My ham career started in 1958 as SM5BSS in Stockholm, Sweden and later as SM7IWN. A job related move to New Zealand in the early 90's resulted in my ZL1IF call.In 1999 we unexpectedly found ourselves working in USA. We retired in 2005 and moved to Melrose, Florida with the idea to make up for lost radio time. It didn't last long. New opportunities presented themselves and we are again spending the majority of the year on projects overseas. My setup is a Mosley Pro57-B on a 70 ft tower, a Windom for 40, vertical for 80 and Inverted L for 160m both with 4 raised radials and fed by a common coax. Works great. The rig is a Yaesu FT1000MP MkV and a modified veteran Alpha 374 3-tuber.
We were in the Caribbean in mid July 2012 for our very first holiday+ham radio experience. Our call sign was TO5U. QSL's have been printed and sent out to all those who have qsl-ed us directly. The TO5U log has also been entered into LOTW.
There was an invitation from HK1NA to join them for the CQWW CW M/M in November 2012. They had a vacancy on the 40m operating position. It was great to visit a country on a non-job related basis with time for sightseeing and enjoyment in the old city of Cartagena on the Caribbean and to make new friends. The HK1NA folks make up a really great, hospitable and very friendly group of people. I admire their professional competence in everything ham radio and the time, effort and $ which the core members have put in to create this super station. Also, they make a point of achieving top scores running strictly legal power and following rules to the letter. That made me really proud of our achievement.
Thanks for reading. Melrose, Florida December, 2012.
Lars / K9FY
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