications, excellant graphic art...
A joy to your eyes, fine layouts for your own magazine or website.
"Alternative Newsmedia" ?
Sunday June 25, 2017
Click this photo to open a new window to
the editorial office, 24 different 'computing' photos...
Friday June 2, 2017
Are you curious to know the history
of World's Penpal Papers, Collectors Publications,
Mail Order Magazines of the last century, 1960-2015 ?
I am now 74 years old and have been in this
since 1960, for over 57 years.
During that period I've received almost 200.000
letters from over 100 different countries, have exchanged advertising space and subscriptions and
sample copies with 1.000 different publications and their publishers.
Do you want to see what these fine magazines were
like and who were publishing them ?
Just take a look at these publications for penfriends and swappers.
Most of them have faded away and died, gone out of 'business', stopped their existence,
and unfortunately the same concerns also many of their publishers.
You have now the unique possibility of looking at the past !
I scanned the front pages and wrote this database about ten years ago.
Surely many of these papers have died also thereafter...
Saturday May 6, 2017
I found Signal's front page from year 1976 on this Australian website
It is published by Michelle in Victoria Australia.
She had scanned the front page of 41 years old Signal in 2013.
The motto of her site:
"About Me - A journey of a thousand miles begins at home".
Many Cha-Cha is about lots of little things: postcards from far away journeys,
souvenirs of imaginary safaris, colours and flavours from my home… inspired by the marvellous wide world.
My name is Michelle, and here you’ll find my collection of writings and images showing
how we “Travel At Home”. Visit the site, it IS interesting.
New Signal was just issued - 200 snailmail penpals US$10 or Euro10.
Wednesday April 12, 2017
Above some of the computers used in getting the Signal ready for you to read...
The 'youngest' of them is over 10 years old and I'm thinking of buying a newer and faster
computer soon in the future, even though I already have over 50 different in my collections
as you see below.
A few days passed without any new penpal ads, that's strange. About ten years ago I had to
start a new webpage every day, there were 20-30 new listings waiting for me every morning
when I woke up. Anyhow many readers are also loyal and reliable advertisers, they keep sending
repeat ads every month. Some are so anxious that they send their ads up to ten times a day (Algeria),
or at least weekly. Unfortunately I can accept only ONE AD MONTHLY. The next ad next month only.
Some odd 'facts' are often found in the ad texts, too. A person in CANADA sent his listing twice
today, in the second ad he was 'living' in USA - is it so difficult to decide where you live?
I deleted the later ad, it was not really a personal ad, it was quite clearly a commercial ad
even though no money was asked for his services at the first contact. All commercial ads must be paid for.
Friday, February 24, 2017
If I´m not wrong, it´s your birthday today!
Not so fun anymore
birthday, more problems healthwise, at least for me!
Hope you are getting along well enough anyhow? Still keeping
up the Signal a bit? Not much mail these ´days for me anyhow
which is normal.
Happy birthday Raimo
Rolf, the Swede in France
THANK YOU FOR THE GREETINGS, ROLF... YES, I AM 74 YEARS OLD NOW, AND THE SIGNAL IS 57.
WE BOTH TRY TO KEEP ALIVE FOR YEARS TO COME !!!!! RAIMO
Thursday January 26, 2017
Fresh new SIGNAL finally printed!
Will start stuffing the envelopes and mailing copies to the advertisers in a few days...
18 pages, 350 penpal ads, all with postal
(= snailmail) addresses.
Buy your copy now, US$ 10 or Euro 10 post paid, banknotes only accepted as payment, in
REGISTERED MAIL. Orders to the publisher:
RAIMO KAARNA-SIG2017, PUROKATU 18,
FI-15200 LAHTI, FINLAND
Friday January 6, 2017
LEARN FINNISH - suomitaskussa.eu
Thursday December 29, 2016
Then you should visit
Do you speak FRENCH ?
30 different world cities
via this site
Translate the texts using translate.google.com
Wednesday December 21, 2016
to all the Signal-readers worldwide!
