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THANKS FOR GOING SLOW. If you have recently worked me on CW, thank you for your patience. At 75 years and 62 years a Ham I have decided to get back on CW after 50 years of non-CW operating. I am old, slow and rusty but I sure do enjoy it. I really appreciate your going slow(QRS). Thanks. (SKCC#8846 and a devoted ARRL member for 60 years.)

During the winter(Dec.-April) my wife Susan and I go back and forth to ZILLAH, WASHINGTON(120+ miles SE of Seattle, just south of Yakima and next to Toppenish) and I operate portable from there.

In Phoenix, my Dad, Walt/WA7WOX(SK) started me in Ham Radio and I got my novice as WN7BAD in 1954 followed by W7BAD. In 1966 when my wife Susan and I moved to Fairbanks, AK, I got the call KL7GBN. In 1981 after moving to Valdez, AK I got the call KL7QZ.

My 62 year old novice station was and still is a HeathKit AT-1 and National NC-98 which you can see in left of the picture and I still operate.

I particularly like CW and HF-digital operating. My contemporary station is an Elecraft K3 for my primary CW and digital operation and occasional SSB operation. My main amplifier's are Ameritron's AL-80B and ALS-500M.

I also have a Ten Tec Eagle which I use for emergencies and when at Zillah.

For antennas I am using a Hy-Gain TH3-MK4 3el/20-15-10 beam up 40 feet and a Mosley TW-32XL 2el/30-17-12 beam up 55 feet. I also have assorted 160/80/75/40M dipoles/long wires, a 40M vertical and an 80M loop. At Zillah I use a G5RV.

Susan and I live on a few acres on Turnagain Arm on a cliff, 200 feet above high tide, on the shore of the North Pacific Ocean near the junction of Cook Inlet and Turnagain Arm. We always have lots of moose around the house and sometimes get to see the Beluga Whales go by.  In Zillah we live out in the farm country surrounded by orchards and vineyards on the east side of Mt. Rainer and Mt. Adams.

Whether in Anchorage or Zilla you can almost always find me on the Alaska-Pacific Emergency Net on 14,292, M-F at 8:30 AM AST/ADST or 9:30 AM PST/PDST and The Alaska Snipers Net, daily at 6 PM AST/ADST or 7 PM PST/PDST at 3920.

After living all over Alaska for 50 years I am always pleased to give recommendations on travel in Alaska.

Susan and I are retired professors(history, teacher ed and adult ed). Yea UAA. We started teaching 50 years ago in Alaskan "bush" village elementary schools and have 3 daughters. Post retirement I became an ordained(Berkeley -GTU/PSR) UCC-Congregational minister. In the summer we like to canoe/kayak with my portable Ham gear.

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73. John Bury - KL7QZ

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