RAIMO KAARNA - THE PUBLISHER
Wednesday November 16, 2016
Listen to Pakistani music
- a bit different experience for you???
Sunday 6 November 2016
VOY AUSTRALIA, your fine envelope and the contents safely received... Thanks !
ELIZA FRANCE, thanks for your cd, cards, stamps
SHIKEAGI JAPAN, your payment received
JOSEPH MALTA, fine postage stamps!
Signals will be sent soon to all of you... Printed next week?
TADEUSZ POLAND, IRCs (International Reply Coupons) are rare nowadays, thanks for them. Info next week.
LANANI ALGERIA, your listing received at least ten times via email, almost ten times in postal mail.
It has been issued several times already here !
TOMOKO JAPAN, Signal info via surface mail...
Tuesday November 1, 2016
If you don't like waiting for the front page to open click here
FASTER OPENING SIGNAL
Thursday 29 September 2016
I scanned today four pages of the
World Hobbies Bulletin from Korea
and also a few samle pages from the
Czech Pen Friends.
They were added to the front page of www.penpalmagazine.net. Collectors around the world want to exchange with you !
Click below to read the ads now !
WORLD HOBBIES BULLETIN,
BRAZILIAN COLLECTION CLUB,
AND PEN FRIENDS
Wednesday 28 September, 2016
Received today this letter from Brazil...
It was sent on September 14 2016 by
Uillian Frignani Cardozo, the publisher of
BRAZILIAN COLLECTION CLUB.
It is a fact that internet HAS KILLED 99 % of the printed penpal and collectors papers around the world. Those few
publications still issued are fading away, day by day.
Some 30 years ago there were about
one thousand bigger and smaller
'magazines' containing the postal addresses and personal info about the advertiser and his or her hobbies and exchange
wants and offers, now the amount has fallen to some 50-100 papers.
I'm going to introduce some fellow hobby publishers by printing a few pages of their magazines under their own
name or logo on my website www.penpalmagazine.net. I hope you find this kind of co-operation useful,
it will bring more readers and more contacts to the advertisers.
Also a few pages from another Brazilian philatelic magazine, FILACAP June 2016 issue, can be read on penpalmagazine.net.
Click the two pages to make them readable, the texts BIGGER !!! More swapping contacts for you.
Raimo Kaarna, the publisher
Wednesday 21 September, 2016
Received this letter from an advertiser in NY USA:
The name and address have been deleted from Signal's website now. Also the policy about prisoners' ads has been changed already
last year after getting several complaints. I do NOT accept penpal ads from prisoners in USA.
To Mr Raimo Kaarna,
Last year I gave my name and address to your pen pal club and now I am receiving letters from male prisoners
in the U.S.A.!
I feel very unsafe. If you are giving my name and address to prisoners you are putting my life at risk and are acting very irresponsibly.
Please remove my name and address from your mailing lists and databases immediately.
Thank you, M. S., NY, USA.
RAIMO KAARNA, THE PUBLISHER
Monday September 5, 2016
Some "investors" and "loan sharks" keep sending their fraud ads for publication. I simply do NOT publish their ads at all
and that is made to protect you from financial losses. NEVER send a red cent in any currency to any of these "businessmen".
Sunday August 28, 2016
Google Chrome web browser does NOT SHOW Signal's penpal listings of the latest full month at all - SOME 50 LATEST LISTINGS ARE MISSING !!!
It simply starts Signal's front page without the most recent ads, even the date of the first ad is missing... The ads from today to one month backwards are seen quite
normally in Microsoft's Edge and other web browsers. Possibly some hackers are causing this strange
behaviour of the Chrome browser?
Anyhow this causes some misunderstanding among the Signal readers, they may think that I have not added
any new penpal listings to signalpenpals.net even though A FEW NEW ADS ARE LISTED EVERY DAY !!!! Check yourself !
Wednesday July 27, 2016
THIS WEBSITE OPENS TO SLOWLY ! SHIT...
TEST THIS FAST SIGNAL NOW !
Even though most western readers have really fast portable computers and tablets it takes to long to open Signal's main website,
www.signalpenpals.net. The third world readers in the developing countries have slower net connections and operators, older computers and they must have even more patience
in waiting for the front page to open...
SOMETHING MUST BE DONE TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM.
Therefore I'm now testing a few different new lay-outs and front pages. Some seem to be fast when I leave off 90 % of the
links to outside websites, make the photos smaller, forget voices or videos or scrolling or changing photos. Or what should be done ? Tell YOUR OPINION...
- Would you prefer opening just FRESH NEW ADS in about 20-30 seconds ? Nothing else, just the penpal listings of this month plus
previous month. Or have you got the patience to wait for one to two minutes to see the 'entire' Signal to open, including live map of todays readers
pointed in the world map, and hundreds of links to newspapers, translations in 90 languages, world itvs, world newspapers etc.
- I'll add a SIMPLIFIED FAST NEW 'FRONT PAGE' of the signalpenpals.net here later today. TEST IT and tell your opinion.
Raimo Kaarna, the publisher
THE SLOWER FRONT PAGES ARE:
Tuesday July 5, 2016
RUSSIA NOW !!!!!
Read about technology, military, abandoned cities, submarines, aircrafts, people, anything...
You'll spend hours 'opening your eyes' !
Thursday June 9, 2016
Unreplied snailmail... Sorry for the delay. I'm starting to reply them little by little. Packed some fifty
envelopes yesterday, more today and tomorrow. Propably they'll get ready to be taken to the local
post office on Monday or Tuesday. We'll see.
Last year I received in all some 500 snailmail letters, i.e. envelopes carried to my mailbox by the postman.
Some 30 years ago the amount was 4000-5000 letters a year. Most messages from the Signal readers are received
via email at present, also the penpal listings.
Some Cuban penpal advertisers seem to be joking with me and the readers of the Signal.
There is just one way for me to take care of this 'problem', I'll take the photos off
from the pages of this website. Satisfied now Rodney and Dionel ???
Tuesday May 24, 2016
Apple trees are in full blossom now here in Lahti Finland, in Signal-publisher's garden...
Monday April 25, 2016
Do you like bird watching ?
Visit ESTONIA - take a look at
THE EAGLE NEST !!!!
Wednesday February 11, 2016
I just saw a Norwegian tv program 'The Dangers of Net Dating' and how
the scammers steal money from innocent people seeking for love...
We were also warned about the money transfers to new 'friends' for any reason,
especially to Nigeria and Ukraine, not to mention dozens of other dangerous countries.
Lately almost dozen of my letters sent to US prisoners were returned back to me to Finland.
The addresses were 'unknown' and no new ones were available. As a pensioner I'm not rich enough
to waste money for vain postages.
Free penpal ads are no longer accepted from prisoners in the future.
All the old prisoners' ads from previous years will be deleted as time allows.
My aim is to protect the Signal readers and advertisers from financial loss.
WARNING: NEVER SEND ANY LARGE AMOUNTS OF MONEY TO ANY OF YOUR 'NEW FRIENDS' FOR ANY REASON.
Friday, January 1st, 2016
SIGNAL HISTORY 1960-2016
This is what the Signal issue number 1 was like back in January 1960...
You may take a look at all the Signal issues from 1960-2015, their front pages
and circulation, the printing system, how they were composed and lay-outed.
SIGNAL issue 1, 1960
- b&w mimeographed ad sheet
- 1.000 circulation
- 1 page, 210x355 mm
- 30 penpals, collectors
texts: manual typewriter
Seven pages in 1960, and I received some 500 letters from the readers...
The greatest amount of letters received yearly was back in the 80's, almost 5.000 snailmail letters.
At present the amount has fallen back to some 500.
And the Signal is still issued from the same address as in January 1960, 56 years ago